How did the halls of Maison & Objet appear to a designer this year? We asked London and Paris based firm Guillaume Alan’s lead designer Emilie Le Corre to share what caught her eye in the sea of creativity and innovation on offer.
It’s that time of year again – where the design-inclined return from Paris after the cornerstone event that is Maison & Objet. Sending “je ne sais quoi” ripples across the globe, Maison & Objet 2019 served up no lack of standout design with literally thousands of brands, design objects and events.
Preceding Italy and Lebanon, the fair shed light on six young emerging designers from China as the rising talents in 2019. Fittingly, after we coveted his lighting design in our previous wrap, Sebastian Herkner took out Designer of the Year. The star performer presented a space of signature objects and multiculturally-inspired design that speaks wonders in colour, craftsmanship and innovation.
Naturally, we were curious to know what a designer lifts from the halls of Maison & Objet and what inspiration finds a place in their own work – in this case, the minimal, ornate style of Guillaume Alan. So this year we had guest editor and designer Emilie Le Corre, head of Guillaume Alan’s London Studio, share in the Maison & Objet 2019 immersive experience with nearly 85,000 other visitors.
What Emilie really captured was the look and feel of Maison & Objet. “Whites, beiges, light greys, wood colours and products inspired by nature such as linen and corals were highlighted,” Emilie described. Emilie added this may be because of her certain bias to the natural and handcrafted – making the ‘Métiers d’art’ section of Maison & Objet inspiring for its quality. “We have a passion for detail, for beautiful materials, for their textures and their grains; a passion for beautiful craftsmanship or how the hand of the man can turn a texture into a beautiful object.”
Through Emilie’s camera lens we explore the tones and textures of the fair and six standout objects in 2019 below. These include the Kando Vase made from natural stone and Ciotto in Calacatta marble by Michael Verheyden, Set Forest Handmade Plates in oak, finished with linseed oil By Fuga, Aran Lantern by Guaxs, Oyster Wall Light by Forestier, and the Pyrenean Wool Throw with grey stitching by Midipy.