Maison & Objet 2013, the Parisian home and interiors design exhibition held last week, was a fine fettle of a show. Here are top ten finds to inspire you this season. . .
1. Japanese style elegantly influenced the interiors hall with its light, quiet, understated materials. Japan Handmade, a collaboration of craftspeople from Kyoto who create versions of traditional crafts, was showcasing some beautiful products.
2. VIA Design 2013 funds and supports new designers to develop their projects, my favourite of which was Gold of Bengal. It was created by Joran Briand, Corentin de Chatelperron and Frederick Morand, to reinvigorate the Bangladeshi jute industry and provide an environmentally friendly alternative to fibre glass.
3. The New Standard collection from Karimoku represents a real departure from the more traditional furniture it normally produces. Working with designers like Scholten & Baijings, Karimoku has created a range of contemporary furniture, with colourful highlights.
4. You can always trust iBride to bring a slight edge to Maison & Objet and it didn't fail us this year. I loved its ravens (below), which come in various standing and flying positions. A slightly macabre version of the Eames house bird for non-conformists.
5. There was also some delicious retro ice-cream pastels and geometric shapes from Scholten & Baijings for Thomas Eyck.
6. I love the warmth, the chunkiness of the knit and the colours Patricia Urquiola has put together in Mangas Space for GAN (below). I'm a fan.
7. The Spinning Light by Benjamin Hubert is one to covet. I'm a sucker for grey, but also love the simple form that looks like it has almost dripped down the cable.
8. Akin & Suri was showing some fabulous new retro-inspired textiles designs, reassuring me that my beloved grey and yellow trend isn't going anywhere just yet!
9. It's always a pleasure to see Miss Print and its stand at Maison was looking fabulous as always. Its somehow timeless, and yet definitely mid-century inspired, surface designs always bring a smile to my face.
10. And finally, there were some fabulous examples of ceramics and pottery. Woodraw, by Content and Container, is inspired by the belief that the sense of touch is just as important as the sense of sight. Objects are cut with chainsaw, then used as moulds for poured porcelain. The wood grain appears through the porcelain, giving it a rough aesthetic quite at odds with the poured gold finish. A brilliant contrast, and a perfect end to an inspiring day.
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