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Retreat
Chile’s Pacific coastline – a 6,435km stretch of rock formations, sandy beaches, lush green forests and coastal communities – is about as close to wild nature as you can get. And so it made perfect sense that, for this pair of holiday homes in Navida
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Online Platform
It didn’t take long for WeTransfer to become a cornerstone of modern creative business. The online file-sharing firm was founded in Amsterdam in 2009, just as big tranches of digital data were becoming way too unwieldy for emails and the ‘couriered h
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Stockists
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Reboot
Comfort-lovers confined to their homes around the world last year sought solace in the mouldable footbed of Birkenstock’s ergonomic sandals, making its double-strap ‘Arizona’ styles one of the most shopped items of 2020. Now the brand is offering a n
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Burger Bar
In May last year, as Denmark was emerging from its first lockdown, chef Rene Redzepi announced the arrival of the Noma burger on his Instagram with an image of a beef patty and bun. ‘Before we reopen Noma as we know it, we will transform into a no-re
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Tea Time
When London’s Connaught Hotel opened the doors to its new Patisserie, designed by Ab Rogers, in October last year, we were first in the queue to sample executive pastry chef Nicolas Rouzaud’s classic treats, including St Honore cake, and contemporary
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Streamlining
Before the Covid-19 pandemic put a pause on travel, seasonal Fashion Weeks saw swathes of editors and crates of clothing freewheel across the globe. This mass movement was a concern for Issey Miyake’s designer Satoshi Kondo, who shipped numerous boxe
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Bedtime
A tribute to the Spanish architect, the ‘Gaudí’ bed features a sinuous, steel-supported wooden frame finished in dark coffee or black-stained oak. ‘It is based on the power of the curved lines of Antoni Gaudí, constantly varied in terms of direction,
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Sculpted Forms
Rarely can we say our furniture choices are set in stone. Here, we can’t resist the flowing silhouettes of Piero Lissoni’s ‘Curl’ chaise for Salvatori, a block of natural stone carved back into a smooth lounger; Studiopepe’s ‘Verre Particulier’ marbl
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Judge Isaac Julien Artist
In a year when racial injustices reached a tipping point, Julien saw some of his works take on a new urgency. Rediscovered images from his very first film, Who Killed Colin Roach? (1983), showed at London’s Royal Academy of Arts and reflect on the de
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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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