Arguably the best of the season’s trade shows, Maison et Objet in Paris covers everything you need for the home. From cutting edge design and technology to pieces using traditional techniques there’s always something impressive to be found amongst the vast halls. I’ve picked out a few of my favourites.
Czech glass experts Lasvit used the show to launch some impressive architectural lighting by established and up and coming product designers. Above Jar RGB by Arik Levy mixes a range of RGB colours, using a single white hand blown glass jar at the centre to act as the bulb that then illuminates the coloured blown glass jars surrounding it.
Neverending Glory by relative new comers Jan Plechac and Henry Wielgus reflects the nostalgia and silhouettes of chandeliers from five of the worlds important opera houses .
In the trend exhibition space Beyond by Vincent Grégoire for Nelly Rodi was inspired by the deep depths of the abyss. Fantastical forms and a cabinet of curiosities give a glimpse at the new complexities and organic forms that will become part of our interiors now production methods can create on mass such delicate forms. Mixing of old style with a new technology Blackbody OLED have taken the latest lighting technology to create the impression of a chandelier. Not one for the home but an impressive demonstration of lighting as an art installation. Not very far from now we will be home printing any number of products for our home. Instead of waiting for a manufacturer to post something we’ll be printing it ourselves; from replacement pieces for broken parts to accessories like you own lampshade. In fact a Makerbot was busily printing a lampshade at the show for Italian brand Exnovo. They use 3D printing to produce a number of lampshades in their range, the cost of a really good printer just doesn’t make it really viable for the home.
What the 3D printer does demonstrate is the complexity that is available in this method of production. The delicate form of the Biophilia lampshade is a cross between a living organism and industrial production with little spouts and veins growing out from the light bulb. We don’t associate such complexity of pattern with industrial production and its interesting to see the future of mass production being much lighter, organic and delicate in form that what we have been used to.
Also on a technological transformation; crystal glass is being updated from something only your grandmother had, to a designer item. I’ll be doing a trend post on this but here is a look at hi-tech crystal makers Bomma. Module Two by Thomas Jenkins is inspired by mechanical gears and actually works as such! They’ve cut their crystal so finely and with opposing spirals that they mesh together and move like gears. Seen here is a close up of the fine cutting on František Vízner’s range for the brand.
I loved Normann Copenhagen‘s comfy room set. Theres a play with proportions with the oversized Hello Floor lamp next to the Swell Sofa. They’ve always been known for their cleverly designed home accessories and this years addition of a the Pocket Organiser is smart way to organise wall space at a very affordable price. Astier de Villatte has long been a favourite and it’s always interesting to see who they have collaborated with on their current collection. I was surprised to see Snoopy has been recreated in the familiar tin glaze that Astier de Villatte is so famous for! The plates are always worth looking out for, I love the giant frog face It was great to see UK brand Miss Print move into a hall that contained the big interiors brands rather than its former show space in the acessories hall. The wonderful depth of colour in the Guatemala wallpaper in Cobalt really stopped you in your tracks. A regular of exhibitor at Maison the move really made me look again and realise what a great range of patterns they have built up over the years.
That was a little taster of the vast hall of the Parc des Expositions!