Introducing the December 2021 issue of Wallpaper *


Introducing the December 2021 issue of Wallpaper *

Dear readers,

Welcome to our December issue! As a year of reopening and recalibration draws to a close, we dream of December getaways. Anticipating the triumphant return of Design Miami, we present a trio of exciting previews. At the forefront is Samuel Ross, the founder of A-Cold-Wall *, who presents two new furniture collections that bring together three centuries of black experience with tales of modernism, industrialization and brutalism. Among the highlights is his “Rupture” chair, adorning our limited edition cover, which reinvents traditional West African seating in marble and orange steel.

A mainstay of the fair, Fendi commissioned Botswanan designer Peter Mabeo for a series of ten pieces that push artisanal techniques and materials in new directions – including a galvanized metal seat sculpture, a clay stool, chairs in panga panga wood and basketwork. cabinet. Meanwhile, Design Miami newcomer Kohler is embracing cutting edge technology with his “Rock.01” sink, a collaboration with artist Daniel Arsham that demonstrates the enormous potential of 3D printed ceramics. This is the brand’s first artist collaboration in many years, and given the extraordinary results, it was worth the wait!

We are also exploring the future of urban mobility with the Unagi Model Eleven electric scooter designed by Yves Behar. The compact carbon fiber composite design comes with an advanced driver assistance system that is ready to make our daily commutes an airy delight. Next, as science fiction quickly becomes science fact, we take a look at the latest household robots ready to help us in every aspect of our lives.

Elsewhere in the issue, we escape to Thorpeness, the seaside retreat in Suffolk, England, the first new residential construction completed by London-based architecture studio IF_DO; New building by Foster + Partners for the Le Dôme cellar in a medieval village near Bordeaux, a striking design that blends perfectly into the landscape; and M + by Herzog & de Meuron, the new visual culture museum in Hong Kong and one of the most ambitious cultural projects to have started in recent years. Meanwhile, our main fashion story, by photographer Fumi Homma and stylist Stuart Williamson, sees us take to the ski slopes; and in the same spirit of adventure, our watch shoot, superbly photographed by Leandro Farina, puts the spotlight on sports watches.

For those of us hosting at home for the holidays, Tekla’s new Kitchen collection offers exceptional quality and timeless style – a perfect pairing for Marguerite Humeau’s white truffle ravioli, a seasonal and suitably dish. decadent that features in the artist’s palace this month. And for a table service that’s sure to impress, Nendo’s ‘Mizuki’ vases for Georg Jensen, featured in our Journal section, have hit exactly the right place. Enjoy!

Sarah douglas

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