Objects of Desire

The Wick - Hand Painted Lamp, Luke Edward Hall

Objects Hand-painted lampshades, Luke Edward Hall

Home is where the art is. Since opening his own studio in 2015, Luke Edward Hall has fast become one of Britain’s most exciting designers, with a creative eye to brighten up any interior – and in this case, literally. Combining his talents as an artist, designer and illustrator, these lampshades epitomise Hall’s trademark decorative style, full of joy and poetry. Exuding personality, the romantic, mythological figures capture the old-world charm that permeates through many of Hall’s creations – all through a contemporary burst of hand-painted line and colour. The lights are on and we’re at home.


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The Wick - Pineapple Bag, Loewe Paul's Ibiza

Objects Pineapple bag, LOEWE Paula’s Ibiza

Fashion bearing fruit. This playful, high-summer collaboration between Loewe and Paula’s Ibiza harks back to the free-spirited mood of the Spanish island in the 1970s. Packing punch (of the tropical beachside cocktail kind), the Pineapple bag has been crafted in Spain from leather strips intricately woven to resemble the fruit and its leaves, suspended from a slender strap. The annual collection between both brands is celebrated for its kaleidoscopic colours, natural textures and exotic motifs, and this feels an instantly iconic addition. Island getaway here we come.


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The Wick - Cara Delevinge, Ocean Coordinate

Objects Ocean co-ordinate, Project Zero

Turning the tide. In its commitment to protecting and restoring the ocean, global movement Project Zero has marked Earth Day (22 April) with a new campaign inviting the public to adopt or gift their own ocean co-ordinate. Available in 1km2, 10 km2 or 100km2 in the Arctic, Indian, Pacific and Atlantic oceans, each adopter (already among them is ambassador Cara Delevingne) will receive their own co-ordinate to post on social media with name, longitude and latitude. The campaign is also accompanied by a special, limited-edition T-shirt emblazoned with the words ‘Ours to Solve’ – a reminder for us to take ownership and responsibility in engaging with ocean-friendly behaviours. Time to make waves and save the big blue.


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The Wick - The Impossible Collection of Design, Assouline

Objects The Impossible Collection of Design, Assouline

Designs through time. This brilliant tome brings together a hundred years’ worth of creative innovations in furniture design, and unfolds like the pages of an epic. Put together by design expert Frédéric Chambre, his impeccably curated selection traces the development of trends in craft, art and technology in parallel with movements such as Art Nouveau, Art Deco and today’s digital age. As much a visual feast as a fascinating historical timeline, it offers a dynamic exploration of the evolution of everyday human objects through the twentieth century. Hand-bound and limited edition in a linen clamshell case, the book itself is a thing of beauty. Now move over whatever’s on that coffee table.


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The Wick - Lito Bookend, L’Objet

Objects Lito Bookend, L’Objet

Beauty in the eye of the book-holder. Lito Karakostanoglu is a Greek designer known for incorporating talisman imagery to her creations. Though primarily a jeweller, here she brings her iconic style to a meticulously handcrafted pair of bookends by L’Objet. Made with midnight-blue porcelain from Limoges and inlaid with resin, the evil eye of its design – an ancient symbol of protection – promises to dispel any negative energies (whatever your reading habits). A reminder to seek the spiritual in the everyday, this piece brings a surreal touch of magic to the bookshelf. It’s got our eye on it.


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The Wick - Alexander Calder, Untitled [Red Cloud] (1970), lithograph

Objects Alexander Calder, Untitled [Red Cloud] (1970), lithograph

Drawings in space. Primarily known for his mobile sculptures – iconic all over the world – Alexander Calder captures that same energy of lightness and colour in lithographs and prints created throughout his career. Echoing the cut-outs from Matisse’s ‘painting with scissors’ phase, ‘Red Cloud’ – though completed in 1970 – is a deeply modernist celebration of shape and form. Though such examples of Calder’s oeuvre are lesser known than his kinetic works, they sing just as brightly – and are (for the moment) a fraction of the price.

‘Red Cloud’ is currently on offer with Phillips’ Editions & Works on Paper sale, ending 20 April.


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The Wick - Objects Major Arcana: Leonora Carrington

Objects Major Arcana: Leonora Carrington

Magic box. This wondrous deck of 22 tarot cards by surrealist Leonora Carrington was only discovered in 2018, ahead of the artist’s retrospective in her native Mexico. Drawing inspiration from the Tarot of Marseille and the popular Waite-Smith deck, Carrington brings her own approach to the Major Arcana. Each card bears iconic designs rendered in bright colours and gold and silver leaf – characteristic of the alluring, otherworldly imagery that has seen the artist’s work celebrated in recent decades.

For scholars, they provide a fascinating insight into the themes of Occultism that pervade her work. For fans of the artist, they’re a chance to be drawn deeper into the mystic realms of her paintings. We’re under the spell.


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The Wick - Objects Abstract Turquoise Backgammon Set

Objects Abstract Turquoise Backgammon Set

Bringing sexy back(gammon). Alexandra Llewellyn has distinguished herself as a designer of luxurious, hand-crafted board games, turning a rainy afternoon of play into an elegant experience – and her Abstract Backgammon set is a sure pièce de résistance. This slick new design dusts down the old and brings a fresh new look to the time-honoured game, through a revitalising combination of colour and geometry. Crafted by a quality combination of sycamore, walnut and maple wood, it glows with the opulence of an Art Deco style. Leisure activity or objet d’art – it’s all to play for.


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The Wick - Love Handles Vase by Anissa Kermiche

Objects Anissa Kermiche, Love Handles ceramic vase

Crafty curves. Anissa Kermiche is a French-Algerian designer whose work brings a lively infusion of art to the domestic, as evidenced in this fun, flower-bearing form. Naturally speckled and crafted from ceramic in Portugal, the Love Handles vase brings a nice touch of ‘cheek’ to all corners of the house and is available in variety of finishes including black matte (pictured). Inspired by the iconic, robust works of Constantin Brâncusi – the patriarch of modern sculpture – Kermiche’s piece is all woman, celebrating individuality and naturalism in the female body. Bouquet or not, this piece blooms: full of sensuality and statement, the hips don’t lie.


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