Paris hit near-record-high temperatures as the sizzling designs of Maison&Objet and Paris Design Week lit up the city!
Designer(s) of the Year, Muller Van Severen's, Oasis, installation at Maison&Objet.
Paris was abuzz with excitement and anticipation during Maison&Objet. GRAY visited the fall 2023 biannual furniture and design fair this September which took place in tandem with Paris Design Week. The immersive events bring design enthusiasts and professionals into the streets of Paris, introducing them to designers, makers, brands, and new spaces for a greater understanding and appreciation for design. The two entities celebrated longevity as well as emerging designers and concepts, mirroring that of Paris’ own spirit.
Maison&Objet’s central theme this year was “enjoy,” and we found there was something new to behold and enjoy at every turn of the fair. We wandered through the the trade show’s Designer(s) of the Year gallery-like exhibit, peeked at winning pieces from the Rising Talent Awards, and took a peaceful stroll through the Jardin du Palais Royal to view Réflexions, a temporary installation by glass artist Emmanuel Barrois. Here, we highlight a few more of the finds we enjoyed in Paris this month.
DESIGNER(S) OF THE YEAR:
MULLER VAN SEVEREN
At each of their biannual events, Maison&Objet carefully chooses a Designer of The Year, celebrating the most dynamic individuals in the industry and highlighting global talent that continues to push the boundaries of creativity and redefine the world of aesthetics and functionality. The honor of the September 2023 Designer of the Year went to the Flemish design duo, Fien Muller and Hannes Van Severen.
Strolling through Oasis, their stunning display was a peaceful retreat on Maison&Objet’s show floor, reading as a gallery installation of their combined mastered artistry. The exhibit featured some of the studio’s most iconic furniture pieces including the Crossed Double Seat from their Future Primitives series, the ALLTUBES Bench, and The Standing Lamp.
PATTERN FACTORY & WONDERNATURE
Elizabeth Leriche's "Pattern Factory" for Maison&Objet's "What's New?" organized a selection of exhibitor pieces in playful combinations of pattern and color.
With their eye on the future, design forecasters Elizabeth Leriche and François Delclaux presented two separate spaces for Maison&Objet’s “What’s New?” installation. The focus of each emphasized the show’s “enjoy” theme and featured pieces from fair exhibitors which embodied pattern play, colorful character, and eye-catching vignettes.
The first, Pattern Factory, designed by Elizabeth Leriche, presented a whimsical experience. Displayed as a collection of rooms, Leriche played with the balance of color, texture, and pattern to immerse guests in a bountiful feast for the eyes. Revealing itself at the end of the hall of eclectic spaces was a corridor meant for exploration. Guests were invited to experiment with five different exercises in style by mixing and matching materials to their heart’s content.
Then there was Wondernature, designed by François Delclaux. It involved a reconnection to nature and prompted its audience to ponder how we should be making things and what we can do to help preserve life on Earth. The botanical space embodied this mental tug-of-war of the juxtapositions of things such as city and countryside, nature and culture, and heritage and modernity. Within its core, Wondernature presented a unique approach to finding harmony within our interior spaces.
RISING TALENT AWARDS:
The "Boo" seating collection by Tim Leclabart is made from sustainable and locally-produced materials and intended to create an emotional attachment to inspire longevity.
At each iteration of Maison&Objet, the fair selects a country from which to spotlight a selection of emerging designers. During September 2023, the Rising Talent Awards returned to France, showcasing a handful of designers and studios chosen by their distinguished jury (which included creatives such as Philippe Starck, Alexis Georgacopoulos, and Constance Rubini). Catching our eye were masterful objects in furniture, fashion, sculpture, and lighting set on the improvement of life through design.
Rising Talent Craft prize winner, ceramicist Jeanne Andrieu, with her collection.