With every new edition, Maison Et Objet puts six promisingyoung design talents under the spotlight. Previous editions of the award have focused on emerging talents from China, the United Kingdom, Italy, and Lebanon. This time, they have decided to on the United States of America, whose size and cultural diversity have led to impressive design achievements. Join My Design Agenda and discover everything about them!
When Bailey Fontaine arrived in New York after studying product designat the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, he soon discovered straight lines creeping into his work. He is also the millionth to be influenced by the world that surrounds him, including the rigorous geometries of his adopted megalopolis.
At the fair, he presented his new collection, Plane, which impresses because of the use of cement in large proportions and unexpected use.
Alex Brokamp‘s practice is always striving to further develop and foster his technical and conceptual skills within furniture, lighting, and objects by blending technology, spatial awareness, and craft with an emphasis on design innovation within our ever-changing societal landscape.
At Maison Et Objet 2019, the highlight is the Peapod lamp, which resembles a pea, and the “Handle With Care” table, which makes a joke when using 3D printing on glass, surprising by its resemblance to plywood.
GREEN RIVER PROJECT
Founded in 2017 by Aaron Aujla and Benjamin Bloomstin, Green River Project LLC’s research-based approach to building furniture and interiors has been shaped by ten years of studio practice as artists in NYC. Along with private commissions for residential interior, each year Green River Project LLC produces four collections of furniture and sculptural objects centered around a unique narrative.
With a vintage look, the green pieces resemble the train cabs of India’s 1960s, a descendant of Aaron’s family.
KIN & COMPANY
Kin & Company is the Brooklyn design practice of cousins Joseph Vidich, a Columbia University-trained architect with a deep knowledge of metalworking and fabrication, and Kira de Paola, an interior designer with a background in high-end furniture. Kin & Company’s dramatic, curvilinear transformations of metal and their rich surface textures bring forward a fresh and multi-layered approach to minimalist design.
The duo featured several creations such as a mobile, and a glass-topped coffee table, mirror, bookcase, and objects.
Rosie Li is a Chinese-born American designer focusing on sculptural lighting. Founded in New York, Rosie Li Studio is a lighting design practice formed by designer Rosie Li and engineer Philip Watkins.
The duo forgoes traditional lamp design for building systems driven by science and mathematics, constructing fixtures using modular parts with a focus on simple geometry and pared-down forms.
Harold is a collaboration between designer/makers Reed Hansuld and Joel Seigle; both grandsons of a Harold. Their product line promotes clean solutions to everyday items focused on improving functionality and user experience. All of Harold’s products are prototyped, and many produced in house. The result is a thorough understanding of process and material, ensuring strict quality control.
For Maison Et Objet 2019, the duo introduced some of their objects from previous collections and launched the new Bend table and Bench bench.
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