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Wallpaper May 2021

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United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
12 Issues

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2 min.

DANNIELLE BOWMAN Photographer Known for her multilayered black-and-white images, Bowman, who hails from LA but is based in New York, took to a rooftop to capture designer and fellow Brooklynite Nifemi Ogunro (page 114). ‘Thankfully, one of Nifemi’s lovely roommates helped us carry her pieces up to the roof – in 4in platform loafers! I remain impressed by them both.’ In June, Bowman, a Yale School of Art alumna, will be artist in residence at Syracuse photography centre Light Work. PARK SEO-BO Artist A pioneer of the Dansaekhwa movement in Korea, Park made his name with meditative paintings that bring together Asian philosophical traditions and Western abstractionism. Now in his ninth decade, he is a cultural icon both at home and abroad. Invited to contribute to our artists’ recipe series (page 194) to coincide with…

4 min.
leading lights

Welcome to our Design Issue. While in-person gatherings of the international design community, in Milan and beyond, may still be months away, there’s a host of launches that leave us eager with excitement. Showcasing the unflagging creativity of designers around the world, this issue is a celebration of the inspiring ideas, exhibitions and products to come. The legendary Hella Jongerius gives us an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of her upcoming solo show at Berlin’s Gropius Bau, which explores experimental weaving techniques, and graces our limited-edition subscriber cover. The show includes live elements: among them a participatory installation inviting visitors to spin a yarn from recycled textile waste, and four looms working in tandem to create large-scale, 3D-woven objects. This is a masterclass in pushing traditional craft techniques to new heights, memorably captured…

2 min.
hang loose

Model: Louis S at Tomorrow Is Another Day. Interiors: Olly Mason. Digi tech: Emre Cakir. Photography assistant: Kerimcan Goren There are some people who would describe their current style as slovenly. If you are one of those adherents, then we suggest you now step away from those slouch-inducing sweatpants and oversized sweaters. Your aspiration for spring should be sprezzatura, an Italianate nonchalance most effectively achieved through investment in appearanceuplifting, lightweight suiting. Think of the springtime suit as a post-pandemic transition piece, sitting serendipitously between the sportswear silhouettes of your lockdown wardrobe, and the stiff, starch-filled tailoring of your former office-bound existence. Look to subtly oversized proportions that have a laidback lilt, easy unlined silhouettes and fabrics that welcome the warmer weather. As we ease gently back into the outdoors, it’s only natural to…

1 min.
write on time

Designed by Achille Castiglioni and his close collaborator, architect Gianfranco Cavaglia, two decades ago, writing set ‘Cento3’ has now been put into production for the first time. Castiglioni’s daughter Giovanna found the original prototypes hidden behind a mirror in her father’s Milan studio: a series of wooden pencils that he and Cavaglia had created in collaboration with Bottega Ghianda in 2001. During the project’s conception, the two designers debated the pens’ exact shapes, and the final design is moulded to accommodate a three-finger grip, to reinforce the connection between hand and mind. The design has the added benefit of not rolling off a table easily. The prototypes had been left untouched for nearly two decades, as it was difficult at the time to find a manufacturer to produce the unusual…

1 min.
extended family

Synonymous with sleek Scandinavian design, Georg Jensen is our go-to brand when we want spectacular scene settings. Thrilled at the prospect of a return to entertaining, we were delighted to learn that the Danish brand would be extending its ‘Sky’ and ‘Cobra’ tableware collections. ‘Sky’, designed by the Frenchborn, Copenhagen-based designer Aurelien Barbry, originally debuted in 2018 as a series of bar accessories, but has now been expanded to include dinnerware and glassware. A series of porcelain plates, bowls and serving dishes boast soft lines and slightly asymmetrical bases, inspired by the organic shape of clouds, while new crystal wine glasses and tumblers feature delicate, rounded forms that feel understated yet sophisticated. Meanwhile, the iconic fluid lines of German-born designer Constantin Wortmann’s ‘Cobra’ collection now appear on salt and pepper…

1 min.
sports star

Founded in 1978 in the Swiss town of Bienne, the watchmaking division of Hermes has since grown to encompass a workshop solely focused on creating leather straps and another that produces in-house movements. An Hermes watch is characterised by a clean design that belies the robustness of the whole. It is a point simply drawn in the lines of the new Hermes ‘H08’, which takes its name from the rounded forms of the font. The negative space of the 0 and endless loops of the 8 underpin the geometrical whorls of the case, which juxtaposes a circular dial with its softened edges. In its emphasis on a comfortable cut and tactile materials, it is consistent with the codes set out by artistic director of menswear Veronique Nichanian, who this season…