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For its January 2016 edition of the Maison et Objet Paris 2016 , the international design fair in Paris, organizers have reorganized the halls into three new hubs: Luxury, Design and Interior Decoration; Maison; and Objet. Here are our top 7 furniture design pieces from this weekend.
Stone Lights from Tom Dixon
Marble has been big this year and Tom Dixon thinks so too. The design studio has used the tough yet tactile material to create a new lighting range called Stone. With a pendant and a wall sconce in the collection, these lights feature layers of marble, glass and brass to create a dainty yet elegant piece. The light bulb itself has a dipped gold edge, which adds a finishing touch to the piece. The Stone collection also includes candle holders, serving boards and tea light holders.
Ardara console by BRABBU
ARDARA Modern Console Table has its origin from a time travel to the Neolithic period in Ireland. It is here, in a small town named ARDARA that one of the world’s most striking dolmens is located. When the sunlight reflects directly in the dolmen, its surface shines with a golden halo. Recreating this natural phenomenon, the modern contemporary furniture piece ARDARA has a finish in golden leaf, bringing with it a peaceful sensation to any ambience.
Untitled Mirror by Untitled Story
Designed by London/Paris/Berlin-based Marc Schulthess, the Untitled Mirror is a mirror frame with geometric and graphic expression. Featuring a powder coated steel frame that is offset from the mirror itself, Untitled prompts an interplay between shape, frame and reflection. Depending on the viewing angle, the shape of the frame changes, hovering above the mirrored surface, creating an abstract reflection of its form. Schulthess says, “I wanted to deconstruct and give life to a static object so it more truly represents the changing world it reflects. The frame and the mirror play with each other; the object is never the same when you look at it, there is always a familiar yet new object to be discovered.” The mirrors frames come in three geometric shapes (hexagon, circle and rectangle) and in five colours (white, black, red, yellow and green).
Band Collection from Bethan Gray
London-based designer Bethan Gray wanted to pair the natural beauty of coloured marble together with warm brushed brass to create her Band range of tables. For this range, solid marble is encased in a warm and elegant metallic rim to bring a distinctive, contemporary aesthetic to the thetimeless material. The Band range is available with single colour marble tops or two-tone options from the palette, which include the beautiful and sophisticated Rosa marble and a timeless Verde marble. Handcrafted techniques are then used to combine selected marbles in a striking and graphic pattern. Bases are powder coated in colours from the palette and combined with precision machined brass feet, hand brushed and finished by craftsmen.
Form upholstered chair from Normann Copenhagen
Since Normann Copenhagen first introduced the Form chair by Simon Legald, it has been one of the company’s most popular designs. This year it has released new upholstered versions of the chair and barstools so now it can be used in even more environments. The new upholstered chair emphasizes the original design, and is a beautiful illustration of how Form’s strong design language and well-considered silhouette gets a different, sensuous dimension with the new upholstery. Luxurious woollen textiles and exclusive leather soften the expression and add warmth. Legald says, “This is another way of seeing the chair. The new upholstered chair gives a better understanding of the Form family as a whole and shows how the design can move in different directions. Apart from the upholstery itself, we have changed the colour of the moulded connectors, so that they match the legs in lacquered steel, oak or walnut, rather than matching the shell, as they do in the plastic chairs. The effect is still seamless and natural integration between the shell and the legs, but the overall impression is completely different.”
Empire dining table by Boca do Lobo
Empire Dining Table is an outstanding novelty that represents all the essence and charisma of Boca do Lobo. This piece was inspired by the power of great empires, symbolizing generations of gatherings and decisions, usually taken around powerful tables. Its design reflects times of celebration and tension (through the cracks), revealing a gold interior in a manifesto towards power.
Oda lamp from Pulpo
Designed by Sebastian Herkner, who has worked for Stella McCartney and Moroso, the Oda lamp for Pulpo is produced entirely by hand, individually made and hand-blown. Oda features a simple and elegant metal structure that balances a mouthblown tinted glass globe. The giant bulbous lamp shade gives the piece a presence, and it seems to float on its steel-stemmed structure. Herkner says his aim was to “create a balloon filled with light.” The design is inspired by the amazing pictures of water towers shot by German photographers Bernd and Hilla Becher. Oda is available in three glass colours: opal, grey and amber.
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