Wallpaper #269

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In Wallpaper Issue 269 — from a Prada dress formed of shimmering sequins to a pair of Bottega Veneta roller skates, from diamond drop earrings to mark the centenary of Chanel No.5 to polychromatic pastries and a Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame champagne that celebrate the art of Yayoi Kusama, this is Wallpaper edit of the ‘extra’. The exuberance continues through Romain Duquesne’s womenswear shoot, as well as deep dive into Kim Jones and Peter Doig’s collaboration for Dior’s A/W21 menswear collection.

Amid this extravagant excess, there is a trio of stories that explore the virtues of paring back — the making of the ‘Mini Strip’, Paul Smith’s interpretation of the new electric Mini that goes far beyond a colour scheme to consider what makes a more emotionally satisfying car. Head to Rotterdam for a first look at MVRDV’s Depot Boijmans van Beuningen, an art storage facility with a radical approach to transparency and public access. Then to Paris for an architectural tour of La Samaritaine, the legendary department store relaunched by LVMH after a sensitive restoration by a quartet of leading design studios.

Launched in 1996, Wallpaper* is one of the world’s most distinguished global design magazine. Aimed at an international audience, it celebrates the best in design, fashion, travel and technology.