Review of Maison&Objet Autumn-Winter 2008

Part 1: Colors and Materials
[originally published October 8, 2008]

There was so much going on at Maison&Objet last month that we’re going to break our report up into two parts. Part 1 will focus on the colors on display and some interesting innovative uses of materials, while Part 2 will be all about design, as well as two specific surfaces – chrome/stainless steel and glass/crystal – which dominated the show. Good news for Swarovski!

On the whole, the show was busy: no signs of any world-wide economic slump here. The new Musées section of the show (featuring everything related to art reproductions, gifts, prints, ties, knick-knacks, sculptures, mugs, jewelry, magnets, pens …) also highlighted how the design business is expanding the scope of commercial art.

Marvellous Materials

“Ethic chic”, as opposed to “ethnic chic”, was the order of the day, with lots of linen and other “ethical” fabrics seen. Aside from that …

Paper: Céline Wright’s Hémisphère lamps are made of thousands of individually hand-glued pieces of shoji paper and can be commissioned for size (pictured are lamps of 80 cm and 74 cm diameter).

Paper: Céline Wright’s Hémisphère lamps are made of thousands of individually hand-glued pieces of shoji paper and can be commissioned for size (pictured are lamps of 80 cm and 74 cm diameter).

Transparent plastic: Lunatic Construction’s cool, yet comforting furniture is built from modular building blocks – LunaBlocks – which are designed to be reminiscent of “a basic object [the designers] had known as children”.

Transparent plastic: Lunatic Construction’s cool, yet comforting furniture is built from modular building blocks – LunaBlocks – which are designed to be reminiscent of “a basic object [the designers] had known as children”.

Bottle caps and other recycled sheet metal: as used by the designers behind Galèrie 3A.

Bottle caps and other recycled sheet metal: as used by the designers behind Galèrie 3A.

Felt: It was nice to see how HAY’s collection has evolved since I last caught up with them at last year’s Design Annual. Fascinatingly, the Nobody chairs I admired then have spawned children: the Nobody Kids range, all made of felt and recycled polyester.

Felt: It was nice to see how HAY’s collection has evolved since I last caught up with them at last year’s Design Annual. Fascinatingly, the Nobody chairs I admired then have spawned children: the Nobody Kids range, all made of felt and recycled polyester.

Porcelain: On one of the many stop-overs on her busy shows schedule (we’d last met her at Tendence ‘08 in Frankfurt), Alexa Lixfeld was also at Maison&Objet, presenting her new Kubus line: porcelain made to order and customizable for color and size. Due to the way the walls flop during baking, each piece is unique.

Porcelain: On one of the many stop-overs on her busy shows schedule (we’d last met her at Tendence ‘08 in Frankfurt), Alexa Lixfeld was also at Maison&Objet, presenting her new Kubus line: porcelain made to order and customizable for color and size. Due to the way the walls flop during baking, each piece is unique.

Yee-Ling Wan’s Jewel lamp at Neweba.

Yee-Ling Wan’s Jewel lamp at Neweba.

Colors

Rebecca Felcey’s furniture designs for Portobello are wonderful, but I loved her colors even more.

Rebecca Felcey’s furniture designs for Portobello are wonderful, but I loved her colors even more.

This year’s new colors for the garden, by Fermob.

This year’s new colors for the garden, by Fermob.

One of Fermob’s three new colors for this year’s palette: Peony Pink (Rose Pivoine). Look out for more on Fermob on XYMARA.com!

One of Fermob’s three new colors for this year’s palette: Peony Pink (Rose Pivoine). Look out for more on Fermob on XYMARA.com!

The colors at Linum seem to indicate a tendency towards cloudier pastels with bright flashes of hot pink, rich cyan and lime green.

The colors at Linum seem to indicate a tendency towards cloudier pastels with bright flashes of hot pink, rich cyan and lime green.

The colors at Puylaert Home Basics.

The colors at Puylaert Home Basics.

Lanerossi proposes colors for well-being with their “Chromotherapy” concept.

Lanerossi proposes colors for well-being with their “Chromotherapy” concept.

Color combinations at Kostka.

Color combinations at Kostka.

Belgian glass designer Anna Torfs’ work is all handmade in Prague. And her use of glass leads us into the crystal and glass section of our review, coming next week!

Belgian glass designer Anna Torfs’ work is all handmade in Prague. And her use of glass leads us into the crystal and glass section of our review, coming next week!

 

Part 2: Design and Materials
[originally published October 15, 2008]

Part 2 of our review of Maison&Objet is all about design, as well as two specific surfaces – chrome/stainless steel and glass/crystal – which dominated the show.

Mirror-like Liquid Metal Surfaces

It seems the trend for pale silvery surfaces has not gone away!

India-based Alex Davis’ stainless steel gardenscape.

India-based Alex Davis’ stainless steel gardenscape.

 

Megaron of Turkey’s sleek and beautiful chrome furniture is another sign that the liquid chrome, mirror finish will continue to be in trend.

Megaron of Turkey’s sleek and beautiful chrome furniture is another sign that the liquid chrome, mirror finish will continue to be in trend.

Luxury from aluminum strips by Alessandro Angelonie at Lemani.

Luxury from aluminum strips by Alessandro Angelonie at Lemani.

More polished metal accessories at Todo Mundo.

More polished metal accessories at Todo Mundo.

Crystal and glass

Chilean-born, Paris-based Mauricio Clavero’s LIONOR chandelier for Swarovski was inspired by a long-exposure light swirl. Mauricio Clavero creates magic in light and glass. We hope to feature an interview with Mauricio Clavero very soon on XYMARA.com – look out for it!

Chilean-born, Paris-based Mauricio Clavero’s LIONOR chandelier for Swarovski was inspired by a long-exposure light swirl. Mauricio Clavero creates magic in light and glass. We hope to feature an interview with Mauricio Clavero very soon on XYMARA.com – look out for it!

Airy glass objects designed by Vicky Weiler at the Tung Design stand prove you can be green even when you’re transparent.

Airy glass objects designed by Vicky Weiler at the Tung Design stand prove you can be green even when you’re transparent.

Melogranoblu’s blown glass lamps luxuriate in their own sumptuousness as they reach upward to the heavens on silken threads.

Melogranoblu’s blown glass lamps luxuriate in their own sumptuousness as they reach upward to the heavens on silken threads.

Master glassblower Patrick Crespin’s fabulous lamps are like showers of undersea fireworks. Pictured: Maniola.

Master glassblower Patrick Crespin’s fabulous lamps are like showers of undersea fireworks. Pictured: Maniola.

The Mathieu Lustrerie display.

The Mathieu Lustrerie display.

And More of the Best of Design …

Winnie Lui’s White Chandeliers at Neweba are only available in limited edition (and no wonder!) of 50 white and 50 black pieces (hint: this is the black White Chandelier!).

Winnie Lui’s White Chandeliers at Neweba are only available in limited edition (and no wonder!) of 50 white and 50 black pieces (hint: this is the black White Chandelier!).

 

The Crafts Collection 12 stand, presented by Danish Crafts – whose stand we really loved in Milan and they were in two locations in London during the London Design Festival as well, including their stand at 100% Design.

The Crafts Collection 12 stand, presented by Danish Crafts – whose stand we really loved in Milan and they were in two locations in London during the London Design Festival as well, including their stand at 100% Design.

 

Povl Kjer’s Rocking Sheep at the Crafts Collection 12 / Danish Crafts stand.

Povl Kjer’s Rocking Sheep at the Crafts Collection 12 / Danish Crafts stand.

Designing for a lifestyle: the exterior of the Lindart stand.

Designing for a lifestyle: the exterior of the Lindart stand.

 

We already commented about the tendency for Mini owners to customize their cars in “X” Marks The Spot! #10. Now here’s a company who offer to dress up your mini … to look just like you?? Mini-Couture offers a whole range of durable “skins” for your mini, guaranteed to last up to three years.

We already commented about the tendency for Mini owners to customize their cars in “X” Marks The Spot! #10. Now here’s a company who offer to dress up your mini … to look just like you?? Mini-Couture offers a whole range of durable “skins” for your mini, guaranteed to last up to three years.

PDF OF THE ORIGINAL ARTICLES AS they APPEARED ON XYMARA.COM.
ARTICLES ON CURRENT VERSION OF XYMARA.COM: Part 1 + Part 2.
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