The design universe has once again invaded the French capital with the most edition of Paris Design Week and its anchor event, the traditional Maison&Objet fair. The word rebirth permeates the events, which celebrate the reduction of sanitary restrictions imposed by the pandemic, thanks to the advance of vaccination. Thus, the theme Desirable Development, adopted by both, could not be more appropriate, taking into account the reflections brought by the moment in which we live today.
The nearly two years of an unprecedented global crisis have raised fundamental questions on how to face it and, with that, the design sector started to worry even more about everyday habits, regarding the use of transport, consumption, work and leisure. Therefore, rethinking customs is crucial at this time.
These reflections, therefore, are made clear among the exhibitions and products launched by the brands during Parisian events. These are creations that bring with them concepts such as the circular economy, new biological materials and a new look at what already exists. All this to help create a healthier and more sustainable world for everyone and with greater respect for life.
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Paris Design Week
Paris Design Week Factory x Adornment: Matérialité
As part of the Paris Design Week Factory, which works as an incubator for emerging designers, the Materialíté exhibition, by the Adorno gallery, highlights the innovative spirit of young French designers. In the works presented, professionals put their technical skills to the test in new materials. The result is pieces of varied formats, which aim to awaken the desire of collectors and, thus, strengthen the art market focused on sustainability.
Dorian Renard’s series called The Beauty of Distortion is an example. It is a study on the subversive use of materials, using techniques that melt, blow, stretch and bend.
Installed at the Hôtel de Coulanges, the Frugal exhibition brought together 30 designers, landscapers and creatives to answer a question: “how to meet current needs without compromising those of future generations?”. For this, the works, signed by them and presented at the exhibition, bring research into biomaterials, raw materials that have the least possible impact on the environment and show that the residues of some products can be transformed into inputs for others.
Working on the frontier between design and art, the art gallery Made in Design by Printemps has teamed up with Bertrand Grimont to create the exhibition Circularité. In the cast, designers and artists known for their innovation and work involved with ecology and upcycling, such as Arthur Hoffner, with works that enact daily domestic life with a touch of humour.
One of the great names in French design, the Maison Dada brand presented its new collection full of colours and with a playful touch. Signed by designers Kiki Van Eijk, Claudio Colucci, Najma Temsoury and Thomas Dariel, the pieces shine in the colourful scenography created at Galeria Ellia. The vases of La Fabrique des Rêves, by Eijk, allude to surrealism, while the rocking chair Dondolo, by Colucci, plays with form and function. The Narcise collection, by Temsoury, celebrates the reflection of the gaze and the pieces by Dariel present the bold and elegant essence of the brand.
Charles Zana & Galerie Diurne
Created by designer Charles Zana and launched by Galerie Diurne, the Cosmati collection features five rugs that pay homage to Italian mosaic artists. The work is the result of 10 years of friendship and joint professional projects between Zana and Diurne founder Marcel Zelmavotich. This new series seeks to transpose the precious, luminous and decorative effects of Italian mosaics through the use of silk and wool.
The Anne Jacquemin Sablon gallery created a special scenography to present the new creations of the French designer Tristan Auer: the Temple table, the Trombone floor lamp and the Les Bains sofa. The curtain used as a backdrop has fabric by Maison du Lièvre, chosen by the designer himself, and the tapestry was made by Atelier Philippe Coudray.
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The Domo chair, designed by designer Larissa Batista, is part of the Brazilian products taken to Paris Design Week by Projeto Raiz, an initiative promoted by the Union of Furniture Industries of Bento Gonçalves (Sindmóveis) and the Brazilian Export and Investment Promotion Agency ( Apex-Brasil), with support from the Brazilian Embassy in France. Part of the Jolly Seats collection, the Domo is an artistic representation of Cubism.
Signed by designer Paulo Alves, the Iris bank is also part of Projeto Raiz. The piece represents the diversity of woods that exist in Brazil, in addition to being made with sustainable material and certified by the company Precious Woods for the Precious Collection. The mixture of different wood species brings a special and natural colour to the piece, making it look unique.
From the French brand Noma, the Arca 88.1 table is made of travertine marble using a technology called UHPS, which allows you to shape the stone. According to the manufacturer, the raw material used is 88.1% recycled.
Yadi + Ines de la Fressange
Another highlight of Maison & Objet is the collab by the French model, designer and writer Ines de la Fressange with the Yadi brand. The result of this partnership is a collection of handmade ceramic dishes, with different prints and a rustic-chic look.
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Lladró + Marcel Wanders
Created by designer Marcel Wanders for Lladró, in 2019, the Nightbloom lamp was presented in a new version in this edition of Maison&Objet. In white and gold, the new model expands the collection inspired by the subtle beauty of flower petals swaying in the wind.
The Sillon chair, signed by designer Guillaume Delvigne, is a retelling of how wicker furniture is traditionally assembled and explores the flexibility of the material. At the same time, it is reminiscent of the small curved and parallel furrows in a Zen garden.
Created by designer Philippe Ferreux for Tout Simplement, Cache-cache vases are made from recycled cardboard and can be used as an ornament, encased in a simple plastic container.
Non Sans Raison
From the Non Sans Raison brand, the new Limoges Square porcelain set explores geometry, bringing a casual touch to the table. Circles and squares complete each other between the pieces, invert full and empty, making the pieces interact with each other.
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