Floral Arragements, by Tableu
Best of the bunch
It’s been a big year for Danish floral design specialist Tableau, which has blossomed from a budding studio to a fully bloomed label. Lauded by Phaidon in Blooms: Contemporary Floral Design as one of the most impressive florists around, the Copenhagen-based design, art and flower atelier has created large-scale ‘flower clouds’ for the likes of Christian Louboutin and Gubi. To show off their skills, founder Julius Iversen installed this brooding landscape in Tableau’s David Thulstrup-designed boutique. Made of asparagus fern sprayed purple, the installation is inspired by the country’s dark winter months.
Floral installation (and bench designed in collaboration with Wonderland Agency), by Tableau, tableau-cph.com. Photography: Kasper Palsnov
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Each year, we celebrate all the very best in design from the past year in the Wallpaper* Design Awards. What follows is a visual feast of the hottest design, architecture and fashion high-fliers for 2020. Take a whirl through our deserving winners.
Floral Arragements, by Tableu
Two arrated design that leave us all pumped up
Best puff love
With its opulent, high-shine metallic finish, Herno’s jacket has really expanded our outerwear inclinations. Part of the Italian performance wear expert’s Laminar collection, the down-filled protective piece is water-repellent, windproof and incredibly lightweight. We suggest you admire your perfectly puffred reflection in Moustache’s sausage-like ‘Zodiac’ mirror. Designed by Jean-Baptiste Fastrez, its bulbous, enamelled ceramic frame evokes the contours of an inflatable boat hanging on a wall.
’Zodiac’ mirrors, from €600 each, by Jean-Baptiste Fastrez, for Moustache, moustache.fr. Puffer jacket, £630, by Herno, herno.it. Photography: Phillipe Lacombe
D/N1 lift cabin, by David/Nicolas, for Mitsulift
Best vertical travel
This modular lift cabin wouldn’t look out of place in a Wes Anderson production. Created by Lebanese design studio David/Nicolas for local manufacturer Mitsulift, the D/N1 features diffused top lighting, a striated upper section in natural oak, a laminate lower section, available in four statement colours (night blue, grenadine red, pepper grey or basil green), and travertine flooring. A round, steel-framed mirror and oak handrail lend geometric contrast and heighten the design’s cinematic qualities. The pleasing combination of unconventional design and ne craftsmanship means that, rather than being an interstitial space, the lift cabin can become a statement piece within a domestic interior.
davidandnicolas.com; mitsulift.com Render: Carl Gerges
Lobby furniture, by Max Lamb, for Acne Studios
Best rock stars
When Acne Studios’ Jonny Johansson was looking for inspiration to furnish the entrance of his new brutalist HQ, a 1970s former embassy building in Stockholm, he looked to the capital’s City Hall: ‘It is a mix between Viking fort and Italian piazza, and it inspired me to ask Max Lamb to create a Viking graveyard,’ he says. The British designer, who first started working with the brand on its retail projects in 2015, sourced hunks of granite from quarries in Småland, southern Sweden, and transformed them into crooked tombstone-like chairs, stools and tables with polished seats and tops. ‘The pieces bring a little of the outdoors into the space, and break up the monotony of the grid-like architecture,’ explains Lamb.
‘These designs are about telling the story of sweden through materials,’ says Lamb of the Lobby Furniture, seen in situ at Acne Studios’ Stockholm HQ, in red ivo, grey bjarlov and black diabase granite. ‘They appear as pieces that were here before the building, as if its façade was built around the furniture’.
acnestudios.com; maxlamb.org. Photography: Anders Kylberg
Best use of colour
Since founding her studio in 2013, Danish designer Margrethe Odgaard has been championing a holistic approach to colour theory that has struck a chord in design circles. Instead of talking about the topic in terms of trends and numbers, Odgaard talks of colour as a sensory experience that engages both the mind and body. Her research into colour and light has led to collaborations with Scandinavian giants such as Hay and Ikea, for which she develops palettes and products, and Muuto, for which she created bobbly rugs designed to feel like pebbles. Her latest works include ‘Atlas’, a woollen upholstery fabric for Kvadrat that possesses an exceptional colour intensity, as well as a colour palette for Montana rooted in a body-mind philosophy with hues that awaken all of the senses.
margretheodgaard.com. Photography: Kasper Palsnov
‘Mercury’ earrings, by Bina Goenka
Best small planet
When Bina Goenka bade farewell to her career as a lawyer, her mastery of forensic detail remained gloriously intact. The Mumbai high jeweller’s 2019 ‘Mercury’ earrings are a shining celebration of intricacy: ‘My craftsmen and I went back and forth over how to make the earlobe and earring-post invisible, something that was not just design, but geometry, too.’ Two years in the making, the hinged ‘Mercury’ earrings have two halves – one with a post, the other with a tube into which the post enters, through the lobe. Their exterior imagines Mercury as a cold, sparse landscape of glinting rose-cut diamonds, while the planet’s valleys and glaciers are rendered in the undulating gold edges that t together to form the globe. Inside are 4,564 Japanese keshi pearls, each under 0.5mm, matched in colour, size and shape.
’Mercury’ earrings, price on request, by Bina Goenka. binagoenka.com. Photography: Oskar Proctor
‘Get Onboard’ tray concept, by Priestman Goode
Best service update
Our turbulent relationship with plastic has increasingly become a topic of heated debate and a spur for design innovation. Our favourite response came from Priestman Goode; on discovering that air travel is one of the worst o enders when it comes to single-use plastics (more than five million tonnes of the stuff is thrown away from passenger flights each year), the London-based industrial design studio created this fully recyclable in-flight meal tray, which swaps polluting polymers for plates, cups and cutlery made from coffee grains, waffle cone, algae skins, banana leaves and coconut wood.
Currently showing as part of an exhibition at London’s Design Museum, the in-flight set comprises a main tray made of coffee grounds and husks, containers made of wheat bran, and a spork in coconut wood. Completing the set are a banana leaf lid, small capsules of soluble seaweed to hold sauces, and a cup made of rice husks with an algae-based lining.
priestmangoode.com; Photography: Adrien Dubost
‘ExCinere’ collection by Formafantasma, for Dzek
Best lava affair
Simone Farresin and Andrea Trimarchi, who founded Formafantasma in 2009, have long been obsessed with the design potential of lava. This year, the pair put their research to the test, working alongside London-based materials studio Dzek to create a range of tiles finished with a volcanic ash glaze. The process for creating the ‘ExCinere’ collection is meticulous: first the ash is sieved into different particle sizes, before being weighed out in precise measurements to determine the shade of the glaze. The glaze is then hand-sprayed onto the surface of the tiles, which come in two sizes, and finally fired, resulting in four variations, each in a rich, fiery hue. We call that a smoking-hot result.
‘ExCinere’ tiles, €395 per sq m, by Formafantasma, for Dzek. formafantasma.com; dzekdzekdzek.com. Photography: Geray Mena
Carousel, by Jamie Hayon, for Swarovski Kristallwelten
An exuberant exception to the tired Victorian aesthetic that often dominates amusement parks, Jaime Hayon’s carousel packs a whimsical punch at Swarovski Kristallwelten, the crystal manufacturer’s sculpture garden-cum-visitors’ centre in the Tyrolean Alps. A jug-eared, cartoonish bust perches on the tented top, under which the usual wooden horses have been replaced with Hayon’s fantastic beasts: one appears to be a cross between a balloon animal and a rubber duck, another a bipedal narwhal wearing Japanese wooden sandals, while a third blends the features of a Dutch clog and a dachshund. Decorated with faces that mirror the common reactions of visitors to the attraction – excitement, joy and wonder – and adorned with 15 million pieces of golden Swarovski crystal, the carousel is equally inviting against a backdrop of verdant mountains or freshly fallen snow.
kristallwelten.swarovski.com; hayonstudio.com. Photography: Mark Cocksedge
Grand Seiko Elegance, by Seiko
Best time shift
Ever since the launch of Grand Seiko, Seiko’s higher-end offering, into European and US markets, the 150-year-old Japanese watchmaker’s ardent fanbase has hankered to see more of its craft excellence. That wish was finally granted with the launch of the Grand Seiko Elegance range, a dress watch collection matching Japanese horological prowess with local decorative techniques, such as urushi lacquering and maki-e. Here, the urushi dial uses lacquers derived from trees growing on Mount Iwate, which dominates the skyline above Seiko’s watchmaking studio, while the maki-e details shimmer with a magic that only a master craftsman can achieve.
’SBGK004’ watch, limited edition of 150 pieces, part of the Grand Seiko Elegance range, £27,950, by Seiko. Jacket, £1,060; shirt, £160, both by Paul Smith. paulsmith.com; grand-seiko.com. Photography: Geray Mena
A pair of tubular belles make our gleam team
Best golden touch
Designers have been firing on all cylinders lately, with Hervé Van der Straeten proving he has the Midas touch with his newest table design. The French designer’s ‘Meditation’ console is formed from a pile of polished stainless steel tubes, which emit a shimmering rose gold hue and recede in size from the base of the table to its marble top. Meanwhile, Bottega Veneta’s half moon-shaped minaudière is a bit of a pipe dream. Its tubular, gold-finish hardware is inspired by the decorative elements of 19th century Italian palazzos, and opens to reveal a nappa leather-lined interior.
Left, Minaudière, £2,730, by Bottega Veneta. Right, ‘Meditation’ console, price on request, by Hervé van der Straeten.bottegaveneta.com; vanderstraeten.fr. Photography: Patricia Schwoerer
‘Lapis’ bed, by Anton Cristell and Emanuel Gargano, for Amura
Best soft rock
Inspired by the cobblestones of ancient Roman roads and named after the Latin for stone, Emanuel Gargano and Anton Cristell’s ‘Lapis’ bed, for southern Italian brand Amura, is paving the way for our latest dream bedroom. Thankfully, its geometric elements are not made of actual rock but a soft memory foam that can be upholstered in either fabric or leather, in a choice of subdued colours. Its plush asymmetric headboard looks best combined with other pieces from the same collection (particularly the black marble side tables), which all feature the same curved corners and smooth nish. De nitely one to help you sleep like a rock.
‘Lapis’ bed, €2,860, by Emanuel Gargano & Anton Cristell, for Amura, amuralab.com. Bedding, from a selection, by Tekla. teklafabrics.com. Photography: Leon Chew
No Man’s Land, by Kvadrat/Raf Simons
During Milan Design Week, Raf Simons brought his vision of a ravaged suburbia to a vast industrial space on the city’s via Archimede. Possibly the most stylish installation we’ve ever seen, No Man’s Land was part dystopia, part utopian response, complete with a wild flower meadow by Simons’ longtime collaborator Mark Colle, a trio of prefab structures by Jean Prouvé, and even some Le Corbusier street lamps. All this was in aid of Simons’ latest textile collection for Danish label Kvadrat, comprising four new designs: ‘Novus 1’ and ‘Novus 2’, which feature criss-cross patterns inspired by the grids seen on Jean Royère’s ‘Ei el Tower’ furniture; ‘Phlox’, a thick cord intended to emulate the wooden slats of transport palettes; and the speckled ‘Atom’, reminiscent of grassy lawns sprinkled with colourful spring flowers. If this is what the end of the world looks like, we’re quite happy to stick around.
Left, a central meadow and a prouvé hut, part of the installation seen in Milan last April. Right, the new Kvadrat/Raf Simons Fabrics, from top: ‘Novus 1’; ‘Atom’; and ‘Phlox’, in two colourways. kvadratrafsimons.com. Installation photography: Casper Sejersen
Forgo personal care brand, by Form Us With Love
Best soap star
Creating a little less waste is at the forefront of our minds these days, so we’re in a bit of a lather about Stockholm design studio Form Us With Love’s new personal care brand Forgo. The majority of beauty products on the market still use excessive water and plastic packaging, but reduction is key to these minimal prototype handwashes, which will launch at Stockholm Design Week in February. A set of starter kits will include a recyclable packet containing concentrate powder made from almost 100 per cent natural ingredients, which you then mix with water in a reusable bottle. Three scents kick off the Forgo palm cleaning revolution: citrus, woody and neutral. We’re rubbing our hands with glee.
The Forgo Handwash Starter Kits will be available to pre-order online. forgo.xyz; formuswithlove.se. Photography: Adrien Dubost