Best In Show: Maison & Objet 2019.

Best of Maison Objet Paris 2019 Event Report by Yellowtrace

 

The 2019 concept for Parisian design show Maison & Objet played close to home, highlighting the global influence of the French je ne sais quoi with Excuse My French! Vincent Grégoire of NellyRodi credits a renewed curiosity for the French with figures such as first lady Brigitte Macron, designer Olivier Rousteing, and the victorious World Cup soccer team. “In a world where things are becoming standardised, people are looking for something distinctive. We have a certain je ne sais quoi, an effortless chic, something you don’t find anywhere else,” he says.

The décor is based on the Hall of Mirrors in Versailles, with dissonance via a small truck parked in the middle of the space, and an ultra-contemporary light planted amongst traditional chandeliers. “French style is all about playing with opposites and exploiting the art of paradox,” says Grégoire.

The third edition of the Rising Talent Awards looked to China, with a jury of experts in the field of contemporary Chinese design invited to select six of the country’s best emerging talents. Liu Xu, Xing Tong-He, Qu Guangci, Tom Dixon, Luca Nichetto, Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu nominated Frank Chou, Chen Furong, Mario Tsai, Hongjie Yang, Ximi Li, and Bentu as China’s brightest young designers.

37-year-old German designer Sebastian Herkner was announced as Designer of the Year, with a dedicated space unveiling his latest creations. Since training at the Offenbach University of Art and Design and setting up his first studio in 2006, Herkner has been awarded no less than thirty awards acknowledging his innovative, yet traditional work. Herkner draws global inspiration for creating designs that combine his unconditional love for traditional craftsmanship, with a focus on new technology and unbridled creativity.

Herkner is embarking on a growing number of international collaborations, though says he has a particular fondness for French design houses. “I have a real soft spot for French culture, and notably interior architecture and design, which always ooze that sense of elegance and sophistication that are such an integral part of the country’s identity.”

Without further ado, let’s get stuck into this year’s highlights. Get ready to scroll, people! Sorry, not sorry.

 

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Maison & Objet 2018: Best In Show.
Maison & Objet 2017: Best In Show.
Maison&Objet 2016: Best In Show.
Maison&Objet 2015: Best In Show.

 

Rising Talents from China: By 3 by Ximi Li for Urbancraft at Maison & Objet 2019 | Yellowtrace
By 3 by Ximi Li for Urbancraft.

Rising Talents from China: Pig Table by Mario Tsai at Maison & Objet 2019 | Yellowtrace
Pig Table by Mario Tsai.

Rising Talents from China: Stack table by Frank Chou at Maison & Objet 2019 | Yellowtrace
Stack table by Frank Chou.

Rising Talents from China: Bold Bold Console Table Table by Frank Chou at Maison & Objet 2019 | Yellowtrace
Bold Bold Console Table Table by Frank Chou.

Rising Talents from China: Pin lamps by Bentu at Maison & Objet 2019 | Yellowtrace
Pin lamps by Bentu.

Rising Talents from China: Terrazzo Table by Bentu at Maison & Objet 2019 | Yellowtrace
Terrazzo Table by Bentu.

Rising Talents from China: Synthesis Monolith Mirror by Hongjie Yang at Maison & Objet 2019 | Yellowtrace
Synthesis Monolith Mirror by Hongjie Yang.

Rising Talents from China: Synthesis Monolith Mirror by Hongjie Yang at Maison & Objet 2019 | Yellowtrace
Synthesis Monolith Mirror by Hongjie Yang.

Rising Talents from China: T floor lamp by Chen Furong at Maison & Objet 2019 | Yellowtrace
T floor lamp by Chen Furong.

 

Rising talents from China // In collaboration with DesignChain, the six Rising Talent nominees were invited to exhibit their creations at the fair, with the exhibition also displayed at Galeries Lafayette Homme until February 19.

Standouts include Frank Chou’s geometrical Stack Table, combining welding technology with an art-deco brass mottled finish. Ximi Li’s interlocking terrazzo, glass, and marble By 3 cabinet integrates influences from East and West, while Mario Tsai pays homage to the year of the pig with his aluminium tube-inspired Pig side table.

 

Rising Talents from China: T floor lamp by Chen Furong at Maison & Objet 2019 | Yellowtrace

Scala Collection by Stephane Parmentier for Giobagnara at Maison & Objet 2019 | Yellowtrace
Scala Collection by Stephane Parmentier.

Malaparte Console by Stephane Parmentier for Giobagnara at Maison & Objet 2019 | Yellowtrace
Malaparte Console.

Olympia Stool by Stephane Parmentier for Giobagnara at Maison & Objet 2019 | Yellowtrace
Olympia Stool.

Flow Container Collection by Stephane Parmentier for Giobagnara at Maison & Objet 2019 | Yellowtrace
Flow Container Collection.

 

Stephane Parmentier for Giobagnara // Past favourites from designer Stephane Parmentier for Italian leather house Giobagnara were on display, including his Scala furniture collection, made from stacked circular forms wrapped in suede and nappa.

Rendered in suede with shearling inlays, the Flow set of abstract, decorative containers can be mixed and matched.

 

Spate table lamp by Bert Frank at Maison & Objet 2019 | Yellowtrace

Spate wall lamp by Bert Frank at Maison & Objet 2019 | Yellowtrace

 

Spate collection by Bert Frank // An opulent nod to Art Deco styling, the Spate table lamp and wall light are comprised of a soft opal stepped glass shade, satin brass metalwork, and marble highlights. All the good things.

 

Dewdrops by Giopato & Coombesat at Maison & Objet 2019 | Yellowtrace

 

Dewdrops light by Giopato & Coombes // Christiana Giopato and Christopher Coombes were inspired by the simplicity of moonlit dewdrops for their brass ‘mobile’ chandelier. Two upward spotlights hidden within brass cones enhance the soft light emitted by hand-blown glass bulbs.

 

New Lighting Collection from Pulpo at Maison & Objet 2019 | Yellowtrace

Kumo floor & table lamps by No Made Design for Pulpo at Maison & Objet 2019 | Yellowtrace
Kumo floor & table lamps.

Stellar Grape lamp by Sebastian Herkner for Pulpo at Maison & Objet 2019 | Yellowtrace
Stellar Grape lamp.

 

New lighting collection from Pulpo // No-made design debuted KUMO floor and table lamps for Pulpo, referencing the shape of traditional Japanese paper lanterns by fusing two spheres into one hand-blown glass silhouette.

Sebastian Herkner’s Stellar Grape lamp is impossible not to love – comprised of frosted acetate semi-spheres that quite literally resemble a bunch of red grapes.

 

Monaco Collection from Utu Lighting at Maison & Objet 2019 | Yellowtrace

 

Monaco collection from Utu // Brass details enhance retro rattan mesh and opal glass spheres in this customizable light. The Monaco suspension system is inspired by mobile art sculptures, with components fixed to a moveable metal arm – a unique silhouette that is ornamental as well as functional.

 

Carmen Light by Harto for Pauline Plus Luis at Maison & Objet 2019 | Yellowtrace

Carmen Light by Harto for Pauline Plus Luis at Maison & Objet 2019 | Yellowtrace

 

Carmen pendant lamp by PaulinePlusLuis for Hartô // Design studio PaulinePlusLuis were inspired by a dancer’s skirt for this captivating pendant light. The repetitive pleats fan out to form a luminous disc, and were designed according to textile experimentation. Available in ballet slipper pink or navy blue.

 

Knot table light by Brokis at Maison & Objet 2019 | Yellowtrace

 

Knot table lamp by Chiaramonte Marin for Brokis // Italian design duo Chiaramonte contrast rough natural fibre rope with smoky grey hand blown glass, illuminated by an LED base.

 

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