Maison Objet kicks off 2016 with the first major exhibition of the year.
Kicking off this year’s run of international design exhibitions, Paris’ Maison Objet promises to be the most impressive to date. Running from January 22nd – 26th, the show’s panel have opted for ‘wild’ as their chosen concept for the year. With strong references to the winter season in which its held, the organisers explain this “takes cues from forms and materials reconnecting to be in line with nature, championing the notion of injecting nature into the urban space.”
The exhibition will continue with the same structure introduced last year which separated the 3 main areas by ‘spirit’. These hubs have been organised into Luxury, Design and Interior Decoration, Maison and lastly, Objet.
Being the first major exhibition in the calendar, Maison Objet is often used by designers as a springboard to launch their latest collections. Amongst the line-up this year includes StellaWorks’ reimagining of Ming furniture via a series of chairs and tables. Similarly Missoni Home will present their latest Fiore Pop collection and we’ll see the eagerly anticipated Funag lighting range from Brazilian duo, Campina Borthers in collaboration with Czech firm Lasvit.
Each year the exhibition grants a group of ‘Rising Stars’ the opportunity to showcase their work. 2015’s September exhibition played host to a collection of french designers including Dach and Zephyr, Celia-Hannes and Gilles Neveu. This year the focus has moved a little further afield, turning to the latest crop of Scandinavian talent. No doubt a reaction inspired by the market’s change in emphasis from mid-century design that has gripped the design world for the past few years, to a new generation of Nordic designers who have assumed the mantle from their forebears.
1. JONAS EDVALD, DENMARK
A design graduate of the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts (2013), Jonas Edvard is an independent designer developing a new experience of design objects through raw unprocessed materials.
Based in Copenhagen, Jonas’ work is driven by the ambition to create sustainable furniture using materials that explore the potential of a global green economy. His collection is characterised by a focus on the qualities of already existing materials, diving into their history and ranges of uses, to create functional products with a simple and honest approach.
In 2014, Jonas Edvard showed his Myx lamp as part of The Danish Craft Collection and in 2015 The Terroir Project was shown in Milan as part of the Mindcraft15 exhibition. Jonas has received numerous prizes and grants and has been featured in several exhibitions, including the permanent collection in the Danish Design Museum and the Trapholt Museum.
2. TROELS FLENSTEAD, DENMARK
Born in 1987, Troels Flensted graduated from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London. After graduating in 2014, he moved back to his native country, Denmark, and started his own studio.
His experimental studio explores the potential within material behaviours, colours and alternative manufacturing processes, inspiration in the aesthetics and undiscovered possibilities deriving from combining the three.
Since the launch of his studio, his work has been exhibited at some of the most respected design fairs across Europe – Dutch Design Week, London Design Festival, May Design Series, Stockholm Design Week, etc. He has been featured in numerous influential design media across the world: Dazed, Icon, Dezeen, Milk Décoration, to name a few. In 2015, he received a residency at the Danish Art Workshops.
3. KATRIINA NUUTINEN, FINLAND
Katriina Nuutinen was born in 1983, in Helsinki, Finland. She graduated from the School of Arts and Design at Aalto University, Helsinki with a Master’s degree in 2011. Katriina’s work is an outstanding example of modern Finnish glass design, inspired by the captivating interplay of glass and light.
She specialises in glass and ceramics, but her work is also characterised by explorations with wood, metal, leather and textiles, as well as combining different materials. The delicate Hely jewel lamp is a perfect example of her extensive knowledge of various materials combined with her creative air. Katriina’s harmonic work mainly consists of lights, interior accessories and tableware. However, her attraction towards concept designing, as well as furniture design is increasing.
In 2011 she was awarded the Finnish talent of the year in Muoto2011 gala in Helsinki. In 2014, her Oma floor lamp was selected for Homeware Top 25 by Monocle magazine. More recently, she was also awarded a one-year grant by the Finnish Cultural Foundation.
4. KJARTAN OSKARSSON, ICELAND
Kjartan Oskarsson is an Icelandic designer. He studied Interior Design at the Istituto Superiore di Architettura e Design (ISAD), in Milan, Italy in 1998 and graduated with a Master’s degree in Furniture Design from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), in the USA, in 2014.
Over the past 16 years, he has gained significant experience working on numerous interior, furniture and lighting design projects. In his most recent work, he has focused on designing and building lighting and in particular, lamps, using interactive techniques to push the user to explore new ways to connect with and discover the object.
Kjartan was Launch Pad Winner at Wanted Design NYC 2015.
5. KNEIP, NORWAY
Kneip is a craft, design and art studio founded by Jørgen Platou Willumsen and Stian Korntved Ruud, both graduates of the Oslo School of Architecture and Design. Jørgen Platou Willumsen completed his Bachelor’s degree in product design in 2010 and decided to take a Master’s degree in art to complement his education. Stian Korntved Ruud trained in product design at Akershus University College and the Oslo School of Architecture and Design, before going on to do an internship at Tom Dixon in London.
Nature and craftsmanship are important sources of inspiration. Both designers are interested in telling stories through their objects, which are all handmade and produced either as small series or unique pieces. Jørgen and Stian work in a wide range of expressions and techniques and want Kneip to be moving towards a meeting point between art, design and craftsmanship. They have exhibited in various international events, including the Vienna, Oslo and London Design Weeks (2015).
6. FÄRG & BLANCHE, SWEDEN
The French-Swedish design studio Färg & Blanche was founded in 2010 by the designers Fredrik Färg and Emma Marga Blanche. Fredrik took his Master’s degree in design in 2008 and Emma graduated in 2006. Known for their experimental stance, where each expression informs the other, they work across a wide variety of fields, collaborating with established Scandinavian furniture brands and producing their own collections and limited art pieces for galleries around the world. Their sense of experimentation with materials and production methods, in particular in textiles, can be felt throughout Emma and Fredrik’s work, which often has a tailored, yet playful touch.
They have received numerous awards, such as the FORM +1 Award 2014 for Best Product at the Stockholm Furniture Fair, Sköna Hem Best Product of the Year 2013, and Swedish ELLE Deco Young Talent 2009, among others. They have also collaborated with Comme Des Garçons making exhibitions in Tokyo, Seoul and Paris and have created a number of acclaimed exhibitions, including “20 designers at Biologiska” 2011 and “Inside Scandinavian Design” 2015. Over the years, they have taken part in many exhibitions, including furniture fairs in Milan, Stockholm, New York, London, Tokyo, and Cologne.