Our top five collections from Maison et Objet 2016

Every January designers, buyers and design aficionados flock to Paris for the Maison et Objet design fair.

This annual event sets the tone for the upcoming year’s aesthetics and can propel up and coming designers to the highest echelons of the industry.

We’ve narrowed down our favourite designers to just five, giving you a glimpse into this internationally-attended design event.

1. ferm LIVING

To celebrate a decade in design, ferm LIVING – a leading Danish home furnishings design company – launched its latest collection at Maison et Objet.

These included the company’s first ever chair – the ‘Herman’; the functional ‘Punctual Shelving System’ and the sparkling wallpaper ‘Confetti’.

The Herman stackable chair combines the feminine and masculine – from the streamlined enclosed back to the powder coated metal legs.

‘Punctual’ – a design collaboration with Wild Horses Studio – features powder-coated metal elements in different heights that can be easily expanded.

Finally, the newly released sparkling wallpaper will add a little bit of magic to a home. It’s well-suited to bedrooms, living rooms, and kids rooms and can be used to decorate an entire room or a single wall.

ferm LIVING was founded by graphic designer Trine Andersen and started as a wallpaper business. Ten years on, it now produces a wide range of decor and furniture pieces, all referencing Scandinavian design traditions with a distinctive graphic edge.
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2. Magic Circus

Magic Circus was founded in 2015 by Marie-Lise Fery – an art school graduate turned ‘iconoclastic antique dealer’. Fery’s experience in the antiques world helped her to fine tune her own style and experiment with different looks across many interior spaces.

Magic Circus’ lighting collection is ‘designed to create magical interiors’ and is inspired by the drama of cabarets and the aesthetic of the 1920s and 30s.

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3. Bethan Gray

Bethan Gray is a Welsh designer who is based in London. She combines traditional craftsmanship and natural materials such as leather, wood and marble with modern technologies to create her signature furniture pieces.

In fact, she draws inspiration from her fascinating heritage that dates back to an ancient Rajasthani clan that over centuries migrated across Arabia and Persia before settling in the Celtic heartland of Wales.

With pastel marble, brushed brass and stud patterns, Gray’s side and dining tables are winning awards the world-over.

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4. Pouenat

French brand Pouenat launched its new collection by architect Isabelle Stanislas at Maison et Objet 2016. ‘Landscapes’ features the typical metal craft that Pouenat is renowned for with a graphical twist in the form of serrated edges, braille-style patterns and linear shapes. These furniture sculptures resemble industrial but sleek works of art.

Pouenat dates back to 1880, when it started out as an artisanal iron workshop in central France.

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5. L’OBJET

Since 2004, L’OBJET has been responsible for some of the most luxurious and innovation tabletop accessories. The combination of precious metals, layered patterns and sophisticated styling are synonymous with the company’s name. The home decor collections are often as distinctive as they are functional.

In its latest collection, launched at Maison et Objet, L’OBJET’s ‘Smoke and Mirrors’ draws upon the mysterious nature of traditional parlour games, combining mahogany dominoes, crocodile playing card holders, and rabbits made from French Limoges porcelain and embellished with 24k-gold-lined ears.

The effect is that of a luxurious and gothic Mad Hatter’s Tea Party.

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