Unusual Material Mashups

Maison & Objet 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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Janel Laban is the Executive Editor of Apartment Therapy and has been working here, at the dreamiest of dream jobs, since March 2006.