Paris 2019 – Archipanic explored Maison Objet Fall 2019 in search of unexpected paths in design. We picked 6 independent designs mixing colours and materials with an innovative twist. Can marble be dyed? Can glass be molded in vibrant architectural tableware? Can metal be bended in iridescent waves?
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When thew marble feels blue…
Buzao infiltrates marble with a highly saturated blue colour in the Dyeing Marble collection. The Chinese emerging brand borrowed the open secret – and counterfeit process – of the gemstone industry that consists in using chemical dyes to add value to precious minerals. The collection suggests an invasion of figurative artificial symbols into the material’s classical and natural imagery.
Le Corbusier, à la table!
Jonah Takagi has created a range of colourful glass brut vessels inspired by the rich textures of Marseille and the board formed concrete of Le Corbusier’s 1952 Unite d’Habitation. Created in partnership with French glassmaking research center CIRVA, each piece begins with a one off mold created from precisely machined refractory bricks and ceramic sheets. Hot glass was then blown into the mold and allowed to cool slighly before the form is dimantled, liberating the blown glass vessel from its confines.
David Bowie’s galaxies on a plate
The Dishes to Dishes collection by architect and designer Glenn Sesting for Valerie Objects references David Bowie’s Ashes to Ashes 1980 hit. The range evokes the shape of galaxies through a series of stackable wood and ceramic dishes and comes in varying sizes.
Earthy patterns crossing fashion and tableware
Belgian homeware company Serax launched a glass and collection of porcelain plates, cutlery and glassware designed by Fashion Designer Ann Demeulemeester. The range blends colour and materials with vibrant patterns and broody aesthetics with an eclectic interplay of light and shadow.
Tectonic and iridescent waves become furniture
Cousins Kira de Paola and Joseph Vidich of Kin & Company showcased experimental furniture with a ‘tectonic imprint’ at the Rising Talents capsule exhibition focusing on US emerging designers. The Wave Table captures the dynamic moment of a cresting wave with rolled sheets of steel curl and peel away beneath a transparent glass top. The vibrant multicolored steel surface is created through a unique heat treatment process through which molecules realign to capture and reflect selective wavelengths of light.
Clay aquatic patterns
Polish designer Magdalena Kucharska, founder of the Hadaki tableware brand, presents the Baltic collection of clay pieces that come in organic shapes with a soft colour palette. Inspired by water, the series highlights the process of clay coloration. The range combines smooth, glossy, white glazed/non-glazed surfaces to define a natural, raw, yet polished, design.