Design gone wild at Maison & Objet Paris 2016

Published 27th January 2016
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Design gone wild at Maison & Objet Paris 2016
Written by CNN Style StaffParis, France
Haute couture fashion week may be the highlight of the Paris' January event schedule, but for design buffs, Maison & Objet is the place to be. The event, which takes place twice a year in Paris, as well as annually in Singapore and Miami, is one of the world's most prestigious interior design events, presenting the luxury products for artful living, from furniture and fragrance to footwear and stemware.
Felix Burrichter, founder and editor of biannual architecture magazine PIN-UP, was one of many industry insiders in town for the event. Here's his best in show.

Elegant wilderness

This year's Maison & Objet theme, "wild," invited exhibitors to reflect on how more primitive, eco-friendly design elements fit into our increasingly technological, digital, urban world. The children's Bambi Chair, designed by Kamina&c director Takeshi Sawada for Elements Optimal, channeled that theme in a playful way.

Spooky soles

Furniture may be the focus, but these creepy shoes from London-based artists Mariana Fantich and Dominic Young -- who work together under the name Fantich & Young -- certainly garnered a lot of attention. The shoes are part of their Darwinian Voodoo series.

Moveable architecture

Vancouver firm Molo set up a large-scale installation inside the Paris Nord Villepinte Exhibition Center to show off their softwall + softblock modular system of moveable, freestanding walls. Though the paper-like plastic walls are light enough to lift, and can be translucent, they effectively muffle sound. (They've also been added to the Museum of Modern Art's permanent collection.)

Entertaining in style

What's a beautiful table without beautiful place settings? These stem-less wine glasses Michael Anastassiades created with flatware manufacturers Puiforcat had an almost musical quality when placed on their base.
Alessi's Ellipse trays -- designed by multidisciplinary Australian artist Abi Alice -- elevate even the most basic of snacks.

Brilliant Brocades

Far from the haute couture and menswear runways, Italian fabric brand Dedar showed off their wonderful textiles in the form of couches, wallpapers and trims. The print on this jacquard chair is an homage to the folding Chinese Coromandel screens that were popular in 17th-century Europe.

Designer of the Year

Every year the Maison & Objet destinations (Paris, Singapore, the Americas) are assigned a Designer of the Year who's given the opportunity to showcase their work in a dedicated space. Catalan designer Eugeni Quitllet had the honors this past week, and New York-based talent Rafael de Cardenas was announced as the Designer of the Year for the America's show in May.