PARIS DESIGN WEEK
Designer Anne Breux Reports Back on the Hottest Trends in Design
Story and photos by Anne Breux
Born and raised in Paris, yes, but living and working in Houston for many years, it is my pleasure to report to you on my latest visit to the City of Light. In September Maison et Objet opened in Villepinte [a suburb northeast of Paris], in parallel with Paris Design Week, with exhibitions and events throughout most of the arrondissements.
The weather was perfect and the tone of the fair was golden as well: Japanese/French lighting designers Akari-Lisa Ishii and and Motoko Ishii (I.C.O.N. Lighting) previewed a prototype of the world’s first gold LED lighting at their booth. They also presented a two-day light show on the Eiffel Tower, Japonismes 2018, celebrating 160 years of diplomatic relations between France and Japan. It was magical!
The Dutch company, Dimplex, came out with the brilliant idea to use water to create the illusion of fire. Petite Friture extended their line with a colorful outdoor furniture collection and a whimsical sense of humor with Egyptian-esque ceramic containers.
Enough for the fairgrounds, now up to Paris! Thousands of visitors took the RER train to attend events in showrooms, bookshops and ateliers all over the city. Three different circuits were offered to us: green (architecture), blue (artistic craftsmen and knowhow) and red (art museums and galleries).
I picked places in all three colors but all in the same neighborhood, the Latin Quarter, close to the École des Beaux-Arts. At Boulevard Saint-Germain I visited the boutique Mériguet-Carrère where the French brand of high-end paints made official its sponsorship with the manufacture nationale de Sèvres [a principal European porcelain factory].
Close by, the Cassina showroom was presenting the Mexique table by designer Charlotte Perriand; and along Rue Jacob I rediscovered Ecart International with the impeccable taste of Andrée Putman and her disciples, Bruno Moinard and Elliott Barnes.
Along Rue Bonaparte the editor Assouline had a fantastic display of design books. From there I strolled down Rue Mazarine to the Seine and along the riverbank to the Trocadéro for one last look at the Eiffel Tower.
1. Ready for Tuileries Garden, matching the flowerbeds in autumn. Petite Friture’s Week-End collection of outdoor furniture is available in black, white, ultramarine blue, bordeaux and yellow.
Photo courtesy of Petite Friture.
2. Akari-Lisa Ishii and Motoko Ishii previewed a prototype of the world’s first gold LED spotlight.
3. Swarovski presented this stunning crystal chandelier, reflecting centuries of perfect craftsmanship.
4. Petite Friture’s Ping family of ceramic containers was inspired by a Soviet tin toy penguin.
5. Dimplex’s Opti-myst® fireplaces utilize water based ultrasonic technology to produce an electric flame and smoke effect.
6. The most convivial table rediscovered by Cassina. The Mexique high and low table is available with a triangular or teardrop shaped top.
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