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24th January 2017

Our favorite 10 finds from the Parisian fair 20-24th January 2017

"08 Conran x Gifu – Lanterns

UK designer Sebastian Conran’s collaboration with 10 different companies in the Japanese prefecture of Gifu was the highlight of the fair. Our pick of the 10 masterly collections are these Kinka lanterns, manufactured by Asano Shoten. Inside their Washi paper shades is a battery-operated mechanism that makes these comely lights both practical and portable."

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Tradeshow halls may look the same wherever they are in the world but location is still fundamental to a show’s success – and locations don’t get much better than Paris. For the past two seasons security fears – leftover from the attacks of 2015 – had kept certain overseas visitors away from the French capital and deprived Maison & Objet of some of its most interesting attendees, particularly Japanese brands. Thanks to an influx of top-notch designers and manufacturers the latest edition, which wraps up today, has shown that the city has regained its influential position in the industry. Noteworthy was the presence of brushmaker Takeda, foldable step-ladder brand Lucano and jewellers Su and Simmon. But it’s with debuts such as Sebastian Conran’s Gifu Collection – artisan objects made in collaboration with 10 companies from Japan’s Gifu prefecture – that the fair really pulls its weight."

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