This week, the second 2013 edition of Maison & Objet took place in Paris at the city's Parc des Expositions. Exhibitors set up their stands across all 8 of the venue's impressive halls and we searched each one to find this season's highlights.
Finnish brand Marimekko's new fall collection was presented in an immersive booth environment that was complete with textile clouds and the sound of thunder and falling rain. Called Weather diary, designer Aino-Maija Metsola has applied painterly aquarelle patterns and drawings on to durable linen and cotton fabrics, as well as on to the brand's classic Oiva tableware pieces by Sami Ruotsalainen.
Scandi brand Muuto presented its Cover chair by Thomas Bentzen; a lightweight and modern reinterpretation of the classic wooden armchair. It's rounded form-pressed veneer shell and four strong wooden legs are held together without screws or the use of any metal parts. The chair is expected to launch in mid October.
Designed by British design star Russell Pinch for outdoor furniture brand Gloster, the Windsor and Winchester collections take their inspiration from the classic 18th century English chair design. Made in solid teak, the collection comprises an armchair, a backless bench and three tables including an extending teak table and a fixed, ceramic top table.
Scottish designer Donna Wilson has created a dazzling new line of blankets and pillows for London-based brand SCP that feature detailed geometric patterns. Called Field Day, the fabric is 100% single-ply wool, spun and dyed in England and woven in Wales using a traditional and complex double-cloth weaving technique.
German brand Authentics' offering included this ingenious wardrobe system called Wardrope Wardrobe. Four Y-shaped porcelain coat hooks move up and down on brightly colored cord that is connected to the ceiling and weighted to the floor. Although adjustable when not in use, the hooks instantly lock into position when carrying the weight of a coat or bag.
With a gracefully curved mesh seat, the Ellipse lounge chair may look delicate but its metal structure is both strong and comfortable. Designed by Pascal Mourgue for outdoor furniture brand Fermob, the chair joins the existing two- and three-seater Ellipse benches.
8. Mantis Lamps
DESIGNER: Bernard Schottlander produced by DCW
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DCW introduced a re-creation of a family of lights by esteemed English designer and sculptor Bernard Schottlander (1924 - 1999). Fascinated by the work of artist Alexander Calder, Schottlander created the Mantis series in 1951. Comprising a wall lamp, table lamp and a floor lamp, the designs use a clever system of counterweights combined with a series of strong and flexible metal bars.
These elegant occasional tables by young German designer Sebastian Herkner have been nominated for a German Design Award 2014. Available in small and large sizes and three colors, the steel design features a matching Kvadrat Divina fabric shelf for storing books and magazines.
10. Cancan coat stand and Contador chest of drawers
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Portuguese brand WeWood put on an impressive display of beautifully crafted solid wood furniture. Above is the Cancan coat stand, consisting of four identical lengths of wood bound together with a single leather cord, and the solid french oak Contador chest of drawers.