I began my last day at the Maison & Objet trade fair in Paris in Hall 7. This building hosts a segment called Outdoor_Indoor that I thought I would walk through quickly. I was wrong. I spent hours in this Hall, discussing new materials and discovering new functionality, meeting designers and uncovering new colors.
Along the way I met Anon Pairot of Restogen. This young man only graduated from design school in 2002, but has been designing products since 2000. His latest creation is a fascinating collection of seating pieces made of aluminum that can be used indoors or out. Each one looks like an abstract wire-frame model. For that reason, I felt a connection between this edgy collection and the one I saw just two days ago from Jacques Pergay (see post from September 8 ). In fact, there was more than a little bit of product here in Paris that gave the impression of seeing an inside structure built to support a skin that was not included.
Above is a picture of Mr. Pairot sitting on one of his chairs. I think you will agree that the look is quite interesting.
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