Wallpaper* Handmade was a “freshly minted celebration of craft, creativity and collaboration” which saw Wallpaper* Magazine once again pairing designers with manufacturers, and commissioning them to create one-off pieces for Milan Design Week.
This year Wallpaper* Handmade again returned to the Leclettico Gallery for its 5th year, and worked closely with the gallery’s founder Claudio Loria to curate the exhibition which featured collaborative works by a bold group of international designers and craftsmen
Leclettico Gallery is in the area of the city known as San Gregorio Docet. The district around via San Gregorio, it was once home to some of the biggest fabric warehouses in Milan from the 1940s to late 1960s but then lay abandoned for decades.
Loria is determined to change this, turnng it into a “distretto ristretto”, an international design hub.
Tony Chambers editor and chief of Wallpaper* magazines
One wing of the gallery takes an athletic turn, with a croquet set by Adrien Rovero and Edition by Moyard, and a boxing kit by Soho House, Horween Leather and Cleto Reyes
The vibrant ‘Clerkenwell Coat’ by Gieves & Hawkes, Wallace Sewell and Designtex is suspended in one corner of the vast exhibition space next to polkadot boxes by Patternity and Toby Wintergham for Pierre Marcolini chocolates
The rough blocks of emerald-green Guatemalan marble of José Lévy and Up Group’s ‘Jungle Wash’ bathroom are contrasted by the smooth aluminium ‘DCJ’ table by Vincenzo De Cotiis, sponsored by Jaguar
Sebastian Herkner collaborated with Caesarstone to create the SKID side table and bench. Herkner’s designs turn 2D Caesarstone panels into 3D objects. Inspired by archaic wooden structures, the side-table consists of 22 cut elements and allows a strong, heavy and solid material like stone to be used like wood or paper, creating volume with flat materials.
Raw Edges design studio founded by Tel Aviv born RCA graduates Yael Mer and Shay Alkalay, worked with Dedon to design Inflated Weavings, which features an inflated inner tyre inside the woven structure, rather than a traditional hard base to give the piece volume and softness
The Solaris table was designed by Lara Bohinc for Lapicida as an oversized piece of jewellery featuring four moons, made from Italian marble and arranged in a colour progression from bottom to top, rotating around an off-centre sun.
Noé Duchaufour-Lawrence created the Designer’s Survey Belt in collaboration with Milanese leather brand Valextra. The wearer can pick which pockets to add, depending on whether he wants his iPhone or his pencils to hand, and the belt can be worn or hung up vertically on a wall.
Scholten & Baijings collaborated with Czech glass makers Verreum, to create coloured and silvered blown glass decanters with matching glasses and a collection of five table pieces, designed for the pouring, cooling and serving of beverages and delicacies.
British designer Aaron Dunkerton‘s Clothes Horse made from Kebony Radiata wood takes up less space when collapsed but has more drying bars when unfolded. It’s made from just six components to keep manufacturing costs down.
Australian design studio Daniel Emma were commissioned to give a dustpan, broom, bucket and sponge an upgrade. They used walnut, powder coated aluminium and polished enamel to create The Squeaky Clean set.
Seattle-based design duo Iacoli & McAllister worked with Coming Soon Coffee‘s Hoi Chi Ng
Vanity set by De Vecchi and Acca Kappa
Perfectly packed lunch box by Stokke Austad & Tupperware
polkadot boxes by Patternity and Toby Wintergham for Pierre Marcolini chocolates
Project 1. Cork Jacket by Todd Bracher
US designer Todd Bracher teamed up with world-leader in cork, the Portuguese company Corticeira Amorim, to create a jacket made entirely from this sustainable material.
Taking advantage of cork intrinsic properties, Todd Bracher has designed a cork jacket: “It is like furniture that came alive, furniture that had movement inside. … Cork is actually quite technical in its applications.”
Project 2. ‘Monsieur Poire’ by Ian Wright
New York based illustrator and artist Ian Wright delved into the workshop of pencil manufacturer Caran d’Ache to create a portrait of Sir Emmanuel Poiré. using Caran D’Ache pencils to build up the image.
‘Monsier Poire’ is a modern day take on pop art and pop culture.
One brand new piece, an aluminum coffee table called “DCJ” (De Cotiis Jaguar) created by celebrated Italian designer Vincenzo di Cotiis, has been specifically commissioned for the Milan exhibition at Leclettico.
The aluminum piece has been inspired by Jaguar’s all-new intelligent aluminum architecture, engineered to create class leading quality, durability and reliability. A Jaguar owner himself, De Cotiis describes his table as a ‘gioco ad incastri’, an interlocking puzzle of pieces inspired by the car’s engine, where each element is irreplaceable.
The three aluminum parts are given different finishes and the result is a dynamic celebration of speed and craftsmanship
The exhibition also included the all new Jaguar F-TYPE Coupe and six newly commissioned design pieces representing Jaguar’s contemporary design, creativity and technology
Project 5 by Lovage
The Ace Hotel’s Lovage serving up life-enhancing elixirs.
Wallpaper* wanted to develop a ritual celebration of the divine inspiration, the high craftiness and crafts from which divine works arise.
Housed in the deconsecrated former medieval Church of Santa Teresa in via Moscova, the designated design temple, “pilgrimage” came to great designers and architects with their works realized in collaboration with craftsmen or brands of unique, miraculous materials.
Studio Job delved into their own design archives and used existing drawings, icons, images and patterns to create unique 9 mtr running compositions without any repetition, for the “Archives Wallpaper” collection for NLXL
Acting as patron, client and creative director, Wallpaper* commissioned their favourite designers, artists, craftsmen, makers and manufacturers to create unique furniture, fittings, food stuffs, fashions and more.
“Transitions by Panasonic Design” celebrates Panasonic’s 100-year anniversary with a landmark installation and a series of panel discussions exploring the future of design.
” Air Interventions “, the immersive installation in the courtyard of the Pinacoteca de Brera (Brera Academy of Fine Arts) is a 20-metre diameter air dome in the shape of a water drop and is the focal point of the exhibition – a huge “water-drop pavilion”
James Irvine: an Englishman in Milan – A tribute to the designer and to the relationship with Milan.
This project is a homage to the designer James Irvine who died suddenly and unexpectedly, in Milan in 2013
Curated by Maria Cristina Didero and Marco Sammicheli, the pieces on display were chosen from James’s studio and personal collections, precisely because they are tied to Milan, and able to tell that special relationship made of small habits, meetings and collaborations that Irvine had established with Milan.