Every two years the large-scale trade show Maison&Object opens Paris Design Week, providing an impressive showcase of international product and interior designs. This year they invited Inhabitat was honored to participate as a judge at the Parcours Fil Vert competition, which highlights the best of the eco-friendly designs and ethical companies at the show. Click through for our exclusive images of some of the most fascinating green designs at the show—from delicate products that use traditional craft techniques to soaring high-tech LED chandeliers.
Swedish designer Iris Shantverk has been making functional brushes since 1884, crafted from unusual biodegradable materials including horse hair, cactus fibers and goat hair, paired with local wood to help to reduce water consumption.
These gorgeous Magno Radios are made from non-certified FSC wood in Java. Created by local craftsmen they bring cool, retro styling to the ipod dock.
The Colors´ designed Kioto Kamiko is a flat pouch for carrying everyday essentials, crafted using an ancient Japanese paper-making technique. The paper is coated several times with PVA glue and then crumpled, during which is becomes stronger and waterproof.
Using knitted plants and recycled recycled fabrics, CO O & CO create household objects that mix capim dorado with LEDs, felt, yute or straw with energy efficient pendant lights. The company sources their in Brasil, Poland, Korea and Kirghistan and employs local craftsmanship.
Fair Trade Unseen Products—which includes nests and vases—are hand-made from recycled merino and karakul wool in South Africa.
Harry Allen’s playful Paperwork lamps for Kenneth Cobonpue are created by casting antique oil lamps with pulp paper.
Tribe Design´s Unlce L table lamp mixes fast-growing bamboo and walnut in this nicely detailed LED lamp that switches on/off by gently touching its base.
French design studio Goodbye Edison‘s Les Fines lamps are made from recyclable steel with delicately concealed LEDs.
Based in a small Parisian studio, Le Deun-Luminaires create handmade geometric LED chandeliers that last up to 50 years when used 24/7.
Photo © Ana Lisa Alperovich for Inhabitat