September 12, 2017
Highlights from the September 2017 Edition of Maison & Objet Paris
Today marked the final day of Maison & Objet, the bi-annual furniture and interior design fair in Paris.
From the zany to the tech-savvy, Metropolis editors identify some of the top trends on display in the City of Light.
Smart Tech Luxe
Hong Kong brand Native Union creates elegant smart tech solutions including the Eclipse 3-port USB charger which comes with an integrated cable management system. With a single touch, Eclipse rises to reveal up to three times as long charging cables of your choice.
Norwegian designer Daniel Rybakken collaborated with Finnish furniture company Artek to create a series of mirrors and a range of storage and seating designs that include wall-mounted mirrors that are composed of two faces, placed at 124 degrees from each, that create unexpected reflections.
Tristan Auer took home the Designer of the Year for the September edition of Maison & Objet. The Paris-based designer was trained under Christian Liaigre and Philippe Starck and is known for his elegant approach to interiors for clients ranging from the Hotel de Crillon to Cartier.
Maison highlighted some of the rising talents coming out of French design schools, such as the Ecole Nationale Superier de Creation Industrielle, and included Marion Excoffon’s textile prototypes and Samy Rio’s bamboo experiments (pictured here).
Paper Machine also showed their colorful, graphic paper investigations at the September edition of Maison & Objet.
Dutch companies were in full force at Maison. Dutch illustrator Christian Borstlap, founder of the Amsterdam Studio Part of a Bigger Plan, created whimsical animals for a series of plates and blocks for Dutch brand Plentimals.
A Graphic Splash
Studio Job created a zany mix of pop-influenced furnishings for Italian brand Seletti, including this delish hotdog sofa–something designers are sure to relish.
Pop Your Cork
Portuguese cork manufacturer Gencork launched a series of cork wall surfaces and furniture.
As a special theme, Maison & Objet investigated the subject of comfort, in hopes of “achieving physical calm and peace of mind” in the midst of the busy fair. Furnishings included the bizarre, such as this chair made from plush koalas by Pauline Montironi and Alexis Verstraeten for AP Collection.
French company Moona took a high-tech approach to the comfort theme, introducing a temperature regulating pillow that adjusts to your head’s heat.
Donar, part of a contingent of Slovenian manufacturers and designers, displayed Chat Loop, a pod for making private phone calls. Made from recycled plastic bottles, the module includes a charger for mobile devices, and—for old times’ sake—features a traditional receiver.
As a special theme, Maison & Objet investigated the subject of comfort, in hopes of “achieving physical calm and peace of mind” in the midst of the busy fair. Furnishings included a tufted Chester Armchair by Renzo Frau, designed in 1912, from Poltrona Frau (shown here).
Bold and Vibrant Outdoor Furnishings
Archirivolto’s Rhythmic armchair for Fermob. Its metal slats follow the natural curvature of the seat for optimal comfort and reflect the trend for bold and vibrant colors for outdoor furniture.