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Homeware
The second home collection from Virgil Abloh’s fashion label Off-White follows its ethos of ‘identity by design’; brand signatures, such as arrow patterns, hand logos and Swiss cheese-style ‘meteor’ holes, enliven everyday objects from doormats to de
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Designer Of The Year Formafantasma
Formafantasma’s Andrea Trimarchi and Simone Farresin embody what design means today. They bring together exquisite forms, unusual materials (among them plant-based polymers, volcanic ash and electronic waste), analytical thinking, and a conviction th
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Music Venue
The island nation of Cape Verde, off the west coast of Africa, may be tiny, but it has an outsized influence. Once a slave port, it is now an important international commercial hub, and a cultural melting pot, bridging African and European traditions
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Life-enhancer Of The Year Portable Handwashing Station, By Nmbello Studio
When Lagos-based designer Nifemi Marcus-Bello asked local medical professionals to identify the challenges of fighting Covid-19, they told him that effective handwashing can be difficult at overburdened healthcare facilities. Moving from one patient
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Escape From Reality
In March last year, Nintendo launched the perfect and perfectly timed gaming antidote to long-term confinement. Animal Crossing: New Horizons, the latest iteration of the social simulation video game that first appeared in 2001, allows players to des
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Judge Ivy Ross VP Design For Hardware, Google
Since forming her department in 2016, Ross has led her team to launch and establish Google’s family of award-winning consumer hardware products, from Google Pixel smartphones to Nest smart speakers, all distinctive in their bold, tactile and intuitiv
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Watch Revival
The original ‘Tank’ watch was designed by Cartier in 1917 in response to the First World War. The angled architecture of the armoured vehicles used on the Western Front became the sharp silhouette of the ‘Tank’ case, a rare rectangle when watches wer
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BEST NEW PUBLIC BUILDING TEMPLE OF STEPS, INDIA, BY SAMEEP PADORA & ASSOCIATES
Reinvigorating the physical as well as the spiritual landscape around Nandyal, in Andhra Pradesh, this compelling Hindu temple combines modernity and tradition. When Mumbai-based architect Sameep Padora was commissioned to create a temple serving the
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Editor-in-Chief Sarah Douglas Editor TF Chan Digital Editor Elly Parsons Executive Editor Bridget Downing Fashion Director Jason Hughes Photography Director Holly Hay Architecture Editor Ellie Stathaki Design Editor Rosa Bertoli Head of Interiors Oll
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Outdoor Entertaining
Outdoor socialising is more fun with Ethimo’s ‘Play’ dining/ping-pong table and Lego’s Colosseum (9,036 pieces) to keep everyone entertained. Or rest up in MUT Design’s ‘Armadillo’ rattan armchair for Expormim, Ramón Esteve’s ‘Frame Vineyard’ daybed
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Judge Sabine Marcelis Designer Of The Year 2020
Despite 2020’s challenges, last year’s Wallpaper* Award winner, Rotterdam-based Marcelis went on to complete residential interventions featuring her signature candy-coloured resin elements, lights for Established & Sons, a rug for CC-Tapis, and a wor
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Editor’s Letter
Welcome to the Wallpaper* Design Awards! The awards are not only an honour roll of outstanding places, products and people, but also a testament to design’s ability to respond to evolving needs, lift our spirits, and serve the public good. These qual
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Double Act
Opening in January, the Bourse de Commerce in Paris is the latest home for Francois Pinault to show works from his phenomenal art collection. This is the third time the French businessman has chosen Japanese architect Tadao Ando to convert a historic
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Best New Grooming Product ‘Radshape’ Recyclable Synthetic Wigs, By Radswan
Events of the past year have highlighted the need for a more inclusive and more sustainable approach across many industries, and beauty and grooming is no exception. RadSwan is answering both calls, as the first brand to offer Black women wigs made f
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Best Woodcraft
Inspired by the Japanese workshops he visited in the 1970s, Gianfranco Frattini’s ‘Kyoto’ table combines a brilliant idea with impeccable craftsmanship, letting the raw materials – solid beech and walnut inserts set with 45 degree joints – do the tal
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Meditations
Swedish design studio Note and Spanish furniture brand Sancal have taken their decade-long partnership to the next level with the Void Matters collection. ‘What defines an object?’ wondered Note founders Cristiano Pigazzini and Johannes Carlstrom. Th
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Best Domestic Design ‘Carácter’ Antibacterial Tiles, By Marazzi
A particularly timely product, Marazzi’s new Puro antibacterial technology for ceramic surfaces eliminates up to 99.9 per cent of bacteria and other harmful microorganisms. ‘Carácter’ is the first of three collections by the Italian tile manufacturer
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Dining Experience
Designers shaped up to a changing landscape last year, outlining new ways to stay at home in style. In the dining room, geometric silhouettes were the order of the day, and our dream scene is set by Jean Nouvel’s elegantly monolithic ‘NVL’ table for
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Hideaway
Apatch of jungle on Mexico’s Pacific coast seems an unlikely site for an omakase restaurant, but artist Bosco Sodi (W*260) and his cousin, engineer Luis Urrutia, thought it the perfect plot. ‘Normally, you find omakase in big cities. But this restaur
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Judge Kjetil Trædal Thorsen Architect
A founding partner of Snøhetta, Thorsen has had a hand in some of the finest contemporary cultural buildings. From Oslo Opera House, which rises from the fjord like a glacier, to the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture in Saudi Arabia, which glis
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Playground
Those planning a playdate with a difference need look no further than the recently opened Hyundai Museum of Kids’ Books & Art (MOKA) in Namyangju, east of Seoul. Jaime Hayon, the design world’s wizard of wit, whimsy and wonder, was given free rein to
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Wfh
As home working is here to stay, we’re investing in a fine desk, such as the Burattis’ ‘Gullwing’ table for Lema or David Thulstrup’s ‘Landscape’ table. Topped with Sørensen leather, the latter has a discreet drawer with room for a silver Hieronymus
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Judge Christopher John Rogers Fashion Designer
Rogers’ searing colour combinations and upbeat designs have been beaming optimism into our lives just when we need it most. Awarded the 2019 Fashion Fund prize by the Council of Fashion Designers of America and Vogue, he has continued to inject delig
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Technical Triumph
As creative director of Boucheron, Claire Choisne defines exquisite jewels with a sharp technicality. The recent Contemplation high jewellery collection translates her preoccupation with realism and natural motifs into fluid designs full of artistry.
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Sanctuary
The work of Thai architect Boonserm Premthada walks the tightrope between a sharp, contemporary aesthetic and an intensely site-specific outlook rooted in tradition. One of his newest projects, a home for both people and elephants in the Surin provin
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Best New Private House Bat Trang House, Vietnam, By Vo Trong Nghia
This contemporary take on the traditional Vietnamese shophouse, combining commercial and residential spaces, was created for an affluent artisanal family that produces high-quality ceramic products in the village of Bat Trang, near Hanoi, known for i
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Exploration
From walking boots to padded onesies, bucket hats to lumberjack shirts, there’s a luxe explorer’s spirit to Gucci’s new men’s and women’s capsule collection, thanks to creative director Alessandro Michele’s collaboration with outdoor expert The North
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Use Of Material
In a quest to manufacture better, the design world is channelling its efforts into material research, pushing toward a more circular way of producing furniture. Our favourite examples include &New’s bench, made from recycled landfill waste, Konstanti
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Best Looks
Models: Eva Varlamova at Kult London, Louis S at Tomorrow Is Another Day. Hair: Tosh using Bumble and Bumble. Make-up: Andjelka using NARS. Set design: Samuel Pidgen at Bryant Artists. Interiors: Olly Mason. Digi tech: Daniel Gurton. Photography assi
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Reissues
A founding member of the Futurist movement, Giacomo Balla declared in a 1915 manifesto that he would ‘find abstract equivalents for every form and element in the universe’ to make it more joyful. His 1917 sketch for this colourful room divider had re
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