Inspirations from Maison et Objet 2013

Jan 21, 2013

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Maison et Objet 2013, Image Source: uber

It’s “Maison” time again. For those who aren’t yet familiar with the famed French “House and Object” show held twice a year in Paris (this year from 18-22 January 2013) then it’s time to sit up and say Oui! It’s a great place to see how modern sentiments are translated into homeware, and a good net for catching new lines that weren’t launched at last year’s Milan fair.

This year, at a show where furniture designers Jay Osgerby and Edward Barber of Barberosgerby were named designers of the year, there are three trend zones or “Inspirations” which fall under the umbrella theme of “Vivant” or Vitality.

2013. Inspirations: Vivant from MAISON&OBJET on Vimeo.

Nourritures Premieres, created by Elizabeth Leriche, looks at how heirloom foods can be used as raw materials for designer and conceptual objects…

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“Nourritures Premieres” by Elizabeth Leriche, Image Source:

Vincent Grégoire’s “Renaiscience” investigates how “ideas inspired by nature as revealed by the microscope are invigorating design.” And “Pionnier” by François Bernard embraces innovative and emerging technologies that are resulting in new materials and products.

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“Pionnier” by François Bernard, Image Source:

Well, there’s lots of ancestral food for thought there. Also interesting is that leading Brit designer Tom Dixon chose to launch his new range of gift-ware and accessories called “Eclectic” at Maison.

Tom Dixon Eclectic Available To Buy Now from Tom Dixon Studio on Vimeo.

The collection has a heavy bent towards metallics (Tom has been fixated with copper for a while now) and is described as a “miscellany of useful and decorative artefacts and curiosities formed of honest, resilient and heavyweight materials, including copper, marble, cast iron and wood. The products are informed by British heritage and powered by London based innovation. Each piece is designed to be used or played with, to be treasured or to be given.”

I’d be over-the-moon if someone gifted me with a brogue that made my heart and my door stop!

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Tom Dixon Copper Brogue, Image Source:

The “Bash” vessels are luscious, if unsurprising, but escape the run-of-the-mill by the fact that each is bashed out by hand, and therefore unique.

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Tom Dixon Bash Vessels, Image Source:

I admire the humour in this “money box for industrious savers – modelled on a British factory from the Industrial Revolution era,” but also the comment on how money is becoming increasingly digital. There is something both sharp-edged and nostalgic in this object.

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Tom Dixon Moneybox for Industrious Savers, Image Source:

And the Hex Bowl is fit for a queen bee!

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Tom Dixon Hex Bowl, Image Source:

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Tom Dixon Hex Bowl, Image Source:>

Metallics continue to be on trend, both as wall accents and accessories, and here’s a few yummy options of our own:


  • Metallic Silver (DRM 1)
  • Metallic Copper (DRM 2)
  • Metallic Gold (DRM 3)

(p.s. these colours are available on demand, so please make sure you DEMAND them from your store BEFORE you shop them)