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Anything goes, as soon as it is see-through: 7 “naked” objects spotted in Paris

Transparencies are getting increasingly trendy, as shown by the latest news at Maison & Objet 2017!


We already told you about 2018 design trends going bulky, generous and large, as if to symbolise the need to indulge our natural instincts; still, one more vogue has recently hit the lines at Maison & Objet 2017 in Paris: transparency.

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Objects giving away their opacity and allowing for glances into their textures; materials like polyurethane, PVC plastic and – of course – glass turning lightweight and evanescent. And yet, transparency is a wonderfully ambiguous concept: have you ever watched an episode of the TV series, Transparent? Souls are transparent, and so are the ghosts in our nightmares. And again, justice is asked to be transparent in an ideal world, the same world where the respect of our privacy extinguishes and our lives have no protections anymore. God knows, perhaps the roaring comeback of see-through design embodies a more general demand for lightness, impartiality, and also some concern for our dismayed intimacies. 



Copenhagen-based brand Nomess has released two fresh new bag models: Nomess Tote Bag (up left), is the perfect item for a busy lifestyle on the go. Coming in two colours, white and grey, it is made of PVC and helps keep track of your favourite items in a stylish matter. But hey, watch out, unwanted hands could take a shot at your “beautiful mess”, too! Also, the Nomess Laundry Bag is a great fit for every home. A functional way to keep an eye out to your daily laundry work if placed in some storage room or closet, but also a fancy display if you happen to put it in full sight. “You see, that of showing off your dirty laundry is such a popular fashion in Paris…”, at least, so old novels used to say!


“Nothing to hide, free to be me”, is the official motto of Trolley Crashbag, now up on sale on Design Republic in Milan: just like denim jeans manufacturers producing pre-ripped jeans, so this RyanAir-proof cabin baggage built in 100% Polycarbonate comes already pre-damaged like it is been tossed around by airport personal. For the most secretive travellers, an internal zippered garment case allows to segregate clothing properly, so – helas! – there’s no escape from the queue at metal detectors this time. 


Courtesy of Miu Miu

There is nothing under my trench coat. Meaning, let’s move on to luxury fashion: Miu Miu’s see-through trench coat made out from clear PVC and enriched with faux fur collar the was recently staged in Paris is a bit retro and eccentric. Polyurethane’s transparent texture with thin, black rims is matched with the fur’s lilac nuances – a shoutout to maison Prada’s upcoming haute-couture collections.


Photo di Alberto Strada

Glasses, oil jugs, a tea service, a coffee set and one pitcher, all strictly made of colourful, see-through, hand-blown glass. Here’s the Greenwood collection designed by Alessandra Baldereschi for Ichendorf: a feast of naturalistic elements, each piece is decorated with berries, mushrooms, twigs, leaves and flowers.

Paris was also home to the official launch of a fresh new brand specialising in kitchen tools and tableware: Evolution, run by Vincent Le Guern, appointed Alain Gilles to design its debut collection, Madame is Served!: a tarte server is included, whose base and plate are conceived as two separate elements. Indeed, by reversing the base it turns into a bowl that can be used to serve the various sauces that sometimes accompany the cake. The plate is conceived in such a way that it helps cut and serve equal portions of tart thanks to some small encrusted marque. Simple, yet genius!

Photo: Jonas Lindström

Greenhouse, an indoor tiny conservatory, is in-between design and pure art. A work by Thai creative duo Atelier2+, bearing the hardest names of Worapong Manupipatpong and Ada Chirakranont, the project results from the collaboration with Anders Färdig of Design House Stockholm, which they met in Bangkok. The three of them then realised that they all attended the same design academy in the Swedish capital. What a small world it is, just like this room within a room for nature. 

Photo di Claudia Lederer

Let’s wrap up our list with Maddi, the coffee table created by Sébastien Turon for the Artzain collection of French publisher and art gallery editions du coté. Artzain is the Basque word for “shepherd”: no wonder that Turon’s table aims to evoke an ascetic and transcendent life, a blend of sky and wind here portrayed by a laser-engraved glass surface. 


by Roberto Fiandaca / 29 September 2017


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