Wallpaper* Launches October 2012 Guest Editors' Issue with Three Covers

Wallpaper* Launches October 2012 Guest Editors' Issue with Three Covers

For its annual guest editors' issue, Wallpaper* has invited celebrated architect Ole Scheeren, leading US photographer Taryn Simon and Chinese star pianist Lang Lang to edit their own sections in the magazine. The October issue, out now, also has three covers, one by each of the guest editors.

Ole Scheeren, the lead architect behind Beijing's CCTV Tower, has curated a series of essays and artworks on Asia. Wang Qingsong, a photographer known for his humorous and iconic photographs of Chinese consumer culture, shot Scheeren's Beijing office with him and his staff dressed in pyjamas and on IV drips.

There are also essays by Chinese composer and film director Gao Xiaosong, Thai newspaper editor Ann Phatarawadee Phataranawik and eight exclusive short stories by Canadian novelist, artist and designer Douglas Coupland.

Taryn Simon has photographed a selection of archives from the Mid-Manhattan Library, which, with its collection of 1.2 million photographs and pictures carefully clipped from books and magazines, as well as prints, postcards and posters, is the largest circulating picture library in the world.

Images are collated under 12,000 subject headings and New York Public Library card holders can borrow up to 60 clippings at a time. Some of the categories shot by Simon for Wallpaper* are 'Beards & mustaches', 'Sunlight', 'Dead' and 'Waiting'.

Finally, classical music maestro Lang Lang has taken Wallpaper* around his favourite concert venues. Presented through illustrations by Eoin Ryan, Lang Lang's tour includes the National Grand Theatre in Beijing, Carnegie Hall in New York and the Berliner Philharmoniker.

There is also an interview with Lang Lang by fellow guest editor Ole Scheeren about the increasingly blurred borders between East and West.