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Maison & Objet: Part 3

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Welcome to my third and final installment of highlights from Maison & Objet 2011. You can find the first two here and here. This one is a chunky, motley assortment of LED lights, furnishings, and a fleet of sexy chairs. Enjoy!

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  One of my favorite discoveries on day two at Maison & Objet was ALKI, a French company that produces its furniture at a factory in the Basque Country. This is their Kuskoa chair, with an oak base topped with wool.
    One of my favorite discoveries on day two at Maison & Objet was ALKI, a French company that produces its furniture at a factory in the Basque Country. This is their Kuskoa chair, with an oak base topped with wool.
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  In a similar vein, the Meta chair by designer Samuel Accoceberry is wrapped tightly in wool. It's also stackable.
    In a similar vein, the Meta chair by designer Samuel Accoceberry is wrapped tightly in wool. It's also stackable.
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  Here's an office set-up in the ALKI booth. Pictured are the Landa desk, the Laia chair, and a couple Landa storage and file cabinets.
    Here's an office set-up in the ALKI booth. Pictured are the Landa desk, the Laia chair, and a couple Landa storage and file cabinets.
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  Moving along...These woven neoprene baskets by Neó have a wonderful tactile quality. Everyone who walked by gave them a squeeze.
    Moving along...These woven neoprene baskets by Neó have a wonderful tactile quality. Everyone who walked by gave them a squeeze.
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  I loved the playful display at the Skitsch booth. I wonder how these designers feel about being immortalized in cartoonish poster form? Check out the Marcel Wanders poster—he looks like such a playboy.
    I loved the playful display at the Skitsch booth. I wonder how these designers feel about being immortalized in cartoonish poster form? Check out the Marcel Wanders poster—he looks like such a playboy.
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  Also at Skitsch: these angular seats with built-in metal handles, great for outdoor or indoor use. They're made from a special lightweight concrete, so it's not unreasonable to tote them around.
    Also at Skitsch: these angular seats with built-in metal handles, great for outdoor or indoor use. They're made from a special lightweight concrete, so it's not unreasonable to tote them around.
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  Particularly eye-catching were these squishy ball-filled nets, a new take on a beanbag chair from Florence Jaffrain.
    Particularly eye-catching were these squishy ball-filled nets, a new take on a beanbag chair from Florence Jaffrain.
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  I'm not sure how practical these Corian side tables/nightstands by Zanotta are (wouldn't things slip right off the top?) but the interior carve-out seems a great place to stash magazines or blankets. Is it just me, or does this piece look like it's smiling?
    I'm not sure how practical these Corian side tables/nightstands by Zanotta are (wouldn't things slip right off the top?) but the interior carve-out seems a great place to stash magazines or blankets. Is it just me, or does this piece look like it's smiling?
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  Highlights at Tolix included this new bent steel step stool, the Marchepied "L," designed by Sébastien Cordoleani.
    Highlights at Tolix included this new bent steel step stool, the Marchepied "L," designed by Sébastien Cordoleani.
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  These colorful storage pieces (green trays on left, stacked red and orange trays on right) by Normal Studio for Tolix would brighten any desk.
    These colorful storage pieces (green trays on left, stacked red and orange trays on right) by Normal Studio for Tolix would brighten any desk.
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  Premiering at the fair was this right-side-up telephone by Jasper Morrison, in collaboration with the new Swiss brand Punkt. It comes in this poppy red color as well as white and black.
    Premiering at the fair was this right-side-up telephone by Jasper Morrison, in collaboration with the new Swiss brand Punkt. It comes in this poppy red color as well as white and black.
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  I was quite smitten with two new chairs at Kristalia. This is the Pulp by Christophe Pillet. With its monochrome cantilever, it's like a fresh, angular update on the classic Panton chair.
    I was quite smitten with two new chairs at Kristalia. This is the Pulp by Christophe Pillet. With its monochrome cantilever, it's like a fresh, angular update on the classic Panton chair.
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  This is the Elephant by Neuland Industrie Design, with new wooden and swivel bases.
    This is the Elephant by Neuland Industrie Design, with new wooden and swivel bases.
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  LED lighting emerged as a big trend this year, with almost every lighting company presenting their take on the technology. Goodbye Edison is a new company (so new their website doesn't launch until next week) with thin, bright, minimalist designs.
    LED lighting emerged as a big trend this year, with almost every lighting company presenting their take on the technology. Goodbye Edison is a new company (so new their website doesn't launch until next week) with thin, bright, minimalist designs.
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  &Costa offered a fleet of LED floor lights and sculptural wall sconces.
    &Costa offered a fleet of LED floor lights and sculptural wall sconces.
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  To be frank, I wasn't crazy about the lights at Catellani & Smith, but I did think the shadows and light patterns cast by the jagged edge of the dome were dramatic and somewhat celestial. So I thought I'd share.
    To be frank, I wasn't crazy about the lights at Catellani & Smith, but I did think the shadows and light patterns cast by the jagged edge of the dome were dramatic and somewhat celestial. So I thought I'd share.
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  This is another LED light, this time a desktop version from Martinelli Luce.
    This is another LED light, this time a desktop version from Martinelli Luce.
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  This fold-down desk and storage unit, from Busso, seems ideal for a small space. Busso is a former frame company with a new focus on furniture.
    This fold-down desk and storage unit, from Busso, seems ideal for a small space. Busso is a former frame company with a new focus on furniture.
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  Paris design company Moustache had but one new offering on view: this cute clock, with a yellow panel that swings back and forth to mark the seconds.
    Paris design company Moustache had but one new offering on view: this cute clock, with a yellow panel that swings back and forth to mark the seconds.
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  I was excited to learn about L'Edito, a newish company that uses crowd-funding to develop and produce furniture made of plywood. Designers submit their project online, web users invest money in the designs they like, and once enough money has been raised to produce it the investors get royalties on the sales. Here's a chest of drawers.
    I was excited to learn about L'Edito, a newish company that uses crowd-funding to develop and produce furniture made of plywood. Designers submit their project online, web users invest money in the designs they like, and once enough money has been raised to produce it the investors get royalties on the sales. Here's a chest of drawers.
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  Here's an iPad holder, also made of plywood. All L'Edito's products are made to order, built in a factory in southern Paris.
    Here's an iPad holder, also made of plywood. All L'Edito's products are made to order, built in a factory in southern Paris.
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  Lladro displayed their new Metropolis collection: functional pieces (boxes, vases, lamps, mirrors) made of porcelain with a matte glaze. Each piece is in the shape of a building; together they form a cityscape.
    Lladro displayed their new Metropolis collection: functional pieces (boxes, vases, lamps, mirrors) made of porcelain with a matte glaze. Each piece is in the shape of a building; together they form a cityscape.
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  The colorful, rhombus-inspired Losanges rug by the Bouroullec brothers, for the Spanish rug company Nanimarquina.
    The colorful, rhombus-inspired Losanges rug by the Bouroullec brothers, for the Spanish rug company Nanimarquina.
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  At Roche Bobois, I was smitten with the new Echoes sofa, which comes with two kinds of armrests (a rectangular pillow, and/or an angular steel piece) and in three different sizes.
    At Roche Bobois, I was smitten with the new Echoes sofa, which comes with two kinds of armrests (a rectangular pillow, and/or an angular steel piece) and in three different sizes.
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  The couch base is basically a padded platform; the Desserte side table is a pleasing accompaniment.
    The couch base is basically a padded platform; the Desserte side table is a pleasing accompaniment.
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  I also enjoyed the Lounge armchair, made from ash wood and a really buttery leather.
    I also enjoyed the Lounge armchair, made from ash wood and a really buttery leather.
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  D.lab, the Singapore-based design research company, showed this spunky new light made of overlapping boxes. It can also be used as a sculptural tabletop piece, without a bulb inside.
    D.lab, the Singapore-based design research company, showed this spunky new light made of overlapping boxes. It can also be used as a sculptural tabletop piece, without a bulb inside.
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  Also at d.lab: these spindly tray tables, handy for a living room or by a front door.That wraps up my Maison & Objet roundup for 2011! Would love to hear your comments.
    Also at d.lab: these spindly tray tables, handy for a living room or by a front door.That wraps up my Maison & Objet roundup for 2011! Would love to hear your comments.

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