Maison & Objet in Paris has always been a major fixture on our design calendar and in it’s 20th year it continued to offer up the means to view a large number of new releases from small and large companies from across Europe and beyond, encompassing fabric/surface design, furniture, kitchenware, table top and gift items.
There was a stunning installation by lighting brand Blackbody Light by Design that develop and produce OLED lighting solution on a tailor-made or large-scale level.
Italian designer Luca Nichetto launched his own design brand via the De La Espada agency at the show. His chair Blanche Bergere was of standout comfort, featured in a very desirable gold toned mustard yellow.
Swedish firm Skultuna has a long pedigree in brass products having been founded more than 400 years ago. At M&O it launched the new Karui Trays with leather surface (Japanese for soft) designed by Gam Fratesi available in 3 sizes.
The heritage brand Waterford took a dynamic turn by launching their new accessories and gift collection Rebel. A youthful energetic take on crystal, British designer Jo Sampson choose the punk stud as her design thread. With golden metal elements, lots of smoky soft colour and textured raised geometric forms it’s sure to be a winner when it hits the shops later this year.
Pinch Design showed a Timorous Beasties collaboration, the Noelle sofa upholstered in a riot of graffiti and paint splatters.
Missoni Home tableware made a huge impact in Paris with a truly magnificent display. Utilising the classic Missoni chevron shape they produced a startling vertical display of vibrant patterns and a mix of black and white and mellow shades.
The German lifestyle and tabletop company Sieger by FÜRSTENBERG showed their new Luna Vase collection and My China! Ca’ d’Oro dinnerware in dramatic black and white graphic stripes and patterns with hand embellished 24-carat gold.
Metallic finishes were still a strong influence and do not seem to be abating but they are now often seen paired with natural stones, marbles and agates creating a feeling of nature finessed by technology. Like the bathroom benches shown by Blanc Carrare’s collection by Thierry Lemaire.
Amongst the number of new names making their debut in the hallowed halls was Italian design studio Incipit whose accessories and lighting were finding new fans.It looks like 2015 is going to be a year of contrasts, colour and irreverence. Watch this space.