Best-in-Show From 2020’s Paris Design Fair

CHAOS OUTSIDE the venues, thoughtful evolution within. That was the takeaway last week in Paris, where the bi-annual Maison & Objet and Deco Off trade fairs rallied despite transit strikes that snarled the streets and forced everyone into sneakers. Notable launches strengthened the portfolios of classic French brands—artful panoramic wallpapers at Pierre Frey, flashy Deco lighting by Pouenat, brilliantly off-kilter porcelains from Valerie Objects—or offered strong whiffs of 1970s curves and colors (emerald, ocher, sienna). Rounding out the buzziest entries were new, cross-cultural brands who experimented with sustainable materials and production methods. Here, the best-in-show examples.

LIGHTING THE WAY

Eco-friendly design often yields stone-cold-sober product, but this fanciful lamp from months-old brand Greenkiss breaks the mold. Recycled metal acts as a spine for glazed Vietri ceramic, a roughly textured clay from the Amalfi coast of Italy. Designer Thierry Lemaire tops his spiky column with a shade of Nepalese hemp. Kaala lamp, also available in white, roughly 31 inches tall, about $4,900, paolocastelli.com

BETTING THE SPREAD

French furniture stalwart Ligne Roset is going long on 1960s-era fantasy with a modular sofa that could nearly fill an entire room in any number of configurations. Designed by Bernard Govin in 1966 and coveted by collectors since it was produced in its original velvet, the dunelike piece is back with improved fill and a choice of three fabrics and many colors. Asmara Sofa, four modules sold singly, $825-$1,125, preorder at ligne-roset.com/us/contact

CULTURAL CROSSHAIRS


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Andres Valbuena

When Dutch textile designer Mae Engelgeer saw the natural-fiber, made-in-Colombia carpets of Ames, a young German/Colombian brand, she was bent on collaborating. Bristly agave fibers and vegetable-dyed wools alternate to form textured stripes in her artisanally knotted and woven rugs—an asymmetrical round (roughly 67 inches in diameter) and oval (roughly 70 inches by 110 inches), both with softly knit edges. Uilas Rug, in two sizes and three colors, $2,818 and $4,610, ames-shop.de

FARM TO TABLEWARE

A folio of 18th-century botanical engravings inspired designer John Derian to collaborate with Paris-based ceramists Astier de Villatte on a suite of nine greenmarket-themed plates. Delightfully heirloom compared with what’s on display in your average produce aisle, the patterns are made using the decal transfer process and are hand-wash only. John Derian & Astier de Villatte Fruit and Vegetable Plates, from about $70 a piece, preorder at johnderian.com

AN OLD TALE WELL-WOVEN


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NICOLAS MATHEUS

Who says the classics are dead? French wicker workshop Atelier Vime, maker of this stylish neo-classical pedestal and urn, has partnered with British paint and paper company Farrow & Ball to customize the urn in any available F&B color (shown: Off Black). The two-piece design is woven in Vime’s south of France studio from rattan grown in Indonesia. Atelier Vime Éditions Pedestal and Vase, about $3,658, ateliervime.com

FLINTSTONE FABULOUSNESS

Capturing a zeitgeisty combination of primitive curves and 1930s spirit, this dining room set by rising French design team Pierre Augustin Rose could make a room—or complement existing vintage furnishings in an open living area. Oak chairs with sled feet come in three variations and multiple upholstery options. Scala Oak 300 Table, about $18,600; Polus 002 Chair, about $3,986; Eole Plaster Suspension Lamp, about $6,422, theinvisiblecollection.com

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