Larke Optics and Frank
From a vanity set in luminous acetate to a bold lipstick and scarf, there’s beauty in this bespoke set. Inspired by the French ivory vanity sets that were de rigueur during the late 19th century, Larke Optics and Frank have created a modern-day dresser set which comprises a hand mirror, three accessory trays, a lidded box and a vase. Made from Larke’s signature luminous acetates, each piece has been crafted using the tools and techniques of spectacle production.
A spectacle wearer since childhood, Laura Nicholson launched her company Larke Optics in 2013. Backed by a keen eye for craftsmanship and individuality, Larke’s bold, architectural frames are handmade in England from finely patterned Italian acetate. www.larkeoptics.com
Frank is a London design studio run by Pam West and Matt Edmonds. Since launching in 2001, it has enjoyed an ongoing partnership with Established & Sons, designing its ‘M5’ table, ‘Corona’ lamp and the ‘Store’ vessels. The studio also designs captivating retail interiors and exhibitions. www.frankhome.co.uk
Photography: Felicity Ingram
’Maiden Voyage’ lipstick and scarf
Linder and Lipstick Queen
Inspired by her travels, ‘Maiden Voyage’ is artist Linder’s take on lipstick. ‘I’m leading a nomadic existence at the moment, with a feeling of being permanently en voyage,’ she explains. She has certainly explored the colour spectrum thanks to the savoir-faire of beauty brand Lipstick Queen. Linder has also designed an elegant scarf, featuring her own artwork, to match the bold lipstick.
British visual artist Linder has mastered the art of collage over three decades of experimenting with two-dimensional and three-dimensional forms as well as light, music and textiles. Her striking compositions feature the female body and traditional ideas of beauty borrowed from both contemporary culture and fine art.
Entrepreneur Poppy King founded Lipstick Queen aged 18, when she failed to find a lipstick to her liking. Developing it into a brand that strives to answer women’s quest to find the lipstick of a lifetime, King has, 20 years on, created a colour library that covers both the classic and the unexpected. www.lipstickqueen.com
Photography: Felicity Ingram
Salako and Isaac Reina
With the organisational capabilities of a well ordered beauty bag and the sleek looks of a clutch, this dual-purpose concept by Jimo Salako makes a stylish travelling companion. Realised in collaboration with Isaac Reina in soft navy leather, the bag’s simple construction lends it a sophisticated edge. Its discreet form has room to hold grooming essentials, while functional details such as a magnetic closing and removable elastic grips inside add to its practicality.
Hair stylist Jimo Salako has worked for a host of fashion brands including Comme des Garçons, Fendi and Stella McCartney, as well as a plethora of magazines. In 2013, he expanded his reach by opening the Salako salon in London, offering his legendary haircuts to a wider public. His sculptural creations were recently seen at New York’s MoMA as part of a Björk retrospective. www.salakolondon.com
Spanish-born Isaac Reina established his eponymous leather goods brand in Paris in 2006. With a background in architecture and fashion (and previous experience as the design assistant to Véronique Nichanian, Hermès’ menswear director), Reina approaches his product work with formal simplicity, attention to detail and a remarkable colour sensibility. www.isaacreina.com
Photography: Paul Zak
‘Nail me!’ nail jobs
Philippe Malouin, Kenzo, Wallpaper* and Nails Inc.
With our unique new nail bar up and running we turned to friends Philippe Malouin and Kenzo to contribute the ultimate nail job. And we couldn’t resist adding our own colour, Wallpaper* Blue, to this grooming fest. Developed with paper expert James Cropper, it has become our signature shade. Powered by Nails Inc., this trio of nail jobs explores our passion for colour, material and good design.
Its speckled surface mimicking a Milanese floor, Philippe Malouin’s terrazzo-print nail appliqué combines marble and granite crumbs over a cement base. www.philippemalouin.com
With a nod to Kenzo’s S/S 2015 menswear collection, Humberto Leon and Carol Lim’s nail features dynamic stripes – a miniature version of the Kenzo universe. www.kenzo.com
Inspired by the nail bars of New York, Thea Green founded Nails Inc. in 1999 in London. It offers a vast palette, exclusive colours, and pattern collaborations. www.nailsinc.com
Photography: Leandro Farina
Aldo Bakker and De Castelli
The brief for Aldo Bakker’s Handmade project was loose – it just had to fit with this year’s entertaining theme. With metal handcrafting specialist De Castelli, he moulded a single sheet of brass into a table with the perfect proportions for handling an espresso and some biscotti.
Bakker sketches first, then finds a function afterwards. Many of his pieces are produced for galleries, but some have found their place in the collections of Georg Jensen, Puiforcat and Sèvres. www.aldobakker.com
A host of high profile designers – including Michele de Lucchi, Philippe Nigro and Aldo Cibic – have sought out De Castelli’s advanced metal handcrafting skills to produce pieces under the De Castelli Edition brand. www.decastelli.com
Photography: Kate Jackling
Studio Zanini and Villa della Pietra
Referencing Brazilian modernist architecture, designer Zanini de Zanine chose to forgo the traditional fruit bowl shape for a flat, tray-like surface with a small sunken section. Carved from Armani marble, the resulting piece will turn even a humble bunch of bananas or row of apples into a domestic sculpture.
Born in Rio de Janeiro, Zanini de Zanine spent his formative years working with Sergio Rodrigues. Recently named Maison&Objet Americas Designer of the Year, Zanini produces furniture for his own studio, as well as for global brands such as Cappellini. www.studiozanini.com.br
Villa della Pietra
Brazilian stone supplier Villa della Pietra, based near São Paulo, specialises in natural materials, such as limestone and marble, for use in residential projects, as well as in the production of smaller designs, such as elegant vases. www.villadellapietra.com.br
David Collins Studio and Cutipol
Inspired by his personal collection of vintage cutlery, Simon Rawlings, creative director of David Collins Studio, devised this spoon set, appropriate for cheese, oysters, eggs, caviar, sorbet and soup. Using Cutipol’s Goa range as a starting point, the handles feature the studio’s signature blue shade.
David Collins Studio
The David Collins Studio is renowned for its sophisticated interiors of restaurants, bars, stores and private homes. The studio is now led by Simon Rawlings. www.davidcollins.com
Portuguese family-owned firm Cutipol makes beautifully handcrafted cutlery, combining a spirit of innovation with the preservation of traditional manufacturing techniques. www.cutipol.pt
’Table Dressing’ off-site installation
Brioni and Lobmeyr
When designing this year’s A/W collection for Brioni, creative director Brendan Mullane had turned to Vienna’s Spanish Riding School and the Wiener Werkstätte for inspiration. In response to this Austrian influence, we worked with Mullane alongside celebrated Viennese glassmaker Lobmeyr to honour the country’s aesthetic heritage. The result of our creative conversation was a striking table, taking centre stage in the courtyard, which featured six tabletop guests – miniature mannequins created especially by Brioni – outfitted in replicas from the Brioni collection, which had been reproduced in painstaking detail by Brioni’s master tailors at its Penne factory. Our dinner party also included six full-size Brioni-clad mannequins. www.brioni.com; www.lobmeyr.at
Photography: Simona Pesarini
‘Naja’ drinks-menu magnifier
Ron Arad, Smith & Harris and Louisa Guinness
Ron Arad’s playful ‘Naja’ magnifying glass is an evolution of the classic monocle. Developed in collaboration with metalworker Smith & Harris and jewellery gallerist Louisa Guinness, the serpentine gold tube design is named after the Naja cobra.
Arad’s work spans large-scale buildings and iconic product design. Recent accolades include becoming a Royal Academician in 2013. www.ronarad.co.uk
Smith & Harris
Silversmith Dennis Smith and jeweller Gareth Harris launched their company in 1980, producing metalwork that ranges from large sculptural objects to fine jewellery. www.smithandharris.com
Guinness works with artists such as Anish Kapoor and Grayson Perry to develop pieces that merge artistic fair with fine silversmithing. www.louisaguinnessgallery.com
Photography: Joss McKinley
‘Magnify on a Stick’ food-menu magnifier
Lindberg and Ludwig Reiter
We don’t need help reading our dinner menus (yet), but we would be delighted to flourish this ‘Magnify on a Stick’ magnifying glass – composed of a black-coated, rose-gold stick and an anaconda leather wristband – at any table.
Danish design tradition and technical innovation meet in Lindberg’s eyewear, handcrafted using carefully sourced materials. www.lindberg.com
This family-run shoe manufacturer has been handcrafting Goodyear welted shoes and fine leather goods from its Vienna base since 1885. www.ludwig-reiter.com
Yorgo Tloupas and Martell
The invention of designer and keen cyclist Yorgo Tloupas combines a water flask with a compartment for a post-ride celebratory drink. Working with cognac maker Martell’s style director, Axelle de Buffevent, he designed the water section in steel and, for the cognac, a screw-in glass base. The cap is attached with a leather tab, and the whole clips into a standard bike bottle clasp: shown here on a chrome frame by bespoke bike maker Heritage-Paris. www.heritage-paris.com
Paris-based Tloupas is an art director who co-founded the studio Yorgo&Co in 2011. An avid snowboarder and biker, he has combined art direction for the likes of Cartier, Lacoste, Saint Laurent and Intersection Magazine (which he co-founded) with championship-level bike polo and co-ownership of ski firm Black Crows. He recently spent time in the Martell archives researching a logo redesign. www.yorgo.co
French cognac house Martell celebrates its 300th anniversary this year and is honouring the landmark with exclusive editions, artist collaborations and celebratory dinners. Also for the occasion, style director Axelle de Buffevent, who is behind the brand’s more adventurous artistic collaborations, has worked with Yorgo Tloupas to redesign the Martell logo and its emblematic swallow. www.martell.com
Photography: Andy Barter
Julia and Smythson
For our Handmade show in Salone, we decided to create a puzzle that visitors could take on and conquer, so we matched stationery brand Smythson with Julia, a design practice known for its playful use of type. Smythson created the puzzle’s cover based on its iconic Nile Blue Panama diary, while Julia designed the grid, creating patterns inspired by the likes of the Memphis Group, the Bauhaus, Frank Lloyd Wright and Oscar Niemeyer.
We have a longstanding relationship with Julia, founded in London in 2008 by Valerio Di Lucente, Erwan Lhuissier and Hugo Timm. The studio brings together graphic and spatial design, collaborating with clients from both the cultural and commercial sectors on a broad range of projects, including typefaces, books, magazines, exhibitions, posters, websites and identities. www.julia.uk.com
Established in 1887, Smythson is a leading maker of British luxury leather goods. In 1908, Frank Smythson invented the world’s first practical, portable diary, known for its cross-grain leather and featherweight paper; the brand is now internationally renowned for its timeless style, and each piece bears Smythson’s trademark exquisite craftsmanship. www.smythson.com
Rich Brilliant Willing
Inspired by the transformative qualities of light, New York lighting specialist Rich Brilliant Willing has created a series of sculptural dividers to help set the right mood on any table. The pieces, which are made from perforated, powder-coated metal panels in honey-toned hues, can be shaped around a candle, or other source, so that light playfully peeks through. Subtle folds ensure each sculpture can stand on its own.
Rich Brilliant Willing
Founded in 2007 by design graduates Theo Richardson, Charles Brill and Alexander Williams, this specialist lighting design firm manufactures all its own fixtures and has an exhaustive catalogue suitable for home and work. www.richbrilliantwilling.com
Photography: Thomas Albdorf
Lex Pott and Nomess Copenhagen
Inspired by traditional Japanese cutting instruments, Dutch designer Lex Pott and Danish brand Nomess Copenhagen created these sculptural scissors out of a single piece of metal, bent into a spring to create tension for the flattened blades. Best of all, they make the cut for both left- and right-handed people. Available at WallpaperSTORE*
A Design Academy Eindhoven graduate, Pott works largely with wood, stone and metal in his studio in a former shipyard in Amsterdam. www.lexpott.nl
Founded in 2007, Nomess brings blissful order to our living spaces with its functional and aesthetic products. www.nomess.dk
Jason Miller and Bosa
Stemming from Brooklyn-based designer Jason Miller’s experimental combinations of ceramic with other materials, this pitcher’s graceful shape is complemented by the addition of a robust brass handle attached with twine. Both masculine and soft, this expressive collage of materials is a tough combination to beat. Available at WallpaperSTORE*
Jason Miller founded his design studio in 2001. He is also the creative director and founder of lighting company Roll & Hill. www.jasonmiller.us
Based in the Venetian countryside, this family-run company has made a name for itself with its adventurous spirit and exciting collaborations. www.bosatrade.com
Muller Van Severen and Alma
Seeking an upgrade for our bedside table, we turned to design studio Muller Van Severen and leather expert Alma. With its minimalist lines and welcome splash of colour, Muller Van Severen’s table slides smartly over the bed, provides a home for your latest copy of Wallpaper* and features an iPad stand. Alma’s bespoke caramel hide creates a hanging compartment and tabletop, making our bed a place to eat, work, play and entertain.
Muller Van Severen
Photographer Fien Muller and sculptor Hannes Van Severen formed their studio in 2011. Based in Belgium, the pair’s artistic backgrounds inspire their furniture collections, which sit somewhere between design and art, and are known for their wit. www.mullervanseveren.be
Alma crafts quality leather in its east London workshop. Established in 1938, it initially catered to the fashion industry, but has since stretched into interior design and furnishing with its bespoke range of leathers, as well as its own furniture, accessories and bags. www.alma1938.com
Photography: Baker & Evans
Jonas Wagell and Kettal
Swedish architect and designer Jonas Wagell specialises in compact, modular creations and this greenhouse is no exception. Designed in collaboration with Kettal, it has been conceived with aesthetics, functionality and sustainability in mind. Metal shelves, held together by thin steel rods in a planter-shaped base, can easily be turned into a small greenhouse thanks to an acrylic roof featuring a windproof polyester curtain.
Stockholm-based Wagell is known for designs that are both playful and intelligent. Working on a range of scales, from private homes and prefab houses to lighting and tableware, his design philosophy favours functionality and simplicity over styling and swagger. His clients include companies such as Normann Copenhagen and Muuto. www.jonaswagell.se
Founded by Manuel Alorda in 1966, Kettal is a family-run business specialising in design-led outdoor furniture. Each item is manufactured in its plant in the coastal town of El Vendrell, 45km from its HQ in Barcelona. In recent years, Kettal has embraced sustainability, with all of its furniture produced ecologically, using sustainable wood, and being recyclable. www.kettal.com
‘Hygge’ serving board
Koichi Futatsumata and Skagen
Named after the Danish word for the cosy atmosphere of a friendly gathering, this Japanese cypress tray with brass legs is fitted with a slender hourglass in honour of Skagen’s timepiece portfolio. The board can be used to display anything from cheese or meat to fruit or cake, to be savoured at a leisurely pace.
Designer Koichi Futatsumata (who heads the Case-Real studio) offers a minimalist approach to objects and spaces, and has applied his discreet touch to furniture and electrics, for both large manufacturers and niche brands. www.futatsumata.com
Style meets simplicity in Danish label Skagen, founded in 1989. A brand inspired by (and named after) a small fishing village and its craft culture, its offer ranges from jewellery and watches to leather and homewares. www.skagen.com
Garth Roberts and Segno Italiano
Taking cues from the classic Dutch oven and open-fame camping stove, Garth Roberts’ seemingly rudimentary food warmer design is transformed by the use of noble materials – hammered copper and marble – beautifully crafted by some of Segno Italiano’s network of Italian artisans. The attention to detail is clear in the matching spoon and rest. Available at WallpaperSTORE*
Canadian designer Garth Roberts is known for adding value to simple concepts with his fine sensitivity to proportion and balance. Working in the fields of product design and creative direction, he has created furniture for clients such as Glas Italia and Casamania. www.garthglobal.com
Marketing quality Italian artisan products internationally, from ceramics to copper cookware, Segno Italiano acts as a commercial agent, an editor of high-level crafts and an art director of unique collections. www.segnoitaliano.it
Fabrica Design Studio and Calico
Fabrica has used some of Calico’s sumptuous coverings to rethink the humble lunch box: Tomomi Maezawa’s Sculptural Lunch is wrapped in ’Willow Celeste’ wallpaper and held together by a thin wire structure, while Mariana Fernandes’ Wrapping Food uses marbled wallpaper to emphasise the shape of a traditional lunch of ham and cheese.
Fabrica Design Studio
Led by creative director Sam Baron, this innovative design studio offers coveted scholarships to international designers, who take up residency for a year. Located in Treviso, Italy, the studio is part of Benetton’s larger research centre. www.fabrica.it
This New York-based bespoke wallpaper label combines artisanal, decorative arts methods with digital technology. Founded in 2013 by Rachel Mosler and Nick Cope, the company has amassed a cult following with its colourful, non-repeating designs. www.calicowallpaper.com
’Time to Think’ chess table
Stéphane Parmentier and Petit h
After delving deep into Petit h’s rich treasure trove of materials, French designer Stéphane Parmentier was inspired to revise the classic form of a chess table from an artisanal craft perspective. With the help of Petit h’s creative director, Pascale Mussard, he designed the ‘Time to Think’ (or ‘Le Temps de la Réfection’) table. Reminiscent of a layer cake, it features stacked strips of Hermès leather in multicoloured shades, from powder blue and gunmetal to mustard and moss green. Completing the design is a twin set of geometric chess pieces, ready to do battle in brown, off-black and off-white leather. Don’t be fooled by the simplicity of the table’s appearance – innovative new techniques were developed especially for the skins used.
Having risen through the ranks of the fashion industry at Lanvin and Givenchy, Stéphane Parmentier decided to shift his creative focus from clothing to interior architecture and design. His products leave an impression of quiet luxury, with aviation a strong influence. www.stephaneparmentier.com
Petit h by Hermès
An exciting addition to Hermès’ fashion empire, the Petit h project breathes new life into the luxury brand’s materials. Now in its fifth year, this creative laboratory sees artists, designers and craftsmen pool their talents to produce experimental, one-of-a-kind pieces. www.hermes.com
Sam Baron and Topázio
Topázio is known for its finely worked filigree decorative friezes. Designer Sam Baron chose to celebrate this tradition with a multifunctional tray set featuring layered friezes in Napoleonic Empire-style, King John V and art deco patterns.
Sam Baron has been director of the design department at Benetton’s Fabrica research centre since 2006. Much of his work is a reinterpretation of traditional manufacturing techniques. www.sambaron.fr
Founded in Porto in 1934, Topázio is renowned for its silver and fine filigree work. It now sells handcrafted silver and silver-plated pieces in more than 20 countries. www.topazio.pt
Scholten & Baijings and Nonino
Designed to be filled with the grappa of Italian distiller Nonino, these metal drinking flasks by Dutch designers Scholten & Baijings feature a classic silhouette, and come with a perfectly integrated drinking cup and a palette inspired by different grape varieties.
Scholten & Baijings
Stefan Scholten and Carole Baijings’ designs combine colour sensibility with a minimalist approach to shapes and a penchant for the grid. The duo have produced work for the likes of Hay and Georg Jensen. www.scholtenbaijings.com
Family-run distiller Nonino has produced grappa from its base in Friuli, Italy, since 1897. It created single-grape grappa over 40 years ago, and has also branched out into making cocktails using grappa as a base. www.grappanonino.it
Photography: Owen Silverwood
‘Chair 182’ bistro chair
Carmody Groarke, Joe Pipal and Bistrotheque
Light, durable and affordable to mass produce: this is the ultimate bistro chair, say its designers, architects Carmody Groarke and Bistrotheque founders David Waddington and Pablo Flack. Taking cues from bentwood bistro chairs by Thonet and J&J Kohn, it is made of plywood held together by cork-lined joints. Engineered in collaboration with wood expert Joe Pipal, the chair is a marvel of simplicity and robust minimalism.
Established in 2006 by Kevin Carmody and Andrew Groarke, this practice’s work is characterised by a monochromatic lightness and structural richness. Past projects include London’s 7/7 memorial in Hyde Park and award-winning pop-up restaurant Studio East Dining. In 2010, the architects collaborated with Brioni on an installation for the inaugural Wallpaper* Handmade. www.carmodygroarke.com
London-based furniture maker Joe Pipal has been working on private commissions and one-offs for over a decade. www.pipal.co.uk
This pioneering venue offers simple cuisine, great cocktails and entertainment in an industrial space in east London. www.bistrotheque.com
Photography: Jamie McGregor
Richard Nicoll and Moser
An exploration of the archives of Czech luxury glass manufacturer Moser led fashion designer Richard Nicoll to design these globe-shaped decanters, inspired by the brand’s hundreds of floral patterns. In a modern palette of blue and silver, the pieces, adorned with a delicate floral motif, are a contemporary take on the romantic Bohemian glass tradition.
After graduating from Central Saint Martins, Nicoll worked for Marc Jacobs at Louis Vuitton before launching his eponymous label in 2006. He has developed a subtle signature style revolving around variations of the colour blue and modernist lines, and his minimal approach to design proved its versatility when he collaborated with artist Linder on a series of printed garments. www.richardnicoll.com
Ludwig Moser opened his glass workshop in the Czech town of Karlovy Vary in 1893. Fast forward a century and a bit, and the company’s production has maintained its founder’s vision of ecologically friendly, lead-free crystal handmade in a unique colour spectrum. www.moser-glass.com
Photography: John Short
Kaia and Berthold
This handcrafted candelabra, by luxury lighting brand Kaia, is made from solid brass and includes a witty cement base inspired by menswear designer Raimund Berthold’s pairings of luxurious fabrics with contrasting materials. Precise and stylish, it combines the functionality of a traditional tabletop candelabra with modern elegance.
Trained engineer Peter Straka started his career as a metal worker for Vienna’s public tram service before establishing Kaia in 2003. Based in London and Vienna, his workshop creates refined lighting, inspired by the clean lines and geometric decoration of Vienna’s Secessionist architecture. www.kaia.at
Austrian-born Berthold received his MA from Central Saint Martins in 2005. His collections are characterised by a utilitarian sense of colour and a studied silhouette, resulting in bold apparel for those who seek out unique looks. www.berthold-uk.com
‘Dram & Mór’ whisky flasks
Afroditi Krassa, Royal Salute and Fürstenberg Porzellan
Intrigued by the opaqueness of the Royal Salute 21Year Old whisky bottle – it is solid porcelain – we asked British designer Afroditi Krassa to reimagine it. Chivas Brothers, creator of Royal Salute whisky, suggested Krassa visit Fürstenberg Porzellan. There, she was struck by the ancient technique of crystal glazing, which sees crystals added to the porcelain glaze to create unpredictable patterns on the finished product. ‘It’s like fireworks exploding,’ explains Krassa. And so the Royal Salute ‘Dram and Mór’ whisky flasks were devised.
Having set up her studio in London in 2003, this interior and product designer has collaborated with Bonaldo, Cassina and Ligne Roset, and designed Heston Blumenthal’s The Perfectionists’ Café at London’s Heathrow. www.afroditi.com
A very special long-aged blend, Chivas Brothers’ Royal Salute is crafted by the master blenders at Strathisla, the oldest working distillery in the Highlands. It is presented in traditional porcelain flacons made by Wade Ceramics in Stoke-on- Trent. www.royalsalute.com
Founded in 1747 in Germany, Fürstenberg Porzellan is one of the most esteemed porcelain manufacturers in the world. It is known for its centuries-old artisan techniques, precision and unique crystal glazing. www.fuerstenberg-porzellan.com
Folding TV tray table
Atlas Industries and Shelton Studios
Challenged to shake off the twee image of the folding TV tray table, Atlas Industries wasn’t content with simply creating a fancy version of the mid-century mainstay. Instead of the traditional pair of scissor legs, our updated version stands on just one, for a sleeker silhouette. It also neatly folds flat and has an elegant handle for easy hanging or stowing. There’s even a place in the tray to hold a draped napkin. The sculptural piece is a mix of painted black wood, maple wood accents and solid bronze, courtesy of Shelton Studios.
Atlas Industries is the upstate New York furniture design and manufacturing studio formed by Joseph Fratesi and Thomas Wright in 1993. The firm produces everything from custom chairs and tables to modular shelving units referencing mid-century classics. www.atlaseast.com
Founded by sculptor Gabrielle Shelton in 2000, the company specialises in architectural metal fabrication from its 5,000 sq ft Brooklyn base. Past projects include a staircase for David Zwirner and a 40ft wall for Richard Serra. www.sheltonstudiosinc.com
’Table Jewel’ candy bowls
Cora Sheibani and Hamilton & Inches
Pictured here in its raw state in the workshop, Cora Sheibani and Hamilton & Inches’ finished candy bowl gleams and shines like the sun in the sky. ’It’s nice to know that I can make things other than wearable jewellery. I am thinking about designing other objects inspired by the same kind of thinking,’ says Sheibani.
A jewellery designer by trade, the London-based Swiss designer’s gently discordant approach to precious metals and stones has always intrigued us. www.corasheibani.com
Hamilton & Inches
The 150-year-old company – with a Royal Warrant to the Queen for silversmithing – is situated in the basement of a grand Victorian townhouse in the heart of Edinburgh. www.hamiltonandinches.com
Photography: Richard Gaston
Cecilie Manz and Rud Rasmussen
A minibar cabinet should be a place where you find comfort and pleasure. To that end, we approached the award-winning Copenhagen-based industrial designer Cecilie Manz and age-old cabinetmaking firm Rud Rasmussen.
Best known for her practical furniture designs and acute attention to detail, Copenhagen-based Cecilie Manz designs furniture, glass, lamps and related products. www.ceciliemanz.com
Set up by cabinetmaker Rudolf Rasmussen in 1869, the company became known for functional furniture, flourishing in the 1960s. Since 2011, the company has been owned by fellow furniture outfit Carl Hansen & Søn, creating a super brand to promote the work of Danish icons. www.rudrasmussen.com
Photography: Michael Rygaard and Alastair Philip Wiper
Veuve Clicquot Re-Creation Awards
Veuve Clicquot and Wallpaper*
We invited our party guests at our Handmade exhibition in Milan to drop us a postcard with their thoughts on the show. The reason behind our message board, and all the merriment, was the celebration of the Veuve Clicquot Re-Creation Awards, a collaboration between the renowned French champagne house and Wallpaper*, for which we challenged designers from around the world to ‘think outside the mailbox’. awards.veuve-clicquot.co
Photography: Mark Cocksedge
’Panel beater’s Picnic’
Emeco, Jasper Morrison and St John
Keen to showcase the marvellous marriage of craftsmanship and design that is Jasper Morrison’s new ‘Alfi’ seating range for Emeco, we not only teamed them up again to produce a special version of the seat for Wallpaper* Handmade, we also invited the American furniture manufacturer’s stellar metal worker, Josh Fisher, to manufacture it live at our exhibition in Milan during Salone del Mobile. All whilst munching on St John’s delectable pizza.
Metal craftsman Josh Fisher made Jasper Morrison’s ’Alfi’ chair especially for Handmade, at Handmade. Emeco’s chairs are known for their enduring designs and recycled materials. www.emeco.com
English product and furniture designer Jasper Morrison’s ’Alfi’ collection – a chair, two stools and a three-seater bench – is based around Emeco and Morrison’s shared belief that what you don’t see is as important as what you do see. www.jaspermorrison.com
St John’s founder, chef Fergus Henderson, concocted a suitable meal for our panel show. Arnold Hoeksma, sous chef at St Johns’s original Smithfield base, cooked bone marrow pizzas for us and our guests.www.stjohngroup.uk.com
Photography: Junichi Ito
‘Big Sur’ punchbowl set
Commune and Kevin Willis
Californian design collective Commune opted to rework a dinner piece that a large group of people could enjoy. Its spin on the typically kitsch punchbowl, ladle and cups is robust and earthy, thanks to ceramicist Kevin Willis’ handiwork. The Los Angeles artist cast the shapes out of solid desert clay and finishes with two custom-made, contrasting glazes, giving the set all the makings of a groovy party. Available at WallpaperSTORE*
Founded in 2004, Commune is a modern design studio known for infusing each project that it touches with a cool charm and authenticity. From enigmatic hotel interiors and elegant shopfits to colourful graphic identities and sophisticated homes, the Los Angeles-based studio’s talents know few bounds. www.communedesign.com
Californian artist Kevin Willis spent a large part of his career directing and producing music videos. Despite a couple of Grammy nods, he now pursues painting, ceramics and photography while also running a bar called Cha Cha Lounge in Silver Lake, Los Angeles. He is based at Desert Creek Studios, on the edge of the Mojave Desert. www.kevinwillis.biz
’Desert Islands’ dessert set
6a Architects and Lobmeyr
Comprising four sets of three pieces, the elegant, stackable ‘Desert Islands’ glassware collection is designed around a common narrative – the imaginary islands from Shakespeare’s The Tempest, Thomas More’s Utopia, William Golding’s Lord of the Flies and Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe. The bowls feature simple geographic outlines and quotes, while the glasses each sport a symbol representing one of the literary works.
One of the UK’s most exciting practices, 6a Architects was set up by Tom Emerson and Stephanie Macdonald in 2001. Its award-winning portfolio encompasses different typologies, often dealing with historic environments, such as the South London Gallery extension, the Raven Row gallery in London’s Spitalfields, and the facade for Paul Smith’s Mayfair store. www.6a.co.uk
A sixth-generation, family-owned crystal production business, Lobmeyr was founded in Vienna in 1823. Today, brothers Leonid, Johannes and Andreas Rath head the business. Working with traditional glass-blowing, cutting and engraving techniques, Lobmeyr develops timeless pieces and collaborates with some of the best names in design. www.lobmeyr.at
‘Scarabei/Scaradei’ dinner service
Nigel Coates and Richard Ginori
A collector of porcelain by Richard Ginori, British architect Nigel Coates has combined his favourite dinner service, ‘Antico Doccia’ from 1740, with decorative elements drawn from the Italian porcelain maker’s archive. His six place settings and fantastical centrepiece freely mix figuration and abstraction.
Coates brings his spirited and original thinking to architecture, interior and product design. He headed up the Department of architecture at London’s Royal College of Art from 1995 to 2011 and is now a professor emeritus of the college. www.nigelcoates.com
Founded in 1735, Italy’s leading producer of porcelain tableware and objects has a history of employing the major creatives of the time, from sculptor Urbano Lucchesi to Gio Ponti. It marries industrial production with the work of highly skilled artisans. www.richardginori1735.com
Cocktail glass set
To create our perfect cocktail glassware to complement Mark Albrecht’s home bar, we worked with French glass artist Vanessa Mitrani. We were attracted by her bold use of glass and metal and asked her to use her vases and centrepieces as the starting point for sculptural drinking vessels. The resulting set includes tumblers, highballs and martini glasses, each perched on a brass base in a range of shapes, from solid cubes and sets of metal spheres to precarious cones and ultra-thin sticks. Available at WallpaperSTORE*
Since graduating from Paris’ ENSAD in 1998, Vanessa Mitrani has experimented with the formal resilience and magic of glass. Bold, irreverent and offbeat, the Paris-based artist creates unique results by fusing glass with other materials such as wire netting, rope and fibreglass to create thematic collections. She has amassed a client list that includes Ligne Roset and Roche Bobois. www.vanessamitrani.com
‘Tessera’ wine rack
Kacper Hamilton, Temper, John Hegarty and A2-Type
Challenged to create a wine crate that could double as storage, Kacper Hamilton and Temper produced this modular system. Inspired by John Hegarty’s biodynamic winemaking, it is crafted from oak, and secured using leather straps. Informed by Hegarty’s desire to strip esoterica from wine-labelling, A2-Type created the plain-speaking ’Pour Now’ label series using New Grotesk Round, New Grotesk Square and A2 Typewriter fonts.
Hamilton founded his London studio in 2009 and, as well as developing his own products, he has created work for Pernod Ricard and Baccarat. www.kacperhamilton.com
This furniture studio in Wiltshire, UK, founded in 2013 by self-taught carpenter George Winks, is a laboratory of fine craftsmanship. www.temperstudio.com
Co-founder of international advertising agency Bartle Bogle Hegarty (BBH), Hegarty is the man behind the iconic Levi’s launderette ad and Audi’s ‘Vorsprung durch Technik’ catchphrase. He also produces wines in the Languedoc under the Hegarty Chamans label, and believes in demystifying wine buying, as well as making exciting wines for those that don’t follow the crowd. www.hegartychamans.com
Photography: Thomas Alborf
Egg Collective and Marsotto
Executed in solid marble by Marsotto, Egg Collective’s curvilinear cake stand features an elongated base topped with a round tray that can be lifted off or easily locked into place. The polished surface adds a luxurious dimension. Available at WallpaperSTORE*
Designers Stephanie Beamer, Crystal Ellis and Hillary Petrie founded Egg Collective in New York in 2011; it is now renowned for its beautifully engineered furniture and lighting. www.eggcollective.com
Italian company Marsotto is constantly on the hunt for new ways to transform marble and stone, producing premium furnishings for retail, luxury hotels and urban design. www.marsotto.com
Jane Mayle and Designtex
Taking cues from an art deco jewellery box, Jane Mayle has designed a brass-handled tea caddy with solid brass feet to house a teapot, and a grooved brass placemat with a mirrored finish. The accompanying cosy, crafted from beetled linen, is decorated with eyelets, inlaid with steel and brass in an array of enamelled and pearl finishes. The collection is made from linen, textured polyurethane, woven jacquard and scuba fabrics by Designtex.
British-born fashion designer Jane Mayle has been a much-admired fixture on the New York fashion scene since establishing her eponymous clothing label in 1998. Irreverent, individualistic and romantic, the label garnered a cult following around the world. Since closing the brand and her Nolita boutique in 2009, Mayle has put her creative efforts into fashion consultancy and selective collaborations.
Headquartered in New York, Designtex is one of the premier textile manufacturing companies developing and designing materials for large-scale architectural projects. Recognised as an innovator in researching and creating new, sustainable varieties for wallcoverings, textiles and digitally imaged materials, the company exhibits a keen eye for quality to boot. www.designtex.com
Starbucks Reserve coffee bag
Starbucks and Hardmill
Inspired by the signature leather coffee bags of the Starbucks Reserve Roastery & Tasting Room, we invited the global coffee brand to work with Hardmill on a special coffee bag for us. Developed by Starbucks’ Creative Studio, the design references details from the Roastery. A teak base on the bag represents the wooden bar, while the leather is hand-stitched with copper wire, allowing the coffee aroma to emerge. The bag is unlocked with a system using steel and copper, inspired by the door handles at the Roastery’s entrance.
The Starbucks Reserve Roastery & Tasting Room opened in Seattle in 2014. It is dedicated to the roasting and crafting of rare Starbucks Reserve coffees, a culmination of four decades of coffee, design and customer experience leadership. www.roastery.starbucks.com
Founded by brothers Ryan and Michael Barrie in Seattle, Hardmill makes simple, traditional products using leather, waxed canvas and metal. Inspired by their grandfather’s wood workshop, the brothers developed a passion for craft, quality and materials. www.hardmill.com
Glenn Sestig Architects and Van Den Weghe
A beautifully crafted and multi-functional object, the ’Pleasure Dome’ is made of German glass and titanium travertine that originates from Iraq. The stone base, finished with a metamorphic quartzite stone inlay in Dusk colouring, cleverly features a different depth on each side. By flipping it over, you can adapt it to different uses – a fruit bowl, a cheese platter, a cake stand or even a terrarium – using either the shallower or deeper side. Lift off the glass dome and the base turns into a striking stone tray. Available at WallpaperSTORE*
Glenn Sestig Architects
Specialising in high-end buildings and interiors, the Gent-based architect’s contemporary designs are typified by their attention to detail. www.glennsestigarchitects.com
Van Den Weghe
Belgium-based stone specialists, Van Den Weghe stock over 280 different kinds of rocks – some extremely rare – and helps to bring to life all kinds of tailor-made creations. www.vandenweghe.be
Harry Allen and Shapeways
Harry Allen’s tongue-in-cheek three-way corkscrew has a handy functionality. The design allows corks from memorable bottles to be incorporated as the screw’s handles, rather than discarded. Its stainless steel form, finished with gold or bronze, is 3D-printed by Shapeways.
Known for his flair and innovation, the New York-based designer of Marc Jacobs’ ’Bang’ fragrance bottle has produced work for Dune, Magis, Umbra, Steuben and Gaia & Gino and has pieces in institutions such as MoMA. www.harryallendesign.com
A leader in 3D-printing, Shapeways brings almost any product idea to life. With an HQ in New York, and bases in Seattle and Eindhoven, it offers access to technology that can magic up new designs in an array of raw materials. www.shapeways.com
Laetitia de Allegri, Matteo Fogale and Ceccotti Collezioni
For their curvaceous platter (bottom), designers Laetitia de Allegri and Matteo Fogale took inspiration from the shapes of cheese. Manufacturer Ceccotti Collezioni then crafted a circular American walnut display area and tools, contrasting with the platter’s patterned azure bioglass. The glass is 100 per cent recyclable and provided by award-winning sustainable material producer, Coverings Etc. Available at WallpaperSTORE*
Laetitia de Allegri and Matteo Fogale
The duo debuted in 2014 with the -ISH collection and has an interest in recycled materials used to make shapely pieces. www.laetitiadeallegri.com; www.matteofogale.com
Dating from 1956, the brand is recognised globally for the quality and craftsmanship of its furniture, produced at its HQ in Cascina, near Pisa. www.ceccotticollezioni.it
‘Artist’s Palate’ recipe cards and box
Moynat, James Cropper, and Baddeley Brothers
Since 2009, in a tribute to Artists’ Cookbook, published by MoMA in 1977, our back page has been dedicated to the favourite recipes of the world’s greatest artists. For our Salone extravaganza, we invited James Cropper and Baddeley Brothers to create some recipe cards, and tasked luxury leather expert Moynat with crafting a sophisticated case to display the collection. Its bespoke case, made from slate grey leather, is inlaid with a blue leather asterisk, using Moynat’s exceptional expertise.
Established in Paris in 1849, Moynat is France’s oldest trunk-maker. Pioneering innovations include the ‘Limousine’ trunk, dating back to 1902 and still in production. Decidedly niche until 2010, when it was bought by LVMH’s CEO Bernard Arnault, the heritage luggage brand has diversified superlatively under the creative direction of Hermès veteran Ramesh Nair, excelling, naturally, in leather craftsmanship and motif marquetry. www.moynat.com
One of the world’s foremost producers of coloured paper, Cumbrian heritage mill James Cropper creates distinctive and technically advanced paper products using materials ranging from cotton and wood to carbon fibre. www.cropper.com
Since 1859, Baddeley Brothers has been a skilled purveyor of traditional printing, all produced at its east London workshop. www.baddeleybrothers.co.uk
Davide Oldani and Tod’s
This collaboration between luxury leather goods brand Tod’s and chef Davide Oldani is a marriage of common interests based on shared principles – a belief in quality materials, the Made in Italy promise and the importance of handmaking. The elegant tote is specially designed for transporting bread. Holes punctured into the bag’s supple calfskin leather allow air to circulate around a warm loaf, helping it to cool as it is carried.
One of the most talented chefs on the global culinary scene, Oldani is an advocate of clarity and tradition. His ‘Cucina Pop’ philosophy promises quality but accessible dining. He opened Michelin-starred restaurant D’O in his home town of Cornaredo, near Milan, in 2003. ‘Collaboration is a team sport,’ he says of his handmade endeavour, ‘the same as in a kitchen or on the football feld.’ www.cucinapop.do
Italian brand Tod’s is globally recognised for the blend of tradition, quality and modernity that goes into its shoes and leather goods. Each of its products is skilfully handcrafted, making for styles that become icons of modern living. Of working with Oldani for Handmade, Tod’s creative team reports, ‘We both start a project thinking about the quality of materials or ingredients.’ www.tods.com
Photography: Alberto Zanetti
‘Maître d’jacket and ‘Grocer’ bag
Jared Rue and Toogood
One of the key elements to a quality night out is a warm welcome at the door. ‘It’s important that, when you go to a party, you know who’s in charge,’ says artist Jared Rue. Using Toogood’s ‘Milkman’ jacket as a (black rubberised) canvas, Rue employed acrylic paint and 12ct white gold leaf to create a hostess jacket. And to match, there’s a rolltop, grocer-style holdall that’s large enough to fit a tablet.
A self-taught artist based in Seattle, Washington, Rue’s work incorporates silver, aluminium, copper and gold leaf into landscapes that often portray lake scenes and forests with an animated verisimilitude. www.jaredrue.com
Toogood is a utilitarian, unisex label launched in 2013 by sisters Faye and Erica Toogood. Drawing on Faye’s editorial eye and Erica’s Savile Row training, each garment is beautifully crafted from fabrics such as waxed cotton and embroidered linen. www.t-o-o-g-o-o-d.com
Photography: Liam Warwick
Hunter and Thom Hunt
If anyone needs functional attire, it’s the new model forager. So we turned to Niall Sloan, design director at Hunter, and Thom Hunt, one of the UK’s leading foraging experts, and together they came up with this gilet, which includes a removable waterproof pocket, perfect for storing seaweed, a built-in carabiner to secure the lead of your truffle dog, and more.
Hunter was established in Scotland in 1856. In 1956 it launched the iconic ‘Original Green Wellington’, and this year it launches its new technical Hunter Field collection. www.hunterboots.com
Thom Hunt is one of the UK’s leading experts on wild food and is the founder of 7th Rise, a wild experiences centre on the banks of the River Fal on Cornwall’s Tregothnan Estate. www.7thrise.co.uk
Arc’teryx Veilance and Dean Edmonds
Harmonising the concept of seating and storage in one product, this tote stool can be assembled or collapsed with ease. It also boasts thermolaminated pockets, sleek WaterTight zippers and microseams, and is made of durable ‘AC2’ textiles with waterproof properties.
High-performance outerwear and equipment maker Arc’teryx launched its premium Veilance line in 2009. Made with the modern urbanite in mind, it showcases the Vancouver brand’s most technical innovations. www.veilance.arcteryx.com
Furniture designer Dean Edmonds is a master of materials, renowned for creating unique pieces that showcase the natural finish of steel and wood. His aesthetic approach is minimal, inspired by clean lines and geometric shapes. www.deanedmonds.co.uk
Prosciutto carving set
Piero Lissoni and Knindustrie
Together, Lissoni and Knindustrie created this all-important ham carving set, ensuring their nation’s beloved prosciutto crudo was handled with the requisite care and vigilance. Combining a satin-finished stainless steel stand and a walnut board, the sleek design includes a carving knife, an offcut trimmer and serving tongs.
Piero Lissoni has a lifetime’s worth of innovative designs, spanning architecture, interiors, industrial design and graphics behind him. www.lissoniassociati.com
Francesco Zani’s brand is just four years old, but has already amassed serious design kudos by working with the likes of Rodolfo Dordoni. His cooking utensils are innovative and eco-sustainable. www.knindustrie.it
chmara.rosinke and Meyers & Rasmus Kliim
Designed by chmara.rosinke, this chemistry-style kit consists of brass utensils crafted by metalwork expert Carl Auböck and test tubes flled with seasonings by Copenhagen chef Rasmus Kliim using ingredients from Meyers’ deli. Reflecting Kliim’s New Nordic style of cuisine, they include spice of juniper shoots, Greenland thyme, smoked apple vinegar, ramson oil and spruce salt.
Ania Rosinke and Maciej Chmara, who founded their design studio in Vienna in 2012, combine true craftsmanship with a conceptual approach. www.chmararosinke.com
Meyers & Rasmus Kliim
Launched in 1999 by Claus Meyer, co-founder of restaurant Noma, Danish food empire Meyers promotes all aspects of New Nordic culinary culture. Chef Rasmus Kliim is its gastronomic consultant. www.meyersmad.dk
Photography: Ryan Hopkinson
‘Carved’ chocolate set
Studio Appétit and Oialla
For this cocoa-laced project, we teamed Dutch design firm Studio Appétit with chocolate brand Oialla to create a smash and grab apparatus, allowing people to cut themselves a piece of exquisite chocolate. The rugged choc block, with origins in the Amazon jungle, comes with its own geometric serving board made from African walnut, and two carving chisels, which feature different tips and wide bases cast in brass that double as hammers. The whole set is housed in a black, custom-made, mini shipping crate (not pictured). Available at WallpaperSTORE*
The Arnhem-based multidisciplinary design company Studio Appétit specialises in food-related projects. Led by designer and chef Ido Garini, it channels its collective creativity into devising experiences that combine the culinary arts with product design, graphic design, and spatial and installation design. Its ongoing project ‘Things of Edible Beauty’ celebrates the ornamental value of food. www.studioappetit.com
Crafted from the wild-harvested Beniano bean, found deep in the Amazon jungle, Oialla chocolate is the passionate enterprise of Danish chef Rasmus Bo Bojesen. Making his product purely from beans and organic Brazilian raw cane sugar, Bojesen has experimented with fermenting, roasting, grinding and conching to create the preferred chocolate of culinary connoisseurs such as Noma. www.oialla.com
Picnic whisky set
Originally from Austin, Texas, Peter Ivy now works from his small studio in a tiny hamlet just outside of Toyama, Japan, where he pursues a collaborative, hands-on effort, working with an assistant, always striving for a result slightly better than before. A perfect fit for Handmande, then. Ivy’s one-glass whisky set compromises a stoppered bottle and stacking glass, held together by a copper-boated frame with a bamboo handle. www.peterivy.com
Photography: Kase Kentaro
Colour Heaven installation
Wallpaper* has long been a keen observer of Kvadrat’s upholstery art and design collaborations. But we especially admire the fabric expert’s transformative powers given a large-scale project. Upon finding ourselves with considerable space on our hands for this year’s Handmade, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity of joining forces. The result is a tonal tunnel of Kvadrat’s Tonus 3, Tonus 4 and Tonus Meadow ranges, over 600m of woollen weaves in a chromatic arrangement of all the blues the company’s catalogue could offer.
The unparalleled interiors and design textile authority, Kvadrat is the go-to company for upholstery fabrics for the international design world. Its vast textile library covers all colours of the spectrum in a variety of materials, and includes collaborations with product and fashion designers. Notably, in 2014, Kvadrat worked with Raf Simons on a range of upholstery fabrics and accessories. The Danish company is a true design force. www.kvadrat.dk
’High Eccentricity’ stool/pedestal
Studio Libertiny and Brdr Krüger
Making the most of Brdr Krüger’s famous woodturning skills, this stool/pedestal by Studio Libertiny is a modern take on the traditional woodworking technique of off-axis, or eccentric, woodturning. As a result, its dynamic, asymmetrical shape offers an ever-changing profile. Made from solid Dinesen Douglas pine, the piece’s unexpected form feels tactile and organic. A colour treatment in Dinesen Paris Blue (created by Original Linoliemaling) accentuates the lighter and darker grains in the wood.
Known for his experimental approach, Rotterdam-based Tomáš Libertíny creates extraordinary designs born of his natural curiosity and investigations around nature and science. www.studiolibertiny.com
Danish woodturning specialist Brdr Krüger was set up 129 years ago. Using its unrivalled craftsmanship, the family-owned firm reinterprets mid-century Danish design in a contemporary way. www.brdr-kruger.dk
‘Nail me!’ nail bar
Bozarthfornell Architects and Testi
One year in the making, our nail bar originated in an inspired conversation with artist Lexi Shu and designer Sacha Leong. The idea was to make a nail-salon counter inspired by a bar, stripping it back to an essential design and introducing new material and aesthetics to the often under-designed beauty salon desk. Swedish architect Andreas Bozarth Fornell and his team took to the challenge, developing a monolithic bar in Duke White marble and traditional stools made of the same material carved by marble manufacturer Testi’s team.
Founded in 2010, Andreas Bozarth Fornell’s Stockholm architecture and design studio works with clients such as Acne and Opening Ceremony on projects that often feature a daring use of bold colour. www.bozarthfornell.com
Marble manufacturer Testi was founded in the early 1900s in Italy’s Verona province. The family-owned group now handles a variety of natural stone projects, ranging from small objects to architecture. www.testigroup.eu
Studio Mackereth, Royal Salute and Jack Badger
Crafted from ancient, petrifed oak, some of it 8,000 years old, the bar references the ageing processes of timber and whisky.
The London architects are widely known for specialising in luxury retail, commercial and high-end residential projects. www.studiomackereth.com
Dedicated to whisky that’s been aged for a minimum of 21 years, the brand launched its famous 21 Year Old on the day of Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation in 1953. www.royalsalute.com
The Derbyshire-based carpenters are highly skilled carpenters and masons with three decades of experience creating reproductions of unparalleled authenticity. www.jackbadger.co.uk
‘Rotunda Serotina’ snack bar
Kolman Boye Architects, AHEC, Benchmark and T’a Milano
At this pick ’n’ mix sweet shop-inspired wonder, savoury snacks are served on individual cherry-wood trays. A movable ladder helps with the heights.
Kolman Boye Architects
Set up by Victor Boye Julebäk and Erik Kolman Janouch in 2013, the practice has bases in Stockholm and Copenhagen. www.kolmanboye.com
This British timber milling and carpentry workshop was founded by Terence Conran and Sean Sutcliffe in 1984 and creates bespoke designs, as well as its own collection. www.benchmarkfurniture.com
The American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) is the leading international trade association for the US hardwood industry. www.americanhardwood.org
Our delicious savoury snacks were created by T’a Milano. This bistro and store was set up in Milan last year by Tancredi and Alberto Alemagna, following on from the boutique chocolate label they founded in 2007. www.tamilano.com
‘Equinox’ candy jar
Kristina Dam and Gaia & Gino
Gaia & Gino and the design studio Kristina Dam came together to create a modern centrepiece combining brass and marble. The marble sphere held by a brass structure is at once sculptural and functional, a covetable container for candy or personal belongings. Available at WallpaperSTORE*
Owned by designer Kristina Dam, a trained architect, and her partner Chim Scavenius Sonne-Schmidt, this Copenhagen studio aims to create designs that challenge the limits of art and interiors. Its first products, limited-edition illustrations, gained widespread attention and today its portfolio also includes furniture, sculpture, mirrors and decorative items. www.kristinadam.dk
Gaia & Gino
The Istanbul-based design brand, founded in 2004 by Gaye Cevikel, strives to incorporate handcraft techniques into innovative objects. It collaborates with a roster of leading designers – including Arik Levy, Jaime Hayon and Nendo – to produce inventive, often poetic, interior accessories. www.gaiagino.com
‘Humble Vanity’ collection
BCXSY and H Stern
In brass and coloured glass, the collection comprises a vanity table, a jewellery box (not pictured) and a wall mirror with storage, designed by Amsterdam duo BCXSY with Rio de Janeiro jeweller H Stern. The simple forms – oval shapes encased in rectangular frames – are inspired in part by the volumes of Brazilian modernism, while the colours reference the jewellery world’s precious stones. H Stern, in turn, was inspired to create an accompanying capsule collection of precious Noble Gold jewellery.
Based in Amsterdam, Israeli designer Boaz Cohen and Japanese designer Sayaka Yamamoto’s multidisciplinary studio creates and develops concepts, identities, products, graphics, interiors and atmospheres. www.bcxsy.com
Founded by German émigré Hans Stern in the 1940s, this Brazilian brand is known for its exquisite jewellery, and has evolved into a global precious stone powerhouse. www.hstern.net
Brigitte Niedermair and Rubelli
Artist Brigitte Niedermair’s photograph of a pair of carrots intertwined like lovers (as seen in W*186) was woven into a precious fabric by Italian textile expert Rubelli to form part of an installation that symbolises the link between man and nature. The rich textile, whimsical photograph and organic subject matter combine an artistic rigour and openness to new things that is the foundation of Handmade collaborations.
An Italian artist who expresses herself through photography and conceptual fashion work, Brigitte Niedermair’s lyrical pictures venture deep into the disciplinary challenges of fine art. www.brigitteniedermair.com
Renowned for its damask, velvet and silk fabrics, this family-run company was founded in 1889, when Lorenzo Rubelli took over a Venetian textile business. Today, it manufactures its fine fabrics on both 18th-century handlooms and high-tech jacquard looms. www.rubelli.com
Patricia Urquiola and Lasvit
To showcase the artisanal expertise of Czech company Lasvit, designer Patricia Urquiola explored the myriad possibilities offered by glass-cutting. The result is a pair of striking vases (one pictured) with an intricate design made using blown glass and milling cuts. The thick glass vases showcase both the designer’s shape sensibility and the brand’s material expertise. Available at WallpaperSTORE*
Wallpaper’s Designer of the Year in 2006 and jointly in 2015, Urquiola established her studio in Milan in 2001. She creates new products and spaces at a relentless pace, and has recently collaborated with the likes of Mutina and B&B Italia. www.patriciaurquiola.com
Lasvit was founded in 2007 by Leon Jakimič with the aim of bringing traditional Bohemian glass to the contemporary world. The brand has collaborated with designers and architects such as Nendo, Daniel Libeskind and Ross Lovegrove. www.lasvit.com
‘Shapes Bundle’ fitness kit
Outdoor Voices and Visibility
This kit started life as a new take on yoga accessories, long due a revamp. Visibility and Outdoor Voices took our concept one step further, producing functional shapes that can be used in all fields of fitness. Comprising a felt mat, a wooden cylinder, a rectangular block and a cork triangle strapped together with a wide rubber band, the result combines Visibility’s raw volumes and Outdoor Voices’ diverse fabrics.
Founded in 2012, Visibility is an industrial design studio established by Joseph Guerra and Sina Sohrab. Based in New York, the duo works with raw materials to create structurally pure products. www.vsby.co
Based in Austin and New York, active apparel brand Outdoor Voices produces men’s and women’s recreational sports attire. The brand’s online store, launched in 2012, stocks wellness accessories in addition to versatile active-wear. www.outdoorvoices.com
Pierre Gonalons and JM Weston
French designer Pierre Gonalons looked to brutalism and the structure of a JM Weston shoe to create this sculptural take on the bar stool. The stool is covered in box leather, with shoe-sole leather used for the cut-away area that forms a novel footrest. ’I wanted to evoke a film scenario,’ says Gonalons. ’A first rendezvous in a Parisian bar at cocktail hour in the 1970s, wearing a pair of JM Westons...’
Lyon-born product and interior designer Pierre Gonalons’ style nods to both the decorative arts and popular culture, while following his own minimalist lines. He designs furniture, lamps and objetcs for his own label, Ascète. wwww.pierregonalonsstudio.com
Founded in 1891, this French leather goods maker has its own sole-leather tannery and crafts its shoes using traditional techniques at its Limoges factory. Michel Perry, appointed artistic director in 2001, shows a taste for playful twists on tradition. www.jmweston.fr
Formafantasma and Caesarstone
Slickly realised in engineered quartz, this sleek tabletop is supported by panels in contrasting colours held together by an oxidised brass joint. This is the second time we have instigated a Handmade collaboration with Caesarstone, the Israeli company whose quartz and granite products are more traditionally used for kitchen countertops and bathroom surfaces. We hooked them up with creative Italian duo Formafantasma, who designed a dining table that enhances the flat nature of the materials and expresses their structural interest.
Since graduating in 2009 from Design Academy Eindhoven, Andrea Trimarchi and Simone Farresin have successfully developed an approach that is both daringly conceptual and mindful of functionality. www.formafantasma.com
Surface specialist Caesarstone pioneered the use of engineered quartz in surface designs. Its recent collaborative endeavours have included a sea of tables by Nendo, and a playful installation with Philippe Malouin, featuring a Wallpaper*-curated café, for Salone del Mobile 2015. www.caesarstone.com
’Pouic, the Jolie Jolly’ dining chair
Thierry Dreyfus and Yota Design
For lighting designer extraordinaire Thierry Dreyfus, a good dining chair should be designed to look great from the front, the side and the back. And this is what he achieved with his ’Pouic, the Jolie Jolly’ chair, which is, as its humorous name suggests, a ’happy and comfortable chair’. Carved from ash with the help of French manufacturer Yota Design, and featuring bright, primary coloured upholstery by Kvadrat, it manages to combine Bauhaus-style geometry with a lighter, somewhat sprightlier look.
A long-time Wallpaper* collaborator, French lighting designer Thierry Dreyfus has produced some of fashion’s most memorable catwalk shows of the past decade, for the likes of Dior and Jil Sander. www.atelierthierrydreyfus.fr
French furniture maker Yota was founded by Xavier Bourdery and Joaquim da Costa, both industry veterans with backgrounds in office furniture and upholstery. www.yota-design.com
Von Pelt and Lea Ceramiche
The mesmerising surface of our butler’s tray is courtesy of artists Von Pelt and ceramic specialist Lea Ceramiche. Referencing traditional inlay techniques such as pietra dura, it is crafted from an innovative laminate porcelain called Slimtech, just 3.5mm thick and precisely cut using laser-jet technology. The 250-plus pieces in different finishes and shades were painstakingly assembled into the diamond pattern designed by Von Pelt to tease your sense of perspective.
With Desiree Mejer at the helm, this global group of artists and designers is united in a common quest for originality, innovation and quality, and creates witty objects based on historical and cultural references. www.vonpelt.com
This innovative Italian company uses cutting-edge technology to design and produce floor and wall ceramics for all kinds of settings. It works with renowned architects and designers, such as Zaha Hadid, Patrick Norguet and Fabio Novembre. www.ceramichelea.com
Steffen Kehrle and Master & Dynamic
Combining inspirations old and new, this unique commission demonstrates how traditional methods can be used to channel a wholly modern sound. Following a stint of research into antique megaphones and gramophones, Steffen Kehrle got the idea to mount a cone-shaped speaker on a slim linear stand, before attaching a pair of Master & Dynamic headphones. The finished object magnifies the music being played, creating an unparalleled audio experience.
Master & Dynamic
Specialising in luxury audio equipment, New York-based Master & Dynamic produces headphones using premium materials such as leather and stainless steel, combining form and function to create sophisticated lifestyle tools that last. www.masterdynamic.com
Munich-based industrial designer Steffen Kehrle established his eponymous brand in 2009, creating objects designed to evoke a new perspective on the ordinary, drawing on improvisation and wit. www.stefenkehrle.com
Marcelo Bicudo, Vermeil and La Lampe
An all-Brazilian project, the globe-shaped ’Vellum’ chandelier aims to recreate the delicate light of an old candlelit chandelier, but imbue it with a contemporary character. Designed by Marcelo Bicudo and built by Vermeil and La Lampe, its structure of arched wood built around a brass axis conceals a discreet LED system, creating an impressive game of light and shadows.
Sao Paulo-based creative director Marcelo Bicudo works across many different fields and media, including advertising and filmmaking. www.maverickmedia.com.br
Founded in 1977, Brazilian luxury furniture brand Vermeil creates pieces that combine ancient techniques and noble materials with contemporary lines. www.vermeil.com.br
Since its launch in 1985, Brazilian lighting brand La Lampe has gathered a roster of top designers, including local studio Nada Se Leva, to join its stables. www.lalampe.com.br
Peter Nencini and Amy Somerville
We approached designer Peter Nencini to help us reinterpret the Eastern table contest carrom, thinking the game’s elemental qualities and graphic board would be the perfect medium for his unique method of developing quasi-typographic ’glyphs’. We teamed Nencini with furniture designer Amy Somerville, and together they attempted to honour the traditional game while creating an expressive new design. The result is a beautifully executed carrom table, made with inlaid veneers and delicate linework.
London-based designer, artist and lecturer Peter Nencini is known for his inspirational work in print and television for clients such as the New York Times and the BBC. www.peternencini.co.uk
Amy Somerville constructs elegant furniture with a focus on traditional handmade methods in her London studio. Her organic designs are executed with precise lines and sensual curves. www.amysomerville.com
Air hockey table
Ladies & Gentlemen Studio, Corian and The Games Room Company
When Dylan Davis and Jean Lee of Seattle’s Ladies & Gentlemen Studio first thought of a new air hockey concept, their starting point was the image of 12-year-old boys playing furiously in a games arcade. ’How can we turn this into a more elegant game but still keep it fun?’ they asked. The answer is this sophisticated design, made from Corian by The Games Room Company. It combines a minimalist look with a new gaming approach, adding obstacles and angular scoring ports.
Ladies & Gentlemen Studio
Founded in 2010, this Seattle-based studio takes a multidisciplinary approach to design, working with a wide range of materials and techniques. www.ladiesandgentlemenstudio.com
Devised by DuPont, this durable acrylic material can be used to achieve multiple effects, colours and shapes. www.dupont.com
The Games Room Company
’Specialist in the rare and whimsical’, this company offers both vintage games and bespoke tables. www.thegamesroomcompany.com
Thomas Sandell and Hästens
A wholly Swedish project, this teams the iconic patterns of bed company Hästens with the minimalist magic of designer Thomas Sandell. In a novel way of representing the bed maker’s signature, the surface of the pine bench is patterned with a Hästens check. The simple but intricate design, which comes with a cushion for style and comfort, is portable enough to move from room to room.
One of Sweden’s leading architects and designers, Thomas Sandell set up Stockholm architecture practice Sandellsandberg with Ulf Sandberg and Joakim Uebel in 1995. He has designed furniture for brands such as B&B Italia and Artek. www.sandellsandberg.se
Hästens has been creating quality bespoke beds since 1852. Using natural materials and signature prints, it provides everything needed for sleep including frames, mattresses, pillows and linens. Its beds are handmade at its factory in Köping, Sweden. www.hastens.com
Konstantin Grcic and Valcucine
Industrial designer Konstantin Grcic used Valcucine’s modular Meccanica range as a starting point for his nomadic cooking station. The outdoor kitchen features utilitarian details such as a copper extractor hood, a grill fed by portable gas canisters, and abundant shelf, storage and hanging space. Other innovations include a mesh sun roof, and black and grey mosaic surfaces. The structure is easily dismantled and includes wheels at its base for transportation.
Wallpaper’s joint Designer of the Year 2015, Grcic can do conceptual industrial design better than anyone, as proven by his recent work for the likes of Vitra, Magis and Galerie Kreo. www.konstantin-grcic.com
Italy’s Valcucine has been producing kitchens with a focus on design, innovation and ergonomics since the 1980s. Sustainability in terms of materials and manufacturing techniques is key to its work. www.valcucine.it
‘Arc’ picnic bench
Os ∆ Oos, Hi-Macs and Bone Solid
Os ∆ Oos has a passion for sculptural seating. The Dutch duo has created this outdoor picnic bench using the ultra-innovative material Hi-Macs, a blend of natural minerals and acrylic that looks like natural stone but can be moulded like plastic. This allowed Os ∆ Oos to achieve the ’Arc’ bench’s simple curves. More commonly used to create kitchen worktops, the unusual material was processed by Dutch specialist Bone Solid.
Os ∆ Oos
Founded in 2011, Eindhoven-based design studio Os ∆ Oos is a collaboration between Design Academy Eindhoven graduates Oskar Peet and Sophie Mensen. www.osandoos.com
Hi-Macs is a natural acrylic stone produced by LG Hausys and available in a huge range of colours and textures. www.himacs.eu
A branch of Bone Interieurwerken based near Eindhoven, Bone Solid has been a processor of Hi-Macs since 2004. www.bonesolid.nl
‘The Eater’ credenza
Roman and Williams, Olollo and Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg
Inspired by the American Arts and Crafts movement, this sapele-wood sideboard was designed to display a special curation of porcelain by Bavarian brand Nymphenburg.
Roman and Williams
Stephen Alesch and Robin Standefer are the creative duo behind the wave of industrial-edged interiors that have taken over the world. They also won a prestigious 2014 Cooper-Hewitt Museum Design Award. www.romanandwilliams.com
The young Brooklyn-based studio founded by Regan Chen collaborates with creative visionaries to refine the aesthetics and fabrication techniques of their works. www.olollo.com
Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg
Cultivating the noble art of porcelain-making since its founding in 1747, Nymphenburg is the porcelain manufactory of the Bavarian crown. www.nymphenburg.com
Mark Albrecht Studio
When we tasked Mark Albrecht to design a modern bar for the home, the seasoned US furniture designer, who has operated his eponymous design and fabrication studio since 1997, did not take it lightly. He created a retro-inspired walnut home bar complete with a leather-lined drawer for glasses, hidden tool tray and a steel ice bucket and tongs. www.markalbrechstudio.com
Huevo de Los Angeles #1 and #2 Fabergé-inspired eggs
Adam Silverman and David Wiseman
On a flight to Miami last December, ceramic artist Adam Silverman had what he calls an ’oxygen-deprived idea’. He was inspired to create a post-punk, post-industrial, 21st-century take on the Fabergé egg. Silverman approached David Wiseman to help bring the vision into reality. The pair have created two specimens: a primeval, whitish, glazed egg, intricately encased in a web of brushed bronze; and a darker, almost burnt-brown egg inlaid with bronze, so that it looks as if the metal is escaping out of it.
Originally trained as an architect, LA-based ceramicist Adam Silverman is renowned for using experimental techniques to produce pieces that possess a gritty, sensual beauty. www.adamsilverman.net
David Wiseman is a decorative artist whose creations range from intricate metal and glass works to ceramics, textiles and immersive installations. www.dwiseman.com
’Tuju’ chef-gardner toolkit
Ivan Ralston, Brunno Jahara and Rubens Simões/Riva
For the chef who grows his own, the set includes tools, a trug, plates and a planter, all in gold-finished stainless steel, plus a marble cutting board.
Having cut his culinary teeth at Maní in São Paulo before stints at Spain’s El Celler de Can Roca and Mugaritz, and Tokyo’s Ryugin, Ivan Ralston wanted to focus on Brazilian produce – which for him meant both growing it and cooking it. www.tuju.com.br
The São Paulo-based designer, known for mixing organic shapes and tropical inspirations with sustainable materials, Brunno Jahara was educated at the University of Brasilia and the Istituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia, which led to a role in Fabrica’s design department. www.brunnojahara.com
Founded by Rubens Simões in 1988, Riva is the renowned Brazilian maker of table and kitchenware, based in Rio Grande do Sul. site.riva.com.br
’Formative’ foor lamp
Robert Storey and Kalmar
Set designer Robert Storey knows a thing or two about good lighting. Inspired by the likes of Donald Judd and Josef Albers, his work often combines bold shapes and modernist lines. These influences shine through in this stunning floor light created in collaboration with Kalmar. It consists of a sculptural brass structure holding a precious Calacatta marble and opal glass sphere. Standing in front of the luminous ball is a mirrored glass panel reflecting a magical glow.
Set designer and artist Robert Storey flits between London and New York, producing inspired installations for international fashion brands such as Kenzo, Vionnet, Nike and Christopher Kane. www.storeystudio.com
Founded in Vienna in the 1880s, this family-run company started as a fine bronze expert and soon became known for its chandelier production. It now focuses on large lighting installations. www.kalmarlighting.com
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