‘MAISON&OBJET’ 2014 PARIS

In September the weather begins to cool down in France when Autumn is just around the corner, and Paris is getting back into the swing of business after the long Summer break.

It makes perfect timing for Maison&Objet, the major bi-annual French trade fair for interior designers, as the design industry turns over a new leaf or two of it's own . . .

More than 3,000 exhibitor stands of international brands and talent span over 130,000 square meters, showcasing their newest innovative products which they hope will become the latest global trend. We noticed a strong presence of wood, copper, colourful glass vessels, minimalist design and elegant shapes . . . just a few of our favourite things at AKD.

Here is our selection of 'coups de coeur . . .'

Fresh and cocooning design by Normann Copenhagen     'Edge  ’    cushion, 'Era   ’    armchair,    ‘Cap’ table lamp and ‘Stay’ side table by Normann Copenhagen

Fresh and cocooning design by Normann Copenhagen
'Edge cushion, 'Era armchair, ‘Cap’ table lamp and ‘Stay’ side table by Normann Copenhagen

A luxurious bathroom ‘box’ born from the collaboration between Line Art & La Fonction    ‘La Cabine’ ultra compact bathroom hidden in a beautiful oak cabinet

A luxurious bathroom ‘box’ born from the collaboration between Line Art & La Fonction
‘La Cabine’ ultra compact bathroom hidden in a beautiful oak cabinet

Revisiting the classics by &tradition    Bold version of the ‘Flowerpot' suspension and table lamp designed by Verner Panton

Revisiting the classics by &tradition
Bold version of the ‘Flowerpot' suspension and table lamp designed by Verner Panton

Retro and elegant designs reedited by Yota Design    Desk designed by Janine Abraham et Dirk Jan Rol

Retro and elegant designs reedited by Yota Design
Desk designed by Janine Abraham et Dirk Jan Rol

Just because we love metallics . . .    New set of bowls ‘Form’ by Tom Dixon

Just because we love metallics . . .
New set of bowls ‘Form’ by Tom Dixon

Refreshing simplicity for the new collection of Harto Design     Love the floor lamp/coffee table 'Josette   ’    by Pauline Gilain and Pierre-F Dubois

Refreshing simplicity for the new collection of Harto Design
Love the floor lamp/coffee table 'Josette by Pauline Gilain and Pierre-F Dubois

New blown glass and colourful vessels by Pols Potten    Available in various shapes and colour combinations

New blown glass and colourful vessels by Pols Potten
Available in various shapes and colour combinations

Clever side table where practicality meets clean lines by MENU    Side table ‘Yeh Wall’       Image 1 via  Coté Maison  / Image 2   via     Coté Maison   / Image 3   via     AD Magazine   / Image 4   via     AD Magazine   / Image 5   via     AD Magazine   / Image 6   via     Coté Maison   / Image 7   via     Coté Maison   / Image 8   via     AD Magazine

Clever side table where practicality meets clean lines by MENU
Side table ‘Yeh Wall’

 

Image 1 via Coté Maison / Image 2 via Coté Maison / Image 3 via AD Magazine / Image 4 via AD Magazine / Image 5 via AD Magazine / Image 6 via Coté Maison / Image 7 via Coté Maison / Image 8 via AD Magazine

I HEART THE HIGH LINE

I was lucky to be back in New York at the beginning of August for a friend's wedding. Apart from the amazing nuptials, the other highlight of my summer holiday was finally visiting The High Line. 

'The High Line as it currently stands is a testament to reuse.' Mark Dion, High Line of the Borough of Manhattan.

The High Line was designed by James Corner Field Operations and Diller, Scofidio and Renfro. Repurposing of the railway into an urban park began construction in 2006, with the first phase opening in 2009 and the second phase opening in 2012. 

The High Line is an ‘aerial greenway’ - urban renewal meets landscape architecture, and has created a public space that spans 20 New York City blocks. It is suspended above street level on the site of an old rail way line. The railway line was removed temporarily to restore the High Line for public use, and the tracks were then put back in to their original locations.

The structure is a combination of old and new: the existing railway tracks and original structures, with the newly designed public areas - seating, water features, viewing platforms and pathways.

There has been talk of a 'copycat' High Line in Sydney on the old railway tracks between Broadway and Darling Harbour, called The Goods Line. It is a partnership with the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority and the City of Sydney, and is being created by Aspect Studio and Chrofi Architects.

We can only hope that this urban renewal project comprising of native flora and fauna, public space, exhibition and event spaces and a green thoroughfare, will be at least as successful and encourage as much development and public interaction as it has in New York. To read more about The Goods Line, click here.

The High Line - an oasis in the middle of Manhattan. Development and construction is booming in the area.

The High Line - an oasis in the middle of Manhattan. Development and construction is booming in the area.

'Peel-up' seating and drinking fountains are a feature of The High Line.  

'Peel-up' seating and drinking fountains are a feature of The High Line. 

For the love of  metallic - silver painted brown bricks.   Image 1 via  © Alexandra Kidd Design / Image 2 via  © Alexandra Kidd Design / Image 3 via  © Alexandra Kidd Design

For the love of  metallic - silver painted brown bricks.

Image 1 via ©Alexandra Kidd Design / Image 2 via ©Alexandra Kidd Design / Image 3 via ©Alexandra Kidd Design

WHY SO BLUE?

Blue is the colour most commonly associated with harmony, faithfulness, confidence, infinity, imagination and of course, Summer.

Cue European vacation.

My all-time favourite hue of blue is the colour of the Mediterranean Sea . . . in all its glorious shades – the colour of the ocean pre-siesta is completely different to post. It seems that I am not the only one enamoured with blue. This season I’ve seen it everywhere on my travels, from the uncharacteristically perfect clear London sky, to the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, the whitewashed and blue detailed houses littering the cliffs in Mykonos, right down to this seasons hottest runway looks and my most covetable fashion accessories. Even celebrities are naming their children in honour of it . . .

One of Pantone’s Top 10 Colours for Spring 2014 ‘Dazzling Blue’ 

One of Pantone’s Top 10 Colours for Spring 2014 ‘Dazzling Blue’ 

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   Blue Mosque, Istanbul

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   Blue Mosque interior detail, Istanbul

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   The evil eye is a curse believed to be cast by a malevolent glare, usually given to a person when they are unaware. Many cultures believe that receiving the evil eye will cause misfortune or injury. Talismans created to protect against the evil eye are also frequently called "evil eyes".

The evil eye is a curse believed to be cast by a malevolent glare, usually given to a person when they are unaware. Many cultures believe that receiving the evil eye will cause misfortune or injury. Talismans created to protect against the evil eye are also frequently called "evil eyes".

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   Mykonos, Cyclades in the Greek Islands. The blue that dreams are made of.

Mykonos, Cyclades in the Greek Islands. The blue that dreams are made of.

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   Never-ending blue.

Never-ending blue.

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   Electric shades of blue graced the catwalks and created this seasons hottest looks from Lanvin, Preen and Stella McCartney in leather, fur, lace and silk.

Electric shades of blue graced the catwalks and created this seasons hottest looks from Lanvin, Preen and Stella McCartney in leather, fur, lace and silk.

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   My season must-have, Jimmy Choo Aegean matte python . . . swoon!     Image 1   via    Pantone  / Image 2   via     Blue Mosque  /  Image 3   via     ©  Alexandra Kidd Design / Image 4   via     ©  Alexandra Kidd Design / Image 5   via    Mykonos  / Image 6   via     ©  Alexandra Kidd Design / Image 7   via    Frances Diaries  / Image 8   via     J  immy Choo

My season must-have, Jimmy Choo Aegean matte python . . . swoon!

Image 1 via Pantone / Image 2 via Blue Mosque / Image 3 via ©Alexandra Kidd Design / Image 4 via ©Alexandra Kidd Design / Image 5 via Mykonos / Image 6 via ©Alexandra Kidd Design / Image 7 via Frances Diaries / Image 8 via Jimmy Choo