Design

9 fabulous future-ready designers to see at Paris Design Week

By Kitty Knowles 2 September 2016
Summary

Digital wallpaper, sculpted wood, & 3D-printed fashion. We want it all.

Paris has always has been known for its sleek, forward-thinking designers.

It’s no wonder then that there are some absolutely incredible future-fit creatives to check out at Paris Design Week.

Overlapping the Maison & Objet September show, the festival unites the design community from across the world.

Today, digital design is firmly on the agenda.

Take a sneak peek at some of the most innovative artisans showcasing their wares this year…

3D-printed peculiarities

Dutch designer Ineke Otte makes beautiful decorative pieces using 3D-printing, and always instills an Alice in Wonderland-style sense of oddity and humour.

Think bunny-laden plates, giant tea-cup lampshades and jewellery embellished with large white mice and ladybugs.

She’s already got a host of famous fans, including American fashion icon Iris Apfel. If Otte is good enough for the nifty 95-year-old designer, she’s good enough for us.

Fancy iPhone cases

Brighten up your day-to-day tech with cutting-edge timber craftsmanship from Wood’d.

Italian brothers Andrea and Stefano Aschieri will even let you customise your own wooden phone case online, choosing between various hardy case materials, and more than 100 colour variants and styles.

Each case comes in stunning timber packaging which can then be cleverly converted into a stand for your phone. Genius.

Gorgeous graphic wallpaper

Peruvian-Chinese artist Sun Chan (Chén Shēn) will be showcasing his awesome geometric designs at the Centre Culturel Chinois in the French capital’s Saint-Germain-des-Près quarter.

In another case of old meets new, the designer’s digital prints are inspired by ancient Chinese script.

Computer-modelled porcelain

The Tel Aviv-based Cozì Studio use meticulously planned computer models to manipulate traditional materials in innovative new ways. 

We love their Elanor and ‘Focus Light’ lamps that appeal to natural honeycomb structures, but you should also look out for their moulded Bloom wooden bowls, and a new series of pressed wood coffee tables.

Modern minimalist jewellery

Belgian brand OLA jewellery uses 3D-printing to create sleek accessories in new materials as well as precious metals.

Already a household name at shops in London’s TATE Modern, the Paris-based La Fondation Louis Vuitton, the Los Angeles Getty Museum and Germany’s Home by ASA (München), OLA is one of the hottest fashion-tech brands to watch.

Sculpted wood homeware

Creating products fit for your home and garden, Luxunika is one of France’s own bold designer brands.

All its unique décor is creating through its ‘E-bénisterie’ allowing customers to digitally customise every item to their own taste.

The studio specialises in 3D-sculpting of wood, all of which is designed and manufactured in the French Alps.

Spiritual candlesticks

The Beirut-born Léa Maleh specialises in digital fabrication new technologies, and her AMN collection is inspired by liturgical art.

A rising star on the Paris scene, uses 3D-printing to create candlesticks, candelabras and censers which reimagine religious objects as new modern functional forms.

High-tech tube lights

Lighting manufacturer DCW éditions will be showcasing a range of contemporary lighting, including ‘In The Tube’ products by architects Dominique Perrault and Gaëlle Lauriot-Prévost.

Made in borosilicate glass, with aluminium stoppers and sealed in silicone, this ultra high-tech tubing is utterly original and nearly unbreakable.

Industrial chic at its best.

Beautiful bags & jewellery

New on the scene, Italy’s Maison 203 make stylish 3D-printed accessories including cute leaf-inspired clutches.

Their range of jewellery spans rings, earrings, necklaces and broaches, and all are delivered with creativity and class.

Paris Design Week runs from Saturday 3 September – Saturday 10 September across the French capital. More info here