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.
Products / Seating
Ronan and Erwan Bouroulle / Mattiazzi
Price on request
After the sculpted wood ‘Osso’ collection, and the ‘Uncino’ task chairs with black metal rods, the prolific Bouroullec brothers have come up with another sublime design for Italian furniture company Mattiazzi. The French design duo’s ‘Quindici’ lounger is a striking piece with an angled back and sharp lines that give more than a few nods to Gerrit Rietveld’s iconic ‘Red Blue’ chair. Its rigid construction, made of ash wood in natural, black or grey, is complemented by an upholstered element (not pictured here) – a first for Mattiazzi, which has been producing wooden furniture from its workshop near Trieste since 1979. The upholstery is a discreet and thin addition, creating what Ronan Bouroullec calls a ‘sandwich’ effect, complemented by a selection of three Kvadrat/Raf Simons ‘Vidar’ fabrics in white, dark green and black to contrast with the wood. A chaise longue version is also available.
Photography: Paola Dossiwww.mattiazzi.eu
’Flat’ rocking chair
Mario Ruiz / Gandia Blasco
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 Bellwww.gandiablasco.com
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 Dossiwww.driade.com
Terry Crews / Bernhardt Design
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 Bellwww.bernhardtdesign.com
Diesel Living / Moroso
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 Dossiwww.diesel.com
‘111 Navy’ counter stool
Emeco / Emeco
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
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 Bertoliwww.omk1965.com
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 Bertoliwww.emu.it
Antonio Citterio / Vitra
Vitra has collaborated with designer Antonio Citterio for more than 25 years, the brand’s most durable design relationship to date. The latest collaboration is the ‘Grand Sofà’ series, which meshes modernity with comfort. ‘When you think about a sofa, you have to think about how people live,’ says Citterio, noting how the domestic use of a sofa has changed significantly over the years, the piece becoming the focus of a multi-functional family room. His design reflects these societal changes, serving as a generously proportioned soft platform for free time, with a modular composition that allows for multiple arrangements.
Photography: Paola Dossiwww.vitra.com
David Lopez Quincoces / Living Divani
We’re used to the sleek, well-proportioned designs that David Lopez Quincoces has created for Living Divani over the years, and the new ‘Era’ armchair is proof of how well the designer and the brand work together. Spanish-born, Milan-based Lopez Quincoces created a sophisticated chair that pairs minimal tubular steel legs in gunmetal grey with a welcoming padded curved seat and back. Forming part of a product family that includes a dining chair and a coffee table and is characterised by the same slim lines, the ‘Era’ armchair is available in a discreet grey or rich burgundy, in fabric or leather upholstery.
Photography: Paola Dossiwww.livingdivani.it
‘Echo’ side table
Mixing minimalism and modernism, Mark Albrecht studio has developed a fresh take on the side table with this new piece. Launched this summer, the table is a combination of wood, steel and leather to form a utilitarian piece handmade in Albrecht’s New York workshop. The round, vertical shaft of the ‘Echo’ minimises vibration, and the ‘Solist’ – a version with only the top tray – is ideal for sliding under a sofa to maximize living space. ’With my latest work, I feel I am probing deeper into my roots as a sculptor,’ says Albrecht, who reaches the perfect balance between the practical and ornamental in the entire new collection that also includes mirror and table lamp.www.markalbrechtstudio.com
‘Curve’, ‘Serpentine’ and ‘Stratus’ sofas
Adrian Pearsall / RH Modern
Prices start at $2,795
When a midcentury sofa in the reception area of the RH Modern Gallery in LA attracted a lot of admiring comments, the Californian furniture company felt compelled to do a little detective work to determine its origins. Its designer turned out to be Adrian Pearsall, who had spent the 1950s and 1960s creating furniture characterised by soft, undulating curves. Aftern contacting Pearsall’s estate, RH received permission to reissue his designs and the result is a series of three sinuous seating collections: Curve, Serpentine and Stratus.
As originally featured in the May 2017 issue of Wallpaper* (W*218)rhmodern.com
‘Tailor’ lounge sofa
Rui Alves / Menu
Inspired by the memory of his grandfather’s favourite tailor shop, Portuguese designer Rui Alves has designed a beautiful upholstered sofa for Menu. With an intent to show off every facet of its structure, Rui has exposed every part of the chair, from the solid oak frame and its wood joins to the leather upholstery. The result is a light and airy appearance that is stunning from any angle.www.store.wallpaper.com
‘San’ outdoor collection
Lionel Doyen / Manutti
Price on request
On the back of the successful ’Kumo’ sofa collaboration last year, designer Lionel Doyen has once again joined forces with Manutti for the launch of the ’San’ collection. Aiming to help you ’master the art of zen’, this range of outdoor furniture comprises a powder coated aluminium and Iroko bench, which has a distinctly industrial-feel, topped by softening cushions in a palate of ’soft petrol blue’, ’milestone’ and ’soft white’.www.manutti.com
’Heart Cone’ chair
Verner Panton / Vitra
Verner Panton’s designs are a fuse of pop art and Scandinavian modernism. The ’Heart Cone Chair’, which takes its name from the heart-shaped silhouette, features extended wings as the backrest. The modern interpretation of the classic wingback chair holds a playful nature which resembles Mickey Mouse ears.
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Four different geometric shapes make up the latest design by French studio Pool. Launched recently at Operae festival in Turin, Italy, with the support of Gallery S Bensimon, the ’Valsusa’ armchair has two contrasting finishes: plush blue velvet for the seating, arm- and backrest, countered with an oak leg sheathed in a tough, rustic hide. The sculptural chair echoes Pool’s conceptual experimentations with shapes, and the studio’s ability to transform these into functional furniture.work.poolhouse.eu
Mut Design Studio / Missana
Spanish design studio Mut embraces their geometric aesthetic for their seating collection for Missana. Available as sofa or armchair, the compact silhouettes play with modern shapes, pairing bold curved seats with solid cube and rectangular bases. While available in muted grey and beige, it is the contemporary wine red and electric blue that strike us as a statement sculpture in the living space.
’COLUM(N) 3.40’ stool
Paris-based design studio and manufacturer Nova Obiecta has released a limited edition 100 units of this organic, handmade side table or stool. The multifaceted pieces, both sourced and produced in France, pose a geometric take on solid cork, and are bound with hand polished copper or brass rings. Nova Obiecta’s creations, described as ’sculptural furniture’, pay tribute to both Kinetic and Op art movements.www.novaobiecta.com
Designed to fit into the modern lifestyle, Dean Edmonds’ new collection consists of seating that ’stacks and packs.’ Edmonds’ compact, self-assembly design attempts to accommodate frequent moves and smaller spaces, as and when needed. His sophisticated stools are made out of sleek, lightweight zinc plated steel that evoke an industrial look and are part of an edition of seven.www.deanedmonds.co.uk
The functions of Danish designer Ida Elke’s new furniture object Ovo-ovO are secondary to a play with palindromic principles. A palindrome is a sequence that can be read both backwards and forwards. Its name reflects the nature of the sandcast aluminum object itself: turned one way, Ovo-ovO serves as a stool and sidetable, with the other, it can be used as a vessel, vase or bowl.www.elkeland.dk
’Branch’ Lounge + Table
Lievore Altherr Molina / Tribù
Lievore Altherr Molina is a dab hand at outdoor furniture, thanks to its design sensibility and clever line work, which give a mature sophistication to its pieces. A collaboration with Belgian firm Tribù has resulted in a minimal aluminium lounger with a teak side table that can be clicked onto the frame to join two together.www.tribu.com
Konstantin Grcic / Classicon
Formed of sheet metal, powder-coated in a variety of colours, Konstantin Grcic’s 2002 ‘Diana’ side tables (available here in two versions) were conceived in the manner of a font character, with careful reworking of each line, angle and radius. ‘The more I worked on this project, the more I realised that even a few simple folds were sufficient to create a beautifully three-dimensional form,’ says Grcic.
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Lievore Altherr Molina / Expormim
The starting point for ‘Livit’, the inviting new outdoor sectional sofa by Barcelona-based design studio Lievore Altherr Molina, was childhood memories of siestas in hammocks on warm summer afternoons. Produced by Spanish brand Expormim and designed with a sophisticated attention to the finer details, the sofa features ample cushions on a slender aluminium frame, creating a result that the designers say, ‘balances comfort and lightness with the aim of providing a blithesome relax’. Available in multiple compositions and also in chair and chaise longue versions, the seating comes in shades that range from a deep green to a neutral ice grey, and exudes a Mediterranean elegance while at the same time appearing light and effortless.www.expormim.es
Antonio Citterio / B&B Italia
Citterio’s new sofa collection, encompassing armchairs and corner modules, features geometrically sinuous lines, a wide seat and high backrest to enhance comfort and offer ergonomic support. A slight curvature expresses the concept of embrace, but also creates the perfect place for conversation.www.bebitalia.com
Visibility / Matter Made
A purely New York venture, these stools were released during design week in a collaboration between Visibility studio and Matter Made. The whimsical frames can be neatly stacked to devise snakes of tubular legs connecting together in the different tones, from neutral black, cream and grey to brighter green and blue. The studio has titled the stool ’Champ’ as its frame is reminiscent of a champagne cage shape, here enlarged into its contemporary form that is seamless and lightweight.www.mattermatters.com
’Wrap’ sofa and chaise longue
Omi Tahara / Yamakawa Rattan
Price on request
Japanese born, Milan-trained designer Omi Tahara has created a perfect garden repose in this elongated chaise longue. Made by Yamakawa Rattan, Japans first manufacturer of wicker who source their wares from rainforests in Kalimantan and Sumatra, here they modernise the material to become weather-resistant. Available in both hand woven natural rattan and a wicker-look synthetic fibre for outdoor use, ’Wrap’ is further defined by its arched backrest that creates a contemprary visual volume and comfortable, supportive spring.yamakawa-rattan.com
Reiko Kaneko / SCP
Having previously focussed on fine bone china pendant lamps, this ’Orlando’ armchair marks designer Reiko Kaneko’s first foray into furniture. The lounge chair boasts a solid steel frame, with a tubular steel back allowing for a gentle, comforting flex. The slim arm rests are made from walnut or oak, whilst various upholstery and powder-coat finishes are available - we’re particularly fond of the ’Maharam Cobblestone’ pictured. Orlando’s small footprint, low base and custom finishes make it an ideal fit for any room.www.scp.co.uk
Studio Formstelle / Rolf Benz
Studio Formstelle were commissioned to create this hand-stitched, upholstered bench for their German neighbours Rolf Benz. The bench is distinguished by its striking, geometric wooden base that it shares with the 580 armchair introduced in Milan last year. The 944 is available in two sizes and a choice of walnut, light or dark oak.www.rolf-benz.com
Bertjan Pot / Golran
From Bertjan Pot’s ’Triangles’ collection for Golran, the design of this hand-knotted wool and silk pouf was initiated with an investigation into the weaving technique of the kilim from which its pattern would be spun. Like all pieces from the line, the pouf’s pattern is based on the geometric form of the triangle, which here has been positioned to create a kaleidoscopic series of diamonds and hexagons, emphasised by a clever arrangement of both contrasting and harmonising hues of pink and red.
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Brooklyn-based brand Bower was inspired by ancient archways for the ’Arch’ Bench, pairing classical architectural with a fresh, contemporary finish. Imbued with their signature experimental style, the bench has a monochrome palette of lacquered ash on the top, and whitewashed on the legs. Added texture and comfort comes in the form of the plush, deep-black wool upholstery.www.bowernyc.com