Maison et Objet is the international authority for home decor, interior design, architecture, lifestyle culture, and trends through its shows, events, and digital platform. It is a 5-day event happening from 18th to the 22nd of January 2019 at Paris Nord Villepinte. As always, this design event brings to everyone who’s invited new award-winning talents that everyone must see and meet. We selected 6 of the best to make sure you don’t miss anything.
Frank Chou Design Studio which now has become the most representative independent design studio in China. The studio captures the essence of material and object and creates elegant and long-lasting design pieces. The founder Frank Chou was born in Beijing where the traditional and the contemporary era were alternating rapidly. And he came with interesting and creative things, including design, art, music, and film, etc. Leaded by him, Frank Chou Design Studio tries to balance aesthetic differences between East and West through a unique perspective and to find the Chinese modern design expression which is also synchronizing with the international design.
WUU was founded in 2014. They are dedicated to developing contemporary furniture, lighting, and accessories while continuing to participating in art and design projects. Throughout the design process, they research material and update basics items, driven by a sense of timelessness and beautiful designs that stand the test of time. They have been invited to 100% Design, Milan Design Week and other major exhibitions. WUU’s founder Furong Chen is titled to the Design Shanghai 2015 AD China Emerging Chinese Designer, a new award-winning talent.
MARIO TSAI STUDIO takes the study of potential attributes of materials and the exploration of new application methods as the main research tasks, incorporating Mario Tsai’s aesthetic ideology and cognitive understanding of society and culture, hoping to find solutions to improve society and the environment and adapt to the new application of design services. MARIO TSAI STUDIO adheres to the design principles of restraint in the design process and achieves a soft minimalist state with fewer materials and processes. This is the sustainable design method Mario Tsai has been insisting on.
Hongjie Yang (China,1989) studied at the Design Academy Eindhoven, where he received his master’s degree in Contextual Design. Since then, he has focused his attention on work that examines where the distinctions in nature blur between intervention and non-intervention, as the intervention itself, starts to be seen as part of a natural process. It is through the transformation that we find enlightenment. The examination of this idea that lies at the heart of the work of Hongjie Yang – metamorphosis, the process of altering form, a change in nature. Many of his works are central to the conceptual premise; to embrace a class of aesthetics that transcends the divide between the power of humanity and nature.
Ximi Li holds a BA in Industrial design from China Academy of Art, and a MA in Furniture Design from Milano Politecnico. He used to work for Andrea Branzi (Founder of Memphis and Domus Academy) and Luca Trazzi while he was living and studying in Milan. He was nominated by several magazines as a new award-winning talent.
Bentu is an independent design brand founded in 2011. We’re engaged in product design and innovation, combining design with manufacture.We’re an experimental, explorative, and cross-over team. Based on our design, we make products that meet our daily needs. Through a series of experiments and exploration, we make each material return to its nature by revealing its original texture. In innate character, Bentu reverts to demand, close to indigenous culture; in outer form, the so-called international design is, free from all the unnecessary, pursuing unrestrained styles and returning the emphasis function.