Albert Einstein’s famous relativity theorem may have inspired a great many endeavours, but it’s probably safe to say that a hotel has not, until now, been one of them.
It seems French industrial designer Pauline Deltour can turn her hand to anything. Since leaving Konstantin Grcic ’s studio in 2009, bags, jewellery , public spaces and packaging have appeared among the designs in her portfolio. Spanning mediums, each project shares her commitment to expressive materials and under-designed functionality
Stealing the architectural spotlight this summer is the re-opening of Los Angeles’ iconic John Anson Ford Theatres complex.
Philippe Apeloig’s new show at Tokyo’s Ginza Graphic Gallery marks a full circle for the Parisian designer. Almost 20 years ago in 1998, Apeloig presented ‘Posters in the context of French culture’ – first at the DNP Duo Dojima (DDD) Gallery in Osaka, and then at the Ginza Graphic Gallery. Curated by the late Japanese graphic master Ikko Tanaka, who passed away in 2002, the exhibition showcased a poster designed by Apeloig that received the Gold Award from the Tokyo Type Directors Club in 1995
Twelve years after opening in Copenhagen’s heaving Værnedamsvej strip and charming locals with its uncomplicated, rustic French bistro fare, it was time Les Trois Cochons had a spot of a nip and tuck. The updates by Danish studio Københavns Møbelsnedkeri are a quiet homage to the restaurant’s previous incarnation as a butcher shop, with exposed slabs of concrete wall setting off old turquoise-green tiles, chequerboard floor tiles, dark oak and antique brass lamps, updated Thonet chairs, and warm brown leather banquettes. It’s little surprise that the restaurant’s devoted clientele have flocked back with enthusiasm, especially since head chef Nikolaj Jelsbech sends out into the light-filled dining room classic plates such as pan-fried turbot glazed with a sauce of beurre blanc, seafood platters piled high with sea urchins, razor clams and langoustine, and a grilled tarte flambée.
In 2012, the Wallpaper* team had the good fortune to visit Konstantin Melnikov’s spectacular private house in Moscow (W*164). It was a rather inauspicious time for this iconic piece of residential architecture, designed in 1927 at the height of Russian Constructivism and long considered one of the totemic houses of the 20th century. Decay and neglect were evident everywhere, from the overgrown garden to the crumbling masonry and damp-streaked walls
When Mercedes-Benz had a second attempt at reviving the Maybach name, it took a more understated approach than the hefty limousines built for the earlier, 1997, iteration.
On a sunny evening last week, a 100-plus people could be spotted grooving in an out of town car park at the Bella Center in Copenhagen. Bottles of beer and craft vodka cocktails in-hand, they were wearing a diverse smattering of styles – from Supreme X Louis Vuitton dungarees to boiler suits and floral dresses by the Danish label Ganni that recently posted annual revenues of nearly $59m. A giant pink cardboard installation featuring totemic symbols by London-based set designer Gary Card housed the DJ/designer, Charles Jeffrey Loverboy
In answer to the modern traveller’s desire for affordable luxury, a new Australian hotel operator has debuted a concept that eschews the usual ‘luxury clichés’ such as bellhops or a concierge, to focus on the things that really matter – not least slick design-led interiors by Travis Walton Architects. Occupying a structure that was built offshore – to save on costs that can be passed onto guests – the 126-rooms are compact, but they are smartly designed with concealed nooks to keep things streamlined, full-length views of Perth’s Kings Park and luxury amenities such as Kevin Murphy toiletries and pod coffee makers. Of course, public spaces are key.