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Maison & Objet Design Awards – 2016
Maison & Objet are back for 2016 with their Paris Winter show. This January, Maison & Objet highlights the Designer of the Year winner, Eugeni Quitllet, and 6 other emerging designers (pair of designers) for their Talents à la Carte collection.
Designer of the Year
Born in Ibiza and graduated from Llotja Art School in Barcelona, Eugeni was influenced by the architectural divide of Gaudi’s organic designs and Mies van der Rohe’s modern style. Eugeni’s designs manipulates shapes and its surroundings to emphasize the space and emptiness in contrast with the form itself.
Designing the outburst Tabu chair for Alias, Eugeni’s style uses synthetic materials in form of nature to create life in the furniture. Making nature seem artificial. Playing with light, liquid, air and reflection his bestselling objects masters fullness and voids to reveal elegant silhouettes hidden in the materials.
Awarded for Designer of the Year, Maison & Objet are showcasing Eugeni Quitllet’s collection titled Machine Man, from one-off piece to infinity. Also showing a preview of Quitllet’s new products for homeware store Habitat and design brand Lexon.
Talents à la Carte
Farg & Blanche
Farg & Blanche is the distinctive design studio founded in 2010 by Swedish designer Fredrik Färg and French designer Emma Marga Blanche. Based in Södermalm, Stockholm, the design duo is known for their experimental take on product design and their brilliant collaborations with established Swedish furniture brands such as Gärsnäs and Design House Stockholm. While working across a wide range of design mediums, the designers also produce their own collections and exclusive art pieces for art galleries across the globe from New York to Tokyo.
Led by a strong interest in art and fashion, their experimentation approach with industrial production techniques and materials, in particular in textiles, is prominent throughout their tailored yet smart designs. The studio’s new collections include their award winning ‘Wood Tailoring’ armchairs and the Frankie/Johanson collaboration inspired by trouser braces.
Graduated in 2013 from the Danish Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Jonas Edvard is an independent designer focusing on developing curious ways to experience design innovation through research and development of unprocessed natural materials.
Based in Copenhagen, Jonas specialises in designing sustainable furniture using materials that explore the potential of a global green economy. From grinding dried algae to make new material for chairs to bending ashwood veneer to form pendant lamps, Jonas Edvard’s work is characterised by a profound focus on the qualities of already existing materials for functional and honest designs. Having received several prizes and grants, the designer’s work has been featured in several exhibitions, including the permanent collection of the Danish Design Museum and the Trapholt Museum.
Katriina Nuutinen was born in 1983, in Helsinki, Finland. She graduated from the School of Arts and Design at Aalto University, Helsinki with a Master’s degree in 2011. Katriina’s work is an outstanding example of modern Finnish glass design, inspired by the captivating interplay of glass and light.
She specializes in glass and ceramics, but her work is also characterized by explorations with wood, metal, leather and textiles, as well as combining different materials. The delicate Hely jewel lamp is a perfect example of her know-how of various materials and her creative flair. Katriina’s harmonic work mainly consists of lights, interior accessories and tableware. However, her attraction towards concept designing, as well as furniture design is increasing.
In 2011 she was awarded the Finnish talent of the year in Muoto2011 gala in Helsinki. In 2014, her Oma floor lamp was selected for Homeware Top 25 by Monocle magazine. More recently, she was also awarded a one-year grant by the Finnish Cultural Foundation.
With a strong background in Interior and Furniture Design, Kjartan Oskarsson has gained significant experience working on numerous interior, furniture and lighting design projects over the last 16 years. Based in Reykjavik in Iceland, he was also the Launch Pad Winner at Wanted Design NYC in 2015.
In his most recent work, he has focused on elimination of visible controls through design and enhance the use of interactive techniques for the user to explore new ways to connect with and discover the object.
Jørgen Platou Willumsen and Stian Korntved Ruud are the masterminds behind the innovative craft, design and art studio – Studio Kneip. Having trained in product design from the Oslo School of Architecture, both designers are interested in telling stories through their objects, which are all handmade and produced either as small series or unique pieces.
Nature and craftsmanship are key sources of inspiration for the designers who work in a wide range of expressions and techniques. Going forward the duo wants their work to focus on being the meeting point between art, design and craftsmanship. They have previously exhibited in various international events, including the Vienna, Oslo and London Design Weeks (2015).
Hailed as ‘one of the most important design studios in Scandinavia’ by Maison Objet, Troels Flensted was trained at Central Saint Martins College of Art in London before he opened his own studio in his native country in 2014.
Troels Flensted’s derives his inspiration in the aesthetics of his chosen materials and further explores its nature and potential through the use of alternative manufacturing processes. His experimental approach to design led to several exciting projects and commissions for both private and corporate clients.
Since the launch of his studio, his work has been exhibited at some of the most respected design fairs across Europe – Dutch Design Week, London Design Festival, May Design Series, Stockholm Design Week, etc. – and he has been featured in numerous influential design media across the world: Dazed, Icon, Dezeen, Milk Décoration, to name a few. In 2015, he received a residency at the Danish Art Workshops.