Thursday, 8 July 2010

Wallpaper* publishes its most ambitious issue yet

Fashion and lifestyle magazine Wallpaper* is publishing its most ambitious issue to date. Wallpaper* Handmade is printed on seven different paper stocks, has 21,000 unique covers and every object it features was commissioned by the magazine. For the August issue, Wallpaper* brought together and briefed some of the world’s leading designers, craftsmen and manufacturers to produce unique furniture, fittings, foodstuffs, fashion and more. The special issue chronicles the production and presentation of this collection of one-off designs and delicacies. Through working closely with paper supplier UPM, the issue is printed on no less than seven different paper stocks and includes an A5 sketchbook documenting how several of the designs evolved. There is even a paper house to cut out and assemble, courtesy of architect Ryuji Nakamura.

In another first, the magazine invited readers to get in on the handmade act too. Every reader was able to design their own cover using a palette of images, textures and type from some of Wallpaper’s favourite graphic artists. Wallpaper* will deliver more than 21,000 magazines with unique covers, designed either by readers themselves or by the Wallpaper* computer. An extended insider’s guide to Handmade can be found on Special features include time-lapse films detailing the construction of the largest exhibits and picture galleries featuring every single Handmade product – some of which can be bought online. There is also an interactive tour of the exhibition staged during the Salone del Mobile in Milan. The August Handmade issue is on sale today.