At the beginning of the year we went to Paris to visit the design fair Maison & Objet. Its huge halls would require several days to go through and see in detail. However, spending just a few hours there still allowed us to have a great time perusing what was on offer. Design lovers, here is an overview of the beautiful pieces that crossed our path!
Eugeni Quitllet was awarded Designer of the Year 2016 by Maison & Objet. The Catalan designer describes himself as a “Disoñador”, merging the words designer and dreamer in Spanish. Wandering through his work, it is clear to see that his vision brings an additional dimension to the objects he creates. Furthermore, the way he “plays” with the void is impressive. Everyday since 2010 we have had the pleasure to enjoy this aspect of his work at our home with the Masters chair he co-signed with Philippe Starck back in 2009. The chair cleverly merges the silhouettes of the iconic chairs of Eames, Jacobsen and Saarineen and creates its own unique characterful masterpiece.
Tube chair, Eugeni Quitllet
I Shine vase, Eugeni Quitllet
Masters chair, Eugeni Quitllet & Philippe Starck
Our visit in Paris was above all a great opportunity to catch-up with some of the designers we represent. We caught up and spent some time with Marlo & Isaure who took us through their new collection. Obviously we can’t reveal everything here but let just say that their collection is impressive in terms of both variety of objects and materials. Our good friends form Di Classe also showed their famous Arles and Foresti lamps in combination with other Japanese designers in a fresh colourful mix.
Marlo & Isaure collection 2016 – Sun mirror, Atlas stool, Rebound rug, Cement Tiles rug, Reservoir carafe and glasses, Argos wall accessories
Maison & Objet is also the opportunity to get inspired in terms of set design and materials. Some exhibitors used great imagination in showcasing what they had to offer, some were quite daring and others were extremely quirky which always brings a smile. Whether we share similar taste or not is not the question, but it is important to emphasise these were thought provoking and unusual ideas can be very inspirational.
Gauri Khan stand, Eco Wallpaper & Jaime Hayon, Details of wall structure and stand
Let’s admit, we took advantage of being at the exhibition to lust after beautiful design pieces that we have personally had in mind for quite a while and that one day will be ours! On the top of our lust list: the Cowrie chair and its sculptural curves that we would love to have as a statement piece in the middle of the living room as well as the Aim pendant to complete the lot.
Cowrie chairs, Made In Ratio
Aim pendant, Flos
We obviously enjoyed this design marathon a lot, and we are looking forward to our return next year!