It was a real pleasure for the BCFA to visit Maison et Objet in Paris, on a freezing cold but fabulously sunny winter’s day. This show is one that warms the senses with the innovative new products displayed in imaginative and eye-catching ways.
BCFA member The Isle Mill were proudly exhibiting their gorgeous woven fabric and throws.The traditional Scottish designs their products are generally inherently fire resistant to contract standards and very hard wearing. Meet them next week at the BCFA Glasgow networking event at The Blytheswood. Click here to attend. One of the stands that stood out for us with it’s refreshing design and open layout was D&M a Belgian company who actually sell plant pots! The display was was stunning and innovative and the area was mobbed by visitors – it was definitely a highlight.LCD Textile were showing a metal woven fabric and exploited the mouldable structure of their product to create an impressive display box of ‘jellyfish’.We were delighted to meet Wallace & Sewell two designers of delicate woven fabrics for domestic applications. They work with BCFA members Vescom and Bute to help them manufacture their beautiful designs.Another highlight within hall 7 was the Ateliers d’art feature showed a few French artists and their work. Our favourites were Thierry Laudren and Thierry Martenon pictured below.We met designer Jimmie Karlsson, Creative Director at Jimmie Martin, who had a couple of commercial interior design projects in his portfolio. His eye-catching stand showed customised objects in his signature (sometimes controversial) style.The most fun item from the show for us was the AP Collection who had created seating with a ‘Cuddles & Affection’ theme. Each seat is handmade in Belgium and combines a chair stuffed with cuddly toys. Most humorous and stand out to us were the flamingo and swan themes, which actually looked more ‘beaky’ than comfortable but were nonetheless great fun!The show itself was very busy and certainly had a better visitor attendance than the same day last year. We could see that the Japanese were back both exhibiting and visiting. It was welcome to note that there were a lot more catering facilities for visitors but the way-finding between halls still left us struggling to work out a route through the show without getting lost! We were also saddened that the usual magnificent annual feature provided by Team Lab was not on site this year.
Check out some of our other finds from the show below;