Our favourite designers from MAISON&OBJET Paris 2015

Each year top professionals gather abroad to attend one of France’s, and indeed the world’s, largest event for ‘professionals working in the art of living in all its rich and varied expressions’. It is of course MAISON&OBJET, Paris.

Leading art and design professionals descend on the Paris-Nord Villepinte exhibition centre and explore the most exciting emerging designs and designers emerging for the year ahead.

Through its lecture series on major themes explored by international experts, MAISON&OBJET provides a source of exclusive and forward-looking information to help foresee market trends.

This year, adding to the event lineup are MAISON&OBJET ASIA and MAISON&OBJET AMERICAS, set to create new opportunities, partnerships and explorations in these regions.

This year was the 20th anniversary of the event, which took on the theme “MAKE”, with ‘Human’, ‘Nature’, and ‘Techno’ explorations.

The show featured eight halls, a variation in decoration, design, furniture, accessories, textiles, and tableware, and the world of children produced by world leading designers.

Take a look at some of our favourite new products…

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After being named the MAISON&OBJET 2015 designer of the year,  Japanese design studio Nendo designed a special ‘chocolate lounge’ for the Paris event.

The studio – founded by designer Oki Sato – created nine quirky shaped chocolates, each named after Japanese expressions used to describe texture. Surrounding the chocolate lounge bar were 2,000 aluminium poles, designed to create an illusion of rippling molten chocolate wave.  This rather delectable exhibit certainly catered for all five senses. See more here.

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Michael Anastassiades designed this T-Square Marble Shelf for France’s Coedition. Marble really the textile of 2015 and this beautiful marble and stainless steel shelf proves less is more.

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El Santo by Christophe de la Fontaine for Dante is a simple seat folded into shape using a flat piece of sturdy leather by Dante. The resulting shell, when fixed to its unusual metal base, appears left floating in the air. This unexpected take on the classic cantilever typology results in a spacious, comfortable seat complemented by an optional footrest. The leather applications reinforce and highlight the individual character inspired by Mexican “Lucha Libre” wrestling masks.

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Left: Recession Chair Oxidised. Right: Bronze Age Chair.

Bronze Age Collection & Recession Chair by Tjep.

Receding is the act of withdrawing and diminishing. We were interested in exploring the visual impact of receding in relation to a design object. We took a popular mass produced chair and started sanding it to the finest possible version. The result is a process where the chair goes from normal, to diminished, to skeleton like. The resulting object looks as if it won’t withstand the weight of the person it’s supporting, yet the bronze casting provides the necessary strength for it to serve as a functional” – Frank Tjepkema, lead designer and founder of Tjep

Bronze Age comes from the same design roots as the much-acclaimed Recession Chair project. It contains all hand-crafted pieces, using traditional skills that once underpinned our very survival, each piece a manually intensive work and formed from the material that represents the dawn of civilisation.

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The trade show also featured handmade and timeless wallpaper by Fromental. Having worked in fashion and interiors with leading international designers, partners Tim Butcher and Lizzie Deshayes established handmade interiors house Fromental in 2005 aiming to “make the world’s most beautiful wallpapers, fabrics and accessories”.

The wallpapers blend historic classicism with the cutting-edge cool of London’s fashion scene to create contemporary, timeless interiors. The creative team is a collaboration of talented designers and craftsmen from London and China – you can see an 18th Century Chinoiserie influence in many of the designs.

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The furniture company Ginger & Jagger creates handcrafted high-end contemporary products inspired by nature. Their ‘Earth to Earth’ sidebars at MAISON&OBJET 2015 were romantic and graceful artisan pieces.

Designed and produced in Porto, land of craftsmen and age-old tradition, Ginger & Jagger’s Earth to Earth collection is an evocative poetic realm, where nature’s sculptural shapes are eternalized through handcraft, with unique artisanal techniques and an outstanding blend of superb materials such as brass, copper, exotic woods and marble.

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Another great standout range from MAISON&OBJET 2015 was Toulemonde Bochart rugs. For the Hechter signature rug pictured above, Christophe Blondin Péchabrier drew inspiration from a firework display. Confettis rug is hand tufted from New Zealand wool and would work well to add relaxed colour to a lounge room.

Take a look at more MAISON&OBJET designs and designers here.