Strikes didn’t stop the design community from heading to Paris last week. At the Parc des Expositions de Villepinte, home decor fair Maison&Objet was held January 17-21, and transportation options were limited. However, some 80,000 visitors from 150 countries still made the trip, all determined to soak in the over 2,700 exhibitors (almost 1,000 of them French). Trend watching revealed stacking is a thing—we saw more than one example of creative climbings of geometric forms. From a totem-like collection of coffee tables to a bathroom collection inspired by Roy Lichtenstein, here are 15 of our favorite finds.
1. Stacked Coffee Tables by Alain Gilles
Alain Gilles created two versions of a base and two versions of a table top—each in two sizes—and a collection was born. The totem-like forms of the ceramic Stacked coffee tables for FDC -Faïencerie de Charolles combine those pieces in multiple ways.
2. Muffins Light by Lucie Koldova and Dan Yeffet for Brokis
The Muffins light by Lucie Koldova and Dan Yeffet for Brokis turns 10 this year. To mark the occasion, Brokis is offering exotic wood options such as mahogany and palisander.
3. My Confidant Desk from Maison Dada
With its slim legs and tabletop, the painted ash veneer My Confidant desk by the in-house design team at Maison Dada is suitable for compact spaces. However, it’s the matte paint in two bold hues—petrol blue or forest green—that makes the piece stand out.
4. Frieze by Marcante-Testa for Ex.t
Taking cues from Roy Lichtenstein’s Entablatures series—in which the artist created a series of works on ornamental building features—the Frieze collection of washbasins and bathroom accessories by Marcante-Testa for Ex.t varies in shape, color, finish, and size.
5. Jazz Chair From Pedrali
Similar to the armchair and high-back chair in the Jazz collection of seating by the in-house design team at Pedrali, the new Jazz chair combines a slender and light steel frame with an upholstered seat and backrest.
6. Swirl Collection by Tom Dixon
Upon examining the aesthetic of the Italian post-modernist movement, Tom Dixon decided to give it a psychedelic twist. Stone residue from the marble industry is mixed with pigment and resin to create the stacked geometric forms of the Swirl collection of accessories and furniture, available as candleholders, bookends, vases, and tables.
7. Grooves Cupboard from Ethnicraft
The hand-carved, dark-tinted teak of the Grooves cupboard by the in-house design team at Ethnicraft is found both inside and out.
8. 410 Lamp Collection by Meshary AlNassar
Meshary AlNassar embedded LEDs in travertine stone for his 410 collection of lamps, controlled via smart phone app.
9. Asmara Sofa by Bernard Govin for Ligne Roset
In 1967, living the lifestyle of a student, 26-year-old Bernard Govin was used to lounging around in groups. In response he designed Asmara, a modular sofa composed of curved sectional pieces of foam polyurethane upholstered in stretch fabric. For a limited time, Ligne Roset is reintroducing this avant-garde piece embracing the freedom of the 1960s to its collection.
10. Pola Sofa by Sebastian Herkner for La Manufacture Paris
11. Stella Porcelain Collection by Michael Sieger for Sieger by Fürstenberg
An addition to the My China! collection, Stella is a handcrafted porcelain tableware relief series by Michael Sieger for Sieger by Fürstenberg consisting of plates, bowls, cups, and accessories, for a total of 17 pieces. Shown here is the matte finish, Satin White.
12. Tile Collection of Throws and Cushions by John Pawson for Teixidors
British architect John Pawson turns his attention to textiles for the Tile collection of throws and cushions for Teixidors. With a motif of repeating architectural patterns, the collection is handwoven from two sustainable materials—merino wool from France and baby yak wool from nomadic cattlemen in Mongolia.
13. Frame Lamp from Utu Soulful Lighting
Rattan mesh and terrazzo are not necessarily lamp materials. Forming the skeleton of the Frame lamp by Utu Soulful Lighting, they embrace opal glass globes.
14. Odisseia Chair from Dooq
Not quite a bar stool, the Odisseia chair by the in-house design team at Dooq offers plush upholstered comfort at unexpected height.
15. Gradient Ceramics Plate Collection from HKliving
Each dinner plate in the Gradient Ceramics collection—available in earth-toned hues from HKliving—is a celebration of imperfection. Each piece’s roughed-up speckled surface is unique.