The world’s most renowned home design tradeshow, Maison et Objet, is right around the corner! From 20 to 24 January 2017, this furniture show is the focus of every professional of the design world, with excellent exhibitors, conferences and also new talents. Nominated by six renowned designers, the rising talents of M&O Paris 2017 are called “the most promising talents”. Get to know them.
Ross Lovegrove’s nominee Giles Miller
Giles Miller is a composer of materials. He specializes in the development of truly innovative surface, material and sculptural works. With focuses on light, reflection, texture and the manipulation of these elements, Giles Miller creates conceptually subtle yet beautifully functional artworks.
Sir Paul Smith’s nominee John Booth
John Booth wanted to be a textile designer; he was studying Fashion Print at Central St Martins when he realized he could channel his “interest in fashion and textiles through his passion for drawing”. Whether he is designing ceramic objects, textile prints or doing fashion illustrations, John Booth follows the same creative path: his work is instantaneous, always sporting strong, often primary colors and is never conceptual or conceptualized.
Nigel Coates’ nominee Studio Swine
Japanese architect Azusa Murakami and British artist Alexander Groves are the Studio SWINE. Obsessed with materials, travelling the world from South America to some uninhabited South Pacific parts or to the Shandong province of China, they consider design as “an agent for change”, willing to change the perception of materials by turning waste into luxury.
Jay Osgerby’s nominee Sebastian Cox
Sebastian Cox grew up surrounded by woods and raised by a father whose profession was to restore timber-framed buildings. Later, it seemed natural to him to study Furniture at Lincoln University, followed by an MA in Design. For this British craftsman and designer, designing and making are the two faces of his trade. He uses traditional techniques and at the same time incorporate a contemporary aesthetic, that appeals to modern homes.
Ilse Crawford’s nominee Marcin Rusak
Marcin Rusak is a polish professional who lives and works in London. He studies contemporary patterns of consumption, industry methods of manipulation, and the complicated systems we support. His work is the intersection of value, ephemerality, and aesthetics, creating works that ask questions and proposes possible future scenarios, utilizing the power of materials, volume and form that he moves fluidly from decorative art objects to sculptures.
Tom Dixon’s nominee Zuza Mengham
Zuza Mengham is a London based Artist and Designer. Her work explores the join between the recovery of traditional crafts and the creation of her own new methods of making. From giant steel and neon chandeliers housing hanging plants to small geometric sculptures, her work is seated within an atheistic of modernist abstraction. She also works on a jewelry series which explores synthesizing particular materials such as powdered copper and slate, allowing the natural density of each component or pigment to drop and rise creating spontaneously marbled colors.
Maison et Objet 2017 will definitely highlight the important trends, pick up the micro-signs that herald changing influences and define the direction styles are moving in. So, breathing in the current atmosphere, explore and gather clues that forecast the future. Let yourself be inspired by Maison et Objet 2017.