Wallpaper*, the international design, fashion and lifestyle magazine, opened its first retail store, Wallpaper* Wallspace, within the new Design Supermarket in Milan's La Rinascente department store last week. The new store will present Wallpaper's global edit of the best new design for the home, focusing on the kitchen, tabletop and home office. All items have Wallpaper's seal of approval and will be available to purchase with prices ranging from €6 to €360. “Scouring the globe to discover the best new designers, brands and products is what Wallpaper* does best, so a retail venture like this is the natural next step. Wallspace* brings the intelligence and trained eye of the magazine direct to the consumer,” said editor in chief Tony Chambers. To source items for the new store, Wallpaper's team, including international correspondents, hit the world's best fairs, took in degree shows, visited design studios and went the extra mile to uncover the new, exceptional and directional in the world of design. Wallpaper's store opened its doors on November 10, 2009, and offers products from all corners of the world including: Harri Koskinen's 'Foldedlight', self-produced in Finland; Japanese electronics from Naoto Fukasawa's Plus Minus Zero brand; Jia Inc's 'Ding' slow cooker from Hong Kong; Alexa Lixfeld's porcelain 'Ricebowls' from Germany; Hasan Demir Obuz's 'Sade' glasses by Ilio from Turkey; D.lab's 'Pencil Block' from Singapore's Design Incubation Centre; and Singgih Susilo Kartono's handmade 'Wooden Radio' for Magno in Java, Indonesia. Italian-made products include the 'Railo' magazine rack by Mikko Laakkonen for Casamania; Konstantin Grcic's 'Accento' cutlery for Serafino Zani; mirrors by Nestor Perkal for Oscar Maschera; and David Chipperfield's Tonale range for Alessi.
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