Studio Seven: Paris Design Week

By Matt Balmer
September 27, 2018

This month, there was an array of new products launched at Paris Design Week including at the major trade fair Maison et Objet – we’ve chosen seven pieces that caught our eye.


Furniture and home accessories brand, Maomi presented the Ofuro bathtub. The Japanese wooden bathtub is crafted from natural materials – cedarwood and stainless steel – and sanded by hand at a carpentry workshop in Palatinate, Germany. Measuring 98 cm long, 66 cm wide and 77cm high, the Ofuro bathtub’s compact style can hold up to 200 litres of water.


Konkord by Lomakka is a felt woven rug displayed by Swedish designer Barbro Lomakka. The rug’s simple design is a combination of technique and materiality. The narrow customisable frame is portable and sound absorbing – ideal for ceilings, wall structures or room dividers.


Portuguese tile company Theia showcased the Mondego tile panel collection at this year’s Maison et Objet. The tiles are carefully crafted and handmade combining traditional Portuguese craftsmanship with contemporary pieces. Each panel measures 150 cm wide and 100 cm tall is available in a range of customisable colours and patterns.


The Lorette chair is part of the new Lorette collection, made by designer Frederic Sofia for French outdoor furniture company, Fermob. The contemporary chair is stackable, durable and easy to handle – ‘reminiscent of the Arne Jacobsen Ant Chair by Fritz Hansen’. The metal chair features a lattice pattern at the back, and forms part of a set of metal garden furniture with decorative textile pieces.


Swedish lighting company, Pholc presented the new Apollo light collection. The lamp is machine-turned from a solid piece of brass or aluminium to create the dynamic form, while the conical shapes are balanced on top of each other like a spinning gyroscope.

THG Paris

THG Paris showcased its latest collection of taps, Montaigne – created by Parisian designer Stéphanie Coutas. The range uses two raw materials – brass and pieces of marble – to form the contemporary design. The Montaigne Marbre Grand Antique tap is rim-mounted and includes a three-hole basin mixer and pop-up waste. The collection showcases the French marble enhanced by French artisans.


Glass manufacturer SkLO presented a new set of lighting, including the Wrap Pin pendant. The light is suspended from a glass pin made from Czech hand blown glass, and is available in two metal finishes – dark oxidized and brushed brass. The fitting is placed in a brass cup, attached to an exposed fabric-wrapped electrical cord which suspends the bulb within the large wrap glass element. Choose from black, blue, gold and grey fabric-wrapped cords.