There’s an App for That: Wallpaper*

The annual Handmade issue of Wallpaper* comes with a high-tech twist, as it marks the launch of the design, fashion, and lifestyle magazine’s iPad edition. Now available to download from Apple’s App store, the oxymoronic iPad version of the Handmade issue includes all of the content of the print version (on newsstands this week) along with behind-the-scenes videos, user-controlled animations, and a specially commissioned soundtrack by Paris-based DJ and runway music svengali Michel Gaubert, who may be the only person alive (and certainly the only Parisian) with a larger album collection than Karl Lagerfeld. Other tablet-based goodies include an animated cover and how-to-use guide, which details the option to view the magazine in portrait or landscape format. “Our iPad app is a dazzling addition to the tactile touchy-feely print issue. An all-singing and dancing monthly fix with not-to-be-missed added extras,” said editor-in-chief Tony Chambers, in a statement issued by the magazine. “Thank you Jonathan Ive—it feels like the iPad was designed with Wallpaper* in mind.” And in fact the Handmade issue is full of objects actually designed with the magazine in mind, including London-based Kiwi & Pom’s marble and balsa wood “baking kit,” presented here with a recipe for rhubarb and cardamom pie (apple would have been too on-the-nose).

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