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Maison et Objet 2012/13 – Best Stands, Best Brands

Having not been back to Maison for a couple of years, it has been really great to get back to Paris. Maison is always a stunning show and Paris is one of my favourite cities.

Reviewing the best stands at the show, there was a mixture of the regular winners – Andrew Martin is always a contender – alongside a couple of smaller, unassuming brand discoveries, including heaps of great Scandinavian brands carving up the territory.

Here are my stand out stands:

Andrew Martin

Martin has won Maison's 'best stand' a number of times in the past and this time around, he didn't disappoint. Martin works with Ridley Scott on many of his movies and his stand this year was an incredibly detailed futuristic spaceship set direct from the Prometheus set. Apparently it sold very quickly. I loved it because I’m a sci-fi nerd, however there were hardly any accompanying furniture pieces, which was disappointing. In terms of wow-factor, Martin’s stand was definitely the winner.

DK Home

DK Home from Holland was another stand out for me. With a selection furniture and accessories that combined shell, leather, stone, timber and Shagreen (stingray – faux) really well, it was insanely beautiful and very unique. A huge coffee table from was my pick.

Michael Verheyden

This was a small stand but the sculptural stone accessories were stunning. They would add instant beauty or depth to any occasional table or home.

Object de Curiositie

Taxidermy, bones and unique stones are not a trend but a classic. They can add so much personality to an interior and are a great talking point in their unique-ness. Object de Curiositie own this space in Europe and their stand was well put together. The Plesiosaur fossil in their front window was certainly eye catching, but the highlight for me was this magnetic rock desk accessory.

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Everyone loves an antique and the nautical ones are so relevant to the Australian coastal interior. JD Pro Marine has a very impressive selection.

Rick Owens

I wish I took a picture of this guy. He had long white hair and was dressed like he was out of Edward Scissor hands – but in a good way. His furniture and homewares matched his look and were certainly a stand out for me. Cleverly designed chairs and side tables made from bone, stone and metal would pop in any interior.

Ay Illuminate

Ay Illuminate had some wonderful hanging lights – Knitted takes on traditional shapes played with a coastal look that I think would fly well in Australia.


This was a small stand however their colours and patterns were smoking. Formed in 2007 by Cristian Zuzunaga as a design collaborative the company is producing forward thinking products that encapsulate the dynamic nature of modern day living.

Kenneth Cobonpue

He good, let's face it. He’s a truly world class designer. His new pieces were fun and looked great next to his top sellers. My pick from his stand was the planted outdoor horn sculptures.

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Anthony Spon-Smith

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