Maison Et Objet is almost coming to an end so we’re taking a look at the highlights of this year’s conferences, teaching us about new trends, exciting novelties in the design world and even allowing us to know more about the designer of the year. We’ve gathered the highlights of 3 unmissable conferences at Maison et Objet 2019. Take a look!
Excuse My French! The Art Of “French Paradox”
Excuse My French is the inspiration theme for Maison Et Objet. Vincent Grégoire from NellyRodi has once again overseen this highly inspiring space.
Vincent Grégoire explained that the idea behind the name Excuse my french is that “people all over the world have lost their bearings because of globalization and need to find themselves again. French people are no longer sure about their identity, but at the same time, they are proud that they are still surprising and intriguing.”
Nowadays, foreigners evoke the typical Parisian woman, they talk about a certain “je ne sais quoi”, the “French Paradox” or effortlessly chic”. These paradoxes become quite evident in the design industry as well. There is a “new wave” that imagines hybrid creations, integrates new points of view and which is nourished by new expressions.
The Designer Of The Year 2019 Conference
With every new edition, Maison Et Objet elects a Designer of the Year. The winner of the 2019 edition was Sebastian Herkner and in this conference, one of the most expected, we got to find out more about him and his work.
Sebastian Herkner is a 37-year-old designer from Germany. ‘’My aim is to find a way to balance craftsmanship with new technologies’’. For Sebastian, nothing is more important than changing the way we consume goods, and how we should invest in quality materials and craftspeople, as it becomes harder and harder to create waste.
“I wish in the next 10 years the crafts still matters. The materials are also in the right way. We just really need to change our consume patters’. I don’t have a plan for the next 10. I think I have some great companies I’d like to work with. Some new challenges’’.
Rising Talents Conference
The rising talents conference was also one of the most expected conferences of Maison Et Objet 2019. Frank Chou, Chen Furong, Mario Tsai, Hongjie Yang, Ximi Li, and Bentu are the 6 incredible rising talents.
The Beijing-born designer Frank Chou explained that his work is inspired in philosophy and old Chinese ways, but he mixes up his work with some modern approaches. He currently produces elegant, long-lasting, functional pieces which represent contemporary Chinese.
The furniture, product and industrial designer Mario Tsai prefers to “use less, design better”. Although his minimalistic approach to design derives from his professional background past in Scandinavia, Tsi refuses to be known as a Chinese/ Scandinavian Designer.
The designs of Chen Furong are timeless and are a direct result of the research-driven passion of Furong. He usually blends handcrafted techniques with a modern vision and that’s why he says his pieces are the perfect balance between combining technology with traditional crafts.
Born and raised in China, Hongjie Yang currently resides in Europe and that’s probably why he has a more slow and artistic approach to design than the others. Unlike many Chinese Designers that need to work fast to keep up with the growth of Chinese Design, Yang prefers to create fewer pieces but with a more iconic and different look.
Chen Xingyu founded his own design brand Bentu in 2011. His approach to design earned him praises form Miss Zao that recognizes that China needs more designers with the same state of mind and that work to solve two of the countries biggest problems: Pollution and Waste Disposal.
Ximi Li launched in 2016 an independent design studio Ximi Li and furniture brand URBANCRAFT. Ximi is committed to global cultural fusion, quality, and good craftsmanship and that’s why his pieces have a more iconic, unique and modern look than the rest.
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