The Paris furniture fairs, such as Maison & Objet and Paris Déco Off, have long been a staple in the homeowner’s calendar for their spotlight on home and interior design, and the new and innovative products we’ll all be coveting as a consequence! The Luxury Channel rounds up our pick of what was on offer….
Inspired by the timeless allure of games, magic and mystery, L’Objet’s Smoke + Mirrors collection captures the mischief of the after-dinner moment. Combining extraordinary textures and finishes, including natural shell inlays, antiqued brass, ebonized mahogany and the brand’s signature Limoges porcelain, this collection is an homage to the very finest craftsmanship. The collection presented at Maison & Objet also included a number of new products including games and timepieces and, for the first time, the use of wood.
Made In Ratio
Designed by Brodie Neill, Made In Ratio’s collection illustrated the designer’s ethos of researching new possibilities of design, fusing the precision of digital technology with the poetry of time-honoured materials and traditional craftsmanship. Illustrating the versatility of these designs, the Supernova was presented as both a high desk and a low coffee table, while the stacked Alpha chairs were displayed in multiple colourways and materials. The expanded Cowrie Collection included a Cowrie chair featuring a moulded fine leather seat-pad mimicking the contours of the chair’s undulations. Made in Ratio also presented the Pleat bench, a graceful arch of thermoformed Corian, which was introduced for the first time to the French market at Maison & Objet.
Launching new products at Maison & Objet this year, Tom Dixon was all about iridescence – which is so easy to recognise but almost impossible to describe. In nature, it is resplendent on butterfly wings or peacock feathers but in interior design, it has been overlooked as a finish for over a hundred years (it was last popular in the early 1900s, as the finish of choice for the lustre ceramics and the exotic glass of the Belle Époque). Tom Dixon has brought this extraordinary finish back to life on a series of freeform vessels, all made of black glass with an iridescent hammered finish.
Bright Cube, Bright Angle and Bright Grid are upholstery textiles designed by Scholten & Baijings in collaboration with Maharam by Kvadrat, which were shown off to wondrous effect at Paris Déco Off. They epitomise the designers’ keen sense of colour and singular approach to refined geometric patterning (the Bright textiles are designed to be combined with each other and create new geometric relationships). The patterns they offer range from a basic grid to more complex formations: Bright Grid is simple, Bright Angle offers a rhythmic cascade of bisected rectangles and Bright Cube achieves layered depth through optical perspective. Their patterns are rendered in a fluorescent spectrum of specially dyed nylon yarns, and the subtle textural contrast of lustrous nylon yarns against a matte cotton ground further enhances their sharp geometry.
Danskina launched five new rugs from Hella Jongerius at Paris Déco Off, called Landscape, Cocoon, Cross Cut, Cross Border and Cross; available in a range of colours and hand-woven or hand-tufted by artisans in India. The new products represent Danskina’s commitment to design, innovation and skilled craftsmanship, and celebrate the beauty to be found in simplicity and in handmade imperfection.