Charlene Lam

Maison et Objet 2013: Green Designers Unveil DIY, Craft, and Natural Designs in Paris

by , 01/21/13

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Another popular trend area at Maison et Objet was “Pionnier” (or Pioneer). These designs were inspired by the culture of craft and DIY with an underlying theme of self-sufficiency – from growing your own food to building your own furniture and fixing objects you already own.

DIY electronics kits by Technology Will Save Us were featured in the Pioneer inspiration area.

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Humade‘s new kintsugi repair kit for shattered ceramics champions “the beauty of an imperfect repair”.

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Londoner Alex Randall‘s wall light incorporates a taxidermied squirrel, for a woodsier take on the DYI aesthetic.

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Italian brand PIANOPRIMO‘s new collection included woven plastic rugs that were surprisingly soft and plush underfoot, as well as knitted plastic baskets. The plastic used is the same material used for plastic bags.

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The Loppa pendant light by Florian Hauseirth for Foundry has a folded paper structure that surrounds the light like an envelope. It comes flat-packed, and the special edition at Maison et Objet is embossed with the lyrics from The Doors’ “Light My Fire”.

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The “Temps Libre” armchair by French interior decorator Virginie Lobrot is designed to be fully disassembled and reassembled in three minutes.

With so much stylish inspiration at Maison et Objet, the future is looking more optimistic already.

+ Maison et Objet

Photos by Charlene Lam for Inhabitat

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