Maison & Objet 2012 Report – French Novelties

Maison&Objet in Paris is the first big design trade show of the year, taking place in January, and as such seen as one of the major influencers on new trends and tendencies. In search of new talents, we focused on the new French exhibitors at Maison& Objet, who might be the driving forces of the “French lifestyle” in the future. Here they are:

Cyrille Morin impressed us with his glass art creations that carry a doze of poetic translucency. He expresses himself through playing with opacity and transparency and mixing various materials and textures, yet remaining focused on glass. His sculptures of clouds Nuagesand glass-made pictures will certainly bring a dreamy touch to any interior.

Not really a newbie on the French market, Delaroux has been creating made-by-measure furniture for architects and interior designers working in the domains of hospitality, as well as individuals since 1946. Nevertheless, there have been some changes in the company resulting in its participation in Maison& Objet 2012. Some of the pieces we liked varying from classical to contemporary design: console Cousin Cousine, banquette L’Araignee, chair Gustavienne from Louis XVI collection, chairBridge Silver.

Francois Desmarchelier specializes in cabinets and contemporary furniture made out of massive wood. Two pieces that caught our attention were the “twisted” design of the deskAditzea in maple wood and massive wenge, and backbone inspiration for chair Mister Salt in wenge-flecked maple wood.

Duwel Inside won us over with their contemporary vision of armchairs especially the modelsChauffeuse and USD. Simple yet refined nature of these armchairs will make them fit into diverse interiors; from minimalistic to eclectic.  Creations of Fred and Nathalie Duwel often explore extraordinary materials such as the young bull leather, skin of Mongolian lambs, reinvented Mohair velour etc. We look forward to seeing more interesting propositions from this design team.

Another exhibitor that captivated us with its chairs and armchairs is Le Porhiel Paris. Elegance and sophistication of armchair Parisienne combining flesh-colored leather with fur of Mongolian lamb, distinctive design characterized by rather masculine lines of armchair Club, or the modern and fluid design of chair Themis inviting you to sway in it lazily for hours. It is hard to choose our favorite among them.

Metal furniture might not be the comfort you want for your home, but if you care even the slightest bit about esthetics and design, you will show some respect to the Decowo creations. Chair Z was inspired by the “ZigZag” chair from 1934 but unlike the models made out of wood, its angles do not require any reinforcement. Armchair Jupondrew its inspiration from the “Wire Cone Chair” created back in 1959 by Panton, yet it combined a metal structure with a basis and back in wood. Surprising and playful design of tables Thiam and Vague will break the norms of standard home interiors and bring a doze of eccentricity in any interior.

Written by Miroslav Vuckovic from French-LifeStyle

One Response to “Maison & Objet 2012 Report – French Novelties”

  1. Tank you for your article. We are very happy to tell you that we wong the price ” Les Découvertes Maison&Objet” in this last session with our straw bench.

    Nathalie & Fred.

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