Wallpaper* Handmade… in Italy exhibition

The Wallpaper* team are back in blighty having been stranded in Milan for a few days where they were launching their Wallpaper* Handmade exhibition…

The Wallpaper* team are back in blighty having been stranded in Milan for a few days where they were launching their Wallpaper* Handmade exhibition…

The show, exhibited over four floors of the Brioni house in Milan for three days last week, looked to celebrate the marriage of craftsmanship and design and featured a selection of specially made furniture, fittings, foodstuffs and fashionable items created by a host of designers and manufacturers including architects Carmody Groarke, Todd Saunders, and Amanda Levete; fashion brand Kostas Murkudis; coffee makers Stumptown Coffee; graphic designers Peter Saville and Darren Wall; and illustrator Kam Tang (who devised the rather wonderful identity for the exhibition embossed onto paper above as part of the invite to the opening event – which was set by Kelvyn Smith in his letterpress studio).

Here are some of the images from the show which included bespoke bikes, furniture, bags, accessories, prints, a walking bookstand, an enormous Wallpaper* rug, and an impressive looking Wallpaper* vending machine…


12,000 Stitches: a celebration of the Brioni suit, created by architects Carmody Groarke


From left: International bike case and bike – a collaboration between Kinfolk, Coat, Brooks, Kara Ginther, and Globe-Trotter; City bike by Level; bike bag by Nivaldo de Lima; Walking bookcase by Wouter Scheublin; rug by Sarah Morris and The Rug Company


Here you get a closer look at the International bike – commissioned by Wallpaper* to be easily disassembled and packed in a bespoke case and loaded on a plane (assuming there are no volcanic ash clouds overhead). You can also see the City bike designed by Shiko Matsuda who works under the brand name Level. Note that a standard briefcase can be slotted between the two thin crossbar tubes that run parallel to the bottom down tube. Nice


And here’s a closer look at the Walking bookcase by Wouter Scheublin, commissioned by Wallpaper* to perfectly store the Wallpaper* City Guides. When the bookcase is pushed, the legs carry the table along using a complex system of cranks and interconnecting links and rods. Which is almost as clever as the built-in bookends. Fans of Wallpaper* might recognise Sarah Morris’ April 2009 cover for the magazine – in rug format – thanks to a collaboration with The Rug Company


The Wallpaper* Shop Robotic by Teknovation and Clements Retail. A closer view, below:


ShopRobotic is essentially a chic vending machine with a white angular design, creative lighting and smartly packaged items. When you select one of its items, detailed information on the product and the creative process behind it appears on the vending machine’s screen.


From left: armchair by Simon Hasan and Poltrona Frau; tiles by The Pattern Foundry and Craven Dunnill Jackfield (Left pattern by Koo Jeong-A and right by Wim Crouwel)


Above, watering can by BarberOsgerby and Coventry Prototype Panels; hairdryer by Industrial Facility; paper in-flight bag by Saskia Diez


Detail of one of three prints designed by Kam Tang and Darren Wall of Wallzo for the exhibition

Wallpaper* Handmade… in Italy in association with Brioni, was only open for three days during last week’s Salone del Mobile event in Milan. However, the stories behind the pieces, from initial discussions, through drawings to production, will be told in Wallpaper*s August Handmade issue. Rather excitingly, fans of the magazine can register online (registration deadline is 17 May) to design their own front cover for that special issue and have it made, printed and delivered to your door. To find out more about this, visit wallpaper.com/custom-covers/registration

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