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Ital­ian au­thor, de­sign su­per-cu­ra­tor and MOMA mar­vel


Chanteuse, style icon, Buf­falo girl


Big-think­ing Dan­ish ar­chi­tect


Block­bust­ing Broad­way-and-be­yond set de­signer


Wall­pa­per’s tow­er­ing De­signer of the Year 2018


South Korean art colos­sus and mesh ma­nip­u­la­tor

BEST DO­MES­TIC DE­SIGN ‘Astro’ fan by Nichetto Stu­dio, for Tubes

De­signed by Mi­lan-based Nichetto Stu­dio to look like ‘a small space­ship that is about to take off ’, this clever unit cleanses the air thanks to an ul­tra-ef­fi­cient ac­tive car­bon fil­ter, but also neu­tralises un­wel­come odours au­tonomously and blasts warm air when needed.

‘Hive View’ se­cu­rity cam­era by Fuse­pro­ject, for Hive

This cu­bic cam­era by Yves Béhar’s stu­dio, Fuse­pro­ject, fea­tures HD live-stream­ing and per­son de­tec­tion. ‘The lens pro­vides a 130-de­gree view, with the spin­ning base, leaf-like cur­va­ture of the arm and cam­era at­tach­ment en­abling users to cover the an­gle they want,’ says Béhar.

‘Gliss Master’ walk-in closet sys­tem by Vin­cent Van Duy­sen, for Molteni & C

Fea­tur­ing Van Duy­sen’s sig­na­ture bronze fin­ishes, this ele­gant wardrobe sys­tem also in­cor­po­rates the lat­est air pu­rifi­ca­tion and per­fum­ing tech­nolo­gies, in the form of V-zug’s Re­fresh-but­ler. It fresh­ens and de-creases clothes in a con­ve­nient, smart­phone-con­trolled process.

‘Star­dust’ door han­dles by Stéphane Par­men­tier, for Mai­son Vervloet

A graphic spin on hard­ware de­sign, this col­lec­tion fea­tures Par­men­tier’s dis­tinc­tive ‘dou­ble zero’ mo­tif. Hand­made in Brus­sels, the han­dles com­prise two lay­ers of metic­u­lous cir­cu­lar per­fo­ra­tions, de­scribed by Par­men­tier as be­ing ‘tat­tooed like an in­dus­trial code’.

Elec­tric ket­tle by Vipp

The re­sult of five years of ex­per­i­men­ta­tion, Vipp’s pared-down num­ber bor­rows its shape from the retro dome-shaped ket­tle. Its pow­der-coated black steel sur­face and soft sil­i­cone de­tails ad­here per­fectly to the Dan­ish brand’s min­i­mal­ist, mono­chrome style.


Last year, the Ira­nian-born de­signer lent her el­e­gantly ec­cen­tric vi­sion to mac­aron ex­pert Ladurée’s new salon

de thé in Tokyo, took the reins on the re­nais­sance of the Monte-carlo Beach ho­tel, and packed a visual punch with a bath­room col­lec­tion for Bisazza Bagno in three de­li­cious shades, pis­ta­chio, blue­berry and straw­berry.


Stu­diopepe’s Ari­anna Lelli Mami and Chiara Di Pinto have tran­si­tioned from set de­sign­ers to well-rounded cre­atives by col­lab­o­rat­ing with the likes of Agape and CC Tapis. They show­cased their prodi­gious out­put at Mi­lan’s Salone with Club Un­seen, a sprawl­ing pop-up space merg­ing graphic shapes, grid pat­terns and pas­tels.

Piero Lis­soni

The Mi­lan-based de­signer has had a pro­lific year, his out­put en­com­pass­ing every­thing from hi-tech wood fin­ishes for Alpi and cast-iron ra­di­a­tors for An­trax IT, to a trans­par­ent ‘Grid’ ta­ble for Glas Italia, an in­no­va­tive multi-liv­ing ‘I-ta­ble’ for Kartell, a sim­ple door han­dle for Oli­vari, and a soy­bean-in­spired sofa for B&B Italia.


Daniel Ar­sham, Alex Mu­s­to­nen and Ben Porto have ap­plied their sig­na­ture mono­chrome style to a range of re­cent pro­jects, in­clud­ing a bench for Pen­ta­tonic and an in­stal­la­tion for Cae­sar­stone. The New York stu­dio also cel­e­brated its tenth birth­day with an ex­hi­bi­tion at the Na­tional Build­ing Mu­seum in Wash­ing­ton DC.

Pierre Yo­vanovitch

The French de­signer has proved him­self to be a master of both fur­ni­ture-mak­ing and scenog­ra­phy, dis­play­ing his de­but col­lec­tion, ‘Oops’ (fea­tur­ing the dis­tinc­tive ‘Papa Bear’, ‘Mama Bear’ and ‘Baby Bear’ chairs based on the Goldilocks fairy­tale), in the apart­ment of the fic­tional Made­moi­selle Oops at Toulon’s De­sign Pa­rade.


For his first solo pro­ject, ex-noma chef Thomas Frebel pulled to­gether a menu of exquisitely plated Nordicin­flu­enced dishes con­cocted from Ja­panese in­gre­di­ents. This is per­fectly matched by OEO Stu­dio’s in­te­ri­ors, a mix of Dan­ish clas­sics and lo­cal ma­te­ri­als and tex­tiles.

Leo’s at The Arts Club Lon­don, UK

Deck­ing this restau­rant, live mu­sic venue and night­club with flo­ral prints, lanterns and a hand-painted bam­boo cur­tain, Mi­lan’s Di­more Stu­dio has brought a touch of the Ori­ent to Lon­don. The menu is equally op­u­lent, with oys­ters, caviar and Ital­ian-in­flu­enced dishes.

Ris­torante Cracco Mi­lan, Italy

Spread over three floors in the city’s iconic Gal­le­ria Vit­to­rio Emanuele II, this ad­dress is a boon, both for Stu­dio Pere­galli’s sump­tu­ous in­te­ri­ors and Carlo Cracco’s Mi­lanese menu, which fea­tures dishes such as squid ink ravi­oli and roasted sweet­breads with liquorice.

The Lobster Club New York, US The Sea­gram Build­ing’s iconic all-day brasserie has been trans­formed by Peter Marino into a glam­orous, art-filled set­ting with con­tem­po­rary touches and mid­cen­tury-in­spired de­tails. Chef Ta­suku Mu­rakami serves a com­pre­hen­sive menu of sushi and tep­pa­nyaki. Noma Copen­hagen, Den­mark

The world’s most in­flu­en­tial restau­rant has moved into a pur­pose-built ‘vil­lage’ de­signed by Bjarke In­gels Group. Stu­dio David Thul­strup’s in­te­ri­ors per­fectly bal­ance the re­fined and the re­laxed, while René Redzepi’s con­cep­tual menu changes with the sea­sons.

BEST NEW HO­TEL Amanyangyun Shang­hai, China

Kerry Hill Ar­chi­tects has turned a se­ries of his­toric build­ings (which, like the cam­phor for­est around them, have been re­lo­cated from 700km away to save them from de­struc­tion) into char­ac­ter­ful vil­las. Court­yard suites, a spa and a restau­rant com­plete the re­sort.

Heal­ing Stay Kos­mos Ulle­ungdo Is­land, South Ko­rea

Perched on a cliff edge on Ulle­ungdo Is­land in the Sea of Ja­pan, this strik­ing re­treat by Seoul’s The Sys­tem Lab com­prises a pri­vate villa and a seven-room ho­tel. Their white walls swoop and swirl like the un­usu­ally po­tent chi en­ergy that lo­cals be­lieve flow through the is­land.

The Jaffa Tel Aviv, Is­rael

A decade in the mak­ing, this 120-room ho­tel is set in a ren­o­vated 19th-cen­tury hospi­tal com­bined with a new build by John Paw­son and Ramy Gill. Its dé­cor re­flects the warm tones of the lo­cal stone, while the fur­ni­ture nods to the Bauhaus style for which Tel Aviv is known.

Ts­ingpu Re­treat Yangzhou, China

Lo­cated near Yangzhou’s scenic Slen­der West Lake, this 20-room ho­tel by Shang­hai’s Neri & Hu is a calm grid of grey-bricked pav­il­ions, court­yards and dec­o­ra­tive pools that call to mind tra­di­tional hu­tong houses. Pub­lic spa­ces in­clude an art gallery, theatre and tea­house.

Ver­ride Palá­cio Santa Cata­rina Lis­bon, Por­tu­gal

This 18-room ho­tel is housed in an 18th-cen­tury palá­cio boast­ing panoramic views of the Ta­gus. In restor­ing the in­te­ri­ors, ar­chi­tect Teresa Nunes da Ponte walked a fine line be­tween pro­tect­ing the an­cient but still beau­ti­ful bones, while in­ject­ing a so­phis­ti­cated moder­nity.

BEST NEW PRI­VATE HOUSE The Nest, Namib Desert, Namibia by Porky He­fer

Es­sen­tially a scaled-up ver­sion of his ‘Nest’ fur­ni­ture se­ries, this se­cluded re­treat is the first new-build house by South African de­signer Porky He­fer. Con­ceived for con­ser­va­tion­ist Swen Bachran, the house is thatched with reeds col­lected from along the Zam­bezi River.

Shapeshifter House, Reno, US by OPA

The origami-like forms and slanted zinc sec­tions of this strik­ing sub­ur­ban house, by San Fran­cisco prac­tice OPA, are heav­ily in­flu­enced by its soft, sandy con­text. The three-storey house is sur­rounded by sculpted earth mounds, some of which form por­tions of its roof.

Tow­ers Road House, Mel­bourne, Aus­tralia by Wood Marsh

This mon­u­men­tal piece of ar­chi­tec­ture de­liv­ers pri­vacy to its in­hab­i­tants and in­trigue to passers-by. Its raw tex­tured con­crete façades curve in­wards to pre­serve ex­ist­ing trees on the site, while a con­trast­ing zinc disc roof is bal­anced strate­gi­cally to shade the in­te­rior.

Kirschgarten House, Bin­nin­gen, Switzer­land by Buch­ner Bründler Ar­chitek­ten

This new house on the edges of Basel’s Allschwil For­est is an ode to con­crete. Com­bin­ing the rough-tex­tured ma­te­rial with be­spoke cab­i­netry and tim­ber el­e­ments, the ar­chi­tects have crafted a fam­ily home that unites high lev­els of pri­vacy with max­i­mum open­ness.

Brick House, New Delhi, In­dia by RKDS

At this fam­ily home in South Delhi, three vol­umes of raw con­crete, ex­posed brick and plas­ter de­fine a prac­ti­cal plan for multi-gen­er­a­tional fam­ily liv­ing. Teak lou­vres bring shade to the in­te­ri­ors, lined with white mar­ble-chip floor­ing and brass-in­lay grid pat­terns.

BEST NEW PUB­LIC BUILD­ING Qatar Na­tional Li­brary, Qatar by OMA

Nat­u­ral light floods into this 42,000 sq m open-plan space through vast di­a­mond-shaped glazed façades. At the com­plex’s very core sits the li­brary’s pre­cious Her­itage Col­lec­tion, 6m below floor level, evok­ing the ap­pear­ance of an ar­chae­o­log­i­cal ex­ca­va­tion.

Na­tional Kaoh­si­ung Cen­ter for the Arts, Tai­wan by Me­canoo

The shape of this un­du­lat­ing 141,000 sq m com­plex was in­spired by the sur­round­ing canopies of banyan trees. It com­prises a shel­tered pub­lic space, as well as a se­ries of per­for­mance venues, in­clud­ing a 2,260-seat opera house and an open-air theatre built into the slop­ing roof.

V&A Dundee, UK by Kengo Kuma and As­so­ciates

Kuma’s first UK build­ing and Scot­land’s first ded­i­cated de­sign mu­seum, this highly sculp­tural build­ing takes its cues from the lo­cal ragged cliffs. Although clad in some 2,500 cast-stone pan­els, the struc­ture ap­pears light, re­sem­bling the prow of a moored ship.

Guardian Art Cen­ter, China by Buro Ole Scheeren

A se­ries of in­ter­lock­ing vol­umes in grey stone, glass bricks and steel, this com­plex houses ex­hi­bi­tion spa­ces, auc­tion halls and a bou­tique ho­tel. Cir­cu­lar open­ings in the façade are based on a 14th-cen­tury paint­ing, while the bricks of the up­per vol­ume ref­er­ence lo­cal hu­tongs.

Ap­ple Park Vis­i­tor Cen­ter, US by Foster + Part­ners

Of­fer­ing panoramic views of Ap­ple Park from its large roof ter­race, this build­ing repli­cates the seam­less ex­pe­ri­ence of an Ap­ple prod­uct. Its trans­par­ent en­ve­lope sits below a float­ing car­bon-fi­bre roof, which can­tilevers over out­door seat­ing ar­eas on ei­ther side.

BEST CITY Shar­jah

Fast emerg­ing as a cul­tural des­ti­na­tion in the Emi­rates, Shar­jah is chal­leng­ing its higher-pro­file neigh­bours, Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Draws in­clude new graphic de­sign and ar­chi­tec­tural events, de­vel­op­ments by Foster + Part­ners and Zaha Ha­did Ar­chi­tects, and din­ing spots such as Al Rawi and the Fen Café.


Mi­lan’s re­nais­sance is due in part to en­light­ened fash­ion play­ers such as Mi­uc­cia Prada and Gior­gio Ar­mani, whose gal­leries and ho­tels are de­vel­op­ing into key des­ti­na­tions. The Tri­en­nale is set to be rein­vig­o­rated by a new pres­i­dent, while pro­jects by the likes of Her­zog & de Meu­ron are bring­ing edge to the city’s grandeur.


The Fin­nish cap­i­tal is hav­ing a mo­ment: 2018 has seen the open­ing of a clutch of new in­sti­tu­tions, such as the Amos Rex mu­seum by JKMM Ar­chi­tects and the Oodi Cen­tral Li­brary by ALA, as well as the launch of fash­ion hub Gar­den. In the works are more mu­se­ums, as well as new des­ti­na­tions on the bur­geon­ing pub­lic sauna scene.


New gal­leries, along with the ART021 and West Bund Art & De­sign fairs, have seen the city chal­lenge Bei­jing as the gate­way to con­tem­po­rary Chi­nese art. In the pipeline is a Pom­pi­dou out­post by David Chip­per­field, while Heather­wick Stu­dio’s 1000 Trees mixed-use com­plex will de­liver a green hit to the cityscape.


The city is bal­anc­ing de­vel­op­ments by in­ter­na­tional names such as Kengo Kuma, BIG, Büro Ole Scheeren and Shigeru Ban with the preser­va­tion of its ‘green city’, com­mu­nity-minded ideal. Its res­i­dent de­sign­ers – such as light­ing spe­cial­ist Omer Ar­bel and fine art-in­flu­enced duo Dear Hu­man – con­tinue to make waves abroad.

BEST WOMENSWEAR A/W18 Ba­len­ci­aga

Streetwear sil­hou­ettes and the haute-cou­ture tra­di­tion syn­ony­mous with Cristóbal Ba­len­ci­aga were brought to­gether in Demna Gvasalia’s of­fer­ing for the mai­son. In­spired by the vol­ume-fo­cused and in­no­va­tive codes of the house, he used 3D-scan­ning to fit shell-like vel­vet and hound­stooth jack­ets to mod­els’ bod­ies.


For her se­cond col­lec­tion for the house, Nat­acha Ram­say-levi of­fered marabou-trimmed Jodh­pur trousers and horse-mo­tif blaz­ers, as well as ex­quis­ite tai­lor­ing and trench coats. Cut-outs re­vealed un­ex­pected eroge­nous zones, while Bo­hemian élan was off­set with chunky boots and sporty logo socks.


Jonathan An­der­son brought craft to the fore at Loewe, with de­tailed sil­hou­ettes and a rich ma­te­rial palette: there were con­certina-pleated and leather-trimmed shirt dresses, chevron-striped or bal­loon­ing puff-sleeved coats, snug shear­ling out­er­wear, cape-sleeve tweed suit­ing and sports-striped trousers.

Louis Vuit­ton

Pre­sented on a set in­spired by Star Wars’ Mil­len­nium Fal­con, Ni­co­las Gh­esquière’s col­lec­tion of­fered up a mix of his­tor­i­cal op­po­sites, con­trast­ing chic Parisian sta­ples (silk shirts, bi­colour tuxedo jack­ets and cash­mere coats) and Ed­war­dian coats with fu­tur­is­tic corsets, space-age miniskirts and space­ship uni­form blouses.

Rick Owens

Pre­oc­cu­pied with the trap­pings of hu­man adorn­ment, Owens trans­lated the phys­i­cal im­pact of the bus­tles, corsets and pan­niers of the past into padded and bul­bous sil­hou­ettes in neu­tral tones and yel­low-and­brown check, as well as jack­ets with puffy ex­tru­sions and over­sized parkas with swad­dling sleeves.

BEST MENSWEAR A/W18 Comme des Garçons Homme Plus

Rei Kawakubo’s eclec­tic col­lec­tion fea­tured white asym­met­ric jack­ets em­bossed with square pan­els; cloth­ing formed from a patch­work of su­per­hero comic strips; blaz­ers sport­ing ar­chi­tec­tural draw­ings of in­te­ri­ors; and, most in­con­gru­ously, fab­ric di­nosaur masks by the Ja­panese artist Shi­moda Masakatsu.


Lu­cas Ossendri­jver reimag­ined the suit for Lan­vin, throw­ing the most clas­sic English tex­tiles into a new con­ver­sa­tion with nar­row waists and strict, ironed-in pleats. Stripes and checks clashed and matched, while clas­sic lines from be­spoke tai­lor­ing were re­con­fig­ured to cre­ate a mod­ern sil­hou­ette.

Mai­son Margiela

John Gal­liano’s first menswear col­lec­tion for the Bel­gian house was a visual feast, and saw the house codes reimag­ined in the de­signer’s inim­itable way: a clas­sic trench coat was worn un­der its clear plas­tic replica; a ca­nary-yel­low puffer had its seams out­lined in mink; a jumper was sliced and turned into a knit­ted frame.


Prada’s col­lec­tion came like a bolt straight out of the archives, with all-black ny­lon looks based on the iconic ac­ces­sories Mi­uc­cia Prada in­tro­duced in the mid-1980s, and colour­ful vin­tage prints. In a first for the brand, some pieces were de­signed in col­lab­o­ra­tion with cre­atives such as Kon­stantin Gr­cic and Rem Kool­haas.

Sal­va­tore Fer­rag­amo

Mark­ing a new chap­ter for the Ital­ian house, Guil­laume Meil­land’s col­lec­tion was pre­sented along­side Paul An­drew’s de­but womenswear of­fer­ing. To­gether the duo up­dated clas­sic sil­hou­ettes in rich hues; the exquisitely colour-blocked clothes ranged from but­tery leather over­coats to boxy jack­ets and au­tumn-toned trousers.

BEST NEW GROOM­ING PROD­UCT An­gle Ra­zor by Mor­rama

The first solo pro­ject of Lon­don-based in­dus­trial de­sign agency Mor­rama, this user-friendly, alu­minium ver­sion of the tra­di­tional cut-throat ra­zor aims to bring back the rit­ual of the wet shave, while also pro­vid­ing a more sus­tain­able al­ter­na­tive to dis­pos­able mod­els.

Make-up range by Manasi 7

A Swedish make-up artist of In­dian parent­age, Su­sanne Manasi Pers­son has pro­duced an eth­i­cal, in­clu­sive, or­ganic make-up line in smart pack­ag­ing. Cater­ing for long-ne­glected skin tones, her prod­ucts can be mixed upon ap­pli­ca­tion to ex­actly match your skin.

Tooth­paste by Se­la­hatin

Swedish en­tre­pre­neur Kristof­fer Vu­ral’s min­i­mally adorned tubes of tooth­paste are made with nat­u­ral in­gre­di­ents skil­fully com­bined to please the palate. Launch flavours in­clude anise, honey and pep­per­mint; and green mint, pep­per­mint and men­thol.

Plant-pow­ered de­odor­ant by Myro

De­signed by New York stu­dio Vis­i­bil­ity, this re­fill­able de­odor­ant ad­dresses the health con­cerns and eco­log­i­cal im­pact of the plas­tic in­dus­try. The case is avail­able in a choice of five shades, while the de­odor­ant re­fills come in scents such as Chill Wave (cu­cum­ber, jas­mine, mint).

Well­ness beauty range by The Lost Ex­plorer

A ded­i­cated ecol­o­gist and en­vi­ron­men­tal­ist, Na­tional Geo­graphic ex­plorer David de Roth­schild has cre­ated a sus­tain­able, 100 per cent nat­u­ral well­ness range that in­cludes prac­ti­cal prod­ucts as rel­e­vant to ur­ban ad­ven­tur­ers as those fre­quent­ing the great out­doors.

LIFE-ENHANCER OF THE YEAR ‘Go­ple’ lamp by BIG, for Artemide

A col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween light­ing spe­cial­ists Artemide and BIG, the ‘Go­ple’ lamp aids plant growth thanks to its pa­tented red-white-blue light­ing sys­tem. Hand­blown us­ing an an­cient Vene­tian tech­nique, the white crys­tal lamp is also avail­able in sil­ver and bronze fin­ishes.

‘Pixel Buds’ ear­buds by Google

These ear­buds can wire­lessly tap into Google As­sis­tant, fa­cil­i­tat­ing real-time trans­la­tions pumped di­rectly into the user’s ear. Sup­port­ing more than 40 lan­guages, the nifty buds are also able to send no­ti­fi­ca­tions, give di­rec­tions and re­spond to texts via voice tran­scrip­tion.

Water bot­tle by Closca

Span­ish brand Closca is of­fer­ing an ele­gant so­lu­tion to the plas­tic cri­sis: a re­us­able glass bot­tle with a sil­i­cone flap that wraps neatly around a bag or bike us­ing a mag­netic clasp. The ac­com­pa­ny­ing app will point you in the di­rec­tion of the near­est water re­fill sta­tion.

Hang­over cure by Your­saint

It took Jør­gen Koe­foed and his team four years in the Swiss Alps to re­fine the for­mula of this hang­over cure. It works by metabolis­ing al­co­hol be­fore it turns into toxic ac­etalde­hyde, while also of­fer­ing vi­ta­min-boost­ing and hy­drat­ing prop­er­ties to aid re­cov­ery.

‘Pri­vate Eye’ bag by LONB

Crafted from fine leather and weigh­ing only 800 grams, this as­ton­ish­ingly mul­ti­func­tional hand­bag fea­tures umpteen prac­ti­cal pock­ets. An in­ter­nal zip pouch with a de­tach­able shoul­der strap can be com­pletely re­moved, dou­bling as a stor­age pocket-cum-sleek shoul­der bag.


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