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If there’s one way to catch the attention of two hurried design editors, it’s with exuberantly pigmented and pattern-rich fabrics. French label Lucas du Tertre understood the assignment, bringing together an endearing assortment of bedding, pillow covers, and table linens. The pattern play continued at Nayika, the Jaipur-based studio founded by textile designer Meenu Tholia that beautifully upholds the regional traditions of block printing, appliqué, kantha, and embroidery. Meanwhile, fair veteran Libeco returned with its minimalist designed Belgian linens. This season, the studio highlighted kitchen, bath, and bedding linens featuring varied-width dusty rose and black stripes against an ecru-colored ground.
Peep the backs of nearly any bistro chair outside a Paris cafe and you’re likely to find one name on the brass label: Maison Drucker. (At 136 years old, it’s the oldest workshop of rattan chairs in Paris.) These days, the firm also cuts, sands, and bends rattan into shape for headboards, armchairs, and even child-sized woven seating, but its classic bistro chairs (as seen in Hall 6 at Maison & Objet) are always the biggest delight.
Moving from traditional to trendsetting, Honoré’s Moroccan handicraft resulted in lots of fun-filled pieces this season, including iron lounge and bar chairs featuring wave, sunburst, and fish motifs.
Fine cutlery maker Alain Saint-Joanis has been handcrafting flatware from its La Monnerie-le-Montel, France, workshop since 1876. Dozens of the manufacturer’s more than 150 styles, ranging from artisan handles made of olive wood and marbled resin to bamboo, were on display at the show. In a booth nearby in the newly enhanced—and admittedly, impressive—Signature Hall, Chicago- and Milan-based architect and designer Felicia Ferrone debuted a new line of glassware from her eponymous studio, Fferrone (a drinkware source for pros including AD Hall of Fame designer Kelly Wearstler). Featuring the brand’s signature channeled design, the Frances series elevates the glassware with a round, pedestal-like base. The clean lines continue at Broste Copenhagen, where round cloth napkins with pigment-rich piping, rainbow-hued candlesticks, and other delights made their debut.
As its name suggests, Maison & Objet is a veritable trove for, well, objects—those decorative odds and ends that put the finishing touch on any project. Highlights from this year’s wares included Stoned, an Amsterdam-based accessories label (think serveware, vanity trays, knobs, and more) specializing in travertine and white, black, pink, burgundy, and green marbles. Designer favorites Sol & Luna and Pinetti are go-to purveyors of leather goods, while Maison & Objet newcomers Pent and Kenko are bringing thoughtful design into the home gym. Take it from two design editors who walked a combined 26,000 steps per show day: Working out has never looked so good.