Paris and Berlin are two of our very favourite cities in Europe and this week we saw some of the best contemporary design, art and everything in between emerging from these cities at the Design et Artisanat d’art exhibition at the Hôtel de Ville in Paris. The show was a great way to discover some of the smaller ateliers whose work deserves a little more attention for its innovation and craftsmanship.
Here are some of our favourite pieces from the 70 createurs featured at the exhibition which ends Feb 21. Make sure to have a look if you’re in Paris this week.
While these Nébuleuse rings created by Marie Grimaud at her atelier Métylis are exquisite, we actually fell in love with another of her pieces at the exhibition which was an astonishing necklace from the same collection, but our photos and those we found online just didn’t do the work justice. Grimaud told us she would post some new photos of the necklace after the show so we’ll feature her work again.
Both the necklace and the rings use same method of manipulating Japanese Hodomura paper to create airy, cloud-like yet geometric sculptural patterns with diamonds suspended among the forms. Grimaud also uses ceramic, leather andmetal to create more traditional jewellery but we think the inherent fragility of her paper pieces make them something truly special and unlike any other jewellery we’ve seen for quite some time.
These delicate porcelain vessels are created by the hand of Anna Sykora in Berlin, with each piece being hand-thrown using extremely fine clay. We love the intricate patterns Sykora embeds into her work and the subtle colour palette of greys and muted hues.
Most of her work features this subtly geometric pattern work but other pieces are hand-painted using floral and natural motifs. We wouldn’t mind a few of the bowls to find their way to chez nous.
You know what’s dying for a come-back? Lacquered furniture. This gorgeous Midnight Gallery sideboard from Rue Monsieur Paris pairs beautifully lacquered wood with exquisite tromp l’oeil marble marquetry to create an astonishing piece. The workmanship is absolute perfection and while the sideboard is a statement piece, its neutral palette makes it very versatile and an easy fit with many interiors.
There’s also a midnight kaleidoscope cube in the collection which is well worth a look.
Speaking of lacquered furniture, the people at Art du Laque have taken their expertise in this somewhat outmoded technique and applied it to far more contemporary motifs to create some stand-out furniture that feels fresh and youthful.
Tattoo designs feature on a few of their recent pieces and we were particularly drawn to the Dona coffee table with its vibrant day of the dead skull against an acid orange background.
What is this thing? Is it a table? Is it furniture? Who knows, but whatever it is, we were strangely drawn to the mixture of the hard wood structure that gently held the soft printed leather as it spilled into a puddle on the floor. Atelier Fremy specialise in printing on luxurious materials such as leather and silk which are often incorporated into custom-made furniture.
This piece, the Volumen, was created in collaboration with Ludovic Avenel whose furniture designs are very contemporary and very surprising.