Haute couture fashion week may be the highlight of the Paris' January event schedule, but for design buffs, Maison & Objet
is the place to be. The event, which takes place twice a year in Paris, as well as annually in Singapore and Miami, is one of the world's most prestigious interior design events, presenting the luxury products for artful living, from furniture and fragrance to footwear and stemware.
Felix Burrichter, founder and editor of biannual architecture magazine PIN-UP,
was one of many industry insiders in town for the event. Here's his best in show.
This year's Maison & Objet theme, "wild," invited exhibitors to reflect on how more primitive, eco-friendly design elements fit into our increasingly technological, digital, urban world. The children's Bambi Chair, designed by Kamina&c director Takeshi Sawada
for Elements Optimal
, channeled that theme in a playful way.
Furniture may be the focus, but these creepy shoes from London-based artists Mariana Fantich and Dominic Young -- who work together under the name Fantich & Young
-- certainly garnered a lot of attention. The shoes are part of their Darwinian Voodoo series.
Vancouver firm Molo
set up a large-scale installation inside the Paris Nord Villepinte Exhibition Center to show off their softwall + softblock modular system of moveable, freestanding walls. Though the paper-like plastic walls are light enough to lift, and can be translucent, they effectively muffle sound. (They've also been added to the Museum of Modern Art's permanent collection.)
Entertaining in style
What's a beautiful table without beautiful place settings? These stem-less wine glasses Michael Anastassiades
created with flatware manufacturers Puiforcat
had an almost musical quality when placed on their base.
Ellipse trays -- designed by multidisciplinary Australian artist Abi Alice
-- elevate even the most basic of snacks.
Far from the haute couture
and menswear runways, Italian fabric brand Dedar
showed off their wonderful textiles in the form of couches, wallpapers and trims. The print on this jacquard chair is an homage to the folding Chinese Coromandel screens that were popular in 17th-century Europe.
Designer of the Year
Every year the Maison & Objet destinations (Paris, Singapore, the Americas) are assigned a Designer of the Year who's given the opportunity to showcase their work in a dedicated space. Catalan designer Eugeni Quitllet
had the honors this past week, and New York-based talent Rafael de Cardenas
was announced as the Designer of the Year for the America's show in May.