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Wallpaper November 2019

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2 min.
contributors

CLAUDE LÉVÊQUE Artist Lévêque’s tomates farcies feature in this month’s Artist’s Palate (page 250). While continuing to create his distinctive neon installations, the artist took a different approach to his recent takeover of the Paris Opera, Saturnales, commissioned for the institution’s 350th anniversary. His giant LED diadem, crowning the Opéra Bastille, and his pair of golden tractor tyres, on the grand staircase of the Palais Garnier, can be viewed until the end of this year. SHUMI BOSE Writer Bose, who is based in London but has ‘bits of my heart in Kolkata, New York and Rio’, found it ‘deeply satisfying’ to write about the S House in Brussels by Belgian architect Julien de Smedt (page 088). ‘I remember running my fingers over the toothpaste-like mortar and brutal-luxe concrete,’ she says. ‘It was good to learn…

3 min.
signs of the times

Welcome to our November issue, dedicated to Smart Art. Leading the way, the ever epic Doug Aitken has created three limited-edition subscriber covers alongside an exclusive journey into Americana. In a subversive photographic portfolio, Doug has captured time-worn signage in the American West and reworked it with 21st-century text. The images are witty, poignant, and vivid, but there’s a higher objective to this series too. It piques our interest in the faded glory of long-forgotten spaces, replacing our romanticised visions of the past with unsentimental images of what they are today. As Doug says, ‘one of the most profound things that any act of creation can give you is to engage you in the present’. As a magazine, we’re forever thinking three to six months ahead, so his work serves as…

2 min.
next level

District 2 of Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City is one of the Southeast Asian urban hub’s fastest developing areas, currently making its way from being one of the poorest to one of the most modern. Bridging old and new in this context is key to maintaining the city’s character and history, and this is the approach that Italian architecture firm Locatelli Partners took when designing its latest project there, French-style ‘epicerie’ grocery store complex Le Square. The scheme, which combines an existing colonial-style villa and an L-shaped new build, contains food shops and a restaurant on the ground level, with co-working spaces and offices upstairs. A delicate mesh cladding connects the old and new parts in a semi-transparent ‘cloud’. Different colour tones on the cladding help distinguish various parts of…

1 min.
pitch perfect

We’re well versed in the merits of engaging in a digital detox, and we occasionally like to head out of the city, swapping smoke fumes and screen time for the great outdoors and sleeping underneath the stars. And whether we’re pitching up in a treehouse or a teepee, glamping or gorge crossing, we like to make sure we pack a few striking hiking essentials to take to our favoured secluded spot. Italian accessories specialist Piquadro has recently bolstered its backpack offering with a sturdy pine green leather version, complete with carabiner clip fastening, multiple pockets and easy-access zips. We’re fond, too, of Smythson’s collaboration with New York reusable water bottle brand S’well, a sleek water bottle and calf leather holder based on a 1920s beaker set from the Smythson archives.…

1 min.
joint forces

The devil is in the detail, and interesting joinery, be it butterfly or dovetail, can elevate the plainest of pieces with an element of surprise. When creating his eponymous table for Hem, Max Lamb devised leg joints that set the legs flush into the tabletop, sturdily supporting its 200kg weight and visible as four simple squares on its surface. Israeli designer Hagit Pincovici went for a more embellished approach, developing an aluminium foam which connects the wooden seat of her ‘Sands’ stool to its sandstone supports, while London-based Italian designer Martino Gamper opted for something more classic when designing his ‘Round & Square’ collection, which uses contrasting woods to make a feature of the good, old-fashioned V joint. Bringing a bit of French fancy into the mix, Christophe Delcourt’s ‘Geo’…

1 min.
slice of life

Reflecting on modern relationships and their many, many forms for her Design Academy Eindhoven graduation project, interdisciplinary designer Orlando Lovell coined the term ‘polycreative’, which, in layman’s terms, is essentially polyamory, but with less kissing and more designing. To represent the concept, she enlisted five designers – Philippe Malouin, Matylda Krzykowski, Bertille Laguet, Koos Buster and Anne Dessing – to create cake stands. The shape and form of each then influenced the five cakes she baked. For the icing on the cake, she asked Sarah Illenberger, Alice Wong, Marisa Miller, Arvid & Marie and Giulia Soldati to create rituals for consuming each of the baked goods, resulting in a truly collaborative project with an outcome good enough to eat. orlandolovell.com/polycreative. All five examples will be on show at this year’s…