Gentleman On The Go: Highlights from Maison&Objet and Paris Design Week

Many of you have asked me what my favorite things where from this latest trip to Paris in September.  So I am finally sitting down to share the goodies.

From Maison&Objet some of the trends I noticed where a continuation of the natural, honest, rustic materials we have come to see in past seasons with a particular focus on refining those materials and more introduction of brass, and warm metals.  That was clearly evident in the beautiful small goods of Belgium based designer Michael Verheyden (www.michaelverheyden.com) whose understated chic items really captured the spirit of the show.

Another Belgian standout was Sempre (www.sempre.be) with its rustic collection of over scaled furniture that had a fresh point of view using reclaimed teak, teak branches, and aged oak.  For larger projects I liked that they were able to accommodate customization.    Perfect for country or beach.

cto Lighting Ltd (www.ctolighting.co.uk)

cto lighting (www.ctolighting.co.uk)

Other notables were the JNL collection (www.jnl.be) for it’s very sophisticated presentation that included a fully built showroom, absolutely well done space and the furniture was comfortable, well scaled, and eco-friendly fabrication.

 Among some of the Design Week highlights:

New introductions from Ecart which I had not seen but most notably:

Edition Ecart: Eric Jourdan

Edition Ecart: Bruno Moinard

But by far the most creatively energizing presentation was the Artcurial and AD Intérieurs 2012 Show.  Click on the image below to see the Vogue France imagery of the showcase featuring the work of a  talented group of designers including:  Jean Louis Deniot, Chahan Minassian, Bruno Moinard, Pierre Yovanovitch, and Joseph Dirand.  Click the image below to see the Vogue France post on the presentation.

Artcurial et AD Interieurs 2012 Courtesy: Vogue France

AD Interieurs/ Bains de Maharadjah / Joseph Dirand por Louis Vuitton

AD Interieurs 2012/ Salon Ethnique de Jean Louis Denoit

That’s it for today….more to come!