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Wallpaper March 2021

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English
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Future Publishing Ltd
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12 Issues

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2 min.
contributors

CHARLES GAINES Artist American artist Gaines frequently delves into how rational thought and generative systems can drive conceptualism. Candied yams is his dish of choice for our back page (page 114), a recipe he credits to his mother Amelia. This is a big year for Gaines, with shows at Hauser & Wirth London and SFMoMA. The artist is also a long-time faculty member at the California Institute of the Arts, where he recently established a fellowship to support Black MFA students. MINAKO NORIMATSU Writer Japanese journalist Norimatsu now lives in Paris, just a stone’s throw from restaurant and gallery Ogata, which she covered for us last year (W*252). We asked her to interview fashion designer Ryohei Kawanishi about his new label, Les Six (page 070). ‘It was such a pleasure to chat with a person…

3 min.
lasting impression

Welcome to The Style Issue, which showcases the best of the S/S21 collections, the first to have been conceived, shown and sold against the backdrop of the pandemic. Across leading fashion houses and emerging labels, one thing was clear: with remote working and socialising now de rigueur, there was less penchant for flamboyant gestures, and a renewed emphasis on styles that endure. Our Newspaper section, photographed by Josh David Payne, celebrates this new minimalism. We highlight pared-back pieces that nonetheless captivate with their sculptural forms and tactile materials – including a pair of calfskin and beechwood clogs from Hermès (our newsstand cover star), and a Ferragamo trench coat that pays homage to Hitchcock’s heroines. Both convey a laid-back yet luxurious mood that is echoed in our main menswear story, photographed by…

2 min.
staying power

Welcome to our masterclass in minimalism. Top of our aesthetic agenda? The ultimate womenswear pieces for achieving wardrobe precision. Right now, we are not in need of a plethora of outfits but a capsule offering of hard-working, all-weather hits, in a host of timeless tones. We suggest classic items with a futuristic finesse, pieces rendered in glossy and tactile fabrications. Take Hermès’ apron dress, which is embroidered in a graphic grid of horn and glossy lambskin – adornment with real architectural appeal. Tactility is the essential ambition of the French luxury maison’s womenswear creative director Nadège Vanhee-Cybulski, given how dispiritingly hands-off and touch sensitive we have become. Miuccia Prada and Raf Simons’ dual design debut also has minimalist merit, offering a celebration of Prada’s signature nylon, seen in shoes and…

1 min.
travelling light

Offering the freedom to illuminate wherever and whenever you need, portable lamps are an invaluable solution when plug sockets are not available or inconveniently located, as they can be shifted from bedside to deskside with impeccable ease. A trio of designs are currently lighting up our lives. Conceived by Jordi Garcés and Enric Sòria in 1974 to emulate an oil lamp, the ‘Sylvestrina’ has been given new life by Santa & Cole as a more contemporary LED version. Meanwhile, Vincent Van Duysen’s ‘Oblique’ lamp for Flos, which echoes the traditional task light, comes in a range of colours, and features a wide beam and a 355-degree rotating stem, allowing it to cast optimal light wherever you need it. Philippe Malouin continues his collaboration with Matter Made with the ‘Arca Portable’,…

1 min.
lip service

Given the ongoing directives to mask up, launching an extensive lipstick collection might seem an unexpected business choice. Yet it could just as easily be said that the debut of the new Rouge Dior range is perfectly timed, offering, as it does, a bit of colour and an uplifting mode of self-expression for the new year. Dior’s iconic lipstick range, which originally launched in 1953, has been given a modern update for 2021 by Dior Makeup’s creative and image director Peter Philips, who joined the brand in 2014 having previously been at Chanel. The rebooted collection features 75 shades of reds, pinks and nudes, available in four finishes: classic matte, metallic, satin, and the ultra-matte ‘velvet’, all textures inspired by fabrics once used in Dior’s couture collections. The new lipsticks…

1 min.
bowl cuts

We’re going back to basics with the simplest of all snacks: bread and butter. Whipped to a soft texture, and flavoured with coriander and lime, smoked paprika, and anchovy, this trio of airy butters is ready for spreading on sliced rye bread, which we’re serving, with radishes, in Michael Schoner’s powder-coated aluminium ‘Worm Vorm’ bowls. The Rotterdam-based Schoner trained and practised as an engineer and architect before moving on to designing objects, exploring sleek compositions of metal shapes, from chairs and lamps to the smaller-scale bowls. These pieces are intended to be 3D interpretations of bold drawings, experiments that start with cutting shapes out of cardboard before reproducing them in collaboration with a specialist laser-cutting company. The final steps are made by hand in Schoner’s studio, a ‘low-tech phase’, as…