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Maison & Objet 2016

Across its eight halls, Maison & Objet hosts brands big and small as part of a treasure trove of chairs, lamps and all manner of desktop accessories. Designers from Europe and beyond congregate in Paris in January to show off their wares; we’ve brought back our pick of the best.

01 Pedrali, Nemea

Founded as an outdoor-furniture maker in 1963 by metalworker Mario Pedrali, this Italian brand has since branched out into interior pieces. With its new upholstered seat – available in fabric or leather – this ash Nemea proves the Bergamo-based label’s talent working with materials beyond steel.

02 Valerie Objects, Cutlery

Part of an experimental collection that involves six international designers for six different takes on cutlery, this set by Maarten Baas reflects the Dutch designer’s attraction to irregular sketch-like shapes. We took a shine to this brass-coloured version but these knives, forks and spoons will also be available in black and natural inox.

03 &Tradition, Bellevue

Danish brand &Tradition revisits an iconic design by illustrious compatriot Arne Jacobsen. Originally released in 1929, the Bellevue was Jacobsen’s first venture into lighting. Repurposed in its table, floor and wall versions, this swan-neck lamp is now available in five colours.

04 Kohchosai Kosuga, Copenhagen collection

Focused on producing bamboo objects since it was founded in 1898, Kyoto-based Kohchosai Kosuga has teamed up with Danish design studio OEO for a collection that connects Scandinavian and Japanese sensibilities. These minimal spatulas, spoons, knives and boxes were drawn up in Copenhagen but are handmade by craftsmen in the company’s Kyushu factory.

05 Northern Lighting, Buddy

It’s not the first time Northern Lighting has championed emerging designers but this lamp – winner of the Norwegian brand’s 2015 Student Awards – is the first design to have been put into production. An alumnus of Copenhagen’s Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Mads Saetter-Lassen created his Buddy with a heavy hold-all base that will guarantee a neat and orderly desk.

06 La Chance, X-Ray

In its attempt to reinterpret French art deco tradition, Parisian brand La Chance pulls from both national and international talent. Belgian designer Alain Gilles’ X-ray sofa was originally made with beige leather seats and a steel structure in French-flag white, blue and red – but now it’s getting a radiographic makeover in this black and white version.

07 Eldvarm, Fireplace accessories

Having grown up in a family that managed a fireplace business, Eldvarm’s CEO Louise Varre always knew such an important fixture of a Scandinavian home deserved sleek accessories to match. With the help of Swedish designer Emma Olbers, she developed this range of comely tools and wooden baskets, made in the Nantes region with sustainable wood and vegetable-tanned leather.

08 Wewood, Pensil

Portuguese joinery Wewood enrolled German-born designer Tom Kelley to design this solid oak Pensil chair family. Inspired by the pillars of a bridge in Porto, the series also includes an armless variant and a rocking chair.

09 Normann Copenhagen, Krenit jugs

After its rerelease of Herbert Krenchel’s Krenit bowls proved an immediate success, Normann Copenhagen decided to expand its range with these colourful jugs. Be it in blue, yellow, white or red, the shiny interior coating of these vessels makes for a lively counterpart to its tactile black surface.

10 Internoitaliano, Orio

Both the legs and the top of Internoitaliano’s series of side-tables are crafted on a lathe. This working method gives Orio its characteristic “cut”: a feature that Dario Gaudio, who co-created the design with Alessandro Stabile, says also makes for the easy hiding of unsightly cables.

Correspondent
Chiara Rimella
Photographer
François Cavelier

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