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Habitus Loves… Maison & Objet

One of the most important weeks on the design calendar each year, the January edition of Maison & Objet in Paris is the best place to discover new design and trends for the home.



Created by: Benjamin Hubert for Menu

Why we love it: This family of four terracotta pots with silicone lids has been designed with ‘form follows function’ in mind. Designed by British designer Benjamin Hubert for Danish brand Menu, the form of each pot serves a specific purpose – tall pot for spaghetti, wide spout for dispensing grain, a small pot with long neck for controlled pouring, and a jar that rotates on its base to encourage sharing. The crafted terracotta pots contrast beautifully with the mass produced rubber lids.

Where you can get it: Great Dane www.greatdanefurniture.com.au


Vanity Shelf


Created by: Outofstock for Ligne Roset

Why we love it: Vanity Shelf is a harmonious balance between two forms (circle and rectangle) and two functions (mirror and storage). Its designers – who are based between Singapore and Barcelona – fittingly describe the object as “the result of the conversation between designer and artisan”, a notion that is expressed through the material choice of leather strap supporting steel forms.

Where you can get it: Domo www.domo.com.au


Normann Tea


Created by: Normann Copenhagen

Why we love it: Designer tea will be big in 2013, with Normann Copenhagen launching Normann Tea, and Menu set to launch its own tea later in the year. We particularly love the explosive graphics on the Normann Tea packaging, created by designer Anne Lehmann. Normann Tea is available in twelve varieties, each with a subtle twist – think white tea with pomegranate, cranberry and bamboo, mint caramel tea, or even lemon meringue tea. 

Where you can get it: Normann Copenhagen www.normann-copenhagen.com




Hand Forged


Created by: Julien Renault for Foundry

Why we love it: Julien Renault’s Hand Forged stool was one of the winners of the 2010 [D3] competition at IMM. It then went on to be produced by Singaporean brand Foundry, where its intelligent application of traditional craft to a new material ensured its success. At Maison & Objet, Foundry launched a limited edition series of Hand Forged in new colours. Each colour will be produced for a limited time, starting with copper. 

Where you can get it: Foundry www.foundrycollection.com




Created by: Patricia Urquiola for GAN

Why we love it: The colours, the texture, the shapes, the concept – there’s not much we don’t love about Patricia Urquiola’s ‘total environment’, titled Magnas, for Spanish brand GAN. The cross shaped rugs have been designed as modular elements that can be used to define a space to which sofas, cushions, and poufs utilising the same design language can be added.

Where you can get it: GAN www.gan-rugs.com (available in Australia from Domo and HUB)




Created by: Lladró

Why we love it: Celebrating their 60th anniversary, Spanish porcelain brand Lladró re-imagined some of their classic figurines in a bold ‘dazzle’ pattern. Originally designed as a camouflage technique for battleships in World War I, the complex black and white geometries give the traditional forms appeal for a new generation. Lladró also premiered the latest incarnation of The Guest project by American artist Gary Baseman.

Where you can get it: Lladró www.design.lladro.com



Colour Glass


Created by: Scholten & Baijings for Hay

Why we love it: One of our favourites at Maison & Objet was Colour Glass, a crystal glassware collection, including a selection of glasses and a carafe, by Dutch designers Scholten & Baijings for Danish brand Hay. The archetypal forms have been made contemporary through an application of the duo’s signature palette in grids and gradients. The blues, yellows and pinks add a bright but refined pop of colour to a table setting.

Where you can get it:  Corporate Culture www.corporateculture.com.au




Designed by: SmithMatthias

Why we love it: With the addition of a few simple accessories, the humble ladder has been re-imagined by SmithMatthias as a versatile object for hanging and storing household accessories. ‘Tilt’ is easily at home in the bathroom, in the hall, in the kitchen, or even in the office. The piece was one of several launched at Maison & Objet by new Italian brand, Discipline.

Where you can get it: Discipline www.discipline.eu