Wallpaper November 2020

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SOPHIE LOVELL Writer Family businesses are the backbone of the German economy and, as our longstanding Germany Editor, Sophie Lovell has visited a fair number of their offices, many of which are in surprisingly lovely locations. One such is the Jacobys’ David Chipperfield-designed HQ, which she toured with co-director Ellen Jacoby (page 134). ‘Ellen loves the new HQ as if it were her own home, which, in a way, it is,’ says Lovell. ‘A highlight was the brunch by in-house chef, Michael Wibbeke.’ ALEXANDRE GUIRKINGER Photographer Long-time Wallpaper* contributor Guirkinger has travelled the world on assignment, but was able to stay close to his Paris home to photograph French artist Sophie Calle at her base in Malakoff (page 088). With black-and-white portraits of the likes of Jane Birkin and Céline Sciamma already under his belt,…

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editor’s letter

Natural instinct Welcome to our November issue – our annual art special – which is dedicated to natural splendour. It is an enormous honour to welcome French conceptual artist Sophie Calle, who graces our limited-edition subscribers cover with a self-portrait of her camouflaged as a tree. The image is part of Sophie’s new project, A l’Affût (On the Hunt), which we are proud to present in an exclusive 20-page portfolio, translated into English for the first time. The project began when Paris’ Museum of Hunting and Nature invited her to exhibit. Combing through archival copies of the hunting magazine Le Chasseur Français, Sophie was drawn to its lonely hearts ads and soon discovered parallels between the hunt for game and the matrimonial chase. And so she went through 125 years of…

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Form-flattering attire for the new normal workplace It’s a cinch Our working-from-home wardrobes saw a disposition for a slouchier silhouette, but we’ve been longing for a return to more form-flattering attire. Cinched-in styles appeared in swathes on the A/W20 catwalks, with brands such as Dolce & Gabbana and Dior advocating a tailored hourglass shape. Bonus styling points are scored with the addition of a body-hugging belt, seen in graphic retro shapes at Celine and Balenciaga, where a circular buckle draws attention to your midriff. Prada and Fendi offered even more bang for your belt, cinching boardroom-ready blazers that dangle with utilitarian items or have clips that double as purses. Fendi’s metal mod cons form part of a collaboration with London-based accessories label Chaos, offering a range of glamorous gadgets – from shot…

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born again

The paths of British furniture company Very Good & Proper and Isokon Plus merged last year when VG&P founder Ed Carpenter acquired the iconic brand whose archive includes designs by Marcel Breuer, Ernest Race and Barber Osgerby. ‘We shared the same ethos,’ observes Carpenter, who has since been working closely with Isokon Plus director Mark Smith and his team. The two companies’ values align neatly: both create high-quality, long-lasting products, support an ethical use of materials, and have a solid design background. ‘One of the great things about joining forces with Mark and Isokon were the archives,’ says Carpenter. Earlier this year, Carpenter and Smith came across some blueprints for a pair of pede stal tables, originally designed by Marcel Breuer in 1937. One was made at the Bauhaus, the…

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kinder surprise

In one of the year’s most anticipated cultural launches, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston (MFAH) is about to celebrate the inauguration of the Nancy and Rich Kinder Building. Designed by Steven Holl Architects, it’s the latest addition to the museum’s ever-expanding Sarofim Campus, which also includes Holl’s Glassell School of Art, completed in 2018. The new structure, a balanced composition of irregularly shaped, white and translucent volumes topped by luminous, concave roofs, features dynamic interiors, created to house modern and contemporary art. The building is arranged horizontally, and generous, naturally top-lit galleries are interspersed with a series of courtyards, connecting inside and outside. Meanwhile, a cascading sculptural staircase links the atrium with the gallery areas. ‘The atrium is very dramatic and I feel will likely become an iconic example in…

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habit forming

Naples design fair Edit was created in 2019 by curators Domitilla Dardi and Emilia Petruccelli to support and promote the work of young designers and independent makers with a focus on local production. The programme includes a design residency, a showcase of small companies, and a dedicated ‘creative cradle’ to present the work of the next generation, and the event has already been making waves within the Italian and international design panorama. Among this year’s participants is Italian designer (and Wallpaper* Handmade 2018 alumna) Sara Ricciardi, who was asked to develop a collection based on wellness for presentation within the fair’s Complesso di San Domenico Maggiore, a religious complex in the heart of the city. The location, Ricciardi explains, provided inspiration for the collection. ‘It’s an evocative place where monks lived…