Tiptoe Through Creativity


Designed by Digitalab, Corkwirl is a cork wall panel system whose pattern was “inspired by nature and biomimetic,” says the company. The twirl movement generates an organic, fluid pattern that is almost hypnotic. www.gencork.com

Perching Stools│Artifort

As the recipient of the show’s Designer of the Year award, London-based Ilse Crawford and her design studio, Studioilse, were given a blank canvass in the Designer’s Studio in Hall 8 to do with what they wished. Her response was to turn it into a networking space decked out in plywood, corkboard, and items from her firm’s collection, including Perching Stools for Artifort: hand-stitched leather saddles over a simple wire frame. www.artifort.com

Mini Houses│ MADLab

It’s both silly and refreshing to discover such simple objects that can bring so much joy. Madrid-based MADLab’s various assemblages of Mini Houses (by Mario Ruiz) and Winter and Summer Houses (by Héctor Serrano) are almost Zen-like in their minimalism, yet are able to evoke strong childhood associations of space building and exploration. www.mad-lab.com


Italian outdoor furniture makers EMU brought several novelties to the show, including Dock, a modular sofa system designed by German designer Sebastian Herkner. Consisting of modular elements built on aluminium bases and backrests of various heights, the compositions can be easily assembled in a variety of ways to create day beds, armchairs, sofas and loungers, all with overstuffed cushions covered with technical fabrics to withstand the elements. www.emu.it

Colander│ Kristalia

French designer Patrick Norguet continues his partnership with Italian brand Kristalia with the stackable Colander chair. It has a fixed yet light painted aluminium frame with an injection-moulded polypropylene seat and back and a perforated texture reminiscent of a colander (hence its name). www.kristalia.it

Ebisu│Jun Yasumoto

Jun Yasumoto re-interprets the humble soba chair with a contemporary profile in 100 per cent aluminium. Ebisu is lightweight, compact and comfortable, with interchangeable seats. www.junyasumoto.com

Alphabet of Light│Bjarke Ingels Group

First unveiled in Milan earlier this year, the modular Alphabet of Lightby Danish heavyweights BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group) for Italian lighting brand Artemide captivated many a Parisian. The wall-mounted letters are formed from bent and straight elements of LED strip lights bound by magnets, and can be rearranged to form different letters. www.artemide.com

Collection│Zaha Hadid Design

She will be remembered more for her revolutionary building designs, but the Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire also directed her design prowess to gift items and home accessories through an eponymous label. The 2016 Collection continues Hadid’s exploration of contrast, utilizing colour and materiality simultaneously, for example combining bone china and ceramic with modern resins and acrylics. www.zaha-hadid-design.com


Stelton’s Collar collection, by Italian design duo, Daniel Debiasi and Fredrico Sandri of Something design studio, should make all coffee feinschmeckers and fans of minimalism perk up, imbuing the classic design with a pure Scandinavian aesthetic. www.stelton.com


Imperfettolab is continuing its exploration of bringing natural deadfall into interior spaces. But not the real thing, of course: instead, items like Olmo (designed by Verter Turroni) are actually rendered in fibreglass and intended as bench seating. www.imperfettolab.com

Nesting│Glas Italia

Designed byRonan & Erwan Bouroullec, these low square tables are made with extremely thick poured glass and cylindrical legs in blown glass, and thanks to complex manufacturing processes, the legs are completely embedded and welded into the top for full transparency. www.glasitalia.com

Nomade│Elodie Rampazzo

Participating in the Now! le Off satellite exhibition held at Les Docks Cité de la Mode et du Design, Elodie Rampazzo exhibited her Nomade modular office desk. Highly customizable due to many moving parts, the desk still retains a sleek minimalism. This nice example of “less is more” won the young designer the Rado Star Prize France 2016 Prix Du Jury award.

Matchbox│Nomess Copenhagen

As the name suggests, Matchbox is inspired by the simple principle of its namesake, but translated into a series of storage boxes that both store and show ones precious belongings. The collection, designed by De intuïtiefabriek for Nomess Copenhagen, contains a jewellery case accompanied by smaller boxes that can be used to organize various small things. www.nomess.dk

Chair One│Magis

Happy birthday, Magis! The Italian furniture heavyweight turned 40 this year, and held an intimate celebration in Paris at the Boutique du Centre Pompidou during Maison & Objet. To mark the occasion, Konstantin Grcic re-did his signature Chair One in a special edition blue colour, chosen by himself, and possibly as a gesture of thanks to the product and the company that really put him on the map. www.magisdesign.com