Wallpaper* Handmade

For the last eight years, Wallpaper* has acted as client, patron and creative director, commissioning the world's finest artists, designers, craftsmen and manufacturers to collaborate on one-of-a-kind pieces. This year we invite you to fall down on your knees and worship at the altar of Holy Handmade! for our annual Handmade 2017 showcase held in Milan during Salone. Mindful of mindfulness and the collective spiritual quest, we’ve tasked a host of design talent to reimagine ritual, rework worship and reconsider the communal. Now, you can buy some of these unique wonders right here.

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Meditation Table

by Agape

€4.275,00

In our busy modern lives, there is rarely time for meditation. Happily, Studiopepe and Agape have helped us integrate the concept into our domestic interiors with this multifaceted table that features a natural tabletop of Nero Marquina marble. Three brass legs, one of which also serves as a vase, complete the piece.

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‘Meditation Tablet’ tray

by Gustav van Treeck

€3.000,00

Taking inspiration from the utensils used in meditative Japanese tea ceremonies, Kostas Murkudis’ tablet evokes the trays used to carry teapots and cups, which are more usually crafted in lacquered or unlacquered wood. This design has instead been created in coloured glass, and plays with concepts of reflection, fragility and sensuality.

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‘Meditation Tablet’ tray

by Gustav van Treeck

€3.000,00

Taking inspiration from the utensils used in meditative Japanese tea ceremonies, Kostas Murkudis’ tablet evokes the trays used to carry teapots and cups, which are more usually crafted in lacquered or unlacquered wood. This design has instead been created in coloured glass, and plays with concepts of reflection, fragility and sensuality.

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Signet-Ring Seal

by Rebus

€8.975,00

Regarded as a potent symbol of divinity, the signet ring carries a talismanic charge, delivering its message by way of an emblematic seal. To make a suitably mighty mark on this year’s spiritually elevating Handmade, we worked with signet-ring maker Rebus to create our own. The seal itself was specially designed for us back in 2011 by illustrator Kam Tang and graphic designer Darren Wall, for that year’s Wallpaper* Handmade exhibition and special issue. Having painstakingly engraved the seal from a wax imprint, Rebus took a symbolic approach to the 9ct-gold jewel’s ample form: ‘The two triangular cut-out sections echo the negative space in the Wallpaper* W,’ says Rebus’ director and master engraver Emmet Smith. ‘The ring’s inner curve is enamelled in white, which alludes to the interior...

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Treasure Box

by Lanserring

€13.000,00

Inspired by the minaudière, a bag with dedicated compartments invented by Van Cleef & Arpels in the 1930s, this box displays a level of craftsmanship as exceptional as its intended contents. ‘We wanted this to be a piece you’d take to a desert island. Inside you would have everything you consider essential,’ says Julia Capp, director of design at RDAI. Sculpted from a single piece of sustainable ironwood, the box has been plated in 24ct gold to achieve a geometric pattern with metaphysical illusions – a circle circumscribed in a square. A circular clasp lifts to reveal a lining of pink goat suede, and an inlaid mirror with an elegantly bevelled edge. It comes with a removable concertina pocket, created in the same suede, for storage of smaller jewellery.

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'Ritual Calendar'

by Testi

€24.000,00

With his Ritual Calendar, Ini Archibong seeks to celebrate daily routines. His freestanding monolithic sculpture, carved from Absolute Black granite, is inspired by dolmens, altars and tribal artifacts. Produced by marble specialist Testi, the vessel holds 31 individual totems, finely crafted from Creole Beige marble and designed to fit into a pocket and be pleasing to touch. Every day of the month, a new totem is taken out of the calendar and carried in a pocket for the day, before being put back in place at night: a welcome reminder throughout the day to remain mindful. ‘Daily habits are rituals, almost like prayers to the gods of your choosing,’ says Archibong. ‘Some of these habits can be reinforced by added mindfulness, and by creating a means to facilitate this mindfulness, rituals...

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Approached by Wallpaper* to embrace our Holy Handmade! theme, designer Sebastian Herkner and Lobmeyr’s Leonid Rath wanted to create a vessel to hold and celebrate something special – and what could be more precious than nature? The result is five glass containers, each holding a precious seed. ‘We use the characteristics of the glass, its transparency and sophistication, to celebrate the power of nature,’ says Herkner. Rath and Herkner worked with FAO (the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations) to select five crop wild relatives (the close or distant cousins of the crops we grow our food from) that are threatened by climate change, in order to raise awareness about the importance of protecting them.

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Causeway Candleholder, black nickel

by Pemberton & Sons

€1.650,00

Giant’s Causeway, a series of interlocking basalt columns at the periphery of Northern Ireland, was allegedly built by the Irish giant Fionn mac Cumhaill in an attempt to bridge the channel to Scotland. Inspired by this folk legend, Martin Brudnizki designed a series of candleholders formed of polygonal columns in varied heights. Created in differing materials, they represent stages of the manufacturing process: tulipwood is used to create an initial mould, in which one pours melted wax. The wax is then wrapped in ceramic and baked in a furnace, where it melts to leave a hole to hold molten bronze. Once the ceramic is smashed, the unfinished bronze candleholder is polished and patinated. A candleholder finished in black nickel completes the set.

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Causeway Candleholder, nickel

by Pemberton & Sons

€1.238,00

Giant’s Causeway, a series of interlocking basalt columns at the periphery of Northern Ireland, was allegedly built by the Irish giant Fionn mac Cumhaill in an attempt to bridge the channel to Scotland. Inspired by this folk legend, Martin Brudnizki designed a series of candleholders formed of polygonal columns in varied heights. Created in differing materials, they represent stages of the manufacturing process: tulipwood is used to create an initial mould, in which one pours melted wax. The wax is then wrapped in ceramic and baked in a furnace, where it melts to leave a hole to hold molten bronze. Once the ceramic is smashed, the unfinished bronze candleholder is polished and patinated. A candleholder finished in black nickel completes the set.

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Causeway Candleholder, bronze

by Pemberton & Sons

€990,00

Giant’s Causeway, a series of interlocking basalt columns at the periphery of Northern Ireland, was allegedly built by the Irish giant Fionn mac Cumhaill in an attempt to bridge the channel to Scotland. Inspired by this folk legend, Martin Brudnizki designed a series of candleholders formed of polygonal columns in varied heights. Created in differing materials, they represent stages of the manufacturing process: tulipwood is used to create an initial mould, in which one pours melted wax. The wax is then wrapped in ceramic and baked in a furnace, where it melts to leave a hole to hold molten bronze. Once the ceramic is smashed, the unfinished bronze candleholder is polished and patinated. A candleholder finished in black nickel completes the set.

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Saturno Incense Burner

by Bloc studios

€854,00

The Saturno Incense Burner was given ornamental appeal by Italian marble expert Bloc Studios. In keeping with the brand’s minimalistic aesthetic, its designers looked to white Carrara marble for the incense burner’s geometric form.

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Saturno Incense Burner

by Bloc studios

€854,00

The Saturno Incense Burner was given ornamental appeal by Italian marble expert Bloc Studios. In keeping with the brand’s minimalistic aesthetic, its designers looked to matte black Kinitra marble for the incense burner’s geometric form.

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