Unusual Material Mashups

Unusual Material Mashups

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Janel Laban
Feb 11, 2011
One of the things that began to stand out while visiting the booths at Maison & Objet was an embrace of unusual material pairings. The juxtaposition of unexpected materials, finishes and textures makes for pieces that are memorable, sometimes for their unexpected beauty and sometimes simply due to the shock of the mix… But, reactions to individual pieces aside, it was definitely a design construct that was prevalent enough to feel like a real direction. Done right, I think it's quite exciting and am sure it's something we'll continue to see plenty of, especially from cutting edge brands and designers. Shown above, top row, left to right: 1. Ceramic and twine: Les Artisans de Tunisie 2. Neon acrylic and wood: Jean Marie Massaud with Christina Morozzi at Skitsch 3. Fur and glass: Nativo Campana 4. Marble and logs: Stephane Parmentier 5. Acrylic and logs: Bleu Nature Middle row, left to right: 6. Glass and rope: Eno Studio 7. Leather and lacquer: Memento 8. n/a 9. Wood and leather on a cutting board: Memento 10. Logs and lacquer: Bleu Nature Bottom row, left to right: 11. Crochet and mirror: Wonderable 12. Wood and brush fringe: ALKI 13. Rope and ceramic: Reiko Kaneko 14. Leather and glass: Nativo Campana 15. n/a What do you think? Do you like the concept of making materials mix? Images: Janel Laban
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