Paris Design Week is an international event that fast becoming the most cultural counterpoint that is raising the design weeks across the world. It happens between 6 and 15 of September and during this week you can find a lot of inspiring ideas. Overlapping the Maison et Objet Paris, that happens during this PDW, M&O shows and unite the French and international design community.
The city of lights during this week becomes immersed in promenades, cocktails, exhibition and more, celebrating the talent and design.
Besides that, there is the Rado Star Prize Contest where the main objective is to promote the creations of young designers. In the end, the finalists’ projects will be presented at Paris Design Week.
Samuel Tomatis – Alga
The eutrophication of waters has caused an abnormal proliferation of algae on the beaches of Brittany. They proliferate to create a polluting, toxic organic matter. The main challenge of the Alga project is to elevate this local waste to the level of positive production so that it can be used for design or arrangement.
Based on the characteristics of various types of algae, Samuel Tomatis defined a certain number of applications such as furniture, a light, gardening tools, a construction material, containers for food, and even a textile. These applications crystallize through precise constraints linked to these new materials – texture, mechanical resistance, surface condition, flexibility, biodegradability or opalescence.
Jonas Edvard – Gesso
Jonas Edvard is an independent designer developing a new experience of design objects through a research and development of raw unprocessed materials. Jonas has received numerous prizes and grants and is featured on several exhibitions including the permanent collection of the Danish Design Museum, Trapholt Museum and The National Gallery of Victoria, Australia.
Jonas Edvard’s work is characterized by a profound focus on the potential of an existing material diving into the history and use of the resource while creating functional products with a simple and honest approach. Jonas Edvard received a Master in product design from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine arts, School of Design in 2013.
Asli Erkun, Mohammad Fadzli Jamil, Ti-Chien Kao – Damla
A ‘comfortable light’ is a lamp that is enabled to be carried around the house easily. It is also an object that has interaction with the users almost daily due to the nature of the activity and they fell in love with it. Damla lamp focus on the overall experience of creating an ambiance to the surroundings when it is used and the lighting effect created allows the user to feel peaceful or relaxing.
Inspired by calmness as a concept direction, Damla lamp inspired by the cutting edge lines of symmetrical architecture, the softness of the droplets of rains and the texture of rippled water. Through the understanding of lighting source, Damla creates soft shadow, plays with texture and transparency of the material.
Giulia Liverani – Apparenza
The color is not in the object itself but in the light which strikes the object and is reflected in the eye. If our life would be in black and white, what would we feel seeing color for the first time? The OliveLab team has created APPARENZA with this concept. It is a project that plays with color and shadows using light as a way to go beyond the appearance and reveal things as they really are.
The result is a series of lamp whose minimalistic body is totally black; every detail, from the base to the led holder, is totally colorless. However appearance can be an illusion: as soon as light hits determinate filters placed face to the light sources, the dark shades magically turn into colorful shapes.
Hiroyuki Morita – Tighten-Up
The furniture collection of tightening-up by shrinkable fabric. The furniture collection has special material that shrinkable fabric by heat. The fabric produced by 3D knitting and the shrinking patterns is inspired by cell sequence.
The shrinking fabric gives several functions; to hold soft cushion stable and to tighten up together several elements as seating products like pouf or upholstered chair. Besides, the tightening-up construction gives a unique appearance to this collection.
Matthieu Muller and Pierre Alexandre Cesbron – Liga
LIGA is a range of storage furniture, a box, a bedside and a coffee table. These objects draw their identity in a color game, expressed by a gradient, which arises from the tension exerted by the ligature.
Each step of the manufacturing process is designed in an efficient logic. Thus, the bottom part symmetrically assembles two identical elements welcoming the ligature at its center. Additionally, the treatment of the gradient is applied by sublimation allowing an unlimited reproduction.
Caroline Rigal – Dune
The DUNE chair is the result of research into comfort. Comfort is taken care of thanks to the combination of two materials: a single block of flocked that rests on an 18mm diameter epoxy-coated tubular steel structure.
The foam block is supplied flat and then folded thanks to three zips that attach to the chair. This free-form inspired by origami folds makes Dune an envelope that invites you to read, discuss or even dream, on which you can curl up.
Hélène Quatrefages – Agrume
AGRUME is directly inspired by a fruit basket. Isn’t it nice to imagine yourself lying on soft, fruit-shaped cushions in a large basket? You could sit down together and change the position of the cushions just as you change the composition of your basket.
It creates a circular chair that invites several people to come and sit in it. The cushions would be of different heights to form a small interior landscape. The soft material of the foam and felt tapestry would contrast with the black metallic and geometric structure. AGRUME is ideal for restaurant entrances, hotel lobbies and so one.
Laura Cambon – Nuages
In this project coloured glass parts are assembled together to form a suspended mesh of variable dimensions and decorations, the use and shape of which are reminiscent of a screen and stained-glass window: This wall can be perceived as a stained glass window free from walls and relieved of lead, which delimits and covers an interior space like a screen.
Wall adjustable to the desired dimensions based on the number of modules used. Multiple customizable decorations with this principle, making it possible to create an abstract pattern or an image with a pixelated finish. The possibility of designing these modules with other materials to vary the finishes and effects, and reduce costs.
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