Belle Mai­son Ob­jet

Ed­i­tor shares some finds from the Paris de­sign fair where the am­bi­ence was painterly, or­ganic and hand­crafted.

Belle - - Design News Right N Ow - Tanya Buchanan

DEC­O­RA­TORS RE­JOICE! While the Jan­uary Mai­son et Ob­jet is big­ger, Septem­ber’s in­car­na­tion is a must for pas­sion­ate in­te­ri­or­is­tas. This year there were many chic ob­jets for the stylish home, from light­ing and porce­lain and gi­ant can­dles in beau­ti­ful ves­sels to rus­tic linens for the ta­ble and hand nished rugs for the sofa, oor or wall. Trays were de rigueur in all shapes and sizes, with leather beau­ties from Giobag­nara to neat porce­lain din­ing trays from the Merci for Serax col­lec­tion. There was a de nite artis­tic, hand­made and be­spoke vibe. Even the larger out ts like Marimekko ex­hib­ited pieces with a hand­painted feel. Blues, greens, mono­chrome and earthy, tac­tile nishes dom­i­nated ev­ery­thing from rugs to up­hol­stery. Leather de­tails and ac­ces­sories were prom­i­nent. Stone carved its own niche in ta­bles, ac­ces­sories and light­ing de­signs. Young Le­banese de­sign­ers were high­lighted as part of the Ris­ing Tal­ent Award, in­clud­ing Stu­dio Caramel with the bar trol­ley and cab­i­net [4], Carla Baz and her el­e­gantly min­i­mal pieces [6&7], Carlo Mas­soud for his con­tem­po­rary wo­ven chair [19], Marc Dibeh [20] for light­ing and other de­signs, and Anas­ta­sia Nys­ten for her ‘Troll’ chair [42].

go search­ing. Your fam­ily (or pal) will be touched at your thought­ful­ness. And that is what present giv­ing is all about. SEEK TREATS that the re­cip­i­ent would never buy for them­selves. An in­dul­gent per­fume. Or a well-de­signed pep­per grinder or a mar­ble chop­ping board that will give a life­time of plea­sure. IT’S NOT ALL ABOUT YOU Give things they would like, not things that you would like to own. DON’T ASK ‘What do you want for Christ­mas?’ Peo­ple of­ten for­get to men­tion the one thing they re­ally want. DON’T GIVE ANY­THING from the dis­count bin. Buy gifts on sale only if they are in top-notch shape. Any im­per­fec­tion is magni ed in a gift. DON’T GIVE KNICK KNACKS Ev­ery­one is ght­ing a war for un­clut­tered sur­faces. Gifts should be given lightly.

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