The World of Interiors December 2018

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United Kingdom
Conde Nast Publications Ltd
12 期号



Just as it avoids overly fashionable décor, Interiors gives a wide berth to words beloved of marketing men. So our house owners don’t go on decorating ‘journeys’ or find kitchens to be ‘the heart of’ their homes. Colour rarely ‘pops’ (unless it’s being used by Andy Warhol), and can’t any meagre mix of styles be dubbed ‘eclectic’? Never let it be said someone appearing in our pages has ‘curated’ their objects – we save that for people who actually work in museums. So it might seem rum to theme an issue around a concept that, on the face of it, appears modish and rather meaningless. Isn’t every Tom, Dick and Harry Bertoia an ‘icon’ these days? It’s very much to be hoped not, since a number of designers, makers, architects and…


1 To mark the centenary of the birth of Henning Koppel, its longtime collaborator, Georg Jensen has introduced the ‘Koppel’ collection. It includes his ‘Caravel’ cutlery in a new black finish (£105 for a five-piece setting) and ‘1041’ dish (£112,000), the original of which was destroyed because it didn’t quite meet the renowned designer’s exacting standards. Ring 00 45 38 14 98 98, or visit 2 Geometric shapes are sempiternal – which is exactly why they so appealed to Alexander Girard. Three of his archival textile designs have been reinterpreted as flatweave rugs by Maharam. ‘Plus’ (shown here), ‘Steps’ and ‘Check’ all come in three colourways and cost from $2,000 for a 2.74 × 1.83m version. Ring 001 800 645 3943, or visit 3 Two hundred and fifty years have…

mackintosh down to a tea

THE INTERIOR is a sacred grove, dotted with dappled pools and scented roses. You sense the sunbeams on your face, but also the furnaces of the gods below, showering sparks of rubies and diamonds. You tread lightly over the greenery about your feet as curious exotic flowers in lilacs and greens brush against your face. In other words, you are in a Glasgow tea room: Mackintosh at the Willow. The leading scholar of the architect, James Macaulay, once wrote that ‘Glasgow has always had a black-and-white reputation’, in every sense. So what does this strange building on Sauchiehall Street mean? What were its designers trying to say? Charles Rennie Mackintosh and his wife, Margaret Macdonald, created these premises in 1903 for Kate Cranston, a temperance campaigner who had founded several similar…

antennae roundup

strokes of genius

USM In the new millennium, two key milestones were achieved by the ‘USM Haller’ modular furniture system. Its status as an icon of 20th-century design was secured in 2001, after being included in the permanent collection of the Moma, New York. And in 2015, it could trumpet having been on the market for 50 years solid. In other words, both the critical community and the public had delivered their verdicts. he family business launched in 1885 as a locksmith’s in Munsingen, Switzerland, where it remains to this day. Having diversified into window fittings, in the early 1960s USM, in a desire to modernise, commissioned architect Fritz Haller to design a factory and office pavilion utilising a flexible steel-construction system. Out of this experience, the modular furniture system, based on a (patented)…


Residents of both superyachts and river barges may live at society’s fringes, but with sea levels on the rise, they’re looking like canny alternatives to bricks and mortar. As its title suggests, ROCK THE BOAT: BOATS, CABINS AND HOMES ON THE WATER [1] (by Alisa Kotmair; Gestalten, rrp £40, WoI price £34) captures the living/work/leisure arrangements of those brave souls prepared to think outside of our landlubberly boxes. Paddle past a Philip Johnson-style glass cuboid bobbing about in Amsterdam, a floating Finnish sauna and a manmade ‘island’ off Vancouver. If all that space-saving design cramps your style, revel in double-page panoramas showing, say, a waterborne hotel suite on a Tanzanian lake or an ‘art raft’ on the Adriatic. In 1860, Vienna had an influx of central Europeans, adding to a cultural…