Globally renowned Maison&Objet returns to walk us through its surreal showcase of spectacular talent.
eptember in Paris brought along another attractive reason to visit in addition to the fall – Maison&Objet! Yes, the design entity with world renowned prowess was back for its fall edition with brand new liaisons.
Split into two main divisions – Maison, which comprises of four universes that display the very best decoration and home interior solutions organized by style and Objet, which bifurcates into seven sectors with the best objects and decorative accessories organized within the product family.
The lifestyle show brings together a 360 degrees product offering – Decoration, design, furniture, accessories, textiles, fragrances, the world of children and tableware. The styles coexist in a multifaceted way that enlivens the diversity with varied expressions of global markets.
Opening its embrace from 7th – 11th September, 2018, M&O showcased five passion filled days of a curation of the best of lifestyles and home decoration trends in the world. It facilitates a unique dialogue between exhibitors and visitors with a large diversity of styles and categories.
At each M&O, new sources of inspirations, an analysis of current trends and new types of consumer behavior are noted. This time these observations were facilitated by the introduction of ‘Virtuous’ – an inspirational and audacious theme for this edition which heralds an awakening awareness of environmental concerns which opens up new perspectives for a socially responsible lifestyle.
From local to international, the halls were riddled with numerous products and installations from eager exhibitors. Some interesting products we spotted were;
Umbrella Sedge Series
Inspired by Taiwanese indigenous culture, Kumaroan explores natural materials and delicate craftsmanship through simplistic designs. The former winners of the Rising Talent awards have designed this series. The vigorous umbrella sedge takes 4-6 months to harvest and only grows in crystal-clear water. It is a traditional material in coastal indigenous’ woven culture.
By separating the skin of the sedge stem from the inner fibers, the craftsman avoids mildew problems, and makes the mats more delicate in nature. This beautiful series makes various home décor products.
Dutch brand Pols Potten showcased its upholstered furniture at M&O. Subtle, innovative, unconventional and clearly rooted in Dutch design tradition, the display consisted of chairs and sofas made of laminated wood, nozag springs, foam and powder coated metal legs. The polyester velvet upholstery consists of rich pastel colours.
Marie-Noelle Ronayette creates bronze sculptures in a limited series. The combination of bronze and resin covered with red lacquer gives this 2018 new collection a very airy and bright look. The sculptures of this artist seem light enough to fly away.
France Résille is the European leader in architectural decoration. Specialist decorative facades cut with water jets; France Résille launches a new range of souvenir decoration products at Maison & Objet salon. The SKYLINE France Résille are wall decorations of an extreme finesse representing the major cities of the world as well as the most beautiful sites.
Chat Loop Phone Booth
Designed by Desnahemisfera, Chat Loop was created with a purpose to offer best user experience in open spaces to provide a retreat for phone calls. The goal was to use material that is considered ‘trash’. Using a technique borrowed from the car industry, Chat Loop is manufactured from thermo pressed PET felt – a 100% recyclable material made from used water and soda bottles. It can be used as a hideout for calls and offers features like charging cell phones and a traditional handset login. A curved laminated wood shelf offers a place for writing a note or placing personal items.
The Italian design brand loved for its pop-art and democratic approach confirms once again its unique attitude of combining accessibility with the desirability of collectible design. The Seletti wears Toiletpaper collection displays their first upholstered chair.
The ‘Blow’ collection presented a new variant of the Banana lamp and Maracantinio presented tableware products including the archeologically inspired Jurassic Lamps which are made resin designed for all those who want to keep an eccentric Mesozoic object into their interiors. Seletti confirms its ability to realize lighting projects with unexpected and humorous moods. In addition to this, the ‘New Bird Lamps’ and the ‘Mouse Lamps’ were also part of the assorted and quirky display.
Designed by Space Factory, this ‘table of friends’ adopts a hybrid character in its design and function. A meeting of two materials; the marble and the oak join to form a single plate and the contrast of colors and textures is of pure elegance and harmony.
In addition, Contraste has two utilities; that of dining table but also of work plan. Thus the cook can stay at the table with his friends and is no longer isolated in his kitchen. The rounded but narrow shape of the table has been designed to be as user-friendly as possible.
Draw a Line
The tension rod, designed by Heian Shindo is a stylish multipurpose adjustable rod that claims to improve the quality of life with its function to store your day-to-day items. Introduced in 2016, its slim body is designed to fit in any space which gives you more leeway while the beautiful combination of matt colour and brass accent creates luxury in the room.
The utilization of dead space to store your items in a small space by installing the tension rod without nails, screws or tools adds to the décor in addition to utility.
With every new edition, M&O elects a Designer of the Year to honor some of the most outstanding names in the industrial and interior design world. Belgian national, Ramy Fischler is the chosen one who’s taste for experimentation incepted while he was studying design at ENSCILes Ateliers after which he shortly established his own studio in 2011. He works on conceptual as well as functional projects with equal ease.
His interior design projects for private residences and restaurants regularly give him the opportunity to design furniture, which he produces and displays in galleries.
At M&O, he chose to spotlight the diversity of his studio’s activities and projects from day to day, offering visitors a chance to grasp his visionary and holistic approach. ‘The Agora’, his exhibit illustrated his take on the ‘workspace of the future.’ Fischer is living proof that M&O is so much more than an accumulation of objects and projects.
The Rising Talents awards are another method adopted by M&O to encourage young designers by giving them a chance to contribute their own vision to the furniture industry by exhibiting for an audience of esteemed international professionals. After the success of U.K and Italy, The Rising Talent awards are showcasing the creative effervescence of Lebanon.
Six emerging young designers form the new generation that has followed in their elders’ footsteps by putting their international experience to the service of local, usually little-known manufacturing techniques. Studio Carmel, Paola Sakr, Carla Banz, Anastasia Nysten, Carlo Massoud and Carlo Massoud represented Lebanon’s multi-cultural artisan heritage with their showcases.
Every year is a step ahead with Maison&Objet where it constantly reinvents itself by becoming a fresher and more avant-garde affair.
Text By Neerja Kapadia