For our annual salute to craft and creativity, we bring together the best designers, artists, and manufacturers to make one-off wonders. Here, browse all the fruits of Handmade 2014
Designer’s survey belt
On the fifth anniversary of our Handmade endeavour we thought it would be fitting to produce a tool belt that celebrates the marriage of design and craftsmanship. To give new panache to this most practical of products we enlisted Valextra’s leather expertise and French designer Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance’s creative flair. His designer’s survey belt is a versatile, modular piece that can be worn or hung, and has a lightness that the designer likens to birds on a wire.
After studying sculpture and furniture design in Paris, Duchaufour-Lawrance set up his design studio Neonata in 2003. His interiors include London’s Sketch restaurant and Air France’s business class lounges, while his furniture tends to organic, soft shapes and minimal but luxurious finishes.www.noeduchaufourlawrance.com
Milanese leather-goods brand Valextra has produced the finest hand-crafted calfskin objects since 1937. The brand’s founder Giovanni Fontana was an attentive observer of people and their needs. His ‘Avietta 48-hour’ bag was the first designed to ft inside an aeroplane’s overhead compartment.www.valextra.it
Photography: Alberto Zanetti; Writer: Rosa Bertoli
Perfectly packed lunch box
Stokke Austad and Tupperware
As frequent partakers of a desktop lunch we tasked Stokke Austad with dreaming up the perfect lunch box with Tupperware. Together they’ve turned the everyday into the refined. There’s no eating out of the box; instead, the containers come with a marbled plate in a nod to Nordic culinary traditions. The marble is sourced from a quarry in Norway, while leather fittings underneath prevent slippage. The metal lids double as trays for desserts.
Jonas R Stokke and Øystein Austad set up Stokke Austad with the notion of creating value through design. The Oslo-based firm has enjoyed great success with its growing family of furniture and tabletop objects.www.stokkeaustad.com
Tupperware has made food storage a breeze since 1946 – when its airtight ‘burping seal’ set it apart from rivals. It has kept at the industry forefront with microwave-friendly, environmentally conscious and time-saving solutions.www.tupperware.com
Photography: Wilcox & Johansson; Writer: Pei-Ru Keh
Todd Bracher and Amorim
Using cork’s natural pattern and texture as his starting point, acclaimed US designer Todd Bracher offers a new twist to the classic material’s applications. Teaming up with Portuguese cork manufacturing giant Amorim and using the international company’s high-quality product, sourced straight from the country’s cork forests, Bracher created a minimalist two-tone jacket out of different cork composites.
Bracher headed up Tom Dixon’s design studio in London and served as creative director at Georg Jensen in Copenhagen before returning to his native New York to set up his own studio. He has designed a variety of products, from kitchen utensils to beds, for the likes of Cappellini, Fritz Hansen and 3M.toddbracher.net
The world’s leading manufacturer of cork and cork-derived goods, Amorim is behind a range of innovative products, from sports equipment to spacecraft. The company is committed to sustainability and the preservation of the oak forest, as well as to challenging designers to explore the potential of cork.www.amorim.com
Photography: Daniel Thomas Smith; Fashion: Mathew Stevenson-Wright; Writer: Ellie Stathaki
When we decided our fireplace needed a contemporary update, we turned to Borough Furnace, a metal casting workshop in Syracuse, New York. Its angular andirons weigh in at a hefty 30lb, ensuring their solid iron forms radiate heat long after a fire has stopped burning, while the poker and shovel are simple shapes made from cast silicon bronze. To create the brush, made from hand-tied broomcorn, Borough Furnace worked with Matt Rogers of Everyday Eclectic.
Founded in 2011 by John Truex and Jason Connelly, Borough Furnace is a micro-foundry powered by a custom-built Skilletron, a barrel-sized, metal-melting furnace that burns waste vegetable oil to melt scrap iron, eliminating the massive energy consumption of typical metal- casting operations. Truex designs the products, creating skillets and bottle openers with clean, solid forms.boroughfurnace.com
Photography: Caleb Charland; Writer: Malaika Byng
Jeff Zimmerman and Michael Reynolds
Handmade has steered decorously clear of sex – until now. Our collection of pleasure objects, or ’Adult Tool Kit’, was made under the careful watch of glass artist Jeff Zimmerman and our US editor Michael Reynolds. Hand-blown in black glass, it was inspired by Zimmerman’s artistic experimentation with phalluses, which caught Reynolds’ eye on a studio visit over a decade ago. The leatherwork is by accessories specialist TM1985 and the hair by stylist Peter Matteliano. Aside from their obvious erotic charge, the sculptural objects possess an undeniable beauty.
As our longstanding, New York-based US editor, Reynolds has had a hand in shaping our visual content from the get-go. A member of Wallpaper’s founding team, Reynolds has continued to produce luscious interiors shoots and memorable art-driven concepts to satiate a range of fancies.www.michaelreynoldsnyc.com
Artist Zimmerman is revered for his ability to manipulate and tease glass in its various states to produce mystifying sculptures and functional objects. His tactile works possess a precision that reveals his fine technical prowess. With his fourth solo exhibition at R & Company and the release of his first monograph, the New Yorker has had a bumper 2014.
Photography: Anthony Cotsifas; Writer: Pei-Ru Keh
Lara Bohinc and Lapicida
Lara Bohinc has transferred her acclaimed jewellery-designing chops to this coffee table, produced with stone specialist Lapicida. Four rotating discs of Italian marble are arranged by colour and held in place by brass edgings, the shapes representing four moons rotating around an off-centred sun.
Slovenian-born, London-based jeweller Bohinc has been a Wallpaper* favourite since her London Fashion Week debut in 1997. She trained as an industrial designer, and her work has a minimal, graphic force.www.larabohinc.com
Lapicida can scan any object in 3D and recreate it in virtually any stone, using CNC-shaping technology. With a Yorkshire HQ and London and overseas outposts, it boasts Europe’s largest natural stone-shaping mill.www.lapicida.com
Photography: Adrian Wilson; Writer: Rosa Bertoli
Agresti and David/Nicolas
Florentine manufacturer Agresti’s reputation for wonderfully crafted strongboxes, chests and fine furniture made it the obvious choice for the creation of this safe, designed in collaboration with young Beirut-based studio David/Nicolas, whose founders are both graduates of the Académie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts. Named ‘Artichoke’ after the layered vegetable that protects its heart, the use of walnut, gold-plated brass and leather gives what is often a purely functional object an aesthetic edge. The safe features a biometric opening device, three Swiss-made winder mechanisms to charge automatic watches, and five lined drawers for items such as jewellery.
Family-run, Florence-based firm Agresti has been making safes for 60 years, handcrafting them in its on-site workshop, using luxury, locally sourced materials. It has also embraced technology, equipping its strongboxes with biometric recognition.www.agresti.com
Founded in Beirut in 2011 by David Raffoul and Nicolas Moussallem, this design studio is becoming known for its striking style and appealing use of materials. Works include sculptural plates for Vista Alegre and furniture with copper details for Nilufar.davidandnicolas.com
Photography: Caleb Charland; Writer: Lauren Ho
Fiona Barratt-Campbell, Alexander McQueen and Nicklin
This sculptural valet includes two USB-charging ports, a tray for gadgets, a pull-out tie and belt holder, a shoe horn and a shoe stand. The manufacturing techniques showcase traditional methods. Powderhall Bronze foundry carried out the lost wax casting of the hanger and shoe horn, which were modelled at Alexander McQueen and hand-carved at Nicklin, whose craftsmen also engraved an ivy pattern on the stand’s reverse.
Fiona Barratt Interiors was founded in 2006, and has grown into a successful design studio working on high-end residential and commercial projects. In 2013 Barratt-Campbell launched her furniture label FBC London. Much of its output, like the valet, is made by traditional workshops in her native north-east England.www.fbc-london.com
The fashion brand’s creative director Sarah Burton has repeatedly won awards, as well as royal patronage. Her collections have often focused on handcraft, and she has established herself as a leading designer who uses artisanal influences combined with technical excellence.www.alexandermcqueen.com
Founded in 2008 by David Nicklin, this is a UK-based manufacturer of high-end, bespoke, fitted and freestanding furniture, specialising in both timber and metal finishes. The company is known for working with designers, architects and artists to produce complex one-of pieces, such as this valet.nicklinfurniture.co.uk
1205 and Bulo
This sewing kit is the brainchild of Paula Gerbase of London-based fashion label 1205. Her idea was to make a compact tailor’s travelling kit, which could be taken apart into four boxes to ‘reflect the interchanging relationship between all the different processes required to create a garment’. The four triangular boxes attach, using magnetic joints and a leather strap, to form a rectangular case, which was manufactured by Bulo using upcycled silver oak darkened by the natural black ink of the wasp larvae that inhabit the oak trees.
Central Saint Martins graduate Paula Gerbase earned her spurs on Savile Row before setting up womenswear brand 1205 in 2010 (see W*180). Menswear influences are evident in her unisex aesthetic.1205.eu
Belgian office furniture expert Bulo has collaborated with the likes of Jean Nouvel, Maarten Van Severen and Ann Demeulemeester. Last year it launched a children’s desk for the ‘CEOs of 2063’.www.bulo.com
Photography: Caleb Charland; Writer: Rosa Bertoli
‘Tabi’ ice skates
Maison Martin Margiela and John Wilson
In pursuit of high style for our winter sports, we enlisted Maison Martin Margiela to design a pair of ice skates based on the house’s iconic ‘Tabi’ boot. The creative process was aided by technical expertise from John Wilson, the world’s leading manufacturer of ice skating blades.
Maison Martin Margiela
Founded by Belgian designer Martin Margiela in Paris in 1988, this innovative fashion house produces lines ranging from its ‘Artisanal’ collection, handmade in its Paris atelier, to avant-garde accessories, as well as a collection of perfumes and special interior design projects.www.maisonmartinmargiela.com
This Sheffield firm can trace its roots back to 17th-century toolmaker John Wilson, who was asked to make a pair of ice skates for William III. Fast forward three hundred years and many world champions have skated to victory on John Wilson blades, which are created using a 55-step process.www.worldsbestblades.com
Photography: Daniel Thomas Smith; Fashion: Mathew Stevenson-Wright; Writer: Alice Shaughnessy
Leather skis and boots
Bally and Zai
We brought two of Switzerland’s leading luxury brands together to create a unique piece of skiwear – leather skis with matching boots. Having produced Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay’s boots for the conquest of Mount Everest in 1953, Bally has a reputation for combining elegance and luxury with functionality. We paired them with ski brand Zai to produce the ultimate luxury ski, which was tested extensively to ensure a very chic descent.
Founded as a shoe company in 1851 by Carl Franz Bally, this Swiss-based brand has always been committed to using cutting-edge techniques and world-class craftsmanship. Leather remains its medium and inspiration, and over the years Bally has extended its shoe collections to include handbags, leather accessories and outstanding ready-to-wear pieces. Today Bally is a leading player in the international luxury market, and one of the world’s most enduring and unique luxury shoe and leather brands.www.bally.com
Founded in 2003, Zai is at the forefront of modern ski design. Using the finest materials, including wood, stone and carbon, Zai creates beautiful, boundary-pushing skis that are used by both skiing enthusiasts and Olympic champions.www.zai.ch
Photography: Tomasso Sartori
‘The Structure of Chocolate’
Pierre Marcolini, Patternity and Toby Winteringham
As long-time admirers of chocolatier Pierre Marcolini, we sought to commission something more permanent than a cardboard box to present his impeccably crafted cocoa hits. We turned to Patternity and Toby Winteringham, who combined concept and craft to create ‘The Structure of Chocolate’. The containers, in marquetry of sycamore and fumed oak with ‘inlaid’ chocolates, reference the chocolate molecule theobromine. Completing the project, Marcolini developed a dark chocolate ganache infused with woody favours, coffee and cardamom.
In 1995, Belgian-born Pierre Marcolini opened his first store in Brussels, and he now has outlets all over the world. His talent is in combining all manner of favours into beautifully textured bites of chocolate, made from carefully sourced, single origin beans.www.marcolini.be
Founded in 2009 by photographer and art director Anna Murray and product designer Grace Winteringham, Patternity is the go-to creative consultancy for introducing pattern to all types of designs, from food to fashion.patternity.org
Furniture designer Toby Winteringham trained at the RCA before opening his own workshop in 1980. Based in Norfolk, he is driven by a love of simplicity, and specialises in marquetry, veneering and fine cabinetwork. His daughter Grace is one half of Patternity.www.tobywinteringham.co.uk
Photography: Kate Jackling; Writer: Emma Moore
De Vecchi and Acca Kappa
This vanity collection features pure, simple, sculptural objects: brushes and combs in silver and wood, whose smooth, delightful forms bring a renewed sense of pleasure to routine grooming.
The illustrious silversmith was founded in 1935 by Piero de Vecchi, and has since worked with designers ranging from Giò Ponti to Tom Dixon. Ludovica and Roberto Palomba were recently appointed as art directors.www.devecchi.com
Founded by the Krüll family in Treviso in 1869, Acca Kappa focuses on high-end pampering and professional haircare, and makes some of the finest brushes in Europe to complement its shampoo and fragrance brands.www.accakappa.com
Photography: Matthew Spiegelman; Writer: Paul McCann
‘Passage of Wood’ folly
In Praise of Shadows, Dinesen, Oliver Beer of Werkraum Bregenzerwald
Using Dinesen’s HeartOak and Douglas fir timber, Swedish architects In Praise of Shadows have created an architectural folly that doubles as a seating area and meeting place. The timber was assembled by Austrian carpenter Oliver Beer, a member of Werkraum, the Bregenz region’s craft association.
In Praise of Shadows
Fredric Benesch and Katarina Lundeberg founded In Praise of Shadows in Stockholm in 2009. Mixing elegant residential work with cultural projects, such as ‘Light houses’, their contribution to the 2012 Venice Biennale, the pair use existing and traditional building typologies as much as contemporary solutions.www.inpraiseofshadows.se
Few companies can rival Dinesen’s skill and experience in providing the most flawless, elegant solid wood flooring. Specialising in large solid planks of Douglas fir and oak, the Danish brand has created high-quality floors for residential, commercial, heritage and cultural environments, including London’s Saatchi Gallery and Noma in Copenhagen.dinesen.com
Qualified carpenter Oliver Beer launched his business in 2004, and now leads a team of three from his Reuthe base, where he focuses on residential projects, roof structures and interior details out of timber.www.zimmerei-beer.at
The crafts and trade association of Austria’s Bregenzerwald region, Werkraum is housed in a space designed by Peter Zumthor.werkraum.at
Photography: Tommaso Sartori
Monica Förster and Vispring
Monica Förster is no stranger to working with heritage companies who purvey traditional craftsmanship – a characteristic that made her the perfect candidate to apply the knowhow of bed-maker Vispring to the creation of a modern centrepiece. Förster boldly chose to manipulate a mattress into a chaise longue as one complete piece, highlighting Vispring’s prowess with bespoke craftsmanship. The chaise longue has been constructed just as a typical Vispring mattress is, save for the dynamic, undulating form that independently holds its shape and stands without the aid of a base.
Förster’s affinity for mixing pure, unadulterated forms with experimentations with new materials has established her as one of Sweden’s most influential design talents. The Stockholm-based designer has consistently embraced a cross-disciplinary approach towards furniture and objects, reinventing typologies along the way. She has worked with firms such as Cappellini, Swedese, Poltrona Frau and De Padova, winning a plethora of international design awards along the way.www.monicaforster.se
Vispring has been making luxury beds since it pioneered the first pocket spring mattress back in 1901. Each of its beds is individually crafted from high-quality natural fibres, such as real Shetland wool, British fleece, silk, mohair, cashmere and bamboo, by masterful craftsmen at its factory in Devon, UK. The mattresses also boast superior support and comfort thanks to individually pocketed springs layered in honeycomb-shaped nesting units. Hypoallergenic, breathable and side-stitched by hand for extra strength, Vispring mattresses are used in some of the London’s finest hotels, including The Dorchester and 45 Park Lane.www.vispring.com
Gitta Gschwendtner and Empório Beraldin
This plum pair of leather pouffes is designed to evoke the overlapping layers of roof shingles. ‘Random Shingle’ (left) has irregular-length strips, while ‘Angled Shingle’ (right) explores a more ordered arrangement. Both are designed to be made from a simple cutting pattern, with the pouffes’ curved forms highlighting the movement of the shingled material. Here’s to raising the pouffe.
This is a second Handmade outing for the German-born designer (see her ply kitchen with Schiffini, W*137), who founded her studio in London in 1998 after graduating from the Royal College of Art. She takes a ‘tailor made’ approach to design, responding to each project’s particular needs.www.gittagschwendtner.com
Founded by Zeco and Valería Beraldin in the 1990s, this Brazilian brand produces high-end fabrics, furniture, coverings and accessories. It takes an artisanal approach to workmanship and made its name by focusing on natural and sustainable products without compromising on comfort and luxury.www.emporioberaldin.com.br
Photography: Caleb Charland; Writer: Paul McCann
Soho House, Horween Leather and Cleto Reyes
This summer Soho House opens a new outpost in the Fulton Market area of Chicago. As well as the usual Soho House services, the new opening will also include a fully equipped boxing gym. For this project Wallpaper* and Soho House worked with Chicago-based tannery Horween Leather and Cleto Reyes, maker of possibly the best boxing gloves in the world, to create the ultimate kit bag for the modern pugilist.
Members’ club Soho House opened its doors in 1995 and has since burgeoned into an international chain of multi-functional clubs, restaurants and cinemas. Barcelona and Istanbul are next on the list after Chicago.www.sohohouse.com
Established in Chicago in 1905, Horween is one of the world’s top tanneries and the last in the States to produce Cordovan leather. It supplies a number of shoemakers including Loake, John Lobb and Timberland, as well as the NFL and the NBA.horween.com
Cleto Reyes boxing gloves made their first appearance at a world championship fight in 1945. The Mexican company is now one of the leading makers of boxing equipment in the world. Its gloves are still made in Mexico using horsehair and the finest goat skin, and they have been used by the likes of Oscar de la Hoya, Julio Chávez, Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao.www.cletoreyes.com.mx
Photography: Matthew Spiegelman
Aaron Dunkerton and Kebony
Elevating the humble clothes airer to a sculptural design piece, this is a domestic item that any home would be proud to flaunt. Created in stainless steel and rich brown Kebony Radiata pine, provided by Brooks Bros, it was fabricated using the OpenDesk platform.
Dunkerton combines work on personal design projects with time spent at eminent outfits such as Studio Glithero and SCP. In 2013 he was shortlisted for the Design Council’s Future Pioneers award.www.aarondunkerton.com
Norwegian wood producer Kebony uses an environmentally-friendly patented process that makes softwoods more durable. The end product is a dark wood that turns silver grey over time.www.kebony.com
Photography: Matthew Spiegelman; Writer: Ellie Stathaki
Coffee kettle and trivet
Iacoli & McAllister and Coming Soon Coffee
Last year we attempted to perfect our coffee offering by bringing the Coming Soon Coffee bar to Handmade in Milan (w*173). Our search for pour-over coffee-making utensils made us appreciate the scarcity of beautifully designed equipment for this new incarnation of the filter method (hot water is poured into the cone from a kettle that precisely controls the flow for the best brew). So we looked to Seattle, US coffee capital and home to design duo Iacoli & McAllister, who teamed up with Hoi Chi Ng of Coming Soon Coffee to design the perfect pour-over kettle and trivet.
Iacoli & McAllister
This product design studio was founded in Seattle in 2007 by Jamie Iacoli and Brian Mcallister. Artfully mixing materials such as brass, copper, marble, wood and powder-coated steel, the duo produce angular, pared-back and often sculptural pieces, ranging from paperweights and bottle openers to jewellery, lighting and tables. Iacoli and Mcallister freely admit that the wheels of their design processes are greased by caffeine.iacolimcallister.com
Coming Soon Coffee
Cross an architect with a barista and you’ll have the unusual hybrid that is Hoi Chi Ng. With business partner Matthias Suchert, he set up Coming Soon Coffee in 2011. Originally a pop-up bar at the Exhibit Gallery, London, which he opened while holding down a day job at Jamie Fobert Architects, the concept came to Wallpaper* Handmade last year. Utterly dedicated to creating premium brews by whatever means possible, his search for the best equipment spans the globe.comingsooncoffee.wordpress.com
Photography: Caleb Charland; Writer: Emma Moore
’Revaluation’ obsidian mirrors
These highly polished, reflective black mirrors are made of synthetic obsidian that has been created out of chemical waste, using a unique, high-temperature recycling process. Providing a creative solution of the problem of waste, the process, in operation since 1972, employs an industrial oven, in which the temperature rises in stages to match the melting points of different raw materials, such as gold, mercury and silver, which are then extracted in liquid form. Gasses released are purified, cooled and recycled. The ash and residue that remain are then reheated and subjected to a process of vitrification, restructuring the molecules into the homogenous, stable and beautiful black glass that is synthetic obsidian.
Design Academy Eindhoven graduates Ralph Nauta and Lonneke Gordijn established their studio in 2006. At the heart of everything they do is a focus on the relationship between nature, science and technology. Their working process involves continuing collaborations with scientists, university departments, research facilities, programmers and engineers. For this project they worked with a waste recycling facility in the Netherlands.www.studiodrift.com
Photography: Jaap Scheeren
‘Atom’ desk clock
Carl Auboeck IV and Bernard Hammer
The slanting form of this table clock is inspired by an angled vase designed in 1947 by Carl Auboeck, a leading light of Austrian modernism. The brass face is inspired by the detailed, straight-lined work of his son Carl Auboeck III. The heavy-duty casting has been hand-fled and patinated, then finished with linseed oil, achieving a solid, tactile beauty.
Carl Auboeck IV
The fourth Carl Auboeck studied architecture, as well as the tool-making and metalwork trades necessary to carry on the traditions of the family design workshop and take it into new areas. In recent years, the company has collaborated with the likes of Michael Anastassiades and Formafantasma.www.werkstaette-carlauboeck.at
Specialist clock restorer Bernard Hammer also comes from generations of craftsmen. His father and grandfather, both called Josef, restored churches and worked with artists. His uncle Victor was a sculptor and type designer.
Writer: Paul McCann
‘Tulip’ juice bar
Carl Turner and AHEC, for Lovage
This tailor-made installation was designed by London architect Carl Turner as a continuous strip of timber frame that twists, turns, ducks and rises to form benches, storage areas and a bar stand and counter. The structure was created with the support of AHEC, using natural and heat-treated tulipwood. True to Turner’s professional focus on sustainable design, this production uses material that has been recycled from a previous Wallpaper* and AHEC collaboration. The team worked closely with Kent-based sculptor and fabricator Adam Kershaw, who helped bring the bar to life. The Ace Hotel London’s Lovage ‘liquid pharmacy’, meanwhile, supplied the range of uniquely restorative refreshment.
Award-winning South London practice Carl Turner Architects is known for combining elegant design with a sustainable and hands-on approach. Headed by Turner, who balances teaching and practice, the studio has a diverse portfolio that includes several private houses, such as the Slip House in Brixton, which won the prestigious RIBA Manser Medal in 2013.www.ct-architects.co.uk
The leading international trade association for the US hardwood industry, the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) represents American hardwoods in more than 50 export markets. Working with over 25 different species, it’s the go-to place for wood advice.www.americanhardwood.org
Ian Wright and Caran d’Ache
Our pairing of the British artist Ian Wright with the Swiss pencilmaker Caran d’Ache couldn’t have yielded more inspiring results. Moved by the precision and intricate processes that Caran d’Ache employs even when making the humble pencil, Wright set out to represent the company in a whole new way. He honed in on Emmanuel Poiré, a leading 19th-century French cartoonist who went by the pseudonym Caran d’Ache and after whom the company was named (Caran d’Ache stems from the Russian word for pencil). Wright decided to recreate Poiré’s likeness in pencils. Despite his love for colours, Wright felt a need to pull back and limit himself to just a few colours. The pencils are held in place by resin bases that are used during the pencil manufacturing process as a reference to the whole journey.
Ian Wright is a British artist and illustrator who is renowned for his novel approach to portraiture. Often working with materials as varied as button badges, Hama beads and scrap paper, Wright has applied his captivating style to the visages of Tony Bennett, Beethoven and Larry Levan, to name but a few. He has also created installations for Saks Fifth Avenue and Issey Miyake. Wright is based in New York.www.mrianwright.co.uk
Founded in 1915 by Arnold Schweitzer, Caran d’Ache has spent its venerable lifetime producing luxury writing implements that are treasured around the world. Even today, the pioneering company is the only manufacturer of pencils, fine arts materials and writing instruments in Switzerland. Each product is created by hand in its Geneva workshops where traditional techniques and computer-assisted machinery ensure its unique quality.www.carandache.com
Sarah Lucas, Olivier Garbay and Sarah Herriot
Artist Sarah Lucas chose to collaborate with poet and artist Olivier Garbay and jewellery designer Sarah Herriot to create gold-plated twin ‘tit’ brooches, fashioned from champagne wire and safety pins, then gold-plated. The use of discarded champagne wire echoes Lucas’ use of beer cans or bottles in many of her sculptures. Here, the improvisational quality of the brooches is offset by the time and care taken to plate them with gold; they are transformed from ‘found-on-the-floor objects’ into examples of gleaming craftsmanship. The brooches are attached to a T-shirt emblazoned with the insignia of London band 100% Beefcock and the Titsburster, which has played at Lucas’ show openings.
Lucas graduated from Goldsmiths College, London, in 1987 and was part of the YBA generation that emerged during the 1990s. She has famously used food as substitute sex parts in her art: fried egg and melon (not together) boobs; kebab pudenda; and cucumber cocks. As well as our T-shirt collaboration, she also launched her first furniture collection at this year’s Salone.
Bordeaux-born, London-based poet Garbay also produces tapestries, drawings, woodcuts, videos, jewellery, photographs and installations. He has collaborated with Sarah Lucas on a number of projects.oliviergarbay.com
Herriot spent 20 years as a software designer before moving into jewellery-making. The London-based, self-taught designer has developed a reputation for simple, sculptural but carefully engineered designs.www.sarahherriot.com
Photography: Daniel Thomas Smith, Writer: Nick Compton
‘Squeaky Clean’ set
We’d long been looking to upgrade the tools of our weekly sprucing chores so we turned to Adelaide-based design studio Daniel Emma, whose recent clients have included Hay, Field, Thorsten van Elten and Tait. We challenged them to scrub up the design of a broom, dustpan, bucket and sponge, which they’ve done admirably, using walnut, polished aluminium and powder-coated enamel.
Daniel To and Emma Aiston formed Daniel Emma in 2008. Since being listed in our Graduate Directory in 2009, the pair have made an art out of creating the unexpected from the most prosaic of objects.www.daniel-emma.com
Photography: Daniel Thomas Smith; Writer: Emma Moore
Wallace Sewell, Gieves & Hawkes and Designtex
Tasked with making a jacket out of Wallace Sewell’s bold new upholstery fabric collection, Gieves & Hawkes chose to create a boating jacket out of ‘Clerkenwell’. This striped wool sateen fabric is made in collaboration with Designtex and woven at the Hield Brothers textile mill in West Yorkshire.
Established by Harriet Wallace-Jones and Emma Sewell in 1990, this innovative woven textile studio creates intricately decorated throws and scarves. Its latest endeavour is a range of upholstery fabrics.www.wallacesewell.com
Gieves & Hawkes
One of the oldest bespoke tailors in the world, Gieves & Hawkes also offers a more affordable private tailoring service and ready-to-wear and formalwear collections at its flagship store at No 1 Savile Row in London.www.gievesandhawkes.com
American company Designtex develops, designs and manufactures materials for large-scale architectural projects. The New York-based company prides itself on providing innovative surface solutions.www.designtex.com
Photography: Daniel Thomas Smith; Fashion: Mathew Stevenson-Wright; Writer: Pei-Ru Keh
‘High & Dry’ cocktail
Caorunn Gin, Ryan Chetiyawardana and Michael Ruh
Intent on creating a quintessentially Scottish cocktail, we challenged local gin producer Caorunn, celebrated barman Ryan Chetiyawardana and glass artist Michael Ruh to deliver the goods. The result is a bottled cocktail, complete with serving glass. Chetiyawardana combined gin with dandelion bitters, chamomile and grapefruit, to be served as a martini, with fizz or over ice.
Caorunn is a small-batch, distilled Scottish gin infused with five Celtic botanicals – a fragrant liqueur that embodies its highland roots.www.caorunngin.com
Chetiyawardana has twice been crowned UK bartender of the year. His latest venture is Dandelyan, a new bar at London’s Mondrian hotel (W*184).www.sipstir.co.uk
Landscapes from his travels inspire glass artist Ruh, who has produced glassware for the likes of Liberty and Christian Dior.www.michaelruh.com
Photography: Kate Jackling; Writer: Elizabeth Hutton
‘Inflated Weavings’ outdoor furniture
Raw-Edges and Dedon
Israeli-born designers Yael Mer and Shay Alkalay, aka Raw-Edges, were looking for an alternative to the normal type of weaving, on top of a rigid structure, and decided using the technique on inflatables that would bring volume and softness. The first of two mats is an inflated inner tire with weaving that creates a nest. The second invites users to sit together with two inflatable cushions placed in the corners of the mat. The design nicely complements the contemporary materials-meets-traditional craftsmanship that is a hallmark of Dedon.
Having both taken Ron Arad’s course at London’s RCA, Yael Mer and Shay Alkalay decided to work together to complement their different interests. Mer’s focus has been converting two-dimensional sheet materials into curvaceous functional forms. Alkalay is interested in how objects move, function and react. Together they have been showered with design awards and their clients include Cappellini, Established & Sons, Moroso and Kvadrat.www.raw-edges.com
Founded by the irrepressible former professional football goalkeeper and Belgian-German entrepreneur Bobby Dekeyser, Dedon has parlayed the invention of an extruded weatherproof plastic fibre into a synthetic rattan outdoor furniture empire. Canny marketing, contemporary design nous and ownership of production and distribution helped to make Dedon a global brand quickly. Dedon has now expanded into travel companies and a philanthropic foundation.www.dedon.de
Photography: Benne Ochs
Schemata and Hancock
To take waterproof material away from its usual raincoat use and bring it to the outdoor furniture world – this was the plan when we discussed a project with Scottish rubberised fabrics specialist Hancock. Given the brand’s affinity with the Japanese market, we identified Tokyo-based architectural practice Schemata as the perfect accomplice.
Jo Nagasaka set up Schemata in 1998 after graduating from Tokyo’s University of the Arts. His studio’s work includes domestic and office spaces as well as products that focus on colour. Intrigued by the thinness and strength of Hancock’s fabric, he created a chair from a flat layer of the material.schemata.jp
Thomas Hancock perfected his rubber fabrics in 1843. Daniel Dunko and Gary Bott, the duo behind the rebirth of heritage brands such as Mackintosh and globe-trotter, relaunched the brand last year, taking the founder’s techniques into the 21st century with fresh palettes.www.hancockva.com
Photography: Kate Jackling; Writer: Rosa Bertoli
Kitchen knives and case
laContrie and Perceval
We’re a little obsessed with the functional thrust of fine kitchen tools, and this year we chose French cutting expert Perceval to design a set of knives, and Parisian boutique-cum-workshop laContrie to create a leather case to contain them. Perceval handcrafted solid Gabon ebony handles, while laContrie produced a calfskin bag with a suede interior. The result is a jewellery case of knives.
Parisian Edwina de Charette founded laContrie in 2009 after a chance encounter with a leather craftsman, and never looked back. The former music and film producer set up her workshop and boutique in the heart of her home city, selling bespoke and handmade leather as well as exotic skins accessories.www.lacontrie.com
Michelin-starred chef Yves Charles took over knife company Perceval in 2005 in a stubborn quest to produce the best table knife. Made in the small French town of Thiers, Perceval knives are firm favourites of chefs, handmade by master craftsmen with handles hewn from materials such as jade, ram’s horn and ebony.www.perceval-knives.co.uk
Photography: Matthew Spiegelman; Writer: Rosa Bertoli
Writing case and portfolio
Kazuko Ito, Adachishiki Kogyo and Le Typographe
This simple yet stylish writing case and portfolio-cum-easel were designed for us by Kazuko Ito and produced by Adachishiki Kogyo out of hard-paper pulp. The portfolio cleverly doubles as a simple sketching easel, thanks to two small rivets that hold the sketching paper. The writing case helps to keep your paper stock and envelopes neatly organised in a portable hold-all. We couldn’t resist including personalised stationery inside, so we tested the customisation powers of letterpress Le Typographe to help us design and produce a set of Wallpaper* Handmade cards, sketchbooks and envelopes.
Japanese designer Ito set up her own company in 2012, launching her hard-paper pulp ‘Baxes’ (bags meet boxes) the same year.kazukoito.com
A specialist maker of hard paper and vulcanised fibre products, including Ito’s ‘Baxes’ and paper stretchers, used in disaster areas.www.adachishiki.co.jp
Handcrafts and sells stationery, and offers a bespoke service, with exquisite typography.www.typographe.be
Photography: Kate Jackling; Writer: Jens H Jensen
‘Lucent Braid’ lamp
Bill Amberg Studio
It was a trip to the ‘Light Show’ at London’s Hayward Gallery in 2013 that first piqued leather specialist Bill Amberg’s interest in translucent materials. When we got wind that his studio was developing its first lighting collection, Lucent, to be unveiled at September’s London Design Festival, we asked the team to create a special version just for us. Taking cues from the production-ready collection, the studio upped the level of detail in the leather treatment, wrapping the light in a special vegetable-tanned braid that casts graphic patterns onto surrounding surfaces.
Bill Amberg Studio
Over 20 years ago, Amberg founded his studio in London, quickly establishing it as the go-to destination for bespoke luxury leather products. He and his team of designers and craftsmen draw on a range of leather-making techniques, from book binding to saddlery, for projects that encompass architecture, interior leather bespoke work and accessory collections. Their highly skilled, artisanal approach has attracted a stellar roll-call of collaborators, including Aston Martin, Alfred Dunhill and Burberry, and makes them natural partners for Handmade.www.billamberg.com
Photography: Kate Jackling; Writer: Malaika Byng
Paul Loebach and Logitech
Designer Paul Loebach joined forces with tech accessories giant Logitech to rethink digital life on the move. Loebach cafe-hopped across New York to see how people engage with their laptops, tablets and smartphones as their desktop activities move out of the home and into the public realm. He looked at what analogue habits are valuable enough to keep and what should be reinvented. He also drew inspiration from vintage Braun and Vitsœ technology products and found Muji objects, which are all characterised by humbleness and understatement. The ‘Tablet book’ takes the metal spiral binding of the utilitarian notebook and the functionality of a tablet case and keypad, balancing the human, tactile experiences of physical objects, with the ephemeral, ever-evolving world of technological advancement.
Based in New York and Berlin, furniture and product designer Loebach comes from a long line of German woodworkers and engineers. He graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2002 and his studio has since built up a roster of clients including Roll & Hill, Matter Made and Areaware.www.paulloebach.com
Founded in Switzerland in 1981, Logitech offers technology accessories that aid people’s interaction with the digital world. What began with computer mice quickly bred into a whole range of accessories as the digital landscape evolved. Now its products are sold in almost every country in the world.www.logitech.com
ToiletPaper presented us with a tribute of sorts. Artist Maurizio Cattelan and photographer Pierpaolo Ferrari have created two tables bearing imagery from Wallpaper’s May 2013 collaboration with ToiletPaper (W*170), a pictorial tour of collector Dakis Joannou’s Corfu estate. One table features the magazine’s cover photograph, a winking model on a 1969 ‘Tovaglia’ table by Studio Tetrarch, while the other is printed with a surreal image of Studio 65’s ‘Caduta Babylonia’ bed – both part of Joannou’s fantastic Radical Design furniture collection.
ToiletPaperToiletPaper is the irreverent magazine founded by Maurizio Cattelan and frequent Wallpaper* contributor Pierpaolo Ferrari. Launched in 2010, the biannual collection of photographs is sexy and surreal. Phallus-shaped foodstuffs pop up often.www.toiletpapermagazine.org
Photography: Pierpaolo Ferrari; Writer: Rosa Bertoli
‘Revolution’ lighting installation
Moritz Waldemeyer, sponsored by Jaguar, inspired by Jaguar Design
Thousands of LEDs illuminate Waldemeyer’s design, which is inspired by the linear purity of luxury cars. Comprising five lampshade forms mounted on rotating tubes and punctuated by three-dimensional lines that all come together to form a unified body, the shades revolve and intersect like gear wheels in a homage to the beauty of mechanics.
The work of German-born, London-based designer Moritz Waldemeyer is a fusion of technology, art, fashion and design. For the London 2012 Olympics, he created the light-studded costumes worn by Rihanna for the handover ceremony.www.waldemeyer.com
Jaguar stands for innovative technology, seductive design and intelligent performance. The Jaguar DNA is instantly recognisable – there is an unmistakable purity of line that runs through all of its models.www.jaguar.com
‘SKID’ side table and bench
Sebastian Herkner and Caesarstone
Using building materials more common in kitchens than furniture, Herkner’s studio developed a bench and a table by creating volume out of Caesarstone quartz, normally a fat material. Using 21 elements of various boards, the studio assembled a bench with an asymmetric backrest and a round table. The side table consists of 22 cut elements.
Herkner’s interests lie in combining new technologies with traditional craftsmanship to highlight the beauty of materials. He founded his studio in Offenbach am Main in 2007 and has designed products for the likes of Nodus, Moroso and Rosenthal, as well as working on interior design projects.www.sebastianherkner.com
US-based Caesarstone pioneered the use of quartz in surface designs and now trades in 48 countries. Its surfaces consist of up to 93 per cent quartz and it focuses on designs that are highly functional yet contemporary.www.caesarstone.com
‘Diptych: Landscape II’ installation
Fredrikson Stallard, sponsored by Jaguar, inspired by Jaguar Design
British design studio Fredrikson Stallard is renowned for its artistic sensibility. Diptych: Landscape ll is an installation based on its experience with the Jaguar F-Type. In two parts and made from aluminium, wood, polyurethane and polyester, the piece represents the connections between man, car and the surrounding environment.
One of the leading exponents of British avant-garde furniture and product design, Fredrikson Stallard was founded in 1995 by Swede Patrik Fredrikson and Brit Ian Stallard. Their cutting-edge, conceptual and technically excellent work attracts a clientele that includes David Gill Galleries, MoMA, Iittala, Comme des Garçons and Swarovski.www.fredriksonstallard.com
Lovage at Handmade
Coffee has always been our go-to fuel to keep us going through Salone’s highs and lows. But a trip to juice bar Lovage got us thinking that a healthier remedy to fair-worn feet and party-lagged heads might be what we needed. Working closely with Loren Daye of Atelier Ace to develop a bespoke menu of soothing and invigorating liquid refreshments, and with architect Carl Turner and AHEC to produce the perfect platform from which to operate, Lovage at Handmade was born.
Dreamt up by Atelier Ace, the in-house creative services team for the Ace Hotels group, Lovage is more than just a juice bar. Something akin to a liquid pharmacy, it opened late last year at the new Ace Hotel London. Featuring a state-of-the-art Norwalk juicer and a hatch onto Shoreditch High Street, the little kitchen turns out health-nurturing teas, tinctures, sorbets and shakes from an ever-changing menu.www.acehotel.com
‘Speculum’ mirrors and ‘Pastel’ tableware
Rony Plesl and Scholten & Baijings, both for Verreum
Leading Czech glass-maker Verreum has applied its strong manufacturing knowledge and traditional craftsmanship to not one but two new tabletop and accessories collections for 2014 – a tableware and carafe collection designed by Dutch duo Scholten & Baijings and a collection of mirrors and vases by Czech glass designer Rony Plesl.
Verreum was founded in 2009 by Pavel Weiser in a mission to revive traditional Czech glass-making craftsmanship with a particular focus on silvered glass. Coating the interior of its double-walled glass objects with silver and then draining of the excess is part of the company’s techniques, although the exact details are one of the company’s best-kept top secrets. Verreum has its own glass-blowing facilities in Nový Bor, and the company’s quest to sustain the glass-making traditions of Bohemia means it also works to support other Czech glass manufacturers.www.verreum.com
Jaguar Advanced Design, produced by Salvatori
Teaming modern design and manufacturing techniques with traditional hand sculpting, Jaguar Advanced Design has created a coffee table true to Jaguar’s design values of beauty of line and purity of form. Working with Italian stone and marble producer Salvatori, the table was digitally carved from a single piece of marble, with a subtle pattern taken from the Jaguar Heritage logo inlaid on the surface.
Jaguar stands for innovative technology, seductive design and intelligent performance. The Jaguar DNA is instantly recognisable – there is an unmistakable purity of line that runs through all of its models.www.jaguar.com
Since the late 1940s, Italian company Salvatori has been supplying architects, designers and builders with marble and stone. Based in Tuscany, the company is at the cutting edge when it comes to materials and finishes.www.salvatori.it
Trunk and luggage tag
Moynat and Jaguar
To mark the opening of its London store earlier this year, Moynat paired up with Jaguar to create a leather trunk, designed to ft the boot of the F-Type convertible and hold an electric scooter. Hooked by this collaboration, we jumped at the chance of personalising the trunk with the addition of a luggage tag bearing the Handmade seal. The tag is made of leather in the luggage brand’s signature mandarin colour, matching the trunk’s interior, and comes with a hand- painted rendition of the Handmade logo by Moynat’s creative director Ramesh Nair.
Established in Paris in 1849, luxury leather goods company Moynat is France’s oldest trunk-maker. Moynat’s pioneering innovations include the legendary Limousine trunk, which dates back to 1902 and is still in production today.moynat.com
Photography: Tommaso Sartori
‘Wild Feast’ picnic basket
Neri & Hu, sponsored by Jaguar, inspired by Jaguar Design
Neri & Hu has created a distinctly modern and boldly Chinese interpretation of a very traditional British item, the picnic basket. Made from precision-engineered carbon fibre, the beautifully realised basket displays an intelligent understanding of the contemporary Jaguar aesthetic.
Neri & Hu
Founded in 2004 in Shanghai by Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu, Neri & Hu is a multi-award-winning interdisciplinary design practice that delivers architecture, interiors, graphics, masterplanning and bespoke product design services to a global clientele.www.neriandhu.com
‘Tou tou’ pet transporter
Mathieu Gustafsson, sponsored by Jaguar, inspired by Jaguar Design
Inspired by the Jaguar F-Type’s attention to detail, Gustafsson was set the task of creating a bespoke carrier to transport small pooches from pavement to passenger seat. The resulting transporter, in hand-stitched saddle leather and rattan weave, means this manoeuvre can now be executed in high style. Gerald the dog is a project by design studio Lazarian, made using paper by James Cropper. The Gerald seen here was specially commissioned for Handmade and has been travelling the globe with the show.
After a three-year stint at Swedish furniture manufacturer Lammhults, Gustafsson established his studio in Stockholm in 2012. His background in cabinet-making, environmental studies and graphic design informs his work, which uses traditional techniques to create sustainable designs.www.mathieu.se
‘Untitled Mirror 19’
Sam Orlando Miller, I Vassalletti and Gallery Fumi
This piece features angular, patinated facets enclosed within an ornately detailed, silver wood frame made from inlaid flooring that has been folded for a dimensional effect.
Sam Orlando Miller
British-born, Tuscany-dwelling artist Sam Orlando Miller is greatly infuenced by silversmith traditions. His sculptural artworks are sold at London’s Gallery Fumi and kept in private collections worldwide.www.samorlandomiller.co.uk
Backed by three generations of woodworkers, the company trades on age-old techniques. Its catalogue of flooring, panels and furniture display an amazing level of precision.www.ivassalletti.com
This London design gallery specialises in limited-edition and one-of commissioned design pieces that straddle the boundary between function and fantasy.www.galleryfumi.com
Gabrielle Shelton and Chris Rucker
Inspired by the layered quality of New York City, this room divider effortlessly mixes high and low materials with an industrial edge. The three-panel screen has been crafted from bronze and covered in deconstructed, used packing blankets that have been dyed and delicately worked into a patchwork pattern.
Brooklyn-based metalwork sculptor Gabrielle Shelton’s past projects include fabricating a staircase for David Zwirner’s latest Chelsea gallery and building a glass and steel wall for the home of Richard and Clara Serra.www.sheltonstudiosinc.com
Sculptor Chris Rucker works mostly in construction and woodworking. Although his creations appear rough and ready, there is an underlying finesse to each one. Inspired by his mother’s quilt-making, experimentations see him manipulate and reconfigure packing blankets as quilts and upholstery.www.ruckercorp.com
‘Animal Party’ glow-in-the-dark wallpaper
Haas Brothers and Flavor Paper
Haas Brothers’ unique mural is inspired by the 1974 documentary Animals are Beautiful People in which different animals live harmoniously in a lush oasis, occasionally becoming intoxicated on fermented marula fruit. The unabashed illustrations are enhanced by being printed in equal value colours; their vibrant, neon tones almost appear grey when one squints. A final flourish comes in the use of glow-in-the-dark ink.
The work of twins Nikolai and Simon Haas has come to define the LA art scene. Their creativity manifests itself in the form of furniture, art, set design and fashion, and is an innovative blend of opulence and fantasy.www.thehaasbrothers.com
Brooklyn-based handscreened wallpaper company Flavor Paper brings together traditional printing methods and digital technology in beautiful harmony.www.flavorpaper.com
Everyware and Friends & Founders
Everyware is an atelier of new media artists who explore the dialogue between real and virtual worlds with playful interactive installations. We asked them to use two tables as their canvas, and a set of 3D-printed mugs as their tools, all specially produced for the exhibition by Friends & Founders. Visitors are encouraged to move around the tableware and watch the surface of the tables come to life. The more products you add, the more vivid the transformation.
Seoul-based studio Everyware, set up by Hyunwoo Bang and Yunsil Heo, uses code as its clay, creating interactive works of art in which the technology is mysteriously hidden.www.everyware.kr
Friends & Founders
This Danish/Swedish design studio, founded by Ida Linea Hildebrand, Rasmus Hildebrand and Ebba Möller, caught our eye at this year’s Stockholm Furniture Fair for its beautifully crafted furniture and strong silhouettes.www.friendsfounders.com
Vincenzo De Cotiis, sponsored by Jaguar, inspired by Jaguar Design
When we decided to enlist an Italian designer to work on an aluminium piece inspired by Jaguar’s cars, Milan-based architect Vincenzo De Cotiis was the frst name that came to mind. In a serendipitous twist of events, he was already experimenting with the material, and he also happened to drive a Jaguar. De Cotiis describes his table as a gioco ad incastri, an interlocking puzzle of pieces inspired by the car’s engine, where each element is irreplaceable. The three aluminium parts are given different finishes and the result is a dynamic celebration of speed and craftsmanship.
Vincenzo De Cotiis
De Cotiis’ work encompasses the fields of architecture, product design and fashion with projects ranging from interiors for the Straf hotel in Milan to furniture pieces for the likes of Ceccotti Collezioni, Busnelli and his own label Progetto Domestico.www.decotiis.it
La Jeune Rue
Paris’ new gastronomic hub (see W*182) is a wildly ambitious initiative, combining sustainable agriculture, excellent food, urban renewal and a bevy of design stars. A handful of dreary Marais streets, previously filled with cheap clothing wholesalers, are currently being transformed into a prime destination for top-notch food and international design. It’s the vision of French financier Cédric Naudon. His company, Behind the Scene, acquired some 30 locations around the rue du Vertbois and planned a series of restaurants and food shops. Once Naudon had an idea of the shops he wanted to open, he made a wish-list of designers. He asked Atelier Mendini to do a bar and Ingo Maurer to create a speakeasy. As well as food shops, there will be galleries, a cinema by Andrea Branzi, and a hardware store by José Lévy and A+A Cooren. The first openings include a butcher’s by Michele De Lucchi, a cheese store by Eugeni Quitllet, and an ice cream parlour by Vincent Darré.lajeunerue.com
Photography: Tommaso Sartori; Model: The Makerie Studio
‘Jungle Wash’ bathroom
José Lévy and Up Group
From rough blocks of green Guatemalan marble, where only the functional parts are polished, French interior designer José Lévy has created an offbeat bathroom collection that, he says, is ‘a bit like washing in nature after tropical rainfall’.
Starting of in men’s fashion, Lévy now works on product and interior design, with a range of clients that include ToolsGalerie, Galerie Perrotin, Astier de Villatte and Roche Bobois. He recently designed the interior of Paris restaurant Les Cloches, and is also part of the city’s La Jeune Rue project.www.joselevy.fr
Since the 1960s, Tuscan company Up Group has been pushing to keep marble at the forefront of Italian design. Its list of design collaborators includes Achille Castiglioni, Matteo Thun and Ettore Sottsass, and it is one of a small number of firms accredited to supply the Vatican and the Uffizi Gallery.www.upgroup.it
Suzanne Tick and Mary Wallis
This glowing neon artwork, realised in varying gradients of white, is an arresting homage to the textile-making process. Suzanne Tick and Mary Wallis started by mocking up weaving designs out of paper. Wallis traced the outline of the final paper model, rendered it in 3D, then had tubes of neon bent accordingly, loyally mimicking the principles of textile weaving.
New York textile designer Suzanne Tick has developed upholstery and wallcoverings for companies like Knoll and Teknion. She also maintains a hand-weaving practice, and her textural sculptures have been exhibited at MoMA and Art Basel.www.suzannetick.com
Australian-born Wallis refined her creative eye at Lindsay Adelman Studios before setting up on her own. Her fragmented approach to objects has seen her give neon tube lighting a clean, modern image.www.marywallis.com
‘EDSM’ audio system
Alexander Mulligan, Ruark and Corian
This sculptural audio totem delivers sounds in 360 degrees. The stacked formation is cheekily reminiscent of sound systems at Brazilian carnivals, which are known as equipes de som – hence the name, ‘EDSM’ (Equipe de Som Modernista).
London-based designer Mulligan embraces artistic and architectural influences in his work, such as the modernist, art deco and brutalist forms of Brazil.www.alexandermulligan.com
British company Ruark has been putting out top-notch audio products for over 30 years, and its range includes a stereo system, integrated music system, high fidelity radiogram and a Bluetooth speaker system.www.ruarkaudio.com
Devised by DuPont, this durable, acrylic, solid surface material can be used to achieve multiple effects, colours and shapes.www.dupont.com
‘Space Case’ plant stands
Jason Rens and John Tebbs
A mutual appreciation of Carl Auböck was enough to bring Portland designer Jason Rens and London-based gardener John Tebbs together. In creating our ultimate plant stand, the pair emulated Auböck’s graphic elegance, while imbuing the functional piece with an intuitive flair. The stand’s individual shelves can be cleverly adjusted along its metal rails to suit plants of all sizes.
Rens creates geometric, sculptural objects that show of his predilection for natural materials. He has worked with fellow Portlanders Atelier Ace, and is hitting the US gallery circuit with new pieces this year.www.rasonjens.com
Tebbs runs The Garden Edit, the addictive retail site for those with a green thumb. Thanks to his keen eye for design, Tebbs has collated the fnest accessories relating to interior plants and the garden environment.www.thegardenedit.com
SO-IL and 3M
Taking inspiration from 3M’s colour-shifting dichroic glass film selection, US architects SO-IL created a flying cube using shimmering layers of the delicate product. The piece cleverly plays with light and refection.
Solid Objectives-Idenburg Liu (SO-IL) was founded by Dutch-born Florian Idenburg and Chinese native Jing Liu in Brooklyn in 2008. The pair met while working at SANAA in Tokyo, before moving to New York. Their portfolio includes the Kukje Art Center in Seoul and the host structure for the Frieze Fair’s inaugural presence in New York in 2012.so-il.org
3M’s products range from adhesives and laminates to car-care products and optical films. The Minnesota-based company’s Architectural Markets division specialises in advanced surface finishing and lighting solutions for architects and interior designers.www.3m.com
Adrien Rovero and Edition by Moyard
Mathieu Winkler, director of Moyard, and designer Adrien Rovero came together to produce a beautiful interpretation of the traditional croquet set but with an added twist to the rules – the hoops get sequentially smaller as the game progresses.
Edition by Moyard
Swiss furniture and design store Moyard stocks everything from reproduction Louis XIV commodes to David Chipperfeld-designed light fittings. It also has a workshop of 11 craftsmen, who restore everything from 19th-century French to midcentury Danish. Last year, Winkler launched Edition by Moyard, a series of contemporary design collections produced by Moyard’s craftsmen.editionbymoyard.ch
Swiss designer Adrien Rovero’s clients include Atelier Pfister, Campegi, Droog and Hermès, while his limited pieces have been shown at Galerie Kreo and Libby Sellers.adrienrovero.com
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