Icon noticed a focus on the handmade and the humorous at the interior design trade show in Paris earlier this month. Here are some products that stood out.
Filipino designer Kenneth Cobonpue, who was voted Maison et Objet’s Asian Designer of the Year in February, presented a range of chairs with names and shapes to make you smile. The Dimsum stool resembles a Chinese bamboo steamer; Yoda (pictured above) is reminiscent of tall blades of grass; and Noodle’s seat is a tangled mass of rattan loops.
Cacoon by Hang In Out
Yacht sail designer Nick McDonald took inspiration from the shape of hanging weaver birds’ nests in Mexico when developing Cacoon, a portable tent-like structure that can be suspended from a tree, ceiling beam or other sturdy support. For sitting in alone or with a second person, they were used on an outdoor terrace at Maison & Objet.
Meccano is celebrating its 100th anniversary in France with the launch of its first range of home furniture. These self-assembly, modular pieces can be adjusted, extended and redesigned endlessly with the nuts-and-bolts system we remember from childhood.
Sentou’s Noé Wall Secretary Desk is a wall unit in oak or walnut veneer with a detachable silkscreen-printed storage compartment that has saddle-stitched seams. The Isabelle 1950s oak chair (pictured above) is upholstered in a choice of six colours.
Il Laboratoria Dell Imperfetto
The Italian company treats imperfections in material as uniqueness rather than flaws. At Maison et Objet, it presented its collection of fibreglass objects and furniture, including the varnished Nido armchairs (pictured above).
Design agency Popcorn presented a range of imaginative items for the home such as the Fountain water jugs, which make the glugging sound of a fountain when used, and a range of mugs by artist Louise Bourgeois featuring images from her “10am Is When You Come To Me” artwork.
Korea Craft & Design Foundation
The work of contemporary designers that use traditional Korean materials and craftsmanship was on display, such as Lee Jung Hoon’s Wormhole cabinet and lounge chair in red oak, aluminium and ash, and Lee Inhwa’s Shadowed Color Cup series of translucent, polished porcelain vessels (pictured above).