PARIS DESIGN WEEK >>> The September Edit 2014 > Maison Objet & Everything In-between
Good morning Paris…
Day one in Paris for the bi-annual Maison et Objet and annual Paris Design Week. This morning I hopped on the Metro mid-morning and hit the fair grounds on the outskirts of Paris at the Parc des Expositions. Here are some of my favourite finds, old and new with some more in depth posts to follow shortly on some new discoveries.
After I collected my press pass I headed straight for my favourite hall, now! design à vivre in hall 8. Skandi contemporary heaven.
One of the first spaces you are drawn to is Tom Dixon’s giant space to the left. Maison et Objet’s 2014 Designer of the year, Tom has chosen to blow a whiff of London air into Paris this year. Each year a designer is offered a space to create an installation of their choice. Tom Created an ephemeral workshop in partnership with the high technology company Trumpf. This instantaneous factory/perfume lab produces, in real time, a collection of diffusers and candles with a scent of London. It took me a few moments to understand what was going on but I had a quick chat with Tom and the logic was explained (I may have also reminded the team of the importance that I get to stay at the Design Research Studio designed Mondrian in London when it opens in the coming months!).
I saw some incredible surface designs at East London based Giles Miller Studio. This is ‘Rosaic’ panel above, is a surface panel in etched brass. A Grid formation of 10 x 10mm ‘pixels’ with slanted roofs. Giles specialises in the developments of truly innovative surface and interior design projects. I loved the cut leather panel and timber tiles below. Follow him on Instagram for an insight into his studio.
I’ve mentioned my new found love for Stellé Audio before (in my Tried & Tested posts), but how cool is this bicycle speaker!
Two brothers have created a new design concept called the Lindholdt Studio. The idea behind this concept is to create new design and interior pieces, and I picked up on their great series of lighting above. Occasionally they work in collaboration with other designers and brands. Their idea is to to push the limits of global Nordic design and deliver extraordinary quality products. Have any of you seen this brand in the UK before?
Love these stools and tables by Bensimon. Perfect if you can’t afford BD Barcelona’s price tags. Very Doshi Leven.
Atelier Vierkant need no introduction. They are the one and only pot company you need to know about…
A chance conversation with Australian exhibitors Porters Paints unveiled a fascinating insight into the brand. Founded in the early 1990s by Fred Porter, the company is now run by his grandson Peter Lewis. Peter found his grandfathers diaries years after his passing which unlocked the secrets to his paint and finish recipes. Porters Paints have now developed new formulas for water based paints using his old recipes. You can order a hand painted paint chart online, and the paints are shipped worldwide.
I first came across Haymann at the ICFF in NYC earlier this year. I still love their candy pink glass side tables…
Yes please to one of these tubs!
Old school French café style courtesy of Drucker. Also seen at the SLS Miami (FYI…)
I thought if I had to specify some utilitarian hotel lobby chairs, these might do the trick? Would be awesome as bar stools.
A quick view over Rina Minardi’s new collection. A Maison veteran, they sure know how to create a tablescape.
….and with that, I was done for the afternoon. 5 of the 8 halls tackled with some goodies saved for individual feature posts. That folks was my Maison Objet Sept 2014.
Check back this week for a round up of the exhibitions and events in Paris throughout the week…