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27 January 2023
Inside and outside the fair, spotlights on Made in Italy and an accurate reading of latest trends
The Parisian design week has just ended and this year it has rediscovered the liveliness and participation of the past with companies returning to the event and others making their debut in Paris.
At the center is the Maison&Objet fair, dedicated to furniture and accessories, surrounded by a series of city events, hosted by the showrooms of the most prestigious international design brands. The open dialogue between physical and digital reality dominates all trends: the metaverse is not an alternative to reality but a new, interesting, declination of it. As well as a source of inspiration for formal approaches, color combinations, functional layouts. The claim, moreover, is “Take care” to be understood as an invitation to pay attention and take care of what surrounds us, from the home to the environment, passing through ourselves.
Maxalto has chosen to introduce its latest collections in its showroom located in the iconic Rue du Bac: the new furnishings designed by the creative director Antonio Citterio design refined and welcoming interiors, dominated by material colors and intense tactile textures. In the foreground Arbiter, the company’s modular sofa and Lilium, a sofa with sinuous and elegant lines.
Giorgetti has also opened the doors of its Parisian store to show its latest collections: next to the Soho modular sofa designed in 2022 by Carlo Colombo there is space for the Montgomery armchairs by Studio Dainelli.
The layout does not lack theatrical coups such as the 90° Minuto luxury football table and the Flamingo game table, both sophisticated versions of two classics of domestic hospitality.
The Galerie Les Filles du Calvaire has welcomed the evocative exhibition by cc-tapis entitled “An encounter with Charlotte Perriand”: on display, the collection of six carpets Les Arcs Collection inspired by a series of studies and technical drawings on color by Perriand never published before. The collection had been imagined by the architect for Les Arcs, a resort in the French Alps, but had been set aside due to budgetary issues. Cc-tapis finally realizes this exceptional project.
The January 2023 edition crowned Raphaël Navot designer of the year by entrusting him with the installation entitled Apothem (on the cover): a circular room with twelve access portals and an invitation to experiment with the senses with furnishings, lights, and accessories. A real space to be enjoyed almost like an immersive virtual reality.
The Mediterranean is also evoked by the Bulbi vase collection introduced by Ethimo and designed by Studiopepe: the handcrafted texture and refined geometric shapes make the six vases the perfect complement for an enveloping outdoor space in harmony with nature, as well as the collection of Bold tables, with organic and reassuring shapes.
Pedrali introduced its latest collections in settings whose pastel colors and essential lines recall the aesthetics of the metaverse: here the Babila chairs by Odo Fioravanti fit in with informal elegance.
The same chromatic trend is recurrent in the creations of Paola Paronetto, who has found the perfect balance between craftsmanship, art, and design in her vases.
Rounded shapes were another recurring theme of this edition of Maison&Objet, seen, for example, in the Wabi bed by Alain Gilles for Saba: generous and welcoming shapes designed with elegant and refined lines.
The same balance of comfort and elegance can be found in the latest collections introduced at the fair by Gervasoni, for indoor and outdoor spaces, designed by David Lopez Quincoces, Federico Peri, Federica Biasi, alongside the iconic best-selling collections by Paola Navone: Loll, Gray , Ghost, Brass and Silver.
Not only style but also technical and formal innovation: Martinelli Luce introduced two lamps in particular which, in terms of aesthetics and function, meet the current needs of those who live in the home and in work spaces, two ever closer contexts. For the historic lighting company, Studio Natural has designed Avro, a suspension lamp that hides a socket in the lower part of its diffuser. To transform the dining table into a workstation.
Very interesting is the Dia floor lamp by Simon Schmitz: a slender column in transparent glass with two LEDs that direct the light upwards and downwards and the visible dissipator which contributes not only to the function but also to define the style of the lamp itself.
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