Wallpaper February 2021

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editor’s letter

DESIGN AT ITS BEST Welcome to the Wallpaper* Design Awards! The awards are not only an honour roll of outstanding places, products and people, but also a testament to design’s ability to respond to evolving needs, lift our spirits, and serve the public good. These qualities become particularly evident when unprecedented circumstances compel us to rethink our priorities and adjust our ways of living. This issue celebrates inspiring feats of creative brilliance from the past 12 months, and reminds us that despite the challenges we’ve faced, there are many reasons to be grateful. Among them are ambitious architectural projects that are revitalising the public realm, such as the Bourse de Commerce in Paris (our limited-edition cover star), where François Pinault wants to ‘share his passion for contemporary art with as broad an…

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best woodcraft

Inspired by the Japanese workshops he visited in the 1970s, Gianfranco Frattini’s ‘Kyoto’ table combines a brilliant idea with impeccable craftsmanship, letting the raw materials – solid beech and walnut inserts set with 45 degree joints – do the talking. Another recently reissued wooden wonder is Danish architect Børge Mogensen’s 1958 daybed, with its sleek oak base and elegant spigot joints. Our two other winners are Philippe Starck’s ‘Fenc-e Nature’ armchair, which boasts teak armrests and a supporting rod held in place by two wooden nails, and Antonio Citterio’s ‘Ansel’ sofa, featuring striking iroko wood slats.…

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dining experience

Designers shaped up to a changing landscape last year, outlining new ways to stay at home in style. In the dining room, geometric silhouettes were the order of the day, and our dream scene is set by Jean Nouvel’s elegantly monolithic ‘NVL’ table for MDF Italia and Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec’s ‘Rope’ chair for Artek, which contrasts a solid frame with flexible elements. Vincent Van Duysen’s update of his original ‘Infra-Structure’ lighting series for Flos follows an industrial aesthetic, taking its cues from the Bauhaus and allowing for playfully twisted compositions at infinite levels. And the playfulness continues at the table as Tom Dixon’s contemporary glassware collection, inspired by game pucks, makes the consummate companion for our cocktails, crafted from Berry Bros & Rudd’s No.3 London Dry Gin.…

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Those planning a playdate with a difference need look no further than the recently opened Hyundai Museum of Kids’ Books & Art (MOKA) in Namyangju, east of Seoul. Jaime Hayon, the design world’s wizard of wit, whimsy and wonder, was given free rein to conjure up a children’s playground, sculpture garden and library for the museum, with a brief to encourage ‘nature literacy’ among city dwellers. The result sees Hayon’s signature fanciful characterisation – more usually lent to figurines, vases and installations – let loose for play time, and is set to enchant grown-ups and children alike. Titled MOKA Play, the playground is populated by four colourful and captivating sculptural characters – a super-sized sausage dog, a trumpeting elephant, a giant llama and a reposing Pinocchio-style figure with a seesaw balanced…

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technical triumph

As creative director of Boucheron, Claire Choisne defines exquisite jewels with a sharp technicality. The recent Contemplation high jewellery collection translates her preoccupation with realism and natural motifs into fluid designs full of artistry. Heavenly materials appear to be pulled from the sky. In one necklace, milky blue aerogel, an ultralight synthetic material used by Nasa to gather stardust, is enveloped in heavy rock crystal. In another, diamond clouds drift on a necklace of titanium mesh, the sky tattooed with lacquer. Here, the diamond-set wings of the ‘Battement d’Ailes’ choker look ready to take flight. Inspired by the sculpted silhouette of a diadem from 1906, the choker embellishes its curves with a double row of feathers in intricately engraved mother-of-pearl. boucheron.com…

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From walking boots to padded onesies, bucket hats to lumberjack shirts, there’s a luxe explorer’s spirit to Gucci’s new men’s and women’s capsule collection, thanks to creative director Alessandro Michele’s collaboration with outdoor expert The North Face. For peak style, puffer jackets, hiking rucksacks and bum bags are swathed in psychedelic and floral prints. We’ll be striding into 2021 in pieces that nod to the history of both brands, with graphic retro prints bearing Gucci’s interlinked ‘GG’ motif, and patterns that reimagine The North Face’s ‘Half Dome’ logo in Gucci’s classic red and green colour palette. gucci.com; thenorthface.com…