In the frame: 2017’s standout designs from around the globe

In the frame: 2017’s standout designs from around the globe

Study shelter
20 December

Since its launch in 2012, Archivo Diseño y Arquitectura has established itself as Mexico City’s leading exhibitions and research hub for design and architecture. Founded by the architect Fernando Romero and his wife Soumaya Slim, the gallery boasts an unlikely collection of 1500 everyday design objects from the 20th century. Now, its equally unique library also becomes accessible to the public, thanks to the opening of a new reading room designed by Fabien Capello. The French furniture and product designer worked with local artisans to create a set of custom lounge chairs, whimsical handmade lamps, shelves and beautiful stained glass windows, creating a cosy space (15 sq m, precisely) to be enjoyed in the company of books.

Calle General Francisco Ramírez 4, Miguel Hidalgo, Ampliación Daniel Garza, 11840 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico

Writer: Benoit Loiseau

Cosmic containers
18 December

Italian industrial designer Alessandro Zambelli has introduced a group of subtly anthropomorphic, robotic forms – collectively titled ‘Macrocosmos’ – to his product library. While the series is heavily indebted to the aesthetics of low-tech vintage sci-fi (think Button Moon or Mystery Science Theatre 3000), Zambelli himself says that they ‘internalise the geometric perfection of a magnifying glass over the animal micro-universe, mixed with the vivid, energising hues of plant life’. That rather impenetrable concept is manifested in adorable household vases and vessels as otherworldly as they are warmly familiar, all drawing on the historical toy making industry of the village where Zambelli lives.

Writer: Tom Howells


Counter culture
14 December

Lanserring have launched its inaugural kitchen concept, inspired by John Tradescant the Elder – a 16th century English botanist, traveller, collector and creator of the cabinet of curiosities. The bespoke models meld a flurry of different materials from the company’s Austrian craft heritage (they also took part in Wallpaper* Handmade earlier this year). Think a natural walnut cabinet paired with a 16th century vitrine, or an oilcloth island inspired by surfaces from the middle ages with a decadent stone and polished metal sink block that is reminiscent of a butlers sink (pictured) – the designs are both eclectic and pleasingly surprising, suiting for a magnitude of sophisticated living spaces.

Lanserring London, 27A Pembridge Villas, Notting Hill, London W11 3EP

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