Wallpaper* Handmade @ Salone Milan 2014

Wallpaper* Handmade @ Salone Milan 2014

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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

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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.

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Tony Chambers editor and chief of Wallpaper* magazines


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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Seattle-based design duo Iacoli & McAllister worked with Coming Soon Coffee‘s Hoi Chi Ng

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Vanity set by De Vecchi and Acca Kappa

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Perfectly packed lunch box by Stokke Austad & Tupperware

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polkadot boxes by Patternity and Toby Wintergham for Pierre Marcolini chocolates



Project 1. Cork Jacket by Todd Bracher

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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

 Monsieur Poirot by Ian Wright and Caran d’Ache at Wallpaper Handmade.

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.


Project 3 by Wallace Sewell

British woven textile designers Wallace Sewell worked with Saville Row tailor Gieves & Hawkes to create a jacket so intricate that Gieves & Hawkes decided not to line it, so people could see both sides of the fabric.


Project 4 by Vincnzo di Cotiis

'DCJ' table

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

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The Ace Hotel’s Lovage serving up life-enhancing elixirs.


Project 6 by Dinesan

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