A Close-up on Materials from Maison et Objets Paris

Anthony Salvi on January 30 2017 | Stories, Substance Source, News, Content, Design, Architecture

This month Paris hosted the first session of the bi-annual Maison et Objet trade show, the international reference for interior design.The M&O show is the place where more than 80K visitors can meet designers, craftsmen, and producers from 60 countries in a 1.4 million-square-foot space dedicated to furniture, home fabrics, coverings, fashion accessories, lighting, decorative items and more.

The material freaks we are couldn’t resist having a peek at the new and intriguing colors and textures from Design Now! exhibit. As always, we focused our visit on materiality and so here you are: our favorite “coups de coeur” from what we selected as being the most intriguing, surprising and utterly delicious colors and textures from the future of interiors...A table!

Make-Up by Pulpo:

Two words: Utterly stunning! Make-Up is a collection of vases designed by Hermann August Weizenegger for Pulpo Germany. This powdery iridescent color is created by photosensible pigments. Each glass is unique. Small bubbles and streaks, as well as minor variations in color and size, are characteristic of handmade glass and are not flaws of design or manufacture.

Glass + Urushi

Nature and technology come together! The products of Wakayama district in Japan combine craftsmanship and originally advanced technologies. A 400-year-old lacquering process specific to this region of Japan is at the heart of this collection of western tableware from artist and craftsman Yoshihiko Fuji. The tray is made by the encapsulation of thin gold and silver leaves under several layers of flake rich lacquer which create a variation of the color depending on the angle of observation. Applying the cloud of pigment particulates at the back of the glass adds depth to the color gradient.

Fosco Tabletop:

This time it’s Elisa Strozyk, designer of the Fosco table for Pulpo Germany. The tabletop is made out of cordierite ceramic with these intricate structure variations. It made us think about some of Bauhaus master Lazlo Moholy-Nagy’s work.

Kyoto Contemporary Tomo Vases Design by AC/AL Studio:

This is the Clever association of talented French designers from AC/AL Studio and Joubu Gama, a ceramic workshop located in Yamashina on the east side of Kyoto.

Latham Vessel:

Jonathan Rogers is a contemporary glass designer/maker (and a really nice guy to chat with) of exquisite blown glass vessels and lighting based in the UK. We were literally blown away by the way the light and the facets of the glass work together to create this awesome color chromatics.

This vase consists of multiple overlays of colored and clear glass, which are revealed through the cold-working process. Post-forming operations cutting, grinding and sandblasting are made by Jonathan as well (a time-consuming as well as painful operation, he confessed).

Working With Metal:

Metal is definitely a material of contrasts. We captured the sensation of perpetual movement of liquid metal within Tom Dixon’s floor light shaped like a molten copper drop.

The subtle spin brush finish on the solid copper plate of Sebastian Herkner’s low table named Salute ,LaChance Paris, unwraps the palette of metallic reflexions.

From craftsmanship all the way to the precision of the industrial process, the MePas are a collection of extremely light, finely engraved stainless steel plates space dividers created by Caino Design Italy.

Paper Alveolas:

Cloud Mast hangs a bright canopy made of clouds that swing slowly at the whim of drafts. Created with folding paper by Forsythe et MacAllen for Molo Canada. Structural beauty though a perfect blend of light through the paper alveolas.

Potery Scales by Gilles Caffier:

Based in the north of France, Gilles Caffier is the designer behind these intriguing ceramic scales that are entirely handmade.

Lealpell, Italian Leathercrafts:

Lealpell is an Italian company specialized in Leather finishes. Completely obsessed by leather crafts, Lealpell produces exclusive textures and finishes for interior and furniture designers, bags and luggage as well as the upper-tier automotive manufacturers. From various stitching techniques to embossing, laser etching, and engraving or even leather scarification, their craftsmanship and creativity is truly limitless.


Italy-based company Impefettolab creates magnificent pieces of Furniture. This chair designed by Verter Turroni is made out resin cast inside a 500-year-old tree. The level of detail is simply amazing and the black matte resin perfectly mimics the materiality of burnt wood.

Shizuku suspended lights for Suzusan Design by Hiroyuki Murase:

The roots of Suzusan are in Arimatsu, Japan. It’s there that they have been producing fabrics for more than 100 years according to the traditional Shibori technique. The polyester fabric is heat-treated during the shibori process. This permanently preserves the three-dimensional structure of the surface even after machine washing.

And here they are: Our material selections out of many outstanding productions at the Maison et Objet Paris 2017. We are looking forward to upcoming events in every industry where material is at the heart of creation. Get the latest news about where we’ll be and more of our insights on the world of materials (and possibly some extra shots) by joining our Facebook page: Substance in Architecture & Design.

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