Wallpaper* is once again celebrating the very best and brightest names from the world’s 10 leading style and design nations – and South Africa has made the list for the second time.
Shining a spotlight on its favourite destinations, Wallpaper* – the international design, fashion and lifestyle magazine – is highlighting 20 hand-picked happenings from each country. The South African edit, which is spread across eight pages in the November issue of Wallpaper*, includes the country’s emerging fashion designers, latest architectural projects and its growing art scene.
“South Africa has positioned itself as the continent’s design and style superpower and there is a push to remap the old geographies and build new communities,” says Wallpaper* editor-in-chief, Tony Chambers. “This year has brought us a soccer school in Soweto, a street art hotel, hot coffees and a pulp fiction magazine – all of which makes us very excited about what South Africa has to offer in 2012.”
After a comprehensive search and meticulous edit by the Wallpaper* editorial team and its international correspondents, the countries that have made the cut alongside South Africa are France, USA, China, Canada, Portugal, UAE, The Netherlands, Sweden and Argentina.
Each country has been given its own section which celebrates its diverse mix of both rising stars and established names in fashion, art, architecture, design, travel, food and beauty.
All 10 destinations have also been given their own individual covers, with Wallpaper* calling on the talents of celebrated lighting artist Thierry Dreyfus to create and capture the light of each territory in studio conditions. Having previously produced some of the most memorable fashion shows of the past decade for Dior Homme, Helmut Lang, Jil Sander, Calvin Klein and Comme des Garçons as well as designed monumental lighting installations at Paris’ Notre Dame and Grand Palais, this is Dreyfus’ first ever editorial photographic commission.
The November issue of Wallpaper* hits the newsstands on 13 October, but South Africans will be able to get copies from early November. Additional exclusive content will be available on the Wallpaper* iPad edition.
Main photo: Cindy Poole
Photo: Bags by Victoria Verbaan
Photo:Bottles, glasses by Liam Mooney
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