Design Ireland returns to Maison&Objet Paris 2020

Five Irish design and craft businesses have been specially selected to present their latest work at the prestigious MAISON&OBJET Paris show in France this week. The five brands can be found on the Design Ireland stand in the Today: Signature area at this leading trade show.

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The 'Stones in a Pond' cocktail cabinet by Zelouf & Bell. Photograph: Roland Paschhoff.

Building on the previous success of Design Ireland at MAISON&OBJETParis, the five Irish brands will present their work to an estimated 85,000 international buyers as well as key members of the global media and leading influencers in the design and gift sector.

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'Dearcaěn Triptych' by Alan Meredith Studio.

Returning to MAISON&OBJETParis this week with Design Ireland and Design & Crafts Council Ireland are Zelouf & Bell, Alan Meredith Studio and John Hanly & Co. Ltd., while Aoife Mullane Designs and ceramicist Isobel Egan will feature for the first time at this landmark event.

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The 'Kiku Tray' by Zelouf & Bell is inspired by antique Japanese kimono. Photograph: Roland Paschhoff.

Recognised as one of the most important international trade shows on the annual calendar,MAISON&OBJETParis affords these Irish design brands the opportunity to increase their profile among the tens of thousands of buyers and members of the media from across the UK, Europe, the US, Middle East and Asia who will attend the event.

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A beautiful console table design with the 'Dearcaěn Triptych' by Alan Meredith Studio.

Known for its reputation and the high standard of product exhibited at the show, MAISON&OBJET Paris is where leading buyers from around the globe come to discover new products, where trends are set and where brands across homewares and gifting come to develop commercial opportunities and new markets for their products.

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'Miniatures' by Isobel Egan Ceramics.

The show is renowned for its innovation and this season sees areas divided into themes such as Smart Gift, Kids & Family, Cook & Share, Unique & Eclectic and Craft - métiers d'art. Each of the Irish brands taking part in the show on the Design Ireland stand will feature in Today: Signature in Hall 6 which features interiors for today and tomorrow from contemporary and design-oriented brands including both established and emerging designers.

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The 'Vinculum' shelf by Alan Meredith Studio.

Having exhibited at the show in the past, this week will see Alan Meredith Studio, Zelouf & Bell and John Hanly & Co. Ltd. return to MAISON&OBJET Paris.

From Mountmellick in Co. Laois, Alan Meredith’s work to date straddles the boundaries of contemporary craft, sculpture and architecture and has been exhibited both nationally and internationally. This is the second time that the designer’s fine wooden vessels and stunning furniture will feature at the Paris show.

“This week I will be showing my latest works in furniture and turned vessels. On show will be a steam bent oak table and shelf alongside my signature chairs in oak and walnut,” says designer Alan Meredith.

“For the first time I will be exhibiting a new wall piece entitled ‘Curio’ which explores the physical tension inherent in native Irish oak. Building on my international presence at previous exhibitions such as Tresor Contemporary Craft - Basel, The Scottish Gallery, Artesania Catalunya - CCAM, Salone del Mobile and MAISON&OBJET Paris 2019, I hope to further my client base in Europe and the USA and to meet architects, interior designers and gallery owners with whom I can collaborate on future projects.”

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The exquisite 'Stones in a Pond' cocktail cabinet by Zelouf & Bell. Photograph: Roland Paschhoff.

Bringing their show-stopping designs to MAISON&OBJET Paris for the second time, furniture makers Zelouf & Bell and their team of master craftsmen will present their one-off, limited edition pieces including items from their 'Kiku Variations' series which is inspired by antique Japanese kimono. In a delightful collection which provides an antidote to dark days, this is a collection in which couture fashion meets furniture design.

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The 'Kiku' table by Zelouf & Bell. Photograph: Roland Paschhoff.

“Eight lacquered trays in vivid colours play with graphic patterns featuring chrysanthemum (Kiku), each tray presented with its own unique handmade fabric sleeve,” explains Susan Zelouf, co-founder of Zelouf & Bell. “A bench in highly figured mahogany and patinated bronze under frame appears almost embroidered with playful lacquered artwork; two sets of nesting tables and a console, with gleaming solid brass bases, feature witty lacquered surfaces in a hand rubbed mirror finish.”

Meanwhile their ‘Stones in a Pond’ cocktail cabinet in pressure-dyed flamingo ripple sycamore is a glorious celebration of the possibilities of furniture design and a glossy hexagonal occasional table lacquered in Schiaparelli pink with a purple tray lining lives quite happily alongside Zelouf & Bell’s witty accessories and occasional tables.

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Ceramicist Isobel Egan.

Exhibiting with Design Ireland at the show for the first time is ceramicist Isobel Egan who is based in Co. Kildare and inspired by a combination of different facets, including architecture, space, memory and emotion. Egan works in porcelain and has exhibited worldwide, most recently at Aqua Art Miami in Florida and at the European Ceramics Context in Bornholm, Denmark.

"After a very successful 2019 which included some prestigious commissions as well as exhibitions in Miami, New York and Denmark, I am delighted to be selected for MAISON&OBJET," says Egan. "I will be launching the latest evolution of my porcelain sculptures, ‘Miniatures’, at the show and the support from Design Ireland has been instrumental in realising this.

My goal for the fair is to create a European profile for Isobel Egan Ceramics, to introduce my gallery-based work to curators and collectors and to launch the new collection ‘Miniatures’ outside the Irish market."

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A selection of handmade cushions by A. Mullane Design.

Hailing from Co. Wicklow, Aoife Mullane studied printed textiles at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin going on to establish her business in early 2016. Mullane's beautiful handmade textiles which are used to create one-off items including cushions, lampshades as well as wearable items, are inspired the colours and patterns of nature near her seaside home and manifested as luxurious, unique items of design.

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A cushion by A. Mullane Design featuring a metallic dragonfly motif.

"My brand stands for clear cut values, it is unique, luxurious and, above all, Irish designed. Exhibiting work at such a prestigious show in Paris in conjunction with Design Ireland is a huge opportunity for my business," says the textile and fashion designer. "MAISON&OBJET Paris is a show that I have always dreamed of displaying at, and now, with the support of Design Ireland, it is becoming a reality."

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A colourful woollen throw by modern heritage brand John Hanly & Co. Ltd.

Each of the design and craft businesses mentioned above will showcase their products on the Design Ireland stand, P136, in Hall 6 of MAISON&OBJET Paris from the 17th to the 21st of January.

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