Places: Maison et Objet
Paris is a major design destination in January as two shows draw design professionals to the French capital: Maison & Objet and the inner-city Déco Off. We’ve picked the best furniture and fabric launches for five pages of coverage.
by Claudia Baillie and Kate Burnett
Young Czech lighting manufacturer Bomma extends its crystal collection with a new design from recently appointed art directors Studio deFORM. Orbital, inspired by the solar system and the sun, features interchangeable clear or coloured glass elements which allow for the design to be customised. It joins an already impressive range that includes Tim, award-winning oversized mouth-blown domes director Tim Buron originally created for an exhibition.
Originally a prototype presented at Milan’s Spazio Rosanna Orlandi in 2016, Bump is the result of two years’ work by Czech designers Jan Plechac and Henry Wielgus in conjunction with French company La Chance. The cabinets are fashioned from wood and marble, with a skin of steel galvanised in molten zinc to create a unique iridescent surface. The name comes from the ‘bump’ action required to open the doors.
As part of its 2018 collection, Shanghai-based brand Maison Dada joins forces with multi-disciplinary Israeli-born designer Arik Levy to create Paris-Ming. The pair of tables feature tempered glass tops and painted ash veneer legs and look to the relationship between Europe and Ming-dynasty China, borrowing characteristics from the latter reworked for the 21st century. Choose from a rectangular table in black or a round one in electric blue, both with brass detailing.
For 2018, Italian brand Gervasoni focuses firmly on life outdoors. Artistic director Paola Navone’s relaxed and informal style translates easily across the latest INOUT pieces including this curvaceous rattan day bed and pouf. Also available are an aged teak table, a collection of side tables, plus two styles of chair and a lounger, all of which feature a playful, irregular weave.
There are two centuries of expertise behind Portuguese porcelain, crystal, and glass manufacturer Vista Alegre, which showcased an innovative new lighting collection by British designer Ross Lovegrove. Called E2H – Earth To Humanity – the forms of three curvaceous porcelain designs, Hryb, Nervi and Urqino, are heavily influenced by nature. Thanks to the material’s translucent nature, the organic shapes create subtle shadows, emitting a warm and gentle glow.
Ligne Roset presented a comprehensive range of new products at this year’s show, one of the stand-out pieces being the Paipaï range of upholstery by LucidiPevere studio – the company’s third collaboration with the Milanese design duo. The range, which includes a sofa, a love-seat and a footstool, takes its name from a traditional Chinese fan and is inspired by origami with the initial design born of paper folded so as to create a cocooning shape.
Collection 02 is, as its name suggests, Magic Circus Editions’s second offering. Designer Marie-Lise Féry, inspired by Chinese paper lanterns and Art Deco style, showed pieces mouth-blown from opalescent glass and sculpted with a diamond saw. Suspended from elegant brass fittings, the range is available in delicate colours including rose, jade green, ivory and grey.
The THIN collection marks the first time French brand Petite Friture has partnered with Spanish designer Max Enrich. Comprising a set of three coffee tables – one rectangular, one triangular and one square – the super-slim geometric table tops are designed to create a playful contrast with the stout, tubular legs. Coated with grained epoxy paint in white, burgundy, black and blue, they can be used separately or nested together to create more complex shapes.
Industry innovator Piet Hein Eek worked with SCP to create Home, a low-profile seat built around a modular oak frame. Made from 17 separate pieces, an identical curved section is repeated throughout the design. Assembled and upholstered by hand at SCP’s Norfolk factory, it features decorative studding and a button-upholstered back.