Welcome to our annual Design Directory issue, celebrating the best of design to fill every corner of your home. We’ve scoured the globe for standout new pieces, and brought them together in The W* House, complemented by our 56-page Kitchen & Bathroom Digest.
We also showcase the best new architects to watch and commission, bringing together 14 prodigiously talented practices from around the world for a photo shoot in Berlin, at David Chipperfield’s James-Simon-Galerie, a visitors’ centre that will serve the five museums of Museum Island. See our edit of their breakthrough projects in our Architects’ Directory, illustrated by Josephin Ritschel.
We have the privilege of visiting what was Philip Johnson’s first commercial project, in Ridgefield, Connecticut. Once a research centre for the oilfield services giant Schlumberger, the building has been masterfully refurbished by design duo BassamFellows to serve as their offices and showroom. Get the full tour with Wallpaper* US Editor Michael Reynolds, photographer Anthony Cotsifas and writer Pilar Viladas, and see our limited-edition cover.
Ahead of its official launch on 25 June, we take an exclusive peek at the new BMW Vision M Next concept car through a collaboration between BMW Group’s head of design Adrian van Hooydonk and LA-based German artist Thomas Demand. In customary fashion, Thomas created life-size cardboard sculptures of the ‘really enigmatic parts of the car’, which he photographed as artworks. See his poetic images and read the interview by our esteemed former Wallpaper* editor-in-chief Tony Chambers.
Following the release of their beautiful book, Coppi Barbieri: Early Works 1992-1997, we invited still-life masters Lucilla Barbieri and Fabrizio Coppi to shoot our glassware story and newsstand cover. Their first commission for Wallpaper* was a story on crackers and dips in June 2000 (W*29), and the duo continue to delight us with their exceptional ability to bring the best out of every object.
And who better to end with than Lawrence Weiner and his favourite comfort food, an open-faced diner sandwich. Going beyond the call of duty, he not only sent over the recipe and its backstory, but also typeset it in his own distinctive style – which goes to show why he will always be the designer’s favourite artist.
Enjoy the issue…
Sarah Douglas, Editor-in-Chief
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