At the 2017 Maison et Objet and IMM Cologne Fairs

You’d think that January and February would be a dark, yawning abyss when it came to new furniture and product releases, considering the entire design world is already deep into preparations for the Salone del Mobile by now. And yet, and yet — neither the specter of Milan nor the frigid, gray weather prevents us, each year, from being able to bring you all kinds of February goodness, first in the form of furniture and objects launched at the 2017 IMM Cologne and Maison et Objet fairs, which we’ve catalogued below, and then in our forthcoming roundup from Stockholm. In today’s haul, you’ll find such gems as a confetti-sprinkled carpet, a new design line out of Portugal, and no less than three distinct releases with patina-mottled surfaces that have officially triggered our trend-spotting sonar. Not a bad opening for what’s promising to be a turbulent year in all other regards.

Petite Friture

The French brand showed at both fairs, with their new wares set against a background of what they call a Modernist house that doesn’t yet exist. Included in the new collection are mirrors by Constance Guiseet, wallpaper by Tiphaine De Bodman and Shelley Steer, geometric chairs by POOL and Mortan & Jonas, and table lamps by studio maison-objet-villa-pf-petite-friture-design-furniture-homeware-products_dezeen_2364_col_8 maison-objet-top-five-french-brands-design-interiors_dezeen_2364_hero maison-objet-villa-pf-petite-friture-design-furniture-homeware-products_dezeen_2364_col_12 maison-objet-villa-pf-petite-friture-design-furniture-homeware-products_dezeen_2364_col_14

New Tendency x Mike Meiré

At art director Mike Meiré’s factory in Cologne, New Tendency presented items from its existing collection in new, matte colors as well as a concrete-base reinterpretation of the brand’s December lamp, created in collaboration with Meiré.03_NT_M2FAC 02_NTxM2FAC 01_NT_M2FAC

Dimore Studio for Golran

The Milan-based studio’s Paralleli rug collection mixes baroque embroidery and ornamental motifs with monochrome and patterned contemporary inserts.10_PS_PARALLELI_B1_HR 11_PS_PARALLELI_B4_HR


Ferm Living

The Danish housewares brand killed it as usual; we especially love the champagne coupe addition to their ribbed glass series.63_2665 04_1161 59_2577 31_1614

Alain Gilles for La Chance

Another day, another amazing daybed — La Chance’s new collection includes this canary-yellow, Corbusier-inflected number by Alain Gilles.LA CHANCE_X-RAY_DAYBED_01

Sebastian Herkner

Sebastian Herkner had a strong game at both Maison (with his Tricolore vases for & Tradition, below and at the top of this post) and IMM Cologne (with his Mila bowls and tables for Pulpo, also below). We want to own literally all of these pieces.ATD_Maric17.02_Tricolore TRICOLORE_SH1_SH2_SH3 FONT ROUND HIGH for Pulpo Sebastian Herkner for Pulpo FONT ROUND LARGE for Pulpo MILA BOWL SMALL pink for Pulpo

Alberto Bellamoli

Italian-born, Denmark-based designer Alberto Bellamoli‘s Collecta series turned colored marble into polka dots for a new take on the terrazzo trend.

Mieke Harde

Another Pulpo win (and another use of mottled, patinated glass) came from German designer Mieke Harde, with her geometric Miro mirrors.


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At Maison & Objet, one of our favorite lights from last year — POOL’s Calée lamp for CVL Contract — got a new, pendant sibling.SUSPENSION-CALEE


London’s PINCH took inspiration from the Shakers to launch the elegantly simple Rodan coffee table, available in two colors of wood.rodan-coffee-table-pinch-shaker-furniture-maison-objet_dezeen_2364_col_8

Sylvain Willenz

Mixed marbles and tubular legs — two trends with legs (no pun intended) make an appearance in Sylvain Willenz’s Bagnères coffee table for Versant Edition.BAGNÈRES_Versant_C_photo_Versant_03 BAGNÈRES_Versant_C_photo_Versant_07

Atelier Polyhedre

New ceramics by Atelier Polyhedre; it’s not quite a rough texture, but we’re digging the black stoneware!orori uto


It’s relatively rare that we scout an emerging design brand at Maison, but UTIL — a new brand with editions by emerging designers, manufactured in Portugal — was a nice surprise. We especially love the solid ash stool by Geckeler Michels as well as the carafe by Relvão Kellermann, and the fruit bowl, Kite lamp, and minibar by Manuel Amaral Netto.UTIL_Basso_05 UTIL_Dual_02 UTIL_Kite_01 UTIL_Oyster_01 UTIL_Spout_01

Ligne Roset

Ligne Roset won Maison on sheer numbers, releasing more than two dozen new objects. Most of our favorites are by talents we’ve never heard of, including (pictured below in order): the Amedee lounge by Marie Christine Dorner, Oxydation table by Katernya Sokolova, and Vivienne chair by Marie-Aurore Stiker-Metral.AMEDEE_M.C.Dorner_012h2
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Fabio Hendry and Martijn Rigters

This table by London’s Fabio Hendry and Martijn Rigters is cool-looking, right? Well, it’s actually made from burnt hair. <mic drop>ColorofHair