ART & DESIGN

The Best Designs from the Maison et Objet Fair

The bi-annual design world super-fair known as Maison et Objet has just wrapped in Paris. We’ve rounded up our top picks for what’s new and noteworthy in the world of home decor.

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This small, slim piece contains a fun selection of “secret” trays and drawers, fits a 17-inch laptop, and, for the “I didn’t even know I wanted that” feature, the footrest swings to accommodate those of us with antsy feet.

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These surprising lights are made from agricultural nets typically used to wrap plants to protect them from animals. The material “stands independently, but also floats gently on a breeze,” according to the designers.

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Peye’s oversized dimensions are quite striking, but the effect of the string of LEDs strung along the inside lip of the shade is surprisingly soft—creating a diffuse quality and washing the interior with light.

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An otherwise simple design, the slight gap in the lip is functional for cords and the like but also provides an interesting visual break. The tables come in two sizes and six finishes.

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Even though it’s a relaunch of Tusquents’s stunning 1987 design, this striking chair is worth a mention. The name, Gaulino, is a mashup of the piece’s influences: Antoni Gaudi and Carlo Mollino.

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Comfortable and almost cuddly, this bunny-like chair’s shape is embellished by contrasting strings woven over its soft body.

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Functional and simple, the Audrey chair is made of only two parts, and without any screws or welding.

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A nice break from the completely modern silhouettes of many new designs, these lamps focus on the natural beauty of driftwood paired with black lacquered steel.

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Originally designed in 1933, this version updates the classic with a dusting of gold around the rim.

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Another re-introduction, this 1968 table lamp manages to feel au courant.

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Two playful new additions from Artecnica: The giant bow can be mounted to a wall, ceiling, or set on a table, and is available in silver or a subtle white; the “tangle” of etched metal can also be removed from the Tangle Globe light, leaving a sleek, simple glass globe in its place.