Design – Paris Design Week 2022 took over the French capital with installations and exhibitions across the city. We selected seven brand-new collections on show, from marble pieces blending Le Corbusier’s style with ‘fluid’ marble to a ‘furniture landscape’ inspired by Nature’s organic shapes.
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The Invisible collection unveiled a covetable furniture collection by Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance. the French designer transcended Nature’s organic shapes and their irregularities and turned them into furniture defined by resolutely modern, fluid lines and soft shapes. The series comprises Whisper, a gorgeous line of seating inspired by the image of undulating landscapes covered in snow, and the striking Mineral Flower tables sculpted out of a single block of marble.
Known for her signature polychrome language, Paris-based Iranian-born designer India Mahdavi explores form in the absence of colour with the Achromia furniture collection commissioned by Athens-based Carwan Gallery. The white marble designs highlight a wrong perception of ancient Greek and Roman aesthetics. “Whiteness is one of the identifying marks of classicism — or so we have come to believe.” Says the designer. “Although museums worldwide are filled with sculptures of pearly white marble, archaeology has revealed that the Ancient Greeks and Romans used to lavishly paint their statues and buildings as a norm.”
At the Fondation Le Corbusier, M éditions presented the Fragments limited edition of marble chairs, stools, and trays by French designer Anthony Guerrée. The collection explores Le Corbusier’s work as well as Greek architecture. “To work with marble is to investigate history.” Said the designer. Guerrée worked with leftover pieces of marble sourced in France and Northern Italy that were too small for their use.
Italian architect and designer Marco Lavit has created Finis Terrae, a carpet collection for French textile manufacturer Lelièvre Paris. The series is the synthesis of a journey blending spiritual and mythological elements. A refined contrast of hues and geometries recalls the almost evanescent line between land and sea, like in the Greek peninsula of Mani protruding into the Aegean Sea.
Yabu Pushelberg created the Pebble planter collection for South African design brand Indigenus. The concrete series pays homage to the amorphous forms found in Nature. Designed to stand together or independently, the vases come in new earthy hues such as brown, sandstone, and terracotta, along with more monochrome options.
Mediterranean vibes and hues resonate in Moiré, the ultimate collection by French fabric and wallpaper brand Élitis. Intriguing and materic patterns inspired by sea waves with an iridescent imprint harness traditional French wall covering techniques. Crafted by artisans, each pattern is unique, reflecting the natural play of shadows and light on water-rippling surfaces. Moiré is available in marine and unexpected hues.
Soul by Beirut-born Charles Kalpakian for independent French design brand DCW éditions is a collection of plaster corner sconces for hallway lighting. Inspired by the French-Lebanese designer’s childhood memories when he used to run and play in a city that was in pieces, the lamps are landscapes of curiosity that recreate the feeling of entering a dark alley at dusk and suddenly being pierced with a surreal ray of light. Small metal characters gaze at the architectural designs.