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Maison & Objet Paris

Setting the tone for a design-fair filled month in Europe, Paris’s Maison & Objet always features a wondrous assortment of releases from companies big and small. From Argentina to Slovenia, here are the standout designs from this autumnal edition.

Paula chair, Hartô

Designers Amandine Chhor and Aïssa Logerot are partners in life and business. For their most recent collaboration with French brand Hartô they have fashioned a chair with a solid-oak structure and handsome painted oak-veneer backrest.

Part chopping boards, Normann Copenhagen

Each of the solid-oak boards in the Part series, designed by Simon Legald for Danish staple Normann Copenhagen, was thought up with food in mind. Grooves in the meat and bread boards retain juices and crumbs while little indents in the vegetable and sandwich boards prevent ingredients from sliding off.

Troll vases, Menu

For these bulbous vases, designers Anderssen & Voll took inspiration from a painting by Theodor Kittelsen representing a Norwegian folklore water spirit emerging from a pond. To achieve its bubble-like grey gradient the designers experimented with glass thickness.

Loop shelf, We Do Wood

As its name implies, Danish company We Do Wood has a penchant for one material in particular. All of its products are made from sustainable moso bamboo wood, including these modular Loop shelves, which also feature a touch of black steel in their brackets.

Rhoda TBL lamp, Lampari

Lampari founder Julien Mauviel had no expertise in design when he decided to make a lamp – but he did have his music background. With a switch similar to that of an electric guitar and a cable echoing a jack cable, the first ever Rhoda TBL lamp was made in the founder’s rehearsal studio. Now all of the models are made by Mauviel from his workshop in Marseille.

M5 chair, Machimbre

Art director Julieta Barrionuevo and architects Zelmira Frers and Michelle Parisiers make up the trio behind interdisciplinary studio Machimbre. The Buenos Aires practice has created this M5 chair to celebrate Latin America’s craft heritage: each frame is made by a blacksmith in Cordoba while the nautical cord seat is woven by artisans in the Argentinian capital.

Coco table, Mitja

Slovenian brand Mitja started as a family-run carpentry company in 1934 and today wood continues to be its favourite material. This ample table, designed by Berlin-based Designschneider, can accommodate more than eight people and comes as a handy and portable flat pack.

Chandelier 002, Plumen

Combining its steel drop-cap shades in one structure, this chandelier by British brand Plumen is best matched with the London-based company’s long-lasting, sustainable (and well-designed) lightbulbs.

Candleholders, Koh Bo-hyeong

Korea’s Craft and Design Foundation put on a strong show of the country’s fresh talent in Hall 7, with monochrome ceramics by Musso and thin part-copper cutlery by Koh Bo-hyeong. The latter’s candleholder range was our personal favourite.

My Own Chair, By Lassen

First considered too unconventional to be put in production, this 1938-designed chair by Danish architect Flemming Lassen was made as a one-off that sat in its creator’s home. Now the curvaceous design is seeing a wider audience thanks to Copenhagen-based By Lassen.

Correspondents
Chiara Rimella, Nolan Giles
Photographer
Thomas Humery

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