International design fair Maison&Objet returns in 2019 with almost 3,000 exhibitors in attendance. Scouring the vast halls of the Paris fair, Architectural Product News editor Jacqueline Smith uncovers a selection of treasures, from cloud-like sofas and sculptural rugs to dynamic shelving and hidden compartments.
Noble Souls by Timothy Oulton
Noble Souls by Timothy Oulton celebrates natural materials and ancient techniques in a highly textural and comfortable furniture collection. The sofas in the collection are incredibly soft, with the designs incorporating vegetable dyes, goose feathers and natural linen. Noble Souls also includes a range of linen, rugs and handwoven scatter cushions, and a series of solid coffee and occasional tables constructed with reclaimed timber.
Ultimate Bliss from CC-Tapis
Designed by Mae Engelgeer, the Ultimate Bliss handmade rug expands on the sculptural, three-dimensional character of the original Bliss collection, evolving into what Engelgeer describes as “a design so dense you can get lost in the bliss.” Made of Himalayan wools and pure silk, Ultimate Bliss’s varied pile heights, bold shapes and playful fringe create a “sophisticated textile landscape.”
Puro Eclectic from Brokis
New to Brokis in 2019 is the Puro Eclectic suspended lighting collection. Designed by Brokis’s art director, Lucie Koldova, Puro Eclectic is composed of adjustable handblown glass tubes arranged diagonally and interconnecting to create a linearly dynamic lighting feature ideal for dining spaces.
Metis Desk from Wewood
Portuguese furniture designer and joinery specialist Wewood has launched Metis, a compact desk made of solid walnut or oak with storage “pockets” for a tidy and sophisticated workspace. It has drawers across both sides and a portion of the top opens up to reveal a space for a laptop, with slots at the bottom for aeration and cable management. This space is also home to a secret compartment (not so secret anymore).
Luc Armchair from Mambo Unlimited Ideas
Mambo Unlimited Ideas has unveiled the Luc armchair at this edition of Maison&Objet. Available in a range of colours, the Luc armchair comprises a wickerwork backrest and an upholstered seat and sides with a natural oak frame. This latest addition joins the Luc chair and Luc settee.
Kintsugi glasses and bowls from Seletti
Seletti’s Kintsugi tableware collection by Marcantonio has been expanded with the addition of bowls and glasses. The collection draws on the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with a golden lacquer. The resulting pieces are given imperfect, individual forms.
Knaegt coat rack from Woud
A coat rack and hat shelf in one, Knaegt by Rikke Palmerston for Woud combines aesthetics with pure functionality. A floating series of wooden sticks are held by a leather tie, enabling the Knaegt to move dynamically dependent on what has been hung or placed on the rack.
The Astair chair by Pierre Charpin for Ligne Roset
Designed by Pierre Charpin for Ligne Roset, the Astair chair is a contemporary interpretation of the wing chair. Available in fabric or leather, the Astair chair has a tubular steel structure paired with comfortable, high-resilience foam and pocket-sprung suspension. This armchair can be complemented with a matching footstool, two occasional tables and a low table.