This September's Maison & Objet Paris (M&O) once again brought the very best in interior design to the world's attention. The spring edition drew nearly 3,000 brands from 59 countries, and the figures for the autumn event are expected to be much the same. Perspective attended the event to look at this year's leading creatives and trends, and in particular, how Asian talent is being represented on the international stage.
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The M&O Designer of the Year, Tristan Auer of France, is a quintessentially French designer who exemplifies the notion of the art de vivre or French style, and he works closely with the artisans who have given France its reputation for luxury. His working drawings for the interiors for the recently reopened Hotel de Crillon, Paris were on display and his brasserie chair in caramel woven leather and cannage is sure to be an instant classic.
Among young firms recognised at M&O were Vincent Lim and Elaine Lu's Lim+Lu, which was selected as a Rising Asian Talent at the event. The duo were also winners of a Perspective 40 Under 40 award. They were inspired by the ubiquitous Chinese bowl for the Totem series of vases, with stacked and inverted bowls. The couple also displayed the latest iteration of the evolving Frame Table made with gold-finished polished stainless steel that can be configured in many ways with terrazzo and metal inserts.
M&O Designer of the Year Asia was won by the Singaporean architecture practice WOHA, founded by Richard Hassell and Wong Mun Sum. At M&O the firm launched its WOHAbeing homewares with designs influenced by its Asian location; the Turtle Chair was inspired by Bintan Island where turtles nest. The Ulu collection of a table with a built-in lazy Susan, lamps and mid-century modern-style chairs, owes its name to Bali's Uluwatu, where WOHA created the immediately identifiable cantilevered pavilion for Alila Villas.
"Be thoughtful!" urged ebullient New York-based, Taiwanese-born designer Tony Chi to a packed session. "Creativity comes from that!" It was thoughtfulness that inspired two of his own more modest designs, a toothpick holder and an organiser, said the man who is better known for bigger statements in his designs for the hospitality industry, Rosewood hotels in London (below left), Hong Kong and New York, and Andaz hotels among them.
This is an excerpt from the “The Paris show" article from the October 2017 issue of Perspective magazine.
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