Maison & Objet
10. BIRD’S EYE VIEW
Taking inspiration from French lamp designers of the mid-1900s such as Pierre Gariche and Serge Mouille, Guillaume Evrard has created his
own innovative lighting collection. The base of each lamp, shaped like a bird’s foot, is the trademark feature. The sculptural pieces are made from antique brass and are polished to perfection with beautifully curved bodies and matt enamel shades.
9. THE PROTAGONIST
When a group of Thai advertising creatives got together to design a range of home décor their main objective was to have fun. Established in 1994 this award-winning company strives to create useful products that satisfy the basic needs of every day life, blending wit and humour with sophisticated production techniques. Their extensive range, from mugs and lamps to tape dispensers stay true to their
original intended mission and certainly encourage a smile.
Haven’t you heard? It’s all about the lighting. It takes vision and a quirky design eye to recycle bottles and jam jars into interesting and bold lamps. Boboboom is a French initiative started by Franco-Lebanese designer, Mitri Hourani and his sister Mireille. The original idea was created for the Maison & Objet fair two years ago, taking old bottles (many donated from restaurateur friends) cleaning them up and reincarnating them.
7. WEAVING MAGIC
Çaput (pronounciation tchaput) which means old rag in Turkish is the term given to the ancient art of Anatolian
rug weaving – however there is nothing rag-like about these beautifully restored carpets. Turkish-born Ahmet
Diler (coming from a bloodline of Cappadocian weavers) and expert weaver and Frenchman Marc-Antoine
Gallice came together through a common passion for this popular art dating back to the first communities of
Anatolia, and in 1995 they started Kilims ADA together. Pioneering Kilims in Paris, the company personally finds
and collects every single carpet from remote areas in the middle east and Central Asia, they are then carefully
restored and imported to their store in Paris. Each creative carpet is made with handspun wool, cotton, goat’s hair
or hemp giving each one a unique DNA and story.
6. GLASS HALF FULL
Most of the collections that Van Verre create are either semi hand-blown – keeping the original glass
tradition – or are pressed glass. This means they stick to the traditions of handmade moulds and
stamps in which the glass cools down and finds a unique shape and design in every piece. The palate of
light Rembrandt colours and their traditional but contemporary designs add a touch of Mediterranean
summer to any season.
5. MASKING THE UGLY
This passionate Japanese company, MT Masking Tape has revolutionised the use of masking tape, changing it into a product that is fun and creative. Rolls of rice paper are used for the tape: LOFT loves the ‘Moegi’ (yellow-green) and ‘Usufuji’ (light purple). What started as a small internet business has now blossomed and customers can place orders for custom-made colours and patterns.
4. SHINING STAR
When Karin travelled to Egypt 18 years ago little did she know that she’d come home with more than a successful range of home
accessories in her suitcase. She met her husband, Hussein, and since then they have grown their business, Zenza together. LOFT’s
favourites are their lamps. Karina and Hussein explain that the lights have a ‘soul’ which gives them extra value and beauty. The
intricate filigrain creations are made from silver-plated copper and baked in Egyptian sand as part of their finishing process.
3. FLAMING HOT
A fire hydrant in the home. Important? Yes. Attractive? Not really. The Brussels-based company SAFE-T, have
managed to marry aesthetic with function. Their innovative hydrants find a place in even the most design-conscious
homes. Choose from a selection including silver, gold or chrome – you’re certain to find one that fits
your kitchen or BBQ area.
2. ALLEZ LES ENFANTS!
French company NONAH! is the brainchild of two brothers and a sister. Their philosophy? To create eco-friendly furniture with the consumer in mind – in this case children. The range is clever, original and adapted to mini-size with unusual openings and hidden cabinets encouraging development and fun. Each piece is made from sustainable FSC certified forests with water based lacquer and natural protective oil.
1. ART ON A PLATE
If you’re no Joël Robuchon in the kitchen then perhaps beautifully handmade Italian ceramics will score you some points in the presentation department. The Cerretelli family who own Novita Home have created a business through their love of travel. Their first collection was released in 1982 and since then their designs have been inspired by countries such as Indonesia, Burma, Vietnam, Morocco and Mexico, celebrating diversity in décor. The collection is made up of vibrant rich colours fit for an artist’s palette but are always evolving depending on season and tastes.