Objet Lessons

Angelpoise + Paul Smith

Maison & Objet, the international design and decoration trade fair held in Paris and coming soon to Miami, celebrated its 20th anniversary last month. The theme MAKE was highlighted with exhibitions like Human Made, Nature Made and Techno Made and the prolific Japanese designer Oki Sato of Nendo—who is known for his vast range of products as well as his designs for fashion brands like Hermès, Camper, COS, and Tods—was named designer of the year. Here, some of the hightlights:


Oki Sato, Designer of the Year 2015 Oki Sato created “Chocolatetexture,” a lounge featuring examples of furniture he designed from Emeco, Capellini, Desalto, and Moroso and surrounded with 2000 aluminum rods of varying heights all in shades of molten brown. A glass confectioner’s case was stocked with 400 boxes of artisanal chocolates. And while the designer insisted they all used the same ingredients, the unique texture of each of the 9 stylized bonbons definitely had an effect on how they tasted.

Photo by Anne-Emmanuelle Thion


Detail of Oki Sato’s “Chocolatetexture.”

Photo by Anne-Emmanuelle Thion


Damien Hirst’s Eternal Collection for Lalique The British artist and provocateur Damien Hirst says he collected crystals and minerals as a child. So it’s fitting that Hirst partnered with the French luxury crystal manufacturer Lalique on Eternal, a series of panels with three distinct butterfly motifs titled Beauty, Love and Hope. The panels, which can be framed, inset into a wall or mounted on an easel are available in 12 colors in editions of 50 and will retail between $19,000-33,000 each.

Photographed by Prudence Cuming Associates © Damien Hirst and Lalique, 2015


Damien Hirst for Lalique.

Photographed by Prudence Cuming Associates © Damien Hirst and Lalique, 2015


Angelpoise + Paul Smith Designed by Sir Kenneth Grange, a founding partner of the British design consortium Pentagram, the Angelpoise lamp, has recently been tweaked by another OBE, fashion designer Paul Smith. Until June, the new edition called Angelpoise + Paul Smith is on view at the Hasselt Fashion Museum in Belgium as part of the “Hello, My Name is Paul Smith” exhibition. The lamp will be available for sale in the US this Spring.


Yasik by Rifat Ozbek Ten years ago, the fashion designer Rifat Ozbek started a home accessories collection called Yastik— which translates as “pillow” in Turkish. The Istanbul native, along with his business partner Erdal Karaman, produce limited edition prints using hand-woven Ikats and Suzani embroideries, some of which are sourced and inspired from Central Asia and Uzbekistan. The latest series of lively, colorful cushions are inspired by global gardens from the Moon Garden at Sissinghurst Castle, Mughal Garden of Shalimar to Spain’s Alhambra Palace.


Jean Paul Gaultier While Jean Paul Gaultier, nicknamed the enfant terrible of the fashion world, might have retired from a life in ready-to-wear, the designer delivers a fashion-forward collection of fabrics and interior furnishings for Lelievre. The new “Paris So Metis” series includes a mash-up of street art, graffiti and urban themes.


Jaime Hayon Spanish born, London-based designer Jaime Hayon created The New Roman, a series of monumental objects molded and welded from ancient and modern materials for Italian tableware company Paola C. The collection of bowls, vases, goblets, carafes and stands all supported on pedestals take their inspiration from Imperial Rome and come in an assortment of metals including copper, aluminum, and silver-plate to ceramics and glass in shades of pink, blue and green.


Matali Crasset Matali Crasset is stuck on concrete. The French designer who got her start working for Philippe Starck before launching her own firm, has partnered with Concrete LCDA on a series of four faceted pieces. The octagonal shaped concrete structures are lined with mirrored-polished pewter and multi-task as a vase, champagne bucket, and candleholder and tiered display case.