Five highlights at Maison&Objet Asia show

Supermama collaborates with Japanese furniture-maker Legnatec to create wooden furniture (left).
The Sempre CafeST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG
Supermama collaborates with Japanese furniture-maker Legnatec to create wooden furniture (left).
Home-grown multi-disciplinary design studio TerreST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG
Supermama collaborates with Japanese furniture-maker Legnatec to create wooden furniture (left).
Supermama collaborates with Japanese furniture-maker Legnatec to create wooden furniture (left).ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG
Supermama collaborates with Japanese furniture-maker Legnatec to create wooden furniture (left).
Design collective Outofstock (rugs hanging on the wall)ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG

Strong Singapore showcase at Maison&Objet Asia

From nature-inspired carpets to the ultimate man cave filled with lavish furnishings, Singapore brands and designers are having a strong showing at this year's Maison&Objet Asia.

The annual French design trade show, in its third edition here, started on Tuesday. It attracted 11,601 visitors over four days last year.

Today is the last day and doors are open to the public.

The original Maison&Objet fair, which began 21 years ago, is known as one of the world's best interior design trade fairs. There are two editions in Paris yearly - in January and September - drawing thousands of international exhibitors.

For the Singapore edition this year, 180 global brands, including Spanish company Studio Banana Things and Belgian furniture and home accessories brand Dome Deco, are exhibiting their products, which range from home accessories to lights and furniture.

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Other brands are showcasing new designs. Singapore-based Industry+, for example, displayed a military-inspired foldable table structure by Japanese designer Dai Sugasawa and a crystal vase by his compatriot, Kazunaga Sakashita.

The Straits Times checks out some well-designed booths.


Wild stop

Rest your tired feet at The Sempre Cafe, which serves sandwiches and pastries. Designed by Belgian design and production house Sempre, the cafe is draped with overhanging plants and wicker lamps, and the floor is covered in chips that were broken off by hand from tiles made of granite and lava stone. The wild vibe will make you forget that you are indoors.


Framed house

Home-grown multi-disciplinary design studio Terre has put on an installation titled Framed that is modelled after the basic structure of a house.

It partnered stores in Singapore - House of Madison from Hong Kong and home-grown Dream and Sunlight Luminaire - to decorate the 63 sq m space with furniture and lights carried by these multi-label stores.

Visitors can get design inspiration for their homes and check out pieces from Italian brands Cassina and Cappellini and German kitchen brand bulthaup.


Lifestyle shop

Buy furniture, porcelain plates or decorative accessories at Supermama's booth.

The home-grown design and lifestyle store worked with nine Japanese craft facilities and makers to create this range of products.

Prices start from $36 for a pair of sauce dishes and go up to $3,600 for a two-seater sofa.


Rug it out

Design collective Outofstock magnifies the micro details of plants, such as leaf veins, and turns them into patterns for its first rug collection (rugs hanging on the wall).

Called Tropicals, the series of six rugs was commisioned by Singapore brand The Rug Maker. It took more than two years to research, design and make the hand-tufted New Zealand wool rugs.

Prices are available on request from The Rug Maker, which has a store in Lower Delta Road.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 11, 2016, with the headline 'Choice picks at French fair'. Print Edition | Subscribe