Highlights from Maison et Objet 2016.
During the month of September the gorgeous city of Paris plays host to one of the biggest and most exclusive design trade shows in the world. Celebrating its 21st anniversary in style at the Parc des Expositions de Villepinte, the event showcases a plethora of new and exciting products from over the top brands and emerging designers from all over the world.
After having previously attended design trade fairs in Melbourne, Sydney, London, Helsinki, and Montreal I have to say this show may just be my new personal favourite. Nothing can prepare you for your first Maison & Objet, the excitement, the anticipation, the immense joy of it all. Now I may sound like I’m gushing but for someone who lives and breathes design it was a serious honour to be in attendance. It was really quite overwhelming!
The sheer scale of the event is one thing, deciding how best to navigate the multitude of aisles is another, but nothing can prepare you for the vast amount of awe-inspiring, never before seen products on display, along with the sheer opulence and quality of the amazing display stands which are all achingly beautiful.
This is design at its very best and I am incredibly excited to share with the highlights of some of the best products in international design. It’s been quite a challenge to narrow down but I have selected 5 companies whose beautifully curated collections of homewares, lighting and soft furnishings caught my eye during the show.
AFFRESCO HAND MADE WALL PAPER
Affresco is a unique company with a unique history and a truly amazing product! Having entered the market in 2002, as a small art studio, this Russian company took an innovative approach to interior design and began offering the world’s largest exclusive hand-made wallcoverings without joints ranging from 3.26 x 10.5 meters.
They are the first company to produce digital frescoes in which they are able to transfer photographs or paintings onto a canvas. They are able to change colours, adjust image proportions, add or delete elements of an image and even combining two or more separate images into one to create entire wall murals.
Aniza’s home collection combines Mexican artisan textiles with refined European fabrics bringing together design and ancestral craftsmanship. Each region in Mexico specializes in their own weaves and symbology dating back to pre-hispanic times and ANIZA works with local Mexican artisans to support their craft and help preserve the rich cultural textile heritage of Mexico
In Europe they work with family owned companies who are still producing locally and with a savoire faire cultivated through generations. Their collections unite continents by respectfully interweaving Mexican and European textiles, showcasing their beauty through sophisticated simplicity.
ATILIERS C&S DAVOY
Quite possibly the best stand on show and one of my personal favourites, Atiliers C&S Davoy transports you to a universe of weird and wonderful; a cabinet of curiosities for those who are inquisitive enough to explore further.
If you have a penchant for distinctive, meticulously hand crafted, new and antique treasures, Atiliers C&S Davoy’s charming products will intrigue and delight you. Itis the perfect resource for those searching for something with a little ‘je ne sais quoi’. It’s the kind of store that reveals conversational pieces of objet trouvé. Offering furniture and accessories that you mightn’t be aware you were looking for, but now you’ve found them you just can’t live without!
Winners of the Interior Innovation Award 2015, Cozi is a high-end brand for lighting fixtures and furniture design that utilises the technology of 3-D printing. Hailing from Israel, founders, Yuval Carmel & Ofir Zandani are two industrial designers that combine multidisciplinary knowledge of manufacturing techniques, high-end technologies and traditional crafts.
Their products are characterised by a unique morphology, due to a thorough study of materials and a constant interest in pushing technology boundaries to the limits. Behind each work lays an idea, a vision interpreted; creating a dialog between technology and craft, between perception and tangibility.
Anyone who has ever taken a trip to New York or London is bound to have come across Jonathan Adler. We love him for his electric, bright, bold and brave designs. His signature style is one that will remain forever timeless. A potter, designer and author Jonathan Adler launched his namesake brand after leaving his day job to pursue his first love: pottery.
In 1993 Barneys bought his collection of pots and five years later, he opened his first store in Soho. Jonathan’s Adler desire to design all the bits one needs to create a flawlessly chic home led to more and more. Today, his company with over 25 stores worldwide and a wholesale business boasting over 1,000 locations globally.
MARIO LUCA GIUSTI
With a collection that conveys a kaleidoscope of colour and fantastically shaped objects, Mario Luca Giusti is known throughout the world for his elegant and colourful items for the table.
One would be forgiven for thinking these products were a magnificent assortment of crystal or glass, however, they are in fact made of plastic materials.
Each item imitates the sophistication and elegance of crystal and glass; using instead a range of materials such as acrylic or melamine to produce striking, colourful designs. These are the perfect solution to outdoor entertaining without the worry of breakage.
NAGA is a French company that offers a wide range of wall decorations and objects inspired by nature, ideal for Hotel projects and luxury homes. Their wall décor and sculptures are positively mind blowing and they also have a collection of furniture pieces created by designers hailing from Thailand. Their mural creations and decor pieces are designed by one very talented woman – Muriel Dionisio.
Welcome to the wonderful world of Rory Dobner, and eccentric Englishman, artist and lifestyle brand with an exceptional amount of talent. Rory studied Fine Art foundation at Chelsea School of Art & Design before obtaining a Bachelor of Fine Arts, (Honors), at Central St.Martin’s School of Art & Design. In 1998 he was awarded the prestigious title of Burns Young Artist of the Year.
Today, a highly sought after artist, Rory fulfilled a variety of impressive commissions and completed interior design projects for Agent Provocateur, MTV, Soho House Group, Christian Dior, Candy & Candy, Ibiza Rocks House Hotel, Fortnum & Mason, Robert Downey Junior, Heston Blumenthal, Nike to name just a few. An impressive repertoire to say the least, however it’s his purrfect collection of cat inspired wall plates and dinnerware that had designers flocking to his stand.
Serip has been an integral part of high decoration since the 1960’s and is a company that is renowned for their spectacular indoor lighting and decorative pieces. Their luxurious signature style lends itself to organic shapes that are inspired by trees and flowers and natural beauty.
Their collection exhibits innovative hand crafted chandeliers and wall lighting designs that combine noble materials such as bronze, glass and crystal to create distinctive and unique lighting for the home.
A recognized pioneer in Finnish design, VALLILA has been forging its own path since 1935 with its unique designs that stand out. VALLILA’s in-house designers create and capture the fresh Finnish flavor VALLILA brings to its collections.
Vallila’s colourful array of products include home textiles and rugs, bed and bath and kitchen accessories as well as wallpapers. They launch a new collection twice a year, hence offering always something new and exciting!
Header image via Vallila www.vallilainterior.com
Aniza Design image via Aniza Design www.anizadesign.com
Cozi image via Cozi www.cozistudio.com
All other images taken by Sarah Radhanauth www.about.me/sradhanauth