Design Article - January 2017

Maison et Objet Paris

This was Article’s first trip to Maison et Objet for the interiors exhibition which is held just outside Paris twice a year.

We were delighted to catch two discussions with some of our most favoured British designers. On Saturday we sat with the team at Studio Ilse and George Smith to hear about their design development for their fabulous new sofa and ottoman desgin – we adored the simplicity and homogeneity of the upholsted feet on both pieces. Sunday morning we were fortunate to catch the discussion hosted by Tom Dixon with the Rising Talents Award winners, Giles Miller Studio, Zuza Mengham. Studi Swine, Marcin Rusak, John Booth and Sebastian Cox. It was refreshing and inspiring to see so much British talent at the foreground of the show.

We’ve pulled together a small edit of some of our favourite pieces from the exhibition and also identified key trends that we think will be strong influencers for 2017 interiors.

Naturalistic

There were some delightfully delicate pendant and wall lights shown by Petite Friture using lasercut then folded brass sheet, giving them a confident and contemporary edge. We continue to adore the work by Marcin Rusak (one of the Rising Talents winners). The use of aging cut flowers provide such an ethereal quality to the pieces; it almost feels like he’s managed to stop time and the unavoidable process of decay.

Colour Block

This is a trend that has existed for some time in both interiors and fashion, however it showns no sign of desisting any time soon. What is great to see is that designers and manufacturers are really pushing the limitations of material in order to take the trend to the next level. We adored the rotund tables by Pulpo amd the naive yet delicate design of the nesting tables by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec for Glas Italia.

Woven Texture

From high to low end manufacturers we saw an abunance of lighting and furniture that incorporated woven textures in both uniform and more natural styles. We adore the timeless classic quality to the designs coming from GTV Design and hope we can specify their Hideout lounge chair on a project soon! Forestier Lighting based in Paris also had a fantastic range of lighting that utitilise woven materials. We were particularly drawn to their new range by Anon Pairot.

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