For this January edition, Maison&Objet presented its inspirations spaces around the theme « Wild » with a scenography designed by François Bernard.
Between threat of disappearance and hope for revival, nature takes over, expressing itself in all its first states, from the wild to the sacred. Confronted with a world formatted by technology, urbanization and excessive domestication, the imaginary gets wilder off the beaten tracks, and finds refuge in the innocence of an essential, preserved landscape, untouched. Contemporary creation convenes wild spirits. We return to the forest to reset. Forms and materials reconnect with elements to be in line with Mother Earth. The wild poetic gleans the elementary, the raw, the misshapen, the corroded, the burnt, the scarified. We reinject some nature into the urban space, in search of new wastelands. As shamans, designers call upon the magic of spirits and supernatural forces.
The inspirations spaces was completed by a Bookstore in partnership with the 107 Rivoli and a coffee shop that offered some hot drinks devised by Marc Brétillot like a delicious coffee with cardamom, angelica roots and coal . All of this part was presented in a scenography by Elizabeth Leriche.
Armed with my camera, I roamed the aisle of the Design fair Maison et Objet during 2 days. This edition of September 2015 proposed a new organisation of the trade show. So it was a bite difficult to find my way. As usual, I could not do everything or see everything. But here’s what struck me…
The Palette table designed by Jaime Hayon for &Tradition, a serie of three multi-tired tables mixing marble, ash veneer, brass and satin brushed stainless steel.
Palissade collection, some outdoor furniture designed by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec for Hay.
Spring scissors designed by Lex Pott for Nomess X WallPaper Handmade.
Speckled Red and Blue, vessel in hand-dyed eco-cotton by Martine Myrup for Danish Crafts Collection.
Brew, a tribute to the mysteries of the modern-day coffee ceremony by Tom Dixon.
I really like the new collection of objects designed by Michael Verheyden, espacially the vessel in marble, copper and suede.
I like the very functional aspect of furniture and objects of the brand La Fonction like this mirror.
A special « Like » for Universo Positivo that made its furniture in Serbia.
Iconoclastic performer, Arthur Gillet became known in France by visiting naked an exhibition about the male in art at the Musée d’Orsay. He also participated in happenings at the MAC / VAL and at the Venice Biennale. But it is as a designer that he was present at the last Maison & Objet. His work on the myth of Narcissus and vanity called « Memento Mori » was selected for the « Talents à la carte »: seven phallic objects between tank and bell which reveals an anamorphic on their reflective surfaces. These pieces are very conceptual offering a deep reflection about our time, the « self » and how we use design. This eccentric artist refuses to submit to the established rules, it goes beyond the borders of the graphic arts to achieve global artistic experiences. This is not his first outburst in the design world. He presented his collaboration with Cassina at the International Furniture Exhibition in Milan.
For this September edition, Maison&Objet inaugurates a new formula of its inspirations spaces around the theme « Precious. »
Henceforth, the three style offices members of the Observatory will follow one another at each session. They will develop a overall theme in a new space compound of a inspirations forum, a pop-up bookstore and a conference room. Elizabeth Leriche has the honor to open the ball.
Tamara Barrage « Second Skins »
Barnabé Fillon & Unfold « Seo of Tranquility », olfactive installation
The ways of precious are numerous and wonderful. They have the beauty of the rare and wonder us about the ultimate luxury. What is really precious?
it immediately evokes the cut stones, the mysterious crimped, sublimation of materials by the genius of man. In art, the precious presents a character of great delicacy, gloss or wealth. It is often associated to gold, mirrors and ornaments. But even if all that is valuable is precious, precious is not the same for all.
Nathanael Le Berre » L’infini »
Based Upon » Fragmented Crac »
Lionel Esteve « A Wander »
« I really wanted to evoke the precious of the nature. » Elizabeth Leriche
Formafantasma « yours and ours »
The ephemeral bookshop, directed by Vincent Gregory of Nelly Rodi the agency offers a selection of works illustrating the theme of the bibliography and consultation space specifications inspirations.
La Gaîté Lyrique invited the Dutch trendsetter Lidewij Edelkoort to reveal our states of mind and our relationship to the world through 225 iconic pieces from the collections of the Centre National des Arts Plastiques.
She made this finding: “Ever since the dawn of time, people have been consulting oracles to make sense of the changes in their lives, to understand what is about to happen to them. And the CNAP’s design collection, because it brings together a great number of iconic works in the field of design, of objects that have achieved cult-like status, is perfectly able to play just such a role. The objects in the exhibit were born out of desire, progress or need. As such, they represent a small fragment of culture, part of an era.”So the furniture and objects speak about us. Scenographic thematically, she has put forward ten major categories: Archaic, Nomad, Abstract, Naïve, Curious, Single, inflated, Organic, Humble, Mutant. Each expresses a desire, a life style. On the Website of La Gaîté Lyrique, you can also test yourself to find which one fits you.
All of this may seem very conceptual but, at the end, the show is pretty simplistic. I expected much more from Li Edelkoort particularly on scenography. The documentation and explanations are very provided and allow a better understanding of Design. Some may therefore be disappointed.
Oracles du Design till the 16th of August at La Gaîté-Lyrique: 3, bis, rue Papin, 75003 Paris
After a successful show of « Body Language » in Milan, Dutch Invertuals presented at D’Days in Paris.
This exhibition is an exploration that reflects, moves, shines and glows. The crafting materials are with character rather than function. They Flirt with new esthetics. At the same time they cultivate the presence of a new kind of language: Body Language.
Within the context of the future of way of life, the designers explore the esthetics and complexities of an increasingly virtual world. Technology is becoming invisible. The intactile world is gaining ground in the understanding of who we are. While physical objects lose its functions, forms are freed. What is left are merely bodies reflecting our identities.
Dutch Invertuals is a collective of designers who are expanding the limits of their profession : Edhv, Alissa+Nienke, A.Meijer, B.van Nerven & R.Gomperts, D.Laurens, D.Dekker, J.Visser & M.Martens, J.Wand, T.Vailly & L-L.Jansen, N.van Bart. They are with different backgrounds, but with one thing in common: experiment is principal. They present the research into the meaning of cohesion. About the interrelation between objects, materials, parts and dimensions.
The church of Saint Pierre de Firminy is one of the last projects of Le Corbusier. The construction began in 1970, five years after the architect’s death, and was completed in 2006. The place is not officially a church even though Catholic services are celebrated in the nave. Parish halls, located under the church, serve as exhibition and conferences space especially about Le Corbusier’s work. The building is made entirely of concrete. Light enters the church through holes in the dome that form the constellation Orion. I visited the place at night. The beauty of the simplicity of concrete mix with the sets of lights and colors make the location absolutely amazing and totally mystique which is rare for a modern church building. For architecture fans, Centre Pompidou in Paris offers a retrospective on Le Corbusier’s work until August 3, 2015.
Saint Pierre de Firminy : Rue des Noyers, 42700 Firminy, France