& Objet is the largest interiors trade show in France and a key milestone
in the design calendar in Europe. It’s a fairly all encompassing show bringing
together products across decoration, design, furniture, accessories, textiles,
fragrances, children’s products, tableware and so much more – Christmas in
late Jan anyone? Until you’ve been to a design show like Maison & Objet
or Ambiente it’s hard to comprehend just how big these fairs are. Maison’s
January edition had 2,978 exhibitors from 59 countries and whopping 76,417
visitors with 48% being from overseas representing 143 nationalities. It’s
like a design endurance test and sometimes you’re not sure what will give up
first, your achy feet or your overloaded brain.
At this years January’s edition of the
show I had a fast and furious whizz around the halls as I’d been delayed
getting to Paris by a Eurostar technical fault. There were nearly 700 new
brands showing at this session and as always I was on the lookout for trends,
new products and emerging talent. So this round up is in no way a
comprehensive list but it does pull together the products that jumped up and
I was really taken with the Hideout Lounge Chair by
Swedish design trio Front for GebruderThonet Vienna. Hideout is made
from the traditional steam-bent solid beech structure that Thonet is renowned
for but it also includes a large and comfortable seat, which is upholstered.
Any individual sitting in the chair is offered privacy via the “wings” that are
also made in the traditional caning technique of Thonet. It’s like a really big
hug to sit in and it looks great too.
Husband and wife team Russell Pinch and Oona
Bannon started Pinch design in 2004 aiming to
design and make furniture that you’ll want to live with and pass on to future
generations. Their work is synonymous with simplicity of form and the
purity of a good shape. It’s no surprise then that I fell for their Nim table.
This floating island of jesmonite has real presence by virtue of his solidness
and delicate beauty. An absolute classic in my opinion.
New exhibitor Esme Winter specialises
in high-quality decorative stationery. Her products are made entirely
in the UK and Europe using acid free, FSC assured papers and vegetable-based
inks. The marbled paper designs created in collaboration with marbled paper artist, Jemma
caught my eye.
brand Meridiani always
grab my attention and while they were not showing any new to market items
on their stand I really thought how they used colour to make their products pop was outstanding. They are also not afraid to use saturated colour on their products either particularly on their Spencer and Pinto tables. Watch out
for their new releases at Salone Milan
Petra Krausova presented a new
sculpture lighting piece at Maison&Objet.
The dynamically-lit Cassia draws
its inspiration both from the star-studded sky, as well as the organic shapes
of flowers in a meadow. Each piece is made of hand-blown glass and is therefore
unique. They look amazing hung in multiples at various heights, but hung as
individual pendants they are just as beautiful.
à la Carte space for rising and emerging talent at the January edition of
Maison was entirely made up of Scandinavian design. The Poured
collection consists of bowls and tables, all cast by hand in Troels Flensted’s studio in
Copenhagen, Denmark. It’s a serenely joyful to see the swirls and pattern that
each bowl has. The different coloured patterns are determined by how much
pigment is added to the casting mix and then how the mix is poured into each
individual mould. A really wonderful collection.
exhibiting were Kneip, a craft, design and
art studio founded by Jørgen Platou Willumsen and Stian Korntved Ruud, both
graduates of the Oslo School of Architecture and Design. I first saw
their work at London Design Festival in September 2015 when they exhibited at Tent London.
never heard of Canadian Martha Sturdy
although apparently she’s a big design name. Her bespoke work has found
homes with the likes of Louis Vuitton and the Four Seasons. I found her resin
pieces to be particularly attention grabbing it was almost like they glowed.
They were very sleek and very thoughtful and would make a great “art” statement
in the right home or office.
in 2015 by Marie-Lise Fery, Magic Circus showed
a playful vintage inspired collection of lighting in brass and opalescent glass.
The oversized pieces were particularly impressive in the darkened room set
created for Maison & Objet where they could shine as a centerpiece.
Another new exhibitor was StellarWorks with a wonderful stand in Hall 7 by Neri&Hu. While they
may have been first time exhibitors their product and brand story was well
versed by everyone I spoke with. While they are Hong Kong based their design
shows strong Scandinavian and Japanese design aesthetics with a luxe range of
materials. Their new dowry designs by Neri&Hu were very covetable. The
collection everyone seemed to be talking about was Yabu Pushelberg’s James
series, with lots of masculine
traits it was desirable
enough to want to touch.
find out more about upcoming Maison&Objet events in 2016 see here.
Maison&Objet Asia held in Singapore, 8-11 March,
Maison&Objet Americas held in Miami Beach 10-13 May, and
next Maison&Objet Paris 2-6 September. Paris Design Week
3-10 September 2016
Photo credits: Images
provided by suppliers for Magic Circus,
MarthaSturdy, Kneip, Troels Flensted’s,
Esme Winter, GebruderThonet Vienna and first image of Meridiani All other photos by Mary Middleton