THE W* HOUSE

We thought it only fair to throw open the doors to the W* House and share with you how we’d fit out our dream digs. From consoles to cupboards, beds to bookcases, the W* House features our favourite pieces of design from across the globe, room by room. When it comes to sharing our finds, we wanted to keep things simple, letting you furnish your house with the click of a mouse, the Wallpaper* way. 

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'Parure II' centrepiece

Cristina Celestino / Paola C
£441

Designed by Cristina Celestino for Paola C., the 'Dolce Vita' collection is a celebration of Italy in the 1950s — an era whose charm is defined by a distinct joie de vivre, irony and optimism. In a contemporary take on this epoch, Celestino has designed a series of functional items that beautifully encapsulate this tone. Crafted from borosilicate blown glass, the 'Parure II' centrepiece is both striking and elegant, with sophisticated brushed brass detailing and a light blue bowl that has been coloured and silked internally.

Available from WallpaperSTORE*

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'Flat' rocking chair

Mario Ruiz / Gandia Blasco
£1,150

Spanish designer Mario Ruiz has expanded Gandia Blasco’s Flat collection of outdoor furniture with a new rocking chair, formed from the same aluminium structure as the other elements in the range. Lightweight and sleek, this comforting piece of modernism promises hours of idle contemplation.

Writer: Jonathan Bell

www.gandiablasco.com

‘Stele’ cabinet

Samuel Chan / Channels
Price on request

Samuel Chan’s new ‘Stele’ cabinets for Channels have a monolithic, sci-fi appearance, with all six functional elements united by exactly the same proportions. If you are seeking some kind of universal order – at home as well as work – then the complete set of larder, bureau, wardrobe, bar and two shelving units can be mixed and matched to create a world of universal harmony. As with all of Chan’s work, meticulous craftsmanship is paired with elegant lines. We’re especially taken by the clever bar unit, a brooding but fun-filled presence (with secret side storage for special vintages) that’s perfect for the corner of any corner office or executive den.

www.channelsdesign.com

Stripe bowls

Grete Prytze Kittelsen / Cathrineholm
From €35

Often referred to as the queen of Scandinavian design in the mid-20th century, Norwegian designer Grete Prytz Kittelsen, who hobnobbed with the likes of the Eameses and Alvar Aalto, was known initially for her work in gold and silver. When deliberately embarking on more democratic design in the 1950s, she discovered ironworks Cathrineholm, an expert in enamelling, and a highly lauded collaboration began. When she died in 2010, Kittelsen’s children held the rights to her designs until Danish retailer Imerco bought them exclusively three years ago. It is slowly reissuing her work, under the Cathrineholm label, starting with the ‘Stripes’ bowls, with the ‘Cathedral’ and ‘Sensation’ series to follow.

www.cathrineholm-design.com

'Half Charlotte' lamp

Studio Fuksas / Slamp
Price on request

Slamp’s latest architectural collaborations bring big names to small lights. Alongside new products by Daniel Libeskind and the late Zaha Hadid, there is ‘Charlotte’, a set of three lights by Doriana and Massimiliano Fuksas. The venerable Italian modernists have created a multilayered design that references the structural mesh of many of their major glass buildings. It can be hung or placed on the floor, creating architectural statements through the mix of veiled light and shadow.

Writer: Jonathan Bell

www.slamp.com

'Sissi' chair

Ludovica and Roberto Palomba / Driade
Price on request

Design duo Ludovica and Roberto Palomba looked at traditional Viennese bentwood chairs for their collaboration with Driade. ‘This modern design winks cheekily at the past and at the female world,’ say the designers. ‘The merging and intersecting rings look as if they have been bent by the hand of a Viennese craftsman, an elegant and design archetype.’ The chair (designed for indoor, but suitable for outdoor use as well) is available in a series of pastel colours, and can be ‘dressed’ with a variety of fabric or leather covers in different colours and patterns, ‘just like a confident woman changes her clothes to suit her mood.’

Photography: Paola Dossi

www.driade.com

'Lei-Lui' armoured cabinet

Agresti
Price on request

Agresti’s elegant armoires are a more than acceptable way of placing a strongbox in plain sight. Its armoured cabinets are exquisitely finished but supremely secure, with biometric tech for opening and secret compartments galore for stashing everything from jewellery to documents. The latest finishes for the Lei-Lui range includes matte Canaletto walnut and embroidered leather, with optional gold hardware. Inside, integrated Swiss-made watch winders keep your investments ticking over as well as away from prying eyes.

Writer: Jonathan Bell

www.agresti.com

‘WireRing’ lamp

Formafantasma / Flos
Price on request

Andrea Trimarchi and Simone Farresin of design studio Formafantasma have always had a penchant for poetic illumination. And this year was definitely a light year for the pair, who presented both an immersive retrospective of their past lighting works, as well as two new lamps developed with Italian lighting giant Flos. Their ‘WireRing’ wall lamp is a simple idea turned into a functional feat of technology, combining a geometric form with a belt-like LED strip. Available in a variety of colours and finishes, the ‘WireRing’ lamp is an example of minimal design achieving maximum effect.

Photography: Baker Evans. Writer: Rosa Bertoli

www.flos.com

'VL38' desk lamp

Vilhelm Lauritzen / Louis Poulsen
£370

One of Denmark’s leading architects, Vilhelm Lauritzen also created a number of fixtures and fittings, and Louis Poulsen has relaunched one of the best, the ‘VL38’ lamp. Originally created for Copenhagen’s Radio House in the 1930s, it is now available in black and chrome.

Writer: Jonathan Bell

www.louispoulsen.com

'Ibis' sofa

Terry Crews / Bernhardt Design
From $5,500

Celebrity collaborations are rare on the ground in the furniture industry. The actor and former NFL footballer Terry Crews has worked with Bernhardt Design to create a five-piece collection that is inspired by midcentury designs, as well as by his longterm obsession with ancient Egypt. Crews’ background in illustration is pushed to the fore: the ‘Lily’ chairs and ‘Float’ tables are based on the forms and proportions of hieroglyphs, with an added spindly, Googie twist, while the ‘Ibis’ sofa references the outstretched wings of the sacred Egyptian bird. Stainless or matte steel and American walnut are paired with pastel upholstery from Bernhardt Design’s own textiles division.

Writer: Jonathan Bell

www.bernhardtdesign.com

‘Assembly’ chair

Diesel Living / Moroso
£1,390

Conceived by the in-house design team at Diesel, the ‘Assembly’ chair combines luxurious details, such as plush velvet in a variety of rich shades, with industrial touches (namely the prominent steel bolt keeping the design together). Aptly called ‘Assembly’, the chair is formed of two modules joined at the side, and although its structure was inspired by industrial tools and water pipes, its execution and materials add a sleek sophistication to the more utilitarian elements of the design. The ‘Assembly’ is available as a single chair or as a love seat, with a further version, featuring a hollow seat, doubling as a dining chair.

Photography: Paola Dossi

www.diesel.com

‘111 Navy’ counter stool

Emeco / Emeco
€390

Emeco’s new ‘111 Navy’ counter stool is a hard-wearing addition to the collection, with a form derived from the wartime military aluminium chair, just like its shorter stablemates. The American-made bar stools are heavy-duty but also gentler on the environment, thanks to the use of 100 per cent recycled plastic instead of metal (the ‘Navy’ chairs contained 111 bottles – the stool contains 150). The new Beach colour adds more flexibility to a functional object with a strong heritage and a light environmental touch.

As originally featured in the November 2017 issue of Wallpaper* (W*224)

emeco.net

‘Tokyo’ stool

Rodney Kinsman / OMk1965

Last month, British furniture brand OMK launched OMK1965, a sub-brand celebrating the products designed by its founder Rodney Kinsman. Some of the pieces that went out of production have been reissued and were shown at Design Junction during the London Design Festival. The collection includes the ‘Tokyo’ stool, created for the Groucho Club in 1985. New products will eventually be added to expand the collection.

Photography: Baker & Evans. Writer: Rosa Bertoli

www.omk1965.com

‘Nef’ chair

Patrick Norguet / Emu

Patrick Norguet’s debut design for Italian brand Emu is a chair that consists of a light aluminium frame and a braided rope net backrest, with comfort enhanced by a selection of padded cushions. Designed to bring visual lightness to outdoor seating areas, it is also available as a dining chair.

Photography: Baker Evans. Writer: Rosa Bertoli

www.emu.it

‘Daiku’ collection

Victoria Magniant / Galerie V
From €250

The debut collection of French designer Victoria Magniant, a series of sculptural black furniture entitled ‘Daiku’, launched at Paris Design Week. Made of black stained ash, the starting point of the design is Japanese craft techniques, which Magniant combined with digital and CNC technology to give structure to her idea. ‘Instead of designing a chair, I tried to “write a chair”, to recreate the spontaneous feeling of a brush stroke and the fluidity of the ink,’ she says. ‘I looked for a seamless silhouette to create the illusion of an impossible construction.’

Photography: Baker Evans

www.galeriev.fr

‘Segment 6’ console

Apparatus
$29,000

New York-based duo Gabriel Hendifar and Jeremy Anderson side-shifted from fashion and public relations respectively to launch design studio Apparatus in 2012. The pair began by experimenting with vintage lighting parts to create unusual lamps, soon establishing a signature style that merges contemporary geometries, nostalgic touches and an industrial aesthetic. Over the years, they have developed an impressive portfolio of lighting (including the bestselling ‘Cloud’ chandelier) and branched out into home accessories and furniture. Presented this year, the ‘Segment’ dining collection is a particularly elegant series of softly rounded tables and consoles. Finished and assembled by hand in New York, they comprise a curving lacquered top balanced on a translucent resin base held together with fluted aged brass hardware.

Photography: Baker Evans. Writer: Rosa Bertoli

www.apparatusstudio.com

‘Ilda’ tables

Jean-Marie Massaud / Poliform
Price on request

The focal point of these exquisite tables, created by Poliform in collaboration with an artisanal foundry, are the handmade, asymmetric, branch-like bases in wrought bronze, supporting marble or resin tops.

www.poliform.it

‘Teorema’ drawers

Ron Gilad / Molteni & C
£1038

In 2012, Ron Gilad created the ‘Gradoº’ collection for Molteni&C, featuring modules that explored the relationship between shapes and void. This year, designer and manufacturer worked together again to develop the flip side of that collection: entitled ‘Teorema’, the new pieces focus on solid forms, using a template that evolves to create what the designer calls ‘micro architectures’. A combination of mechanical precision and artisanal skill, ‘Teorema’ consists of a series of modular drawers, made of American walnut, that can be used alone as a free-standing unit or assembled into a rotating structure.

Photography: Paola Dossi

www.molteni.it

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‘Courtesy’ table

Michele Seppia / Nero Design Gallery
£638

Designed by Michele Seppia for Nero Design, the ‘Courtesy’ table uses shape and material to take you on a journey across space and time. With a top made of Giallo di Siena marble and an iron base featuring blue enamel detailing, the piece was produced as a limited-edition series of 30.

Available from WallpaperSTORE*

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‘Look’ lamps

Matteo Thun / Simes
Price on request

Italian architect Matteo Thun’s ‘Look’ lamps for Simes are made of glass, oiled teak and die-cast aluminium in a burnished bronze or white finish. Available in two sizes, the outdoor lamps release a discreet downward glow that offers just enough illumination to create an atmospheric effect.

www.simes.com

‘Satellite’ hand mirror

Christoffer Skjøtt / Møbel & Rum
£209

Pick it up, twirl it about and discover new things: Møbel & Rum’s playful ‘Satellite’ hand mirror presents a whole new way to observe yourself and your surroundings. Designed by Christoffer Skjøtt, the circular mirror sits atop a uniquely shaped handle carved from four evenly-sized pieces of oak, each one revealing its own qualities and patterns that will form a beautiful patina over time.

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'Diedro’ sideboard

Pietro Russo / Gallotti & Radice
£7,130

Russo has added a subtle lightness to this monumental sideboard, which features a geometric pattern formed from Taba Frisè white wood and Tanganika black wood, as well as black glass and mirrored interiors.

Photography: Paola Dossi

www.gallottiradice.it

‘Immersion’ bath

Neri & Hu / Agape
Price on request

The ‘Immersion’ bathtub, Shanghai-based duo Neri & Hu’s first foray into bathroom furniture, was designed to fit into the small confines of urban living spaces. Inspired by traditional Asian timber baths, this sleek model is deeper than a standard tub, but is only 147cm long. And the addition of a wooden seat adds an organic touch that keeps it from being too clinical for our tiny yet tasteful metropolitan apartment.

Photography: Paola Dossi

www.agapedesign.it

‘Kyma’ tray

Serena Confalonieri / Sambonet
£154

Taking its name from a basic architectural element in ancient Greece — as well as the Greek work for ‘wave’ — Sambonet’s ‘Kyma’ collection is guided by smooth, curvilinear lines. Designed by Serena Confalonieri, the collection is defined by the appearance of a sine wave – represented by a stainless steel tube – which runs along the outside of each object, offering a soft and gentle continuity to the accessories, which are based on hexagonal, octagonal, square and rectangular shapes.

Available from WallpaperSTORE*

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‘Lantern Light’ table lamp

Neri & Hu / Classicon
€1,238

Neri & Hu were inspired by a 1977 Vico Magistretti creation for their collaboration with Munich-based brand ClassiCon. The Italian designer’s ‘Lyndon’ light (also Neri’s first name, coincidentally) was a metal structure holding a glass ball – an upright rod with an illuminated tip, which Neri & Hu liken to ‘its ancient predecessor, the fiery torch’. The pair’s reinterpretation, which commemorates the tenth anniversary of Magistretti’s death, is made of brass and hand-blown crystal and, while the original design had a metal ring encircling each glass globe, Neri & Hu’s airy creation features a handle-like appendage that leaves more space for the glass to shine.

Photography: Paola Dossi

www.classicon.com

‘Fuji’ table

Tarcisio Colzani / Porada
From £9,239

Through his extensive work for Porada, Italian designer Tarcisio Colzani has often explored patterns and repetition. The self-taught carpenter has produced a vast portfolio of furniture for the Como-based company, including a collection of ridged cupboards, a net-like wooden curtain and grid-style room dividers. This extensive experience has culminated in his latest design for the brand and perhaps his most refined to date.

Entitled ‘Fuji’, the dining table, which sits on a varnished bronzoro metal base, is crafted from Canaletto walnut and made up of 12 folded panels engineered around a void, to dramatic effect. The design, inspired by a flower bud opening and lengthening to form a corolla of petals, features a central hole that can be left as an empty decorative element but can also serve as a vase holder. Colzani’s inspiration, combined with Porada’s savoir faire, has resulted in a piece that combines simple minimalism and remarkable craftsmanship.

www.porada.it

‘Gea’ parasol

Chi Wing Lo / Giorgetti
£7,583

Giorgetti launched its inaugural outdoors offering with a sophisticated collection by Chinese designer Chi Wing Lo. Named after the Greek word for ‘earth’, the ‘Gea’ collection celebrates the openness of outdoor living. Mounted on a 360-degree swivel frame with a stainless steel or marble-insert base, the sail-like parasol is a welcome breath of fresh air in the world of sun screens.

Photography: Paola Dossi

www.giorgetti.eu

Box system

Mater
£180

A multifaceted storage system, Mater’s box system offers endless possibilities for all areas of the home. With an equal emphasis on style and sustainability, the modular system is crafted from ecologically harvested Indian mango wood, and is finished with an environmentally a lead-free, water-based PU lacquer. This large Sirka grey box may also be used as a side table or as wall-mounted shelving.

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‘Blink’ vanity table

Yabu Pushelberg / Stellar Works
£1,469

Yabu Pushelberg’s new collection for Stellar Works, entitled ‘Blink’, includes this compact vanity table. The modernist construction is a discreet manifestation of the design duo’s clever way with shapes. Its asymmetrical form comprises tubular steel legs that curve upwards to cradle a moon-like mirror. For the designers, the collection’s main trait is an ‘inherent sweetness and happiness’. They say: ‘The pieces are based on forms that are light, sculptural and playful; there is a naïve quality to the collection that is balanced with clarity of form and simple materials.’

Photography: Paola Dossi

www.stellarworks.com

‘Clear’ tool box

Nomess
£26

Nomess’ clear acrylic tools box is the ideal solution for dressing table and desktop clutter. Perfectly sized to hold makeup tools and products, the box accommodates four compartments of varying sizes as well as a fully flexible handle for easy transportation.

Available from WallpaperSTORE*

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