Best of Maison&Objet 2016
For some, September marks the reality check of summer, for others, its a month of country hopping from one fashion week to the next. But for the design motivated, it marks the bi-annual gathering of the international design world. Offering a forecast of the year to come, a showcasing of bespoke installations created by top designers and architects from Soo Chan, Ilse Crawford to teamLab, established exhibitors, young rising talent, lectures, conferences and enough networking and design innovations and experimentations to make your head spin.
Every year a confederation of Maison&Objet “elders” better known as the Observatoire de la Maison chooses a theme. While M&O 2015 explored the boundaries of Precious, this year took a far more playful turn…
Follow us into this year’s fun house of design with Maison & Objet 2016 House of Games, you never know what eclectic design delight or trick of the eye you might uncover…
INSPIRATION SPACE: HOUSE OF GAMES
The very act of entering into this year’s M&O2016 was an immersive design feat in itself. The “Inspirations” space scenographed by Vincent Grégoire was an inauguration into the week long design festival. Inspirations bids us to enter into the game; into a space crossed between classic baroque design signifiers spiked with playful pop-art sentiments with luxury board game aesthetics… a game of gambling, balance–a jeux de société–playing with conventions, time periods, stye and pre-ordained categories; reminding us of the power of the playful, the unexpected and that there is always a good reason to have fun… especially when it comes to design.
“Reshuffle the cards of the unexpected. The die is cast. Your turn.”
Vincent Grégoire tells us about the themes behind the three spaces curated within Inspiration Space: House of Games: Role Playing, Social Games, and Games of Chance.
“The idea involves playing with different eras. With history creating new stories. To introduce something a little disturbing, something surprising but fanciful.”–Vincent Grégoire
For more, read our full interview.
Role Playing Room: “With classical, historical references or even heritage-based references. But there is always a bit of humour, irreverence and impertinence in all the offerings”
Social Games Space:“Inspired by patterns and shapes from table games, board games, chess and so forth, as well as small stools you can play on in the home.”
Games of Chance Room:“The third part, “Games of Chance” is a more esoteric trend, playing on symbols, lucky charms, charms that cause misfortune, or attract love, money, success, and so forth. Perhaps a desire to make things a little more animist, a little mysterious, a little bit strange, but still strange in a positive, upbeat, quirky and whimsical way.”
On Inspirations: House of Games….
“This theme subtly reveals a new way of designing living spaces.”–Vincent Gregoire
“The outline for House of Games soon became obvious. It reflects a number of signals we’ve picked up in the fashion, contemporary art, luxury and design industries, and even in gastronomy. This House of Games marks the return of a renewed baroque, dandy style, which leaves ample room for fantasy, eccentricity and appeal.”–Vincent Grégoire
CAFÉ–BOOKSTORE: HOUSE OF GAMES
Curated by François Bernard
This is where you come to crash… and then realize you actually can’t rest, but have instagrams to send out… and then look around an realize your rest-space is actually an installation in itself, and then you realise you’re sitting inside a giant red and white chess set with suspended nest chairs as the pieces. Curated by scenographer François Bernard and director and founder of Agence Croisements, the Inspiration-Forums Café-Bookstore was designed with a humanist eye as a space where visitors could come and reflect, relax (or try not to fall asleep in a fetal position in those irresistible rocking nest chairs). Half mirrored fun house-café crash spot/living chess game; half bookstore dedicated to the sale of the Inspiration book, in which is enclosed Maison&Objet’s most playful to most mysterious secrets of design….
by StudioIlse and Ilse Crawford
Ilse Crawford is one of the most renowned designers in Britain if not the world. Beginning her career as the founding editor-in-chief of ELLE Decoration UK, Ilse went onto found her multi-disciplinary design studio, StudioIlse in 2001. Her goal is to enhance the human experience, to design with comfort in mind and to create environments that make aesthetic sense for their intended uses. Named Designer of the Year for this year’s Maison&Objet, her studio was behind the scenography of the Designer’s Studio.
See inside StudioIlse with IlseCrawford
What would Maison&Objet be without the latest in material innovations? Matéiauthèque installation by MateriO, the materials laboratory dedicated to cutting edge and emerging materials and their accompanying technologies. MateriO is much more than just a showroom featuring thousands of singular materials, they are also a virtual media library housing the references of over 5,000 manufacturers.
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PORTRAITS DE VILLES
Portraits de Villes is the brain child of Parisian graphic design studio Be-Pôles. They created an editorial department featuring a collection of travel notebooks and stationary curated alongside photographs from lost eras. Entitled Portraits de Villes, the collection take on a nostalgia vintage design approach to cataloguing wanderlust exhibitions in the evermore digitised global world. Reflecting the studio’s own typographic past, the collection is based on simplicity, balance, homothety and precision in proportions, details and colours.
FOREST OF RESONATING LAMPS
Year after year, teamLab, the art-design-tech collaborative of ultra-technologists from Japan, put on some of the most stunning immersive installations that Maison&Objet has probably ever seen. That’s saying a lot, but they deserve the title. After last year’s floating orchid garden, teamLab managed to dream up an equally mind-blowing creation with “Forest of Resonating Lanterns.” An immersive space filled with hundreds of lanterns, oscillating across the colour spectrum as visitors meandered throughout the magical space curated to ethereal, ambient sounds. Like all of teamLab’s installations which strive to combine sensorially enchanting artwork under the ethos of encouraging social development and change, this year’s installation offered a call to unity, with the dance of gently flickering lights dependent on the interactive movement of the people within the space.
Read our INTERVIEW with teamLab
The iconic French tea house founded in 1854 explores the magic of tea through the art of the game… card games that is… for this year’s Maison&Objet. Constructing a tea salon installation under the motif of playing cards. Cards draped across the ceiling, dripping from the walls, all in a palette of white, black and red, imbuing the art and culture of tea-drinking with a playful, House of Games, edge.
The French brand oOumm exists at the intersection between design and fragrance; bringing together top artists and noses to create stunning sent meets design creations. Their first collection showcasing at Maison&Objet 2016, is a collaborative effort between three unique Creatives: Barnabé Fillion, Dan Yeffet, Christiane Perrochon…
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French designer Nicolas Destino is testing the foundation of design meets function through defunctionalisation. Blurring the lines between art, design, and fashion, this boundary pushing designer is rewriting the definition of “function.”
Read our INTERVIEW with Nicolas Destino
“In a dialogue between vegetal & mineral, Suzanne Rippe’s explores unique items, sculptures, wall art, functional design… inspired by life transformation, the cosmos, fossilisation of wood, and the universe and our place in it… her creation follows this gradual transformation.”
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The Buenos Aires base, Bolivian and Venezuelan designer trained in France presented her stunning collection, Imprinted Memories for the first time at this year’s M&O 2016. Natalia Baudoin created a collection of everyday objects using indigenous casting techniques known as “imprinted ceramic,” in a tribute to the craftsmanship of native cultures pushed to the fringe by globalisation.
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This Scandanavian metal work brand has been turning out beautiful metal creations for over 400 years. Today, Skultuna is collaborating with some of the most renowned artists and designers to create home accessories of everlasting quality. From their Brera mirror collaboration with Italian designer Paolo Dell’Elce, their London Collection dreamed up by international jewellery designer Lara Bohinc, reminiscent of the highways of Japan, the celestial movement of the planets, and the feathers of birds…fine art, scented candles by Candelize… all cast in precious metals of the highest quality and design.
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Saccal, the architecture and product design house founded in Beruit Lebanon by sisters Nour and Maysa Saccal strikes to “evoke Emotion and instill a sense of Wonder and Ambiguity that is explored at different scales.” Their presentation at Maison&Objet is a continuation of their sleek, luxurious collections made from high quality naturally materials…
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Teemu Järvi is a Finnish illustrator and print maker who creates beautiful illustrations of animals and nature using reed pens and other traditional methods. While his work and techniques recall asian ink paintings, they are guided by his distinctly Finnish vision and lifelong love of nature, capturing the wilderness and wildlife of his home country. His work offering us a peaceful escape from chaotic urban life and into the calm of a primeval natural world.
ATELIERS DE PARIS
The Parisian design and art incubator offering studio space, support and exhibition opportunities to foster rising talents in design, art and fashion.
Maison Julien Vermeulen
This feather artist… or rather Plumassier… is transforming our preconceptions of this natural tool of flight. Julien Vermeulen paints, sculpts and weaves with feathers.
French designer and art director Charlotte Juillard started a self-proclaimed “small” creative studio in Paris after moving from design to scenography and is now collaborating with clients such as Molteni, Ligne Roset and Monoprix with sustainable and handwork at the center of her design ethos.
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Pierre Charrié has constructed a product design studio which explores technologies and their emerging uses. Charrié examines the sensorial dimensions of everyday objects… how sound, movement or touch interact with the form and function of the object, opening up its potential for tangible interaction.
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AC/AL is a design studio founded in Paris in 2013 by Amandine Chhor and Aïssa Logerot, both having met at ENSCI Les Ateliers. Their co-founded studio AC/AL focuses on product and furniture design through various collaborations between industry and handicraft with their contemporary design projects sourcing from sustainable craft techniques in developing countries such as Cambodia, Cameroon and Morocco. Incorporating culturally specific techniques with innovations and new discoveries picked up during their travels and explorations of the fields of luxury, architecture, art and design.
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