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 2016
Victoria Wilmotte and Maison Vervloet
Ensuring a ring-a-ding reception at Hotel Wallpaper*, the ’Edgar’ bell is Parisian designer Victoria Wilmotte’s contemporary take on a hotel reception bell; a true brass behemoth.
Born in Paris, Wilmotte studied product design at London’s Royal College of Art before opening her own studio in 2008. Now, she is known for her solid, sculptural designs, such as stone light fittings, concrete room dividers and great geometric tables. www.victoriawilmotte.fr
The Belgian metalwork artists of Maison Vervloet, based in Molenbeek, Brussels, have been making decorative hardware – fine door handles, hinges and window fittings – since 1905. Its expertise is in things that fit the hand perfectly. www.vervloet.com
Photography: Kate Jackling. Writer: Paul McCann
Philippe Malouin and Marsotto
Philippe Malouin and Marsotto have elevated the stalwart, but typically static, bedside table to an elegant, playful and flexible wall-hung unit. The ‘backbone’ of the piece is composed of slats carved from Carrara marble, and is accompanied by a series of interchangeable marble modules. By sliding in a new segment, the arrangement can be customised to suit your needs.
The London-based Canadian worked for Tom Dixon before founding his design studio in 2009, while he also heads architectural and interiors practice Post-Office. Clients include Ace Hotel, Kvadrat and Established & Sons. www.philippemalouin.com
The Italian family stone-carving business is known for its innovative furnishings for retail and urban design, while its exclusively marble Marsotto Edizioni collection features collaborations with some of the world’s most respected designers. www.marsotto.com
Photography: Sabrina Bongiovanni. Writer: Sara Sturges
Hotel writing station
Christian Liaigre and Hieronymus
Inspired by the finish on Hieronymus’ range of bronze accessories, Christian Liaigre worked closely with the Swiss stationery brand to create a hotel writing station with a patinated brass base and a top in ‘Réglisse lisse’ leather and Jamaican dogwood. Hieronymus also contributed a stationery set, including a super-sleek handmade notebook and headed notepaper and cards, alongside a letter opener, a pen cup and a note box.
Christian Liaigre’s interiors are renowned for their exquisite craftsmanship. His company has created sophisticated furniture and era-defining aces across the globe, and has 25 showrooms worldwide. Last year, Paris-based Liaigre released his third book, published by Flammarion, which documents his work through 12 selected projects. www.christian-liaigre.fr
Luxury Swiss stationer Hieronymus produces everything required for personal correspondence, from cards, hand-bound notebooks, bespoke business cards and stationery sets to writing implements and leather bags. Each piece is designed in the company’s atelier and made in its Swiss production facilities or by European craftsmen. www.hieronymus-cp.com
Photography: Benjamin Bouchet. Writer: Rosa Bertoli
Roksanda Ilincic and Linck Ceramics
Fashion designer Roksanda Ilincic has put her own spin on five handmade ceramic vessels designed by Margrit Linck between the 1940s and 1960s. Previously produced in just a white or black glaze, the vases now feature Ilincic’s signature bold use of colour. The horizontal banding and stripes were created using special decals, a kind of transfer fired directly onto the glaze. Available at WallpaperSTORE*
After studying architecture and applied arts in Belgrade, and fashion at London’s Central Saint Martins, Serbian designer Roksanda Ilincic launched her own line of womenswear in 2005. Her colourful and graphic collections are sold in top stores in 40 countries, as well as her boutique in London’s Mount Street. www.roksanda.com
Swiss potter Margrit Linck began making ceramics in the 1940s at her Bern workshop. Her handmade pieces were produced in only white or black, to underline the purity of their silhouettes. The company, which is now run by the third generation of Linck’s family, continues to produce her original designs. www.linck.ch
Photography: Paul Zak. Writer: Nick Vinson
‘The Thinker’ shelf system
Christian Haas and Lyngby Porcelæn
‘The Thinker’ is a series of small wall-mounted shelves, each featuring an expressive ‘face’ with furrowed brows. Designed by Christian Haas to be used as coin trays or stands to showcase your favourite small objects, the characterful shelves are made of porcelain by Danish specialist Lyngby with a matt biscuit top and a glazed underside. They rest on deceptively simple, lacquered bent metal supports with contrasting wall fixings.
Porto-based German industrial designer Christian Haas specialises in glass, crystal and porcelain, and creates interiors, lighting, furniture and accessories for clients such as Rosenthal, Theresienthal, Villeroy & Boch and Nachtmann. www.christian-haas.com
Established in 1936 near Copenhagen, Lyngby is known for its iconic porcelain and glass objects, including the delicately ribbed ‘Lyngby’ vase. Relaunched in 2012, it now produces both its classic designs and new contemporary pieces. www.lyngbyporcelain.com
Photography: Sabrina Bongiovanni. Writer: Nick Vinson
Yabu Pushelberg, Want Les Essentiels and Alissa Coe
Even the most humble of travel essentials deserves an elegant rethink. Enter our lunch kit. Design studio Yabu Pushelberg has upgraded a bento-inspired, cypress-wood box by coating it in the fine leather of fashion brand Want Les Essentiels. The studio teamed this with chopsticks, and a porcelain water bottle by ceramicist Alissa Coe, with a case in the same leather, and slotted them together for a perfectly compact mealtime on the go.
George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg’s creative collaboration spans more than 30 years. Working from studios in Toronto and New York, their design mastery of the lavish global hospitality aesthetic is directional. www.yabupushelberg.com
Want Les Essentiels
Montreal-based fashion designers Byron and Dexter Peart launched their fashion label in 2006, inspired by architecture and design, and are best known for their travel-friendly range of luxury leather bags and shoes. www.wantlesessentiels.com
Toronto-based ceramic artist Alissa Coe takes inspiration from the forms of the natural world, creating sculptural installations as well as contemporary lighting, vases and tableware. www.alissa-coe.squarespace.com
Photography: Baker & Evans. Fashion: Lune Kuipers. Writer: Sujata Burman
‘Round and Round’ bathroom mirror
Kim Thomé and Balineum
Made of powder-coated solid aluminium rods, this bathroom mirror can sit flat against the wall or pull out to offer a closer view of one’s face, without the unsettling effect of a magnifying mirror opposite. Let’s face it: no one looks good in a magnifying mirror
Norwegian designer Kim Thomé attended the Royal College of Art. He has a broad spectrum of practice, working on furniture, textiles and installations – including an 18m totem pole of crystal and colours, created for Swarovski to welcome visitors to the Victoria & Albert Museum during 2015’s London Design Festival. www.kimthome.com
Founded by Sarah Watson in 2007, the bathroom specialist offers a small collection of bathroom furnishings, from mirrors and tiles to linens, countertop accessories and furniture. www.balineum.co.uk
Photography: Joel Stans. Writer: Paul McCann
Will Yates-Johnson and NasonMoretti
Designed to hold our cylindrical Hotel Wallpaper* matchboxes, these glass vessels come in a palette of bright contrasting colours, one of which is inspired by our own Wallpaper* Blue. Available at WallpaperSTORE*
The RCA graduate caught our eye with his ’Polyspolia’ series last year. So much so that we invited him to create the striking, sculptural lettering for the cover of our 2016 Graduate Directory issue. www.whyj.uk
The Nason family has been making glass on Murano since the 1920s. Now in its third generation, it is still operated by four cousins, descendants of Umberto Nason, who brought the company awards and international renown in the 1950s and whose modernist designs are in the collection of MoMA. www.nasonmoretti.it
Photography: Matteo Piazza. Writer: Paul McCann and Sam Rogers
PlueerSmitt and Lensvelt
Lensvelt’s flair for producing discreet office and home furniture was a perfect foil for the abstract stylings of Swiss studio PlueerSmitt, which created a small storage unit for valuables that reinvents the room safe. A wall-mounted shelf unit features a front cover overlaid with a tight vertical grid in anodised aluminium; the precision of the grid means that, while the said valuables are technically in plain view, they create an abstract image of lines and colours that changes depending on angle and distance.
Sharing a love of minimalism and abstract design, Dominic Plueer and Olivier Smitt set up in 2013, and have produced pieces for the likes of Karakter and Lyngby Porcelain. www.plueersmitt.com
Netherlands-based Lensvelt’s sleek, idiosyncratic office designs have led to high-profile stints, including outfitting The Hague City Hall with architect Richard Meier. www.lensvelt.nl
Photography: Tommaso Sartori. Writer: David Paw
Poetic Lab and Kirkby Design
A reimagining of the everyday travel organiser, this pouch features collapsible geometric panels, made from a rigid shock-absorbing plastic covered in a durable high-performance fabric, and has pockets for a tablet and smartphone, AC power socket, power bank and speaker.
Poetic Lab is a London-based studio founded in 2013 by Taiwanese designer Hanhsi Chen. The studio was recognised with a Rising Asian Talent award by Maison & Objet in 2015. www.poetic-lab.com
Founded in 2009 as a high-performance fabric resource library, Kirkby Design has grown into an interiors and materials firm with a contemporary yet playful approach to design and colour. www.kirkbydesign.com
Photography: Ryan Hopkinson. Interiors: Anna Burns. Writer: David Paw
‘Primary Objects’ nesting trays
Simon Hasan and Artek
Taking Artek co-founder Alvar Aalto’s traditional wood-bending techniques and his formal vocabulary of organic curves as a starting point, London-based designer Simon Hasan proposed a basic geometry for a family of five tabletop trays in various sizes which can be used individually or configured together to make storage and display units.
London-based designer Simon Hasan works between the two worlds of ancient craft processes and industrial design. With a rich background in leather, fur, glass and metal, his designs often have a textural quality. www.simonhasan.com
Originally founded in 1935 in Helsinki by Alvar and Aino Aalto, Maire Gullichsen and Nils-Gustav Hahl to promote the Aaltos’ work, Artek offers high-quality furniture, lighting and accessories by Finnish masters and leading international designers. www.artek.fi
Photography: Thomas Albdorf. Writer: Nick Vinson
Note and Antique Mirror
Adding a triple helping of lavishness to afternoon tea at Hotel Wallpaper* was this trio of reflective stands-cum-tables designed by Swedish studio Note. Inspired by vintage pastry tables, they feature brass and the treated glass of Italian company Antique Mirror in three finishes (from left to right): oxidised ‘Meteora’; mosaic ‘Vulcano’; and silvered ‘Policromo’.
Founded in 2008, this seven-strong Stockholm collective works across architecture, interiors, product and graphic design. It brings a clean, often colourful aesthetic to a variety of projects, including an industrial-looking store concept for Camper, an armchair for Sancal and objects for Menu. www.notedesignstudio.se
Siena-based Antique Mirror has been creating unique glass surfaces for more than 30 years. It produces exquisitely patterned, tinted glass using techniques such as oxidisation and silvering, creating intriguing installations for hotel lobbies and showrooms, for example, as well as tiles and a homeware collection. www.antiquemirror.it
Photography: Joel Stans. Writer: Sujata Burman
‘MET’ drinks cabinet and glassware
Christophe Delcourt, Retegui, Verreum and Atelier DP
Constructed from dark marble and richly polished walnut, this piece features two halves that slide apart to reveal a drinks cabinet. Designed by Delcourt and made by Verreum, the glassware (six glasses, carafe, ice bowl) slots snugly into recesses inside, and there is also a jeroboam of Pacharán liqueur, supplied by Licores Baines.
Based in Paris, Christophe Delcourt is a designer known for creating characterful contemporary furniture with striking shapes and fine materials. www.christophedelcourt.com
French marble specialist Retegui was founded in 1939 as a monumental mason. It now combines stone with composite materials to produce complex objects with the greatest precision. www.retegui-marble.fr
Czech brand Verreum has revived the almost-forgotten technique of silvered glass production. www.verreum.com
Founded in 2012 by David Polleau, the studio specialises in the crafting of high-end furniture and cabinetry.
Photography: Tommaso Sartori. Writer: Christopher Stocks
‘Oasis’ illuminated nightstand tray and carafe set
Rockwell Group and Graphic Relief
Rockwell Group designed a bedside tray that lights up to save thirsty guests fumbling around in the middle of the night. The concrete tray, cast by Graphic Relief, features waterjetted geometric perforations to allow the LED light source to shine through, and comes with glassware by Brooklyn studio Pier Glass.
Founded in 1984 by David Rockwell, Rockwell Group is a multi-disciplinary design practice based in New York. The firm’s work ranges from custom fixtures and furniture for hotel and restaurant projects to set design for films and theatre. www.rockwellgroup.com
Graphic Relief is a London-based design, engineering and manufacturing firm specialising in bespoke surfaces. It applies a creative and artistically minded approach to architectural solutions, and the firm’s abilities know few limits. www.graphicrelief.co.uk
Photography: Tommaso Sartori. Writer: Pei-Ru Keh
‘Mimi’ espresso set
Giulio Iacchetti and Nousaku
We teamed Giulio Iacchetti with cast-metal specialist Nousaku to work on a suitably exalted design for an espresso set. The cup, saucer, lidded bowl and spoon are made of tin, a malleable, antibacterial metal used in tableware for centuries for its purifying properties.
Giulio Iacchetti has worked for the likes of Alessi, Foscarini and Magis. He is the founder of Internoitaliano, a brand that works with craftsmen to produce home accessories and furniture inspired by the Italian way of life. www.giulioiacchetti.com
Founded in 1916 in Toyama, Japan, this metal workshop’s manufacturing methods include both traditional and innovative techniques, such as pouring molten metals by hand into specialist silicone moulds. www.nousaku.co.jp
Photography: Thomas Albdorf. Writer: Christopher Stocks
Tea and coffee glassware
Jenkins&Uhnger and Ichendorf Milano
Taking inspiration from the Japanese tea ceremony, Jenkins&Uhnger chose to focus on the ritual of decanting tea or coffee into a cup. Its transparent glass vessel, manufactured by Ichendorf Milano, incorporates negative space between an inner and outer layer, placing emphasis on the pouring itself and keeping the exterior cool to the touch. Available at WallpaperSTORE*
Thomas Jenkins and Sverre Uhnger combine an interest in manufacturing and materials with traditional craft skills. Both Oslo-based, their first collaboration, a modular table entitled ‘As Long As You Like’, was exhibited at the 2015 London Design Fair and WantedDesign NYC. www.jenkinsuhnger.com
Named for both the German town of its origin and Italy’s design capital, where it relocated in 1990, Ichendorf Milano produces refined hand-blown glass tableware, favouring clean shapes and purity of material over adornment. www.ichendorfmilano.com
Photography: Joel Stans. Writer: David Paw
‘Hotel Wallpaper* Edition’ room scent
Aesop and Apparatu
For the guest rooms at Hotel Wallpaper*, Aesop created an elegant yet warm scent with keynotes of cedarwood, bitter orange and bergamot. The refreshing blend aims to lift workday worries and soothe residual stress. It is dispensed by a glass, ceramic and brass oil burner, designed by Apparatu.
Australian beauty brand Aesop has amassed a strong following over the years thanks to its high-quality cosmetics in refined packaging and vast portfolio of beautiful retail interiors. www.aesop.com
Founded in 2007 by Xavier Mañosa, this Barcelona-based pottery workshop, family business and design studio works on bespoke commissions and creates its own collection of bright and colourful ceramic creations. www.apparatu.com
Photography: Tommaso Sartori. Writer: Sara Sturges
Beatrix Ong and Joined + Jointed
‘Storing shoes is always somewhat challenging in terms of space and aesthetic,’ says footwear designer Beatrix Ong. ‘I wanted to create a piece that is both storage and display,’ she explains of her collaboration with Samuel Chan’s furniture collective Joined + Jointed. ‘Calling it “Shoe Tree” hints at the fact that you can grow it if you wish.’ The modular design merges a totem pole and shoebox stack, handcrafted from American black walnut with marquetry finger joints. Available at WallpaperSTORE*
In 2000, at the age of 22, Ong secured the creative directorship of Jimmy Choo Couture, before launching her eponymous shoe brand based on her philosophy of using recycled materials wherever possible. www.beatrixong.com
Joined + Jointed
Joined + Jointed is a London-based collective of international designers and artisans united by their passion for superior craftsmanship. Its aim is to create modern furnishings that are made to last. www.joinedandjointed.com
Photography: Paul Zak. Writer: Katrina Israel
David Kohn Architects and Kinnasand
Our hotel staff uniforms take inspiration from 17th-century calendar houses, rare buildings composed of elements that reflect how time is measured – for example, 365 windows, 52 rooms and 12 fireplaces. ‘A pleasure to be taken from such a conceit,’ says architect David Kohn, ‘is the control required over every aspect of the construction in order to fulfil a pre-existing ideal that is not functional.’ For Kohn, who worked with fashion designer Colomba Leddi, this concept plays with a theatrical idea of hospitality. Created in collaboration with Kinnasand, the collection of uniforms consists of 12 overalls cut from 52m of the Swedish brand’s gridded ‘Yuki’ fabric. Each carries a phase of the moon on its chest in ‘Takio’ and ‘Jujo’ fabrics, is tailored with 365 stitches and closed with seven buttons.
David Kohn Architects
Set up in 2007 by David Kohn, this London practice has a growing international portfolio featuring residential, education, arts and urban design projects. Kohn likes to blend research with practice. Previous works include The White Building in London and the Carrer Avinyó apartment renovation in Barcelona. www.davidkohn.co.uk
Swedish textile company Kinnasand opened its first weaving mill in Kinna in the 1800s. Today the brand combines state-of-the-art technology and high-quality materials to create innovative solutions using local manufacturers. The company was acquired by Kvadrat in 2012. www.kinnasand.com
Photography: Willem Jaspert. Fashion: Jason Hughes. Writer: Katrina Israel
Poolside lounging blocks
Custhom and Vilebrequin
We tasked Custhom with upgrading the 1970s poolside accessory. The results are these ergonomic multifunctional foam floats covered in Vilebrequin’s beach-friendly swimsuit fabric, abstractly cut in an original graphic pattern.
Founded by Nathan Philpott and Jemma Ooi in 2010, this London-based graphic design studio specialises in experimental printing techniques in a range of formats. www.custhom.co.uk
Based in Saint-Tropez, the French company produces swimwear and accessories made using top-quality spinnaker sailcloth in vibrant, maximalist prints. www.vilebrequin.com
Photography: Leigh Johnson. Fashion: Lune Kuipers. Writer: Sujata Burman
Carlo Brandelli, Claridge’s and Cenacchi International
Carlo Brandelli teamed up with Claridge’s to redefine the gentleman’s valet, creating this sculptural, unisex version. ‘The materials are evocative of Claridge’s deco past,’ he says, referring to the piece’s palm marquetry and bronze work, handmade by Cenacchi International. ‘My design, however, is contemporary and angular, a floating C, which stands for Claridge’s (and Carlo).’
Kilgour’s freelance creative director segues from fashion to sculpture with aplomb. His sculptural works have featured in solo shows at Paris’ RCM Galerie and at Florence’s Palazzo Medici at the invitation of Pitti Uomo. www.carlobrandelli.com
London’s art deco jewel retains many 1920s features, while still keeping up with the times. David Collins revamped the Claridge’s Bar, while David Linley and Diane von Furstenberg have refurbished rooms. www.claridges.co.uk
The Bologna-based production and installation firm specialises in custom-made furnishings, offering wood, metal and glass work; upholstery services; and high-tech, carbon fibre and resin work. www.cenacchiinternational.it
Photography: Tommaso Sartori. Fashion: Jason Hughes. Writer: Katrina Israel
Tomás Alonso and E15
Tomás Alonso’s multifunctional, flexible bags can expand or reduce their volume depending on need. Firm vegetable-tanned leather provides the structure, while foldable, rollable, lightweight technical nylon provides flexibility, and contrasting materials contribute to the project’s visual character.
The Spanish-born, London-based designer calls himself a ‘cosmopolitan craft designer’. The dichotomy between natural and synthetic materials is a recurrent theme in his work, while the mix of materials creates his unique visual language. www.tomas-alonso.com
Taking its name from the postcode of its first workshop in London, E15 was founded in 1995 and is run by Philipp Mainzer and Farah Ebrahimi. Now based in Frankfurt, its range of furniture, lighting and accessories is stocked by some 600 retailers worldwide. www.e15.com
Photography: Willem Jaspert. Fashion: Jason Hughes. Writer: Nick Vinson
‘The Carrier & Bespoke Capsule’
Joe Gebbia and Troubadour
In a bid to create a suit carrier that catered to his nomadic lifestyle, Joe Gebbia worked with Troubadour, a travel accessory specialist. Their carrier holds one or two suits and two to four shirts, and features a detachable shoulder strap as well as an external pocket for travel documents. The collaborators also created a suit-shaped capsule, finished in the same black leather as its more discreet counterpart.
The first passion of Airbnb co-founder Joe Gebbia was design, as evidenced by his product and graphic design degrees from RISD, where he is now on the board of trustees. Since founding Airbnb in 2008, Gebbia has been listed in BusinessWeek’s Best Young Tech Entrepreneurs, and made it onto both Inc’s 30 Under 30 list and Fortune’s 40 Under 40. www.airbnb.com
Abel Samet and Samuel Bail founded leather goods brand Troubadour in London in 2011 in pursuit of a ‘well-designed, high-quality overnight bag that could transition seamlessly from a quick business trip to a casual weekend away with friends’. Their fully fledged collection now includes beautifully crafted backpacks, briefcases and suit carriers. www.troubadourgoods.com
Photography: Ryan Hopkinson. Interiors: Anna Burns. Writer: Rosa Bertoli
‘Stack’ room divider
Bill Amberg Studio and Ardern Hodges
This alluringly curved screen has a faceted interior that can be fitted with extras such as clothes hooks or mirrors. Inspired by the layer look of shoe heels, it is composed of multiple sheets of leather, which are bonded, cut and applied as a veneer. The resulting material has a surface that is tactile and smooth, yet also robust enough to be used on walls or floors.
North London firm Ardern Hodges specialises in engineered floors and stairs, working for a wide range of architects and designers, such as David Chipperfield and Stanton Williams. Recent projects have included the Ashmolean Museum, Tate Britain and Hauser & Wirth. www.ardernhodges.co.uk
Bill Amberg Studio
Founded in London in 1986, the Bill Amberg Studio is dedicated to creative experiments in leathercraft, combining traditional leatherworking techniques with technological innovation to create everything from bags and accessories to commercial interiors and residential applications. www.billamberg.com
Photography: Leigh Johnson. Fashion: Lune Kuipers. Writer: Christopher Stocks
Alfredo Häberli and Cerruti 1881
Beautifully tailored but practical, Häberli’s jumpsuit is a smart combination of sartorial details and ergonomic design, perfect for frequent travels. Made of a woollen fabric woven in Biella, the suit was created in both navy and black.
Based in Zurich, renowned Swiss-Argentinian industrial designer Alfredo Häberli has worked on everything from leather sofas for De Sede and glassware for Iittala, to fabrics for Kvadrat and lighting for Luceplan. Most recently, he worked with BMW on their Precision and Poetry project. www.alfredo-haeberli.com
Italian fashion house Cerruti 1881 was founded, as its name suggests, in 1881, as a weaving workshop in Biella, a town in northern Italy with a strong textile tradition. www.cerruti.com
Photography: Nickolas Lorieux Writer: Rosa Bertoli and Sam Rogers
‘Ali’ robe and towel set
DAY Studio and Frette
Designed by the Istanbul-based firm DAY Studio, this robe and towel set fuses the shape of a traditional kaftan with the lightness and patterns of a peshtemal (Turkish bath towel). A new take on a time-honoured comfort, the set is made using contemporary fabrics by Italian linen expert Frette and features exquisite embroidery.
Established in 2015 by ÉCAL-trained designers Doganberk Demir and Yesim Eröktem, DAY Studio specialises in furniture, textile design and industrial projects. The pair create simple, functional objects inspired by local manufacturing techniques and craftsmen. www.day-studio.com
Italian powerhouse Frette has been creating top-quality linens and home furnishings since 1860, employing only the finest fibres and most skilled artisans. Frette linens are found everywhere from the altar of St Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican to the dining car of the Orient Express. www.frette.com
Photography: Sabrina Bongiovanni. Writer: Christopher Stocks
Atlas and Mast Brothers
Pillow chocolates are rarely things of beauty, unless, of course, you check in to Hotel Wallpaper*. The five different wrappers of our ‘Night’ brown-sugar chocolate bars are inspired by the five phases of natural sleep and the brain waves of the deepest stage, so-called REM sleep, depicted in graphic form.
Our wrappers were designed by Astrid Stavro of Mallorcan design studio Atlas. Her ’Art of the Grid’ notepad range is now a design classic. www.designbyatlas.com
Established by Rick and Michael Mast in Brooklyn in 2007, Mast Brothers is arguably America’s best-known artisanal chocolate-maker. www.mastbrothers.com
Studio Irvine and De Simone Fratelli
Crafted from brass and avoriolina, an ivory substitute formed from cellulose and pulverised animal bones, this vanity set comprises a shoe horn, hand mirror, pocket mirror and brush, finished with a contemporary cameo of our Wallpaper* asterisk, an eye, a mouth or a silhouette of Studio Irvine’s Marialaura Rossiello and Maddalena Casadei. Available at WallpaperSTORE*
Founded by the late, great James Irvine in 1988, Studio Irvine has been run by Marialaura Rossiello and Maddalena Casadei since Irvine’s untimely death in 2013. Their work, like that of Irvine himself, is functional, considered and unostentatious, yet still beautiful and playful. www.studio-irvine.com
De Simone Fratelli
Since 1855, De Simone has been crafting natural materials, such as coral, pearls, shell and semi-precious stones, into cameos and jewellery mounted in gold and platinum from its base in Torre del Greco, near Naples. Today, the business is run by Michele, Massimo and Fiammetta De Simone. www.desimonefratelli.com
Photography: Benjamin Bouchet. Writer: Nick Vinson
Foot-care travel set
Susanne Kaufmann and Álvaro González
Comprising a foot bath, scrub, cream and leg spray, this set was created for us by organic cosmetic guru Susanne Kaufmann, exploiting the beneficial properties of the 50 or so plant varieties found in a handful of hay. The kit also includes Álvaro González’ post-pedicure slipper sandals, handwoven in natural straw and featuring a simple upper and leather sole.
Born and raised in Austria’s Bregenz Forest, where she learnt all about the properties of Alpine plants, Kaufmann launched her line of organic cosmetics in 2003. She operates a spa in the Hotel Post Bezau and sells her line of 60 natural products in select retailers worldwide. www.susannekaufmann.com
Based in London and Florence, Spanish accessories designer González uses richly coloured skins to create men’s and women’s sandals, belts and bags, using small specialist artisans in Florence. His range is stocked at the likes of Barneys, Matchesfashion, Mr Porter and Colette. www.alvarogonzalez.co
‘OH!’ electric toothbrush
Future Facility and Braun Oral-B
This project marks the debut of Future Facility, a new design studio from Sam Hecht and Kim Colin. Their reimagined electric toothbrush combines an analogue practicality with a digital extension that re-orders brush heads, a USB charger and a base charger that looks like a simple ceramic cup holder.
Sam Hecht and Kim Colin set up their groundbreaking design firm Industrial Facility in 2002. Their new company, Future Facility, intends to give form and meaning to the world of internet-enabled, technologically driven products and services. www.futurefacility.co.uk
Toothbrush pioneer Robert W Hutson patented his innovative new design for a ‘mouthbrush’ in 1950, later launching the Oral-B brand. By 1984, Oral-B was owned by the Gillette group, and is now part of Procter & Gamble. www.oralb.co.uk
Photography: Baker & Evans. Writer: Rosa Bertoli
Mark Braun and Mühle
This shaving kit, by designer Mark Braun and German grooming specialist Mühle, incorporates a lathering bowl, shaving mirror, double-edged safety razor and brush with fine silver-tip badger bristles. The pieces feature a matt, anodised coating, while the razor’s chrome plating complements its aluminium construction.
Berlin-based designer Mark Braun has an eye for succinct forms and contemporary shapes, and his elegant designs evoke the familiar while bearing an unmistakable modernity. He has realised a diverse array of products for the likes of E15, Lobmeyr Thonet and Petite Friture. www.markbraun.org
Founded in 1945, Mühle’s shaving brushes and accessories combine traditional craftsmanship with contemporary design. Re-established in 1990 after German reunification, the firm quickly expanded, opening its own store and barber shop in Berlin in 2014. www.muehle-shaving.com
Photography: Benjamin Bouchet. Writer: David Paw
Wonmin Park and Testi
Hotel Wallpaper’s dynamically curved reception desk, carved from travertine and granite marble, features a cantilevered section and a square foot.
A graduate of Design Academy Eindhoven, South Korean designer Wonmin Park has a production facility in Rotterdam and a creative studio in Paris. His recent practice has focused on strict geometric structures fashioned from coloured resin. www.wonminpark.com
Italian stone specialist Testi was founded in the early 1900s by Piero Testi, a quarry owner in Sant’Ambrogio di Valpolicella, near Verona, and offers around 400 colours of marble, granite, travertine, basalt, sandstone and onyx. www.testigroup.eu
Photography: Carl Kleiner. Interiors: Amy Heffernan. Writer: Paul McCann
’Scenery 1’ and ‘Scenery 2’ sofas
Pool and Living Divani
Inspired by hotel hustle and bustle, design duo Pool created these two geometric sofas. ‘Hotel lobbies are moving landscapes made of scenes of daily life,’ they say. ‘We tried to translate this into simple units, gathered together in sculptural compositions.’ The modular pieces feature intersecting vertical and horizontal elements, and mix leather, suede and Alcantara fabric.
Founded in 2010 by Léa Padovani and Sébastien Kieffer, and based in Paris, Pool creates furniture and accessories for the likes of Gallery S Bensimon, Habitat and Petite Friture. www.poolhouse.eu
This Italian company has made beautifully crafted furniture since the 1970s, working with leading designers such as Claesson Koivisto Rune and Shiro Kuramata. Architect Piero Lissoni has served as the brand’s art director since 1988. www.livingdivani.it
Photography: Carl Kleiner. Interiors: Amy Heffernan
‘Beyond’ side table
Archer Office and Marblo
Archer Office aimed to redefine the side table, turning what is usually seen as a simple piece of furniture into a modular, flexible system. Built entirely of Marblo polymer, it comprises six boxes of increasing sizes and a small drawer. They can be arranged as a neat pyramid, stacked and balanced for a tall shelf, or nested to create a unique box-shaped side table with a recessed or telescopic drawer.
Headed by Tomek Archer, this architecture and design practice was founded in 2011 in Sydney. Recent projects include a pair of boutiques, a prefabricated holiday cabin and several pieces of furniture. www.tomekarcher.com
Marblo, a polymer hybrid, was created in 1979 in Australia to provide new levels of performance for laboratory and kitchen countertops, but has since found its way into everything from desks and translucent sinks to back-lit bar fronts. www.marblo.com.au
‘Rock Garden’ soap set and tray
Pelle and ER Butler & Co
Inspired by the Japanese rock gardens of Isamu Noguchi, Pelle’s topographic brass dish – expertly crafted by ER Butler & Co – has rising fins that gently cradle each soap while allowing them to dry quickly.
Soon after forming in 2011, the firm, run by husband-and-wife team Oliver and Jean Pelle, made waves with a range of faceted, gem-like soaps. Handmade at their Red Hook premises, the glycerine Soap Stones, as the line was called, quickly became a mainstay of museum shops and design boutiques alike. www.pelledesigns.com
ER Butler & Co
With showrooms in New York, Boston and Milan, custom hardware company ER Butler & Co is a premium quality custom hardware manufacturer, known for its Early American, Federal and Georgian designs. www.erbutler.com
Karl Zahn and The Nanz Company
Hotel Wallpaper’s room keys are reimagined as a herd of convivial animals, cast in brass, in an exploration of zoomorphic tropes.
New York-based designer Karl Zahn is known for the imaginative and characterful spin he brings to both functional and decorative objects, regularly using natural materials and zoomorphic tropes. www.karlzahn.com
The Nanz Company
With a 50,000 sq ft factory in Long Island City, New York, The Nanz Company specialises in fine custom hardware, including handles, hinges, locks, fittings and – specially for Hotel Wallpaper* – keys. www.nanz.com
Julie Richoz and Coverings Etc
Julie Richoz’s architectural screen/bookshelf is constructed entirely of jade-coloured bioglass made using recycled wine bottles. The translucent framework works as a gradient of lines, which double as storage, providing the perfect slots for your archive of Wallpaper* magazines.
Julie Richoz The Swiss-born, Paris-based designer graduated from ÉCAL and works for Pierre Charpin as well as from her own studio. A year-long residency at CIRVA, Marseille’s art and glass research centre, sparked her interest in the material. www.julierichoz.com
Founded by designer Ofer Mizrahi in Miami, Coverings Etc has been providing sustainable and recyclable materials since 1998. Its natural bioglass, terrazzo, cement and aluminium products can be used to clad everything from walls and floors to countertops. www.coveringsetc.com
AFSO, Klafs and Perfumer H
Our portable luxury cabin offers an immersive showering experience ideal for the modern nomad. Made from Narvuban oak, impregnated with fragrant beeswax specially created by Perfumer H, the space is totally enclosed and features brass shower fixtures by Cooper & Graham.
Known for its lavish projects for hotels and fashion brands, Hong Kong-based interior architecture practice AFSO was founded in 2000 by André Fu. www.afso.net
German wellbeing company Klafs has been producing spas and saunas since the 1950s, creating bespoke experiences that are designed for optimum relaxation. www.klafs.com
British perfumer Lyn Harris built Miller Harris into a global brand before launching Perfumer H in 2015. She creates seasonal collections of wearable scents. www.perfumerh.com
GamFratesi and Hay
Italian conceptualism and crisp Danish design collided to produce this understated bed. Inspired by the billowing sail of a boat, its main feature is a backrest made up of two vertical elements – ‘masts’ – embedded in the main frame, which is covered in contrasting fabric by Giulio Ridolfo and Raf Simons for Kvadrat.
Since forming their studio in Copenhagen in 2006, Stine Gam and Enrico Fratesi have created furniture imbued with symbolism and narrative and finished in a minimal vernacular. Their experimental approach has caught the attention of brands such as Ligne Roset, Gubi and Cappellini. www.gamfratesi.com
Founded in 2002 in Copenhagen, Hay collaborates with leading designers to produce beautifully straightforward pieces of contemporary furniture using hi-tech industrial techniques. www.hay.dk
Fabien Cappello and Amorim
Sculpted as a puzzle of 100 per cent natural cork, our innovative sun lounger boasts temperature-resistant and hypoallergenic properties, making it an ideal addition to our hotel’s outdoor area. Amorim used six types of recyclable cork, marrying softer materials for comfort with denser variants for the neat silhouettes of chair and footrest.
RCA graduate Cappello founded his eponymous studio in 2010. The London-based designer likes to experiment with artisanal materials, including producing a series of brick and Murano glass objects for Gallery Libby Sellers. www.fabiencappello.com
The world’s leading cork manufacturer, Portuguese company Amorim takes pride in its natural, sustainable products that invite designers to get creative with the form. The elastic, recyclable and thermal properties of cork give it a wide range of uses. www.amorim.com
Jason Bruges Studio and Woka
Inspired by the Sun’s daily journey, this brushed-brass LED lamp rotates, mapping the celestial body’s location in real time.
Jason Bruges Studio
Jason Bruges trained as an architect at Oxford Brookes and UCL, and founded his own eponymous studio in London in 2002. He and his team specialise in building interactive installations, marrying light with state-of-the-art technology for a global clientele. www.jasonbruges.co
Austrian manufacturer Woka was founded in the 1980s to reproduce some of the best 20th-century lamp designs. Known for its classic pieces by Adolf Loos, Josef Hoffmann, Koloman Moser, Walter Gropius and the Wiener Werkstätte, Woka’s CEO, Wolfgang Karolinsky, has a team of experts that fashions fine materials by hand into exquisite luminaires. www.woka.com
Photography: Carl Kleiner. Interiors: Amy Heffernan. Writer: Sophie Lovell
BCXSY and Philips
Designers BCXSY took a sunlit canopy as a starting point for their ‘Light Forest’, which features a wall covered with a patchwork of synthetic fine woods. Philips’ Luminous Patterns LED lighting illuminates the wall through three-dimensional cuts in the wood, with the effect resembling shafts of daylight twinkling through gaps in a treeline.
Based in Amsterdam and founded in 2007, Israeli-Japanese design duo Boaz Cohen and Sayaka Yamamoto create and develop concepts, identities, products, graphics, interiors and ‘atmospheres’. Their work is charged with a wit that has caught the attention of the design community. www.bcxsy.com
Philips’ innovative new Luminous Patterns system gives greater freedom to designers to imbue spaces with character, and can be manipulated to recreate the flicker of candlelight or the ripple of moonlight on waves. www.lighting.philips.com
Sylvain Willenz and Thonet
The silhouette of Thonet’s furniture is unmistakeable. These side tables are formed from a frame of bent metal tubing and an intricate wood and wickerwork surface that has previously been confined to seating, thus throwing a figurative curveball to any guest looking for a place to rest their nibbles.
One of Belgium’s most dynamic designers, Willenz graduated from London’s RCA in 2003 and established his own practice in Brussels a year later. A curiosity for archetypal objects runs through his designs, which range from electronics to furniture and consumer goods. www.sylvainwillenz.com
Founded in 1819, German furniture company Thonet’s ‘No. 14’ chair was a marvel of industrial production, and its innovative use of steam-bent wood and tubular steel ushered in an era of lighter, more accessible furniture that continues to this day. www.thonet.de
New Tendency and Wagner
This solid, sculptural seat, fashioned from steel and brass, features a nappa leather cushion and a foot rest formed from a cylindrical beam running through the leg.
Manuel Goller set up New Tendency three years ago with Sebastian Schönheit. The Berlin-based design firm applies modernist principles to contemporary, everyday objects. In true Bauhaus tradition, New Tendency’s creations are characterised by conceptual designs, clean aesthetics and functional forms, all handcrafted in Germany. www.newtendency.de
Rainer and Peter Wagner’s eponymous high-end office furniture firm began life in the 1970s and is based in the Bavarian municipality of Lagenneufnach, about 100km west of Munich. Its design focus is on the wellbeing of its users – and their backs – as well as aesthetics. www.wagner-living.com
Photography: Carl Kleiner. Interiors: Amy Heffernan. Writer: Paul McCann and Elly Parsons
‘One Point’ minigolf
Studio JinSik Kim, Cuellar, Bolon and Anun
Our futuristic round of minigolf, featuring abstract shapes and contrasting materials, is perfectly pitched.
Studio JinSik Kim
Seoul-based designer JinSik Kim, an ÉCAL and Design Academy Eindhoven graduate, has a knack for creating refined, sculptural compositions that have led to collaborations with the likes of Christofle and Hermès. www.studiojinskik.com
Mater stone masons Cuellar provided the heavy marble bases (a grey veined white Carrera), produced and resourced in Spain. www.cuellarstone.com
Family run Swedish business Bolon was born over 60 years ago in Stockholm, by ahead-of-his-time founder Nils-Erik Eklund. Three generations on, the brand’s passion for quality and pioneering ideas remains. www.bolon.com
This Seoul-based metal manufacturer provided the perfect panels – typically used in the manufacture of curved television sets.
John Hogan and Lasvit
Glass artist John Hogan’s captivating chandelier produces different colours of light with the use of polarising foil and the prism effect.
Born and raised in Toledo, Ohio, the home of America’s studio glass movement, John Hogan started blowing glass in high school at the age of 15. The Seattle-based designer is known for his captivating glassworks that play with colour and light. www.johnhogandesigns.com
Founded in 2007 by Leon Jakimič, Lasvit combines the authenticity of glass, innovative technologies and creative craftsmanship to take Bohemian glass into the new millennium with bespoke lighting sculptures and art installations. www.lasvit.com
Photography: Carl Kleiner. Interiors: Amy Heffernan. Writer: Ali Morris and Elly Parsons
’Grid’ umbrella stand
Front and Alpi
Swedish design studio Front created a playful umbrella stand from finely crafted wood veneer using a brand new pattern, entitled Grid Wood. The motif is inspired by classic trompe l’oeil patterns that create the illusion of depth. The piece was manufactured at the workshop of Giordano Viganò in Milan.
Front is headed up by Sofia Lagerkvist and Anna Lindgren, who like to tell a story through their experimental designs. Their portfolio includes everything from lamps to chairs and sofas for companies such as Moooi, Moroso and Thonet. www.frontdesign.se
Italian wood company Alpi knows its veneers. Its expertly crafted products, sometimes featuring unique and imaginative patterns, are made from responsibly harvested Italian poplar and water-based dyes. Applications run from flooring to furnishings, as well as surfaces and interiors for hotels, shops, yachts, cruise ships and cars. www.alpiwood.com
‘4Rooms’ luggage trolley
Zanellato/Bortotto and Mingardo
Our innovative ‘4Rooms’ luggage trolley is a collaboration between designers Zanellato/Bortotto and Daniele Mingardo. Made out of brass with laser-cut aluminium panels inspired by Venetian shutters, this cart will transport luggage of any size safely and securely to your room.
Founded by Giorgia Zanellato and Daniele Bortotto in 2014, the studio has since collaborated with several international and Italian brands such as Tod’s and Rubelli. Having met in Lausanne while both studying product design, they are now based in Treviso, Italy. www.zanellatobortotto.com
Launched by Daniele Mingardo – at the ripe age of 25 – in 2013, Mingardo produces limited-edition furnishings and accessories that celebrate metal craft while establishing a sophisticated new aesthetic. www.mingardo.com
Photography: Carl Kleiner. Interiors: Amy Heffernan. Writer: Rosa Bertoli and Elly Parsons
‘The Barony’ bar
Glenn Sestig Architects, Dinesen and Ocular ApS
This playful bar is made out of Dinesen timber but with a twist. The company’s high-quality natural wood planks were vibrantly tinted, using organic linseed oils, in violet, blue and black.
Glenn Sestig Architects
Belgian architect Glenn Sestig established his eponymous practise in 1999. From the off, his work focused on the three ’Ps’: precision, proportions and perspective. www.glennsestigarchitects.com
This Danish brand’s signature products are the long, wide planks of elegantly treated wood that line some of the world’s finest floors. www.dinesen.com
Set up in Denmark in 2006 by Martin Meyer Nielsen, with Lars Klitgaard Hansen joining in 2012, the Copenhagen-based firm is dedicated to timber craftsmanship and high quality wood manufacturing methods. www.ocular.dk
Photography: Carl Kleiner. Interiors: Amy Heffernan. Writer: Ellie Stathaki and Elly Parsons
‘Off the Grid’ parasol
Ville Kokkonen and Exel Composites
Part of Ville Kokkonen’s research into compact shelters, this square parasol, fitted with 48 monocrystalline photovoltaic cells, doubles as a portable charging station, combining the lightness of carbon fibre with a sleek design. It incorporates a small table in a contrasting circular shape and comes with a simple folding seat.
Artek’s design director from 2009 to 2014, Finnish designer Ville Kokkonen runs his own practice in Zurich. Recent work includes the design of an Eero Aarnio show at Helsinki’s Design Museum and research into clean air devices. www.villekokkonen.net
Exel is a leading composite technology firm that manufactures products such as custom glass and carbon-fibre profiles, tubes and laminates. Its glass fibre ski poles helped win over 40 medals at the 1976 Winter Olympics in Innsbruck. www.exelcomposites.com
‘Hanging Out’ towel rack
Pettersen & Hein and Desalto
This towel rack is constructed from a bar made of iron, bent shelving in high-polish stainless steel, and iron cylinders with a lava stone finish. Metal becomes a gentler medium, elegant and complementary in any space, and varying intersections reflect the surrounding elements of the room.
Pettersen & Hein
A mutual love for concrete, iron and steel sparked this union between Copenhagen-based artist Magnus Pettersen and furniture designer Lea Hein. Making use of raw, masculine materials, the pair create work that is surprisingly sensuous and fragile. www.pettersenhein.com
Brianza-based company Desalto specialises in metals, producing a range of furniture using techniques such as laser-cutting, welding, and powder and liquid coating systems, in designs that are both aesthetically sophisticated and functional. www.desalto.it
‘The Wheel’ magazine rack
Vladimir Kagan and H Furniture
The idea for ‘The Wheel’ came to American designer Vladimir Kagan during a trip to London, where he noticed that the London Eye’s shape would make a perfect rotating home for magazines. Standing on a red metal base, the rack is made of solid oak and metal and can turn in both directions.
Vladimir Kagan, 1927–2016
Very sadly, this proved to be Kagan’s last project: the design legend died on 7 April after a career of some 65 years. Born in Germany, Kagan moved to the US in 1938 and started working at his father’s furniture workshop in the 1940s. He would go on to become one of the most highly regarded post-war designers. www.vladimirkagan.com
London-based brand H Furniture – established by Mexican designer Alejandro Villarreal in 2014 – explores traditional craftsmanship methods and materials to produce contemporary designs made with love and care. www.hfurniture.co
‘Host’ luggage rack
Apparatus and Alma
Intent on creating a piece of furniture that invites interaction, Apparatus chose to give the luggage rack a well-deserved makeover. The company worked with Alma to select a bridle leather reminiscent of a traditionally crafted saddle. Finished off with thick brass hardware that adds structure and stability, the piece combines simple geometry and refined materials to great effect.
Founded by Gabriel Hendifar and Jeremy Anderson, this New York-based studio is known for its industrial aesthetic based on an experimental attitude to materials such as marble or horsehair. www.apparatusstudio.com
With a history as leather merchants dating back to 1938, this British company combines traditional expertise with modern techniques. With fingers on the fashion and architecture pulses, Alma’s ability to supply hides, create bespoke interiors and craft exquisite objects knows few bounds. www.alma1938.com
David Chipperfield Architects, E15 and AHEC
Crafted from American willow, the startling ’Butler’ stand includes a luggage rest, rail, seat, drawers, shoe storage and mirror, making it an all-in-one solution for efficient unpacking.
David Chipperfield Architects
The architectural skills of renowned British architect David Chipperfield are unrivalled. His practice has been awarded more than 100 international awards and citations for design excellence. www.davidchipperfield.co.uk
This accomplished furniture design studio was originally founded in the eponymous London postcode by German architect Philipp Mainzer and Iranian designer and art director Farah Ebrahimi. www.e15.com
The ’Butler’ project marks AHEC’s fifth with Wallpaper*. The American Hardwood Export Council’s European director, David Venables, states, ’Wallpaper* has proved to be a brilliant platform for us to experiment with our various timbers through partnership with some great designers.’ www.americanhardwood.org
Photography: Carl Kleiner. Interiors: Amy Heffernan. Writer: Jonathan Bell and Elly Parsons
Vera & Kyte, La Cividina and Nya Nordiska
This discreet, sophisticated interpretation of the often overlooked ironing board turns a mundane object into a modern piece of furniture. Playfully elegant, it is made of powder-coated steel, wood and marble, subtly softened with new fabrics by Nya Nordiska.
Vera & Kyte
Norwegian duo Vera Kleppe and Åshild Kyte work together within the fields of furniture and product design and interior architecture, and their eclectic portfolio reflects their playful, geometric style. www.vera-kyte.com
Based in northeast Italy, La Cividina works with international designers, such as Sebastian Herkner, to produce upholstered furniture and accessories. www.lacividina.com
Innovative German brand Nya Nordiska produces decorative and upholstery fabrics for residential and commercial interiors, with recent creations including textile wall panels and diamond glass fabrics. www.nya.com
‘Time’s Unending Weight’ outdoor seating
Hart+Lëshkina and Salvatori
Hart+Lëshkina envisioned a resting place that initiated social exchange. Carved from white Carrara marble with very few veins, these sculptural steps feature strategically placed USB-charging points. The bottom step begins with a raw texture and transitions into a beautiful refined mirror-polish finish at the top, showcasing the expertise of the Salvatori craftsmen.
New York-based creatives Erik Hart and Tati Lëshkina explore the worlds of art, performance and fashion, using the fields of photography, film, installation and interior design. www.hartleshkina.com
Founded in the late 1940s in Tuscany, Salvatori has forged a name for itself as a world-class producer of marble and stone. With art director Gabriele Salvatori now at the helm, it works with designers such as Piero Lissoni and John Pawson to produce sleek contemporary forms. www.salvatori.it
‘Tuyyo’ love seat, prototype
Pedro Ramírez Vázquez, Luteca and Polich Tallix
A hotel lobby wouldn’t be complete without a stunning art piece to set the tone. This love seat, designed by Ramírez Vázquez in the 1970s, has received the artistic treatment from fine art foundry Polich Tallix. As with all Ramírez Vázquez’s newly reissued pieces by Luteca, the love seat’s metal components have been laser-cut in Mexico City. ‘Tuyyo’ means ‘You and Me’ in Spanish.
Pedro Ramírez Vázquez
A pioneer of architecture and design, the late Ramírez Vázquez is the creative force behind many of Mexico City’s modernist landmarks. www.ramirezvazquezasociados.com
A furniture company producing collectible Mexican design, Luteca was founded in New York in 2015 by husband and wife Amanda and Sebastian Reant. www.luteca.com
The New York-based fine art foundry is widely regarded as the gold standard of art-focused metallurgy. www.polichtallix.com
Hunting & Narud and Kaymet
Inspired by the simplicity of the Japanese bento box, Hunting & Narud designed a trolley that can be unfolded to reveal a dining table. The duo experimented with material combinations to settle on a cork tabletop, citing its tactile and acoustic qualities, that help create an intimate atmosphere.
Hunting & Narud
London-based Norwegian designers Amy Hunting and Oscar Narud have collaborated with the RCA, London’s Design Museum and Gallery Libby Sellers. Their work combines sculptural and minimal elements with a curiosity for materials and processes. www.huntingandnarud.com
Kaymet has been handmaking anodised aluminium wares in its factory in Bermondsey, London, since 1947, and its powder-coated aluminium trolleys and trays were a staple in local post-war homes. Since 2013, architect Mark Brearley and his wife Ivana Milanovic have been refining its key pieces. www.kaymet.co.uk
Breakfast table and chair set
DWA and Mariotti
While Mariotti’s composite material Silipol has many industrial applications, its use in smaller projects is a lesser-known quantity. DWA designed this set to be used in a hotel breakfast room. In reducing the scale of the material’s application, the textural and visual characteristics of the material are brought to the fore; coating the tabletop and seats utilises its strength, while a unique colour pattern emphasises its aesthetic versatility.
Founded in 2005 by Alberto Artesani and Frederik de Wachter in Milan, DWA brings together the duo’s shared knowledge of interior, retail and exhibit design, and their common affinity for simple forms, materials and solutions. www.dw-a.it
Made in Lombardy by Mariotti, Silipol is a favourite with engineers and architects, who first explored the limits of its granite, marble and concrete composite tiles on the Milan underground in the 1960s. www.mariotti-spa.com
KBH and Dedar
The perfect mix of Nordic joinery and Italian aesthetics, this elegant piece combines smooth fumed oak with soft cotton velvet.
Kim Dolva and Søren Bech Jespersen set up Københavns Møbelsnedkeri, otherwise known as KBH, in 2006 in the old industrial neighbourhood of Island Brygge in Copenhagen – which is now awash with contemporary galleries, workshops and cutting edge offices. www.kbhsnedkeri.dk
Family-owned Italian fabric firm Dedar was founded in 1976 by Nicola Fabrizio and his wife Elda and is now run by their children, Raffaele and Caterina. www.dedar.com
The Wallpaper* Arcade
Jean Nouvel Design, Neal Feay Company and Sapa
Architect Jean Nouvel masterplanned our arcade design, transforming a narrow space using signage and lights. Precisely cut aluminium was eroded ‘as if by raining tears that left their trail on the metal’, says Nouvel, ‘while the Wallpaper* asterisk – a lucky star – was scattered randomly across the stone floor to provoke conversation’.
Jean Nouvel Design
This French multi-disciplinary, multi-talented design firm works across the fields of furniture, interiors, scenography and visual communications. Since its inception, the firm has developed and edited over 100 unique objects. www.jeannouveldesign.fr
Neal Feay Company
Hotel Wallpaper* occupied an arcade in via San Gregorio for a second year. ’A humble location,’ says Alex Rasmussen, president of the Santa Barbara-based aluminium fabricator Neal Feay Company, describing it as a ’crummy, post-war Italian condominium complex’. To transform it, the company flew in more than 2,000 aluminium modules from California to Milan. www.nealfeay.com
Sapa is a global leader in aluminium solutions, with headquarters in Oslo. Hilde Kallevig, vice president of external communications, says that aluminium is a unique material, and many designers are unaware of its special qualities – which is why Sapa leapt at the chance to take part in Hotel Wallpaper*. www.sapagroup.com
Photography: Carl Kleiner. Interiors: Amy Heffernan. Writer: Amy Serafin and Elly Parsons
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