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Navigating Paris Design Week with Claire and Odile

Navigating Paris Design Week with Claire and Odile

We had a chance to spend time in Paris to visit Maison & Objet and Paris Design Week, particularly busy this year.

Besides meeting with friends of the Industry, we had a chance to discover many young talents spotlighted at Maison & Objet, or in different locations in the city, from Mobilier National, to the Expressive Itinerance exhibit, Design Factory in the Marais or different schools shows.


Rising Talents Awards Exhibit

The spotlight of the Rising Talents Awards at Maison&Objet 2023 shines on seven promising, young, and visionary designers. Gathered in Paris, these emerging talents “explore the seven capital virtues defended by these seven signatures committed to a French design revolution!”.

The 7 talented designers were selected by the Jury composed of Philippe Starck, Alexis Georgacopoulos, Stéphane Galerneau, Emmanuel Tibloux, Lauriane Duriez, Constance Rubini, Hervé Lemoine and Isabelle Dubern.

Pay homage to history to compose new stories: Passage, Arthur Fosse and Samuel Perhirin 
Dare all hybridizations: Jeanne Andrieu
Rethink everyday life with objects that care about people: Athime de Crécy
Change production methods: Nicolas Verschaeve
Nature does things well: Hugo Drubray
Objects pass, symbols remain: Tim Leclabart
Establish a “social contract” for design: SCMP Design Office – Sébastien Cluzel and Morgane Pluchon

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Maison&Objet Designer of the Year

Fien Muller and Hannes Van Severen were awarded with the Designer(s) of the Year prize for 2023! The Belgian duo, with a decade-long journey of pushing the boundaries between art and design, offers a glimpse into their creative world through their “cocoon exhibition” at Maison&Objet. The exhibition, structured with architectural principles, showcases their distinctive use of bold colors and formal purity in both collectible and functional pieces. 

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Launched in 2019, the Le Prix Mobilier national Jeune Création (Young Fine Craft Designers Award) offers students from the Fashion, Artistic Professions & Design Campus the chance to conceive innovative designs and solutions which address modern challenges. This year, the competition was centered upon the reuse of materials, with the objective of these items and furniture pieces to be produced by French manufacturers.


Itinerance Design is an avant-garde, independent and traveling exhibition, founded and co-curated by Jean-François Declercq, Marie Godfrain and David Herman, dedicated to the new guard of design. The exhibit presented Expressive at Paris Design Week their latest selection of designers including: 

Albalaster lamp by Sam Accoceberry
Apollo Coffee Table by Corpus Studio
Belgian Black Marble Seat by Kuijpers Gerard
Ode n.2 by Atelier Pivot
The Drago Nero by Cosein Corso
Terrabillita II & St. Gregoire by Kaaron Studio
Delft Series by Helahela
Mirorir Sud by Jonathan Cohen

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As we walked the vibrant Marais area that includes so many galleries, stores, and historical places, we spotted a few interesting new ideas as part of Design Factory.

Margaux de Penfentenyo
The Wild Chairs, by Studio Brichet-Ziegler
“OTO”, The Hugging Chair


Constance Guisset transformed Tarkett’s showroom in Paris into a playful and interactive universe.

“This inclusive installation is based on the concept of a miniature PLAY city, developed by Tarkett in collaboration with Constance Guissett. The poetic vision city invites its inhabitants to move seamlessly between different realms: from office spaces and schools, to restaurants, sports facilities, and shops, all wrapped, covered, and clad with different materials from Tarkett’s growing circular selection.” Design Boom

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On the left bank,I discovered 2 great places, next to each other,  Rue Amelie, in the 7th arrondissement,  Métiers Rares Showroom, founded by great supporter of high end craftsmanship Raphaelle Le Baud, presenting the work of great artisans including 2 of our recent residents and masters of craft: Glass artist Eve George and Steven Leprizé, Arca Ebenisterie, And next to it, at the 20 rue Amelie, The Invisible Collection, bringing together the best contemporary talents of interior design and craftsmanship.