News - YOO view: Maison et Objet
We sent our YOO Studio magpies off to rummage for inspiration in the art of living beautifully at Maison et Objet 2015 in Paris. We went, we saw, we loved...
Black and gold, black and gold (...and white)
We stumbled across a treasure trove of silks, velvets, leather and metalwork. Contemporary items referencing glamour from another era; from Tom Dixon's spun brass tea set and table lamps to Bethan Gray's black and white marble and citrus sofa to the elegance of Duistt and Ibride's surreal creations.
YOO loves a healthy dollop of irreverance; that thoughtfully selected piece, ideally placed, oozing personality. Our heads were turned by Missoni's profusion of dancing china and Lladro's enchanting and self-referential figurines clinging with flowers.
Exploring themes of quality, luxury and craftmanship and on the hunt for the perfect creation, spun from the perfect materials, polished marble took centre stage in a celebration of all that is lavish yet unreservedly chic. We loved Brabbu's stools with their glacier-like erosions, and Ginger & Jagger's intricately detailed brass, nickle, copper and lacquered lighting; sparkling with glamour.
Organic forms were everywhere, from the flowers delicately adorning Thierry Laudren's cabinets to Damien Hurst's Lalique crystal butteflies and Little Greene's profusion of American Beauty-style roses just ready to cascade from the ceiling.
In all quarters the craftsman was king, and nowhere is this more visible than in the honesty of exposed frames and visible structures. We were fascinated by Meccano's irreverant lighting frameworks, the interplay of light and shadow cast by Petite Friture's Frame chairs and Lassen's delicate Frame range.
...And finally a sweet little reward by Nendo in The Chocolate Texture Lounge. A series of 9 chocolates, each representing a Japanese onomatopoeic word that describes texture. An ingenious exploration of the relationship between objects and human experience.