Milan 2014: Wallpaper* Handmade

Wallpaper* Handmade is a “freshly minted celebration of craft, creativity and collaboration” in which Wallpaper* Magazine pairs designers with manufacturers and commissions them to create one-off pieces for Milan Design Week. This year the Salone institution returned to the Leclettico Gallery for its 5th year and worked closely with the gallery’s founder Claudio Loria to curate the exhibition.


New York based illustrator and artist, Ian Wright, known for the use of pixels in his work, used Caran d’Ache pencils to create a portrait of Sir Emmanuel Poiré…



Sebastian Herkner collaborated with Caesarstone to create the SKID side table and bench. Herkner’s designs turn 2D Caesarstone panels into 3D objects. Inspired by archaic wooden structures, the side-table consists of 22 cut elements and allows a strong, heavy and solid material like stone to be used like wood or paper, creating volume with flat materials.


Tel Aviv born, RCA graduates Yael Mer and Shay Alkalay, aka Raw Edges, worked with outdoor furniture makers Dedon to design Inflated Weavings, which features an inflated inner tyre inside the woven structure.


The Solaris table was designed by Lara Bohinc for Lapicida as an oversized piece of jewelry featuring four moons, made from Italian marble and arranged in a color progression from bottom to top, rotating around an off-center sun.


Noé Duchaufour-Lawrence created the Designer’s Survey Belt in collaboration with Milanese leather brand Valextra. It can be customized according to the user’s needs, and can be worn or hung, each pocket having a lightness that the designer describes as being like “birds on a wire.”

US designer Todd Bracher, who once worked for Tom Dixon, teamed up with world-leader in cork, Amorim, to create a jacket made entirely from this sustainable material…


In collaboration with Czech glass makers Verreum, Scholten & Baijings presented colored and silvered blown glass decanters with matching glasses and a collection of five table pieces, designed for the pouring, cooling and serving of beverages and delicacies.


British designer Aaron Dunkerton‘s Clothes Horse made from Kebony Radiata wood seeks to elevate the humble clothes horse to a sculptural piece for the home.


Australian design studio Daniel Emma gave a dustpan, broom, bucket and sponge an upgrade using walnut, powder coated aluminium and polished enamel to create The Squeaky Clean set.


Seattle-based design duo Iacoli & McAllister worked with Coming Soon Coffee‘s Hoi Chi Ng, who was responsible for Wallpaper* Handmade 2013’s Coming Soon Coffee bar, to create the Coffee Kettle and Trivet.

And finally, British woven textile designers Wallace Sewell worked with Saville Row tailor Gieves & Hawkes to create a jacket so intricate that Gieves & Hawkes decided not to line it, so people could see both sides of the fabric…


Katie Treggiden is a purpose-driven journalist, author and, podcaster championing a circular approach to design – because Planet Earth needs better stories. She is also the founder and director of Making Design Circular, a program and membership community for designer-makers who want to join the circular economy. With 20 years' experience in the creative industries, she regularly contributes to publications such as The Guardian, Crafts Magazine and Monocle24 – as well as being Editor at Large for Design Milk. She is currently exploring the question ‘can craft save the world?’ through an emerging body of work that includes her fifth book, Wasted: When Trash Becomes Treasure (Ludion, 2020), and a podcast, Circular with Katie Treggiden.