Paris Design Week has just come to a close and we've been running from event to event, trying to see as much as possible. One of the best events was the now le Off! exhibition at the Cité de la Mode et du Design highlighting young and emerging designs from around the world.
We've chosen our favourite collections from the exhibition although it was very difficult to whittle them down to just five. It was such a great exhibition, it may well have been more fun than Maison et Objet itself. Quelle scandale !
Drôles d'Oiseaux have created a smart collection of vibrant pieces that bring together a series of ideas that feel both comfortable and new. The construction of the white joints brings to mind DIY flat-pack furniture but it also juxtaposes against the beautiful quality of the pieces.
The woven seatbelt-like material is reminiscent of plastic lawn chairs that adorned backyards in the 80s, and the thoughtful inbuilt spaces to hold books and other objects reference purpose-specific furniture such as the now seldom seen living room magazine rack.
This nostalgia paired with new forms, blonde wood and vibrant colours make these pieces feel instantly familiar while disrupting this familiarity at the same time. Impressive work!
More woven wonders caught our eye at the Marta Bakowski stand with these gorgeous round wall lights. Deceptively simple, these lights use several different techniques and materials to create an object that looks striking both lit or unlit.
We were also taken with these graphic concrete vessels featuring subdued colours and strangely erotic domestic shapes such as the almost-toothpaste-lid, the inflatable bed foot-pump, and the analogue kitchen scales. Don't get us wrong, we love these weirdly homely shapes and could see them working well atop a bland console.
If there's one thing missing from the majority of storage units it's tasteful colour. These off-centre bibliotheques from Hugues Weill are undeniably influenced by Mondrian but trade the primary colours for deep jewel tones and desaturated pastels to create original backdrops for simply displayed objects.
These pieces look like they'd work better as wall-mounted pieces if only to make them feel a little less precipitous and give them their own expanse of white against which to be displayed. That's almost a little meta.
For us, this FARO lamp from KNGB Creation was one of the stand-out pieces from the exhibition for a few reasons. The light is somewhere between a hanging light and a standard lamp giving its form a real originality, the upholstery works beautifully against the wood, and the diffused light makes it extremely practical.
We're completely smitten with this lamp and have every intention of purchasing one for our own apartment. The mix of materials, the kinetic qualities of the hanging lamp, the height - it all works perfectly for us as a companion piece to a reading chair in a cosy corner of our living room.
Margaux Keller is a master of finishing touches. The perfect glass vessel for a solitary stem, the perfect hanging mirror like an earring that brings your whole outfit together, the perfect desk lamp like a full-stop at the end of your design manifesto.
When you find something missing after arranging all the furniture, carefully placing hand-picked books in a not-too-neat pile, and hanging the last artwork in a balanced yet asymmetrical collection - you know where to look for the perfect final touch.