For the last decade, Wallpaper* Handmade – the annual exhibition of captivating collaborations produced by renowned design magazine Wallpaper*– has been populated by innovative brands, designers and manufacturers from around the globe.
Wallpaper* Handmade is in its tenth year- this anniversary edition is a celebration of love in its infinite variety.
Heart-swelling tools, tokens and totems of affection have been co-created by marrying the brightest and best designers, artists and architects with the finest craftsmen, makers and manufacturers.
The exhibition, which has been set up in a hall built at the end of the 1920s for the exhibiting of fabrics, hosts important names from the design world and promises newcomers, both Italian and international, alongside the most famous companies in the artisan sector.
Japanese lifestyle brand MUJI presents its range of savvy storage solutions.
Famed for its ability to balance warmth and minimalism, Muji elevates everyday essentials.
Here, it showcases its acrylic, soft polyethylene, polypropylene and rattan storage options; geared towards smaller city homes that have fallen foul of contemporary ‘stuff’ culture.
We’re particularly keen on the Rattan collection, which pairs an ancient technique with contemporary styles, handwoven in Vietnam.
The textural baskets, available in several sizes, come with our without handles and lids for extra flexibility.
Sancal got butterflies thinking about Wallpaper’s love themed exhibition this year.
Emotions are running high in the Spanish brand’s space that feature launches including Luca Nichetto’s Next Stop seating system dressed in Marie-Louise Rosholm Zero knitted fabric, all tied up in its transport theme installation, ‘Transitient Madness’.
Swiss modular funiture expert USM presents a pink-hued, light-filled spatial installation, representing its furniture’s ability to be innovatively configured.
Strip lights vividly demarcate the space and attract the eye.
Tactile, resistant, hard-wearing: denim is a fantastic fabric when it comes to our human sense of touch. But little research has been done the into the auditory imprint of the fabric.
Denim producer Isko has the capacity to produce 300 million metres of denim every year, using 2000 state-of-the-art automatic looms, and it’s really making its cutting edge technology heard at Wallpaper* Handmade
‘Denim Sound Textures’, an installation created by Isko, sound artist Chiara Luzzana and DWA Design Studio is an immersive and interactive ode to denim, celebrating sound, sight and touch.
‘We are constantly pushing the boundaries of what denim means to people,’ says Fabio Di Liberto, Isko brand director, of the installation. For ‘Denim Sound Textures’ Isko has collaborated with a host of labels, including Hugo, Replay, 7
For All Mankind and Madewell, and asked them to interpret a type of denim in its manufacture canon, be it supersoft Isko Pop, rigid-yet-flexible Isko Straight Stretch or Isko Selvedge. Abstract denim sculptures reflect the denim technology of each type.
When these are touched, each emits a noise – conceived by sound designer and composer Chiara Luzzana – that reflect the sound characteristics of each denim type.
Violin bows, a pick, a microphone and a stethoscope were all employed by Luzzana to capture the specific sound vibrations of each denim type.
Antithetical elements feature, be they enveloping or inflexible, soft or stiff.
Now, when you’re visualising your next pair of jeans, you won’t just be able to imagine its interwoven texture, but the elements of its auditory DNA too.
That’s something we really love the sound of.
Lato X Lato
Lato X Lato is a young ‘ideas incubator’, established just last year, celebrates the ‘Made in Italy’ message.
Husband-and-wife duo Francesco Breganze de Capnist and Virginia Valentini (from Vicenza and Bologna respectively) graduated from Milan Polytechnic, and are infinitely inspired by their country’s rich heritage of architecture, design and decorative arts.
At the Wallpaper* Handmade space, they present their first collection, comprising an infinitely customisable modular storage chest, a coffee table inspired by the zoomorphic lines of the 1950s and 60s, alongside vases and centerpieces that draw on the metaphysical perspectives of Rationalist and Renaissance architecture (pictured).
Each complementary piece merges the couple’s deep roots in the Italian cannon, with a contemporary (and self-proclaimedly) ‘unusual’ vision.