Top 5 New Designers at Maison & Objet 2017

Sep 14, 2017

One of the world’s best product design fairs in the world, the Maison & Objet was held from the 8th to the 12th of September 2017 in Paris. Carefully choosing some of the newest rising stars from the fair, here are our Top 5 picks of new design faces of the international industry.



1. Alexandre Échasseriau

Born in Toulouse in 1986, Alexandre Échasseriau has an unusual background. After three years spent training in ornamental turning and other metalworking techniques at L’École Boulle, he transitioned to industrial design at ENSCI – Les Ateliers. Influenced by time-honoured crafts and artisanal techniques, Alexandre Échasseriau creates streamlined objects, combining materials, technologies and little-known or emerging techniques. This very personal approach earned him an Audi Talents Award in 2014.


2. Luce Couillet

Luce Couillet studied product design at ESAD de Reims, before she decided to focus on textile design at ENSCI – Les Ateliers in Paris,  from which she graduated in 2010. Specialising in textile materials and products, she established Matières Ouvertes, a research workshop, in 2011, while she was in residence at Les Ateliers de Paris after a stint working with Swiss brand Création. She handpicks both for their technical properties and aesthetic qualities.



3. Claire Lavabre

Claire Lavabre, a graduate of ENSCI – Les Ateliers (2012), now a designer and photographer, already has an impressive background. At just 30 years old, she has worked for designers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, Inga Sempé, Leon Ransmeier. She established her own studio to pursue he own interior and object design projects. She is particularly fond of mirrors, lights and frames – any object that can help her create optical illusions, blurring images, melting them together or multiplying them to infinity.


4. Lysandre Graebling

Lysandre Graebling has a unique connection to fabrics, as to fashion and design. After studying fashion, she then specialised in textile design at ENSCI – Les Ateliers, where she explored a number of techniques, including weaving, knitting, embroidery and screen-printing. She graduated in textile design in 2013. After working with Hermès in their home furnishing fabrics department, Lysandre Graebling joined Sonia Rykiel, where she spent two years creating and developing patterns for their children’s wear lines. In 2015, she co-established Tohu, a textile design studio, with Lucile Bonnaud.


5. Samy Rio

Samy Rio studied cabinet making for four years before enrolling at ENSCI – Les Ateliers in Paris, where he spent the following five years learning about product design. These two pieces of training have provided him with the experience of working both in industrial and artisanal contexts; two dimensions he feels are complementary and inextricable. He graduated with honours from ENSCI – Les Ateliers in October 2014, with a research project on industrial applications for bamboo poles. In July 2015, he was awarded the Grand Prize Design Parade 10 at the Villa Noailles for this very project. This prize later earned him two residencies in 2016: at CIRVA in Marseille and the Cité de la Céramique in Sèvres; and led him to start a collaboration with Galerie Kreo. The same year, he was invited for a residency at the NTCRI in Taiwan, where he continued his research on bamboo together with local master craftsmen.

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