Best Metal Furniture: Wallpaper* Design Awards 2022
Best Metal Morph: Aluminum and Steel Designs from the Wallpaper* Design Awards
Alchemist designers turn aluminum and steel into gold standard splendor: check out the best metallic designs from the Wallpaper* Design Awards 2022
Lightweight, super strong, durable and almost infinitely recyclable, aluminum is a designer’s dream material. We were particularly taken with Naoto Fukasawa’s ‘Za’ stools for American furniture brand Emeco. Named after the Japanese word meaning “place to sit”, “Za” is a series of simple yet timeless chairs, available in three heights. Handcrafted from recycled aluminum in a range of muted colours, they can be used just about anywhere, indoors or out (as the brand showcases in its Venice home Beach recently opened).
Dutch design studio Joachim-Morineau took inspiration from the temples and monuments of Rome’s Parco Archeologico del Colosseo and put aluminum on a pedestal. Made from industrial aluminum sheets and tubes, ‘Tholos’, ‘Pteron’ and ‘Metope’ are columns that can be used as bases to display your favorite objects or plants.
Elsewhere, Scottish-Swedish designer Nick Ross turned to the post-and-lintel system used in ancient Greek, Indian and Egyptian architecture for his aluminum sconces; CP-RV has created highly versatile stackable aluminum storage boxes for the Lisbon design brand Util, inspired by the crates traditionally used to transport fruit and vegetables; while Parisian design studio Waiting for Ideas was driven by the automotive industry to create its unique aluminum “No Seat Belt Required” chair with smooth curves and sharp angles, much like the bodywork of a modern automobile.
Designers also like to work with elegant, versatile and corrosion-resistant stainless steel. Shepherd Studio’s delightfully tactile and glossy ‘Tila’ chair (which debuted at Expo Dubai’s Bahrain Pavilion) is made up of 210 stainless steel spheres and borrowed its design and aesthetic language from an Arabian folk game traditional, using the communal nature of the game and its components as a metaphor for density.
Meanwhile, at the end of 2021, to celebrate the centenary of its founding, Alessi President Alberto Alessi launched a year-long project to pay tribute to the design masters he has worked with over the years, unveiling each month is a new creation. published design or a new take on an Alessi classic. Among these creations, the unique “Bubul” kettle, designed in 1995 by Achille Castiglioni, who, inspired by curling stones, molded stainless steel into a playful bulbous object. All are metal winners in our book. §