Maison & Objet Fall 2014 Discoveries

I was very lucky to attend the Maison & Objet show in Paris this Fall. It was definitely on my bucket list of interior design trade shows to attend and it did not disappoint! The show was massive, spanning multiple buildings with different themes like home accessories, home textiles, and ethnic chic. Many of the booths impressed me a great deal with suppliers building entire showrooms within the exposition centre. I walked around for a few days and to my surprise recognized very few of the suppliers! This was actually a great thing because I found many new European sources for beautiful products that I can put in my back pocket and use in my own projects. Below is a collection of some of my favourite new suppliers that I thought you might like to know about too! This was a show consisting of suppliers from all across Europe and I found many of my favourites to be of Scandinavian origin. 

Bloomingville

Bloomingville is a Danish company that offers a stunning collection of raw products with a Scandinavian twist and reproductions of vintage items. They focus on quality, reasonable prices, and a high level of service. The majority of the products are designed in- house with some vintage products being sourced from select suppliers. I personally adored their booth and was pretty excited when I stumbled upon it! After looking online at their collection, I know I will be sourcing items from them for many years to come! 

www.bloomingville.com

String 

The String shelving system was designed in 1949 by Swedish designer Nisse Strinning. Still going strong today, the design is modern minimalist and can be configured in endless combinations. I like how this system can be customized to fit exactly the amount of items you wish to store and can be added to over time. There are colour and finish options available to suit any home and modern open shelving is always a great look! 

www.string.se

House Doctor

House Doctor was my favourite booth at the show. It had really creative ideas and an aesthetic and colour palette I am really loving right now. The company is based in Denmark and was started by three creative siblings who together with their team, design everything in-house. They aim to be stylish, inspiring, and the source that helps you create a more personal home. I think this company is just what the Doctor ordered! 

en.housedoctor.dk

 

 

Secto 

Secto is a Finnish lighting company driven by innovation and craftsmanship. They use birch veneers to stunning effect to create pendants, lamps, and sconces. Their manufacturing process takes environmental practices into consideration and has been honed over the years to produce high quality products. Seppo Koho is the Finnish designer behind this innovative yet simple line. Personally, I love this lighting because of it's versatility. I could see these lights as a focal point in a restaurant, dining room, or bedroom.  

www.sectodesign.fi

Petite Friture

Petite Friture is a French company that brings together emerging design talent and gives them a launching pad to sell and develop their work. All of the curated items are unique conversation pieces that tell a story. My favourite is the Vertigo Pendant designed by Constance Guisset. It really caught my eye at the show and made a bold statement. The design reminds me of a floppy brimmed hat, both elegant and whimsical. Keep your eye on Petite Friture for an ever evolving collection of the latest in French industrial design. 

www.petitefriture.com

 

THE TOP 10 - DESIGN CITIES AND THEIR AESTHETICS

Lately I have been thinking about top design cities around the world and mostly.....how I can visit them as soon as possible.  I found it fascinating to look through projects from the top 10 design cities around the world (as deemed by numerous sources) and try to pick out a general aesthetic that defines each city.  The results had me moving Tokyo and Cape Town to the top of my travel list! I was really amazed with how well the design reflects what I imagine (and in some cases know) the culture, city, and people to be like. So far I've been to London, Melbourne, New York, Paris, Barcelona, and Toronto. 6/10! Not bad! As for the other 4, let's just say they are on the bucket list! I hope you enjoy taking a look at the different aesthetics from the cities where good design is born, valued, and preserved......A.K.A the best places on earth! 

xox Bryony