The world of decoration is found at Paris Deco Off. For the 7th consecutive year, Paris Deco Off is now open until 25th January. It’s a cold January, but the Parisian streets are flecked with Winter sunlight and windows sparkle with the new season’s fabrics.
Discover de Le Cuona at Galerie Nicolas Deman, 12 rue Jacques Callot-75006 Paris. Savage Couture shows the beauty of linen in all its refined and rugged guises. This classic cloth combines with silk, wool, parchment and metallic to create layers of luxurious textiles distinguished by their feel and iconic weight.
Artisan techniques and handcrafted detail underpin each fabric. In the hands of Bernie de Le Cuona these traditional ways create new effects. Cleopatra, a delicious silk linen falls like a floor-sweeping gown, Persia a tweed crosses a tapestry and Chanel jacket woven in ribbons and tapes, metallic threads loose their heaviness in Treasure a sublime mesh-style linen with a hint of beaten silver, Vintage linen is painted like canvas or beaten-up with a Flint finish.
Discreet glamour is found at Maison&Objet with OCHRE hall 7 – stand H65. Each year new products are introduced such as the woven stainless steel and organza mirage pendant lights, the leather clad, hand stitched bar stools and handles as well as new family members to existing lines such as the Celestial Pebble Lighting. The designs prize a subtle glamour that emanates from innovative techniques, visceral patinas and handcrafted detail.
The chic couture-inspired Mirage pendant lights are cocoons of coloured, woven stainless steel and organza creating a semi-transparent glow. The artisan technique used to create the sculptural shade from this lustrous metallic fabric has a millinery touch. The hues are blush pink, storm grey and mist white.
Nature and couture converge in the new collections by award-winning designer Michaela Schleypen at FRONT, Maison & Objet, hall 8 - stand C24. Her sensory, fashion-led Tweed rugs fuse her natural free-spirit style with incredibly complex techniques.
FRONT also presents Jan Kath’s new rugs. The Cloud series is inspired both by the works of Baroque artists who painted skies in domes of magnificent churches and the seascapes of the Dutch masters. These multilayered cloudscapes are beautiful and one is coloured in the shades of sunset skies and pink powder. A rug to warm up the cold Winter sun of Paris in Winter.
New year, new collaborations.
It’s hardly a recent phenomenon in the world of fashion and interiors but creative collaborations have and still do grab the headlines. It’s a strikingly simple and clever concept that is music to the ears of like-minded PR out there. As we try turning angles on their heads to tempt editors, a new collaboration is a gift that is instantly newsworthy.
Collaborations are getting more commonplace and competitive. Brands either want the big names or those individuals on the ascent of becoming a very high-profile designer, in terms of their look, point of view, and presence. It is also about someone who is going to bring something different to the table. Someone who can take a collection in a fresh direction and invigorate a brand.
My highlights for the year ahead
NEW Maxwell Ryan collection for canvas home
Canvas home with Max Ryan
Lovers of modern simple style will welcome the launch of US brand canvas home into the UK. canvas home is where of urban chic meets country style with original everyday home wares inspired by the beauty of the hand crafted. Ss16 seems exciting ceramics collaboration with Maxwell Ryan, founder of Apartment Therapy.
Margo Selby with Osborne & Little
Ragtime is an upbeat collection of furnishing fabrics from textile designer Margo Selby and Osborne & Little that celebrates the intricacies of hand weaving.
Fine Cell Work and Kit Kemp
Fine Cell Work’s new SS16 collections take this innovative prison charity and social enterprise to even greater decorative heights. Kit Kemp has developed and expanded the interior design portfolio to launch striking upholstered furniture and worked with Melissa Wyndham and Blithfield on a colourful cushion collection.
Alternative Flooring has collaborated with great British designers including Ben Pentreath, Ashley Hicks and Margo Selby. This year there is another treat in store.