Maison et objet, the biggest design event of 2019, just ended yesterday, but we’re still on the high of the event, checking out the trends we picked on, the best stands from the most luxurious brands, and all the conferences that were a big highlight for the visitors. Today, we’re showing you all you missed if you didn’t attend the fair, or make a recap to ride the nostalgia of the event. Check out all the best stands, novelties and trends of the biggest design event of the year: Maison et Objet 2019.
The Best Stands
Bessa is a luxury brand known for recovering techniques of craft production applied to unique pieces and does a new design reinterpretation helping to bring back the charm of the piece it’s based on. This is one of the best luxury brands for you if you’re looking for a new charm given to vintage.
This luxury brand has brought the best of vintage from the 30s and 50s of Paris to the event. In a celebration of mid-century design, Essential Home gave it a more contemporary twist by creating an elegant scenery at its stand.
This Italian luxury brand succeeds to successfully reinvent porcelain. In their collections, we can see some of the most amazing home accessories made from the best craftsmanship.
Covet House presented their stand with two concepts in mind the Housing Concept (one space for people to look at pieces from its brands), and the Lounge Concept (in order to have closer contact with the visitors, clients, and press).
Specialized in wood craftsmanship, Porada has a team of people coming from several areas who put all their passion into what they do. And who could forget their motto “Everything ‘s born from the love of the wood”? This is a clear reflection of both the brand’s final products and the way they handle their work.
Lladro was definitely a memorable stand at this year’s event. The stand was conceived by Pierre Favresse (Lladró’s current creative director) who proceeded to give a special highlight on the brand’s latest creations in artistic porcelain. It’s divided in three rooms: the Heritage Room, the Design Room and the Light&Scent Room.
This Portuguese luxury brand had the irreverent idea of introducing the “This is not a Gallery Concept”. In their stand they had two workshop cases put there a homage to skilled artisans and enhance the wonders of craftsmanship as well as to the ancient traditional techniques.
Luxxu was another brand that created a whole luxurious universe at their stand while introducing 10 new products to their collection. The best of luxury lighting and furniture is indeed at that stand!
Pullcast was definitely a brand which gave a very special touch to its stand by showcasing live the crafts techniques used in their creation process. This goes to show the detail and quality craftsmanship put into jewelry hardware.
Meridiani brought back the collections first introduced at ISaloni 2018. We highlight elements such as the Harold modular sofa, the Adrian collection (composed of tables), the Nanì armchairs and the Timothy bed, all of whom are a reflection of the brand’s lifestyle.
Maison Valentina had its surprised reserved for both Maison et Objet and IMM Cologne. Not only did they show some of their new bathroom furniture products, but they also presented some new partnerships with other brands such as Couto, Made in Youthland, Sanindusa, Pombo, among others.
Rug Society was another daring brand that created a pinch of mystery and an enigmatic approach to its stand. Also there we new luxurious pieces of tapestry presented at this alternative interpretation of a mainstream stand.
This year Circu decided to highlight their novelties of the Cloud Collection, composed by elements such as one bed, one bedside table, one chest of drawers, and even a Vanity Console. This was a dream stand to see both for parents and for children.
Vista Alegre is another good example of a luxury Portuguese brand with a lot of novelties for Maison et Objet. Among their collections seen at the event are the stunning ‘Única’ collection, the ‘Herbariae’ collection in cooperation with Christian Lacroix Maison, the ‘Amzōnia’ collection and a highlight to the striking cabinet ‘Once Upon a Time…’ done in collaboration with Boca do Lobo.
The Furniture Novelties
Hall 6 Stand O102/P101
When we talk about mid-century modern, this is the kind of stuff we expect to see. The Florence armchair is retro and contemporary in equal doses, one of the finest upholstery pieces we’ve seen so far. Suitable for any living room or hotel lobby.
Baughman Bar Cart
Sipping on a cocktail next to your bar cart never looked so good with Baughman, a mid-century bar cart with a stunning design you won’t resist. With Baughman, anything is possible. This bar cart doesn’t just look the part but also does it perfectly with its practical wheels and retro luxurious design. With a structure in polished brass and walnut wood, with a glass top and practical wheels, this bar cart is the center piece of any home bar.
Marco armchair is a stunning mid-century piece with a contemporary and modern twist that make it timeless and stylish. With polished brass legs and a velvet upholstery that is sure to drive you wild, this armchair will be the next big thing in design for 2019. Who doesn’t enjoy a comfortable and trendy armchair?
Neutra Dining Chair
Retro turned contemporary, this dining chair is the perfect example of harmony in design, imperfect proportions that make it a beautiful piece. With brass legs and soft textile to sit on, this dining chair has a retro vibe but a contemporary twist, bringing the best of both worlds in one piece. Neutra possesses a complex design but an unmistakable beauty that is very characteristic of Essential Home’s pieces.
Hall 8 Stand C15
Turned Oval Dining Table
The Turned Oval dining table is being a true sensation in this design event. A classic shape with eyes on the future is how we describe Turned and, as you can see, this is the kind of dining table that’s bound to be the main focus in any dining room. Simplicity never fails.
Hall 6 Stand H38/I37
Sophisticated, cozy and contemporary – the trendiest upholstery pieces have arrived. The George sofa is no exception, reflecting an intense way of living and bringing fierceness, strength and power into an urban lifestyle. When everything else fails, let the design shine and it will be alright.
Hall 8 Stand C3
Lumiere Round Mirror
Another entry on the Lumiere collection, this mirror is an absolute colossus. There’s some kind of mystical vibe within it, converging in a piece that was made for expansive ambiances and luxurious settings. Tremendously absorbing, luxuriously fascinating.
The Best Conferences
Excuse My French! The Art Of “French Paradox”
Excuse My French is the inspiration theme for Maison Et Objet. Vincent Grégoire from NellyRodi has once again overseen this highly inspiring space.
Vincent Grégoire explained that the idea behind the name Excuse my french is that “people all over the world have lost their bearings because of globalization and need to find themselves again. French people are no longer sure about their identity, but at the same time, they are proud that they are still surprising and intriguing.”
Nowadays, foreigners evoke the typical Parisian woman, they talk about a certain “je ne sais quoi”, the “French Paradox” or effortlessly chic”. These paradoxes become quite evident in the design industry as well. There is a “new wave” that imagines hybrid creations, integrates new points of view and which is nourished by new expressions.
The Designer Of The Year 2019 Conference
With every new edition, Maison Et Objet elects a Designer of the Year. The winner of the 2019 edition was Sebastian Herkner and in this conference, one of the most expected, we got to find out more about him and his work.
Sebastian Herkner is a 37-year-old designer from Germany. ‘’My aim is to find a way to balance craftsmanship with new technologies’’. For Sebastian, nothing is more important than changing the way we consume goods, and how we should invest in quality materials and craftspeople, as it becomes harder and harder to create waste.
“I wish in the next 10 years the crafts still matters. The materials are also in the right way. We just really need to change our consume patters’. I don’t have a plan for the next 10. I think I have some great companies I’d like to work with. Some new challenges’’.
Rising Talents Conference
The rising talents conference was also one of the most expected conferences of Maison Et Objet 2019. Frank Chou, Chen Furong, Mario Tsai, Hongjie Yang, Ximi Li, and Bentu are the 6 incredible rising talents.
The Beijing-born designer Frank Chou explained that his work is inspired in philosophy and old Chinese ways, but he mixes up his work with some modern approaches. He currently produces elegant, long-lasting, functional pieces which represent contemporary Chinese.
The furniture, product and industrial designer Mario Tsai prefers to “use less, design better”. Although his minimalistic approach to design derives from his professional background past in Scandinavia, Tsi refuses to be known as a Chinese/ Scandinavian Designer.
The designs of Chen Furong are timeless and are a direct result of the research-driven passion of Furong. He usually blends handcrafted techniques with a modern vision and that’s why he says his pieces are the perfect balance between combining technology with traditional crafts.
Born and raised in China, Hongjie Yang currently resides in Europe and that’s probably why he has a more slow and artistic approach to design than the others. Unlike many Chinese Designers that need to work fast to keep up with the growth of Chinese Design, Yang prefers to create fewer pieces but with a more iconic and different look.
Chen Xingyu founded his own design brand Bentu in 2011. His approach to design earned him praises form Miss Zao that recognizes that China needs more designers with the same state of mind and that work to solve two of the countries biggest problems: Pollution and Waste Disposal.
Ximi Li launched in 2016 an independent design studio Ximi Li and furniture brand URBANCRAFT. Ximi is committed to global cultural fusion, quality, and good craftsmanship and that’s why his pieces have a more iconic, unique and modern look than the rest.
Portugal: Eldorado archi, design, craft?
Renowned speakers, as the designers Artur Miranda and Jacques Bec from Oitoemponto; the artist Joana Astolfi from Studio Astolfi; and Amândio Pereira, founder of Covet Foundation and CEO of Covet Group, have gathered on this conference to share their own ideas and knowledge about the possibilities that merging contemporary design and ancient crafting techniques in Portugal can bring into the design world.
Portugal is celebrated as a cultural turism wonder, but it is now also becoming a sanctuary for professionals that work in the design field. Many, architects, designers and artists, choose to open their workshops, studios and ateliers in the country.
Several ancient arts, as marble work, are a tradition in Portugal, showcased in a lot of exceptional monuments. Some materials, like cork and some woods, can be find in their finest quality state there and others, as exquisite veneers are brought from Brazil and Africa since the Discoveries. This old country is known for maintaining good relations of cooperation with other countries that were part of its history.
This was exactly what was discussed and shared with the visitors in this conference at Maison et Objet.
You can also find out everything about this topic by watching the conference in the video below. Discover more about design and craftsmanship in Portugal with the greatest.
A big trend for 2019 that we couldn’t miss out on communicating are the shapes, most importantly the round ones. We were aware curvy furniture was going to be a trend for this new year, but it was all confirmed in the biggest design event of the year with multiple top brands showing off this beautiful trend.
Who could resist the green of the forest in their home decor? In 2019, all eyes are on green and coral, two stunning colors that are both bold and rich, perfect for the trendiest of color schemes. Discover the passion of green and introduce it into your decor.
Mid-century style is back and stronger than ever. You’ll see brass, marble and wood, velvet and leather, elements of this style, that you can easily introduce into your home decor. Mid-century modern is gonna be your best bet to stay trendy in 2019.
Natural means better. Keep it natural in home decor with elements such as wood and marble. It brings freshness into your home and evokes the feeling of nature in such a simple and beautiful way.
Keep it neutral this year in timeless furniture pieces that bring comfort. However, change it up with bold colors in accent walls or in that decor piece that will bring attention to your decor. This is what we learned at M&O 2019.
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