Highlights from Paris Design Week Winter 2018

The winter edition of Paris Design Week kicked off with a busy Maison et Objet programme at Parc d'Exposition, alongside its textiles’ sister show in town - Deco Off - and various previews at galleries in town. Patterns and textured surfaces were popular this season with an abundance of wicker, grids and perforations standing out in many new products. Amongst the flurry of launches, the tableware offering was smaller this year in comparison to the glassware and lighting which truly stole the show...

Rug with designs of sky and infinite quality of circles

(Image credit: Stepevi)


The Turkish rug brand commissioned Juan Montoya to create a series of designs for their launch at the fair. Titled ‘Moonlight’, the collection draws inspiration from the sky and the infinite quality of circles

Pink table lamp

(Image credit: Thomas Dariel)

Maison Dada

Art director Thomas Dariel launched a handful of designs for the brand including this ‘Dali Davina’ table lamp that is an ode to the designer’s daughter (named after Salvador Dali)

splash of colour gallery artwork collection

(Image credit: Martha Sturdy)

Martha Sturdy

Adding a splash of colour to dreary Paris was Martha Sturdy’s new ‘Prime’ collection. The Canadian designer told Wallpaper* that the primary hues were chosen as an ode to childhood, and it certainly offered a refreshing timeless colour statement that was distinct from the trends

carafes on display

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Gallery S. Bensimon

In an exhibition titled ‘Champ Creatifs’, the gallery showcased products by various designers including Danish brand Handvark and a new set of carafes by Giorgio Bonaguro and Brussels collective Ars Fabricandi titled ‘Planetario’ (pictured)

minimalist shelving system that arrives in brass and black tones

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The bathroom brand joined forces with Spanish-based Mut Design on a new minimalist shelving system that arrives in brass and black tones

echoing ceramic plates

(Image credit: Mathieu Lehanneur)

Mathieu Lehanneur

In town, Christie’s hosted an exhibition of Mathieu Lehanneur’s ceramic plates that echoes 50 different tones of the ocean from across the globe. Working together with Planet Observer for satellite imagery and ceramicist Peter Fink, the French designer created an aquatic journey for visitors

suede sculptures on display

(Image credit: Giobagnara)


Last year Giobagnara appointed Stephane Parmentier as its creative director, and this year the designer added to the collection with suede sculptures (pictured), and refined leather trays

bar trolley in wood, steel and glass

(Image credit: Pulpo)


Michael Schmidt launched this sophisticated bar trolley in wood, steel and glass in collaboration with German brand Pulpo

living area collection

(Image credit: Jasper Morrison and Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec)


Inside the newest Parisian showroom on Rue Boudreau, Vitra launched its Spring/Summer accessories collection that included products by Jasper Morrison and Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec

leather and stainless steel stool

(Image credit: Christopher Gentner)


This leather and stainless steel stool was displayed at Christopher Gentner’s stand of new products that the American designer realised in the past year

room lighting on display

(Image credit: Charles Kalpakian)


Over in Saint Germain, Italian lighting brand Nemo opened up its first Parisian showroom. Designed by Charles Kalpakian as a gallery environment the space features Le Corbusier-style primary hues

Bronze And Pink Vase

(Image credit: Sacha Walckhoff)


Czech glass brand Verreum launched a vase, carafe and tumbler by Sacha Walckhoff that are formed from two separable elements: blown glass and metallic glass

Glassware collection

(Image credit: Sebastian Herkner and Brad Ascalon)


The Turkish glass brand released a selection of new wares by Sebastian Herkner and Brad Ascalon, who has designed this sleek ‘Hepburn’ mixology set

dusty pink armchair

(Image credit: Federica Biasi)

Rising Talents Awards

Federica Biasi's (chosen by Andrea Branzi) stand stood out at the awards this season. The Italian designer showcased her latest products for Mingardo and Incipit lab, in addition to a prototype dusty pink armchair 

sideboard on display

(Image credit: Jan Plechac & Henry Wielgus)

La Chance

After revealing a prototype in 2016, designers Jan Plechac & Henry Wielgus have expanded their galvanised metal project for La Chance into a collection of cabinets and sideboards titled ‘Bump’ which match steel and marble in abstract ways

homeware graphic bento boxes

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Taking on a culinary theme for this year's stand, the luxury homeware company celebrated the release of new graphic bento boxes

bamboo tray

(Image credit: OEO Studio)

OEO Studio

OEO Studio teamed up with Japanese lifestyle brand, Kohchosai Kosuga for their Maison et Objet launch with a set of bamboo accessories titled ‘Plateau’

furniture pieces

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The Japanese designer was inspired by hieroglyphics for a four-piece collection of furniture titled ‘Picto’ that launched at the fair this year. Created for Chinese lifestyle brand Zens, the playfully shaped pieces unite with matching triangular bases

Sujata Burman is a writer and editor based in London, specialising in design and culture. She was Digital Design Editor at Wallpaper* before moving to her current role of Head of Content at London Design Festival and London Design Biennale where she is expanding the content offering of the showcases. Over the past decade, Sujata has written for global design and culture publications, and has been a speaker, moderator and judge for institutions and brands including RIBA, D&AD, Design Museum and Design Miami/. In 2019, she co-authored her first book, An Opinionated Guide to London Architecture, published by Hoxton Mini Press, which was driven by her aim to make the fields of design and architecture accessible to wider audiences. 

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