5 Under-the-Radar Brands I Uncovered at Paris’s Biggest Design Fair
Including the cutest candy-hued ceramic side tables.
Published Sep 22, 2022 12:31 PM
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It’s that time again, when editors from around the world make their way to Paris to check out the latest and greatest in home furniture and decor. When we’re not walking the halls of Maison & Objet, Paris’s massive biannual design trade show, we’re checking out the city’s exciting happenings, from vibrant gallery exhibitions to expertly curated shops. It’s always when we think we’ve seen it all that there’s something new around the corner that has us coming back to the U.S. and raving about it. Out of every gem I saw at this year’s fair, here are the top five brands with booths that filled my camera roll and my thoughts.
If we value high-quality materials when it comes to our fashion and home accessories, why should our workout equipment be any different? The new Seoul-based lifestyle brand Foundy agrees: Its kettlebells are crafted out of beechwood and buttery leather, from the same supplier Hermès uses. The Essential Box might be $20,000, but it makes every penny count with its contents (there are also dumbbells, blocks, and a roller inside) and luxe trunk, which even the anti-exercisers among us would be proud to leave on display.
Straight out of Aarhus, Denmark, Our Society launched its new line of modern aluminum furniture, lighting, and accessories at the fair. The founders aim to work with emerging designers like Studio Œ and Leclercq Viallet to create simple, contemporary pieces. I’d find endless uses for the streamlined KK Stool.
We’ve been noticing corduroy pop up in the home space for some time, but now the textured material has found its place in the kids’ world, too. After seeing Wigiwama’s Bubblegum collection, I’m considering snagging a Tetris-like Rainbow Playset or a versatile Flip Chair for my own apartment.
Show me a beautifully curated assortment of Mediterranean-inspired vessels and textiles, and I’m sold. And new-to-me company Trame is exactly that: On display was a rug so stunning it deserves to be hung on the wall (in fact, that is the case for about every floor covering on the brand’s site). And how often do you come across 3D-printed ceramics?
Candy-hued side tables stole the show at Paris-based designer Pierre Gonalons’s booth. Almost as stunning as the tables themselves was the box of endless glaze swatches buyers could choose from. And on top of all that, they’re indoor-outdoor. Perfect for the Parisian terrace of my dreams.