To continue with our series in asking influential architects and designers to select their favourite finds at the major design shows; this time we asked Interior Designer, Studio Director and Trend Reporter Simon Hamilton
London born, Simon has established a successful career spanning over 20 years in the design industry. Running his own practice for the past 11 years, Simon has been involved in all aspects of a wide variety of projects across the workplace, hospitality, retail and residential sectors. During his role as International Director for The British Institute of Interior Design, 2010 – 2014 he delivered several high level presentations at the British Consulate and British Embassies for the Institute during visits to India, Japan, USA, Canada, France, Italy and Russia.
Simon’s recent trip to Paris was timed to coincide with Maison et Objet. Having been disappointed in the past, his visit was full of colour and vitality in the French capital. There was clear evidence of the strength of the creative industries in uncertain times. In addition to the usual brands, he saw strong evidence of British manufacturers and suppliers doing business in Europe. The most well known were Pinch, 17 Patterns, SuckUK and Joseph Joseph.
Here are Simon’s favourite finds at Maison & Objet 2017:
I really love the ranges of wallpapers and fabrics from this London based supplier. The designs have depth, character and delight whilst maintaining the highest quality.
Pols Potten showed a blast of very colourful, fun and diverse creations from vessels, pots and glassware to porcelain and all sorts.
This French supplier has maintained the art of producing timeless and contemporary items for hotels, restaurants and hospitality projects.
Following the success last year in Milan when the Atelier Swarovski Home collection was on display. This debut collection includes pieces by Daniel Libeskind, Aldo Bakker, Tord Boontje, Frederikson Stallard and the late Zaha Hadid.
This modern British lighting company demonstrated their creativity with a stunning collection using copper, brass and marble. CTO Lighting symbolises elegance and excellence.
Suck UK were showing some of their most original, fun and functional designs against an attention grabbing red glitter wall.
Hugely successful in a number of innovative ways. Joseph Joseph continue to lead creating fresh solutions to everyday household objects.
A riot of colour and delicate designs by Christian Lacroix were displayed by this Iberian tableware supplier.
Brucs had a selection of charming and very comfortable items of furniture that would readily enhance any residence.
Well-established and highly-respected Moser, showed their best handcrafted luxurious crystal in very distinctive and modern colours.
The Maison & Objet’s Designer of the Year, Pierre Charpin showcased his work in a special hub of the fair. His work for a number of the world’s leading brands was duly recognised.
The bold use of glass and light was very well demonstrated by Wonderglass on their compact but dramatic stand.
La Chance had a new cosmopolitan collection with a strong personality. They consistently reach their aim of breaking away from cold impersonal and conceptual design.
Presenting ceramics in new ways is the challenge met by Bosa. This included the Primates collection by Elena Salmistraro and other works by Jaime Hayon.
The work of Anna Torfs is a long time favourite, as I first came across her talent for richly coloured glass in the mid 2000’s when I was sourcing for a particularly demanding residential project.
One of the most fascinating stands of the show which drew huge attention as their displays were very colourful, quirky, inventive and captivating. This included an abundance of richly coloured butterflies in various settings.
Amongst the many exquisite examples of glass furniture on show by Glas Italia, were designs previewed in Milan 2016 by Philippe Starck and Patricia Urquiola.
Designheure is based in the city of Sète, city of lights and artists, in an historic building completed in the 19th century now changed into offices, workshops and their showroom. The wall mounted and pendant light fittings are bold, sophisticated and playful.
Refined and elegant as always the British furniture maker Pinch, demonstrated it’s dedication to quality and craft.