MAISON ET OBJET 2014 – PARIS

Jean, Air’s senior interior designer was at Maison & Objet in Paris last week. Visiting a design fair can often be overwhelming with a constant feeling of missing a corner that may have been inspirational bliss! Maison et Objet is the famous trade show in the outskirts of Paris that features the newest products and latest trends of design, kicking off a new year of design.

This Year Tom Dixon was crowned designer of the year and again succeeded in reinventing iconic everyday objects with his unmissable pure and eccentric touch.

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Fan armchair and table by Tom Dixon

Here are a few pieces that caught my attention for their creative universe combining geometrical purity and uncomplicated naturalness. Materials such as wood, leather, marble, copper or concrete… are widely used by a number of designers reinforcing the fact that we are more than ever looking into a natural essence in response to our super technological lifestyles.

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MENU SS2014

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POCKET chair by Ding 3000 – Discipline

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Tabouret encastrable

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Clock wall by Diamantini & Domeniconi

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NIDO chair by Imperfettolab

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Jar RGB by Arik Levy for Lasvit

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Nénuphar lighting by Designheure

Last but not least, out of the mainstream names, in the aisle of Craft, we met with Bourg-Joly Malicorne, a name that was somewhat printed in my family memories (or at the back of a few vessels and plates in my grand-mother’s cupboard!). Malicorne is a village of La Sarthe in the West of France, with a pottery factory since 1747. Recently rescued by a French couple living in London, they carry on the tradition and techniques of 18th century pottery. Another example of honest, rooted and naturally creative design that makes you happy! Happy New Design Year!

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Collection by Bourg-Joly Malicorne