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Wallpaper February 2019

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editor’s letter

BEST IN CLASS Welcome to the 15th edition of the Wallpaper* Design Awards, celebrating all the very best in design from the past year. The issue is split into two parts. Our highest honours are the 11 major Judges’ Awards, shortlisted by Wallpaper* and the winners chosen by our panel of esteemed judges – Paola Antonelli, senior curator of architecture and design at MoMA; Bjarke Ingels, stellar architect and founder of BIG; Wallpaper’s reigning Designer of the Year 2018 Philippe Malouin; ethereal manipulator of space and form Do Ho Suh; blockbusting Broadway set designer David Korins; and finally, Buffalo Girl, style icon and, most recently, Kieran Hebden-collaborator Neneh Cherry. A huge thank-you to them for their valued time and wisdom. The rest of the issue is dedicated to awards selected by Wallpaper*…

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Japanese designer Kei Ninomiya is renowned for creating sculptural or padded forms that appear to multiply or tessellate as architectural assemblages across the body. This multi-layered dress is handmade using frills of polyester organdy, connected by rivets. On the A/W18 catwalk, geometry met floristry head on as Ninomiya collaborated with Japanese artist Azuma Makoto on a series of floral masks that dramatically trailed across the face. This headpiece, designed by Makoto and executed by Wagner Kreusch of London flower school, has been crafted from a profusion of posies, including begonias, orchids and scabiosas. It’s a floral face-off with the synthetic flounces that adorn the body. azumamakoto.com. Hair: Yoshitaka Miyazaki using Bumble and Bumble. Make-up: Emma Broom using Omorovicza. Model: Cha Mi at Wild Management…

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shape shifters

Get in the right frame of mind with Inga Sempé’s ‘Vitrail’ wall mirrors, here set against a backdrop of Dedar’s bouclé-textured ‘Karandash’ fabric. Inspired by antique Venetian mirrors, which often included smaller pieces of mirror around a central looking-glass, ‘Vitrail’ comes in four different shapes, each incorporating coloured mirror-glass strips set in rubber frames. Meanwhile, Bang & Olufsen’s ‘Beosound Edge’ speaker, designed by Michael Anastassiades, forms a perfect circle and features proximity sensors that activate its otherwise-invisible touch controls. The volume can be increased or lowered by rolling the speaker from side to side.…

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dream factory

As glass acts go, these are pretty hard to follow. Gianfranco Ferré Home’s ‘Jenga’ coffee table is constructed entirely from rectangles of light- and dark-coloured glass, impeccably assembled without visible joints. More sculptural still is the ‘Fusion’ bench, with a marble core holding stacked acrylic rods, by Chiara Pellicano and Edoardo Giammarioli of Rome-based Millim Studio for Secondome. Marco Piva’s ‘Marty’ console for Visionnaire contrasts ribbed and smooth glass to architectural effect, while the South Korean designer Jihye Kang’s ‘Purity’ side table pairs clear acrylic rods with a stainless-steel base. Extra brilliance is provided by Stefan Diez’s cylindrical ‘Guise’ hanging light for Vibia, and Angelo Mangiarotti’s re-editioned ‘Lari’ table lamp from 1978, hand-blown in a single piece. Clear winners, one and all.…

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power trip

An open-wheel, fully electric vehicle with a modular carbon-fibre body and an uncluttered interior, the new SIN car brings a less-is-more approach to sustainable urban transport. It is the creation of Biomega, a cutting-edge bike specialist based in Copenhagen – where 62 per cent of the population prefers to commute by bike. Founded 20 years ago, Biomega is known for its collaborations with blue-chip names including Bjarke Ingels and Marc Newson. But its most radical move yet is this first foray into the electric car market, named after the city of Singapore and designed as a response to urban sprawl. ‘Our customers are willing to use their bikes for trips up to 10km, and electric bikes for up to 20km, so SIN is for those who have no choice but to…

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time warp

Dark fables abound about the origin of Cartier’s ‘Crash’ watch. One goes that, in the late 1960s, a client had entered the brand’s London boutique and presented a watch that had been mangled in a car crash, with a view to having it restored. Another is that a Cartier London employee had been involved in a car accident so severe that his gold watch had begun to melt. Whatever the truth, Cartier’s ‘Crash’ design radiates all the creative spirit of the time and place that spawned it. Imagined in 1967 by the Cartier London design studio, in the heat of London’s psychedelic art scene, this horological curio is revived periodically for special occasions. Its latest iteration – a glittering celebration of the reopening of Cartier’s listed New Bond Street boutique,…