On the Saturday we took the group to the fabulous interior trade fair Maison et Objet at the Parc des Exhibitions. The vast show would take several days to look around in detail so it was impossible to see everything. Unfortunately there is no photography allowed in the show but here are some of my highlights.
I spotted a lot of lightly textured and distressed metallic surfaces - detailed and timeless. I think we are also due to see a lot of reflective surfaces for interior surfaces and products over he coming year or two. Two weave companies stood out, for creating the most amazing woven metal fabrics:
Sophie Mallebranche, a designer of woven metal fabrics, based in Paris. Sophie's seems to be designing not with solid materials but playing with light itself.
I was also particularly enthralled with the craft section of the fair, which presented individual artisans from around the world. A delegation of makers from Korea had a particularly beautiful display of work. But I also enjoyed the work of Janaina Milheiro, an artisan textile designer who's exquisite work employs feathers woven into beautiful woven fabrics..
|Janaina Milheiro, Collection Le Fil des Plumes|