Totora Furniture at Maison & Objet 2013

Juan Fernando Hidalgo Cordero's designs embody the juncture of modernity and tradition

by Dora Haller Totora is a thick, hollow grass that grows along lakeshores high in South America’s Andes Mountains. This indigenous plant has been used for generations to build everything from houses to floors, hats and even boats. Ecuadorian architect and designer Juan Fernando Hidalgo Cordero identified the astounding versatility of the material and imaginatively expanded its usage—by creating furniture with it. CH met with …

Objects at Maison et Objet 2013

Maharajahs, nylon diamonds, scissor charms more

Amid the vast array of design to behold at this year’s Maison et Objet—we were interested in lighting, seating and innovation, in particular—were smaller accessories that give the very show its name. Here, a trio of designers presenting objects from sleek scissor necklaces and nylon diamonds to Indian scarves featuring vintage photos of a maharajah. Pondichery We first marveled at Vasanty Manet’s accessories in her …

Material Innovation at Maison et Objet 2013

3D printed architecture, wall gardens and electroluminescent lighting technology at this year's fair

Earlier in the week we looked at unconventional seating design and the use of light as themes at Maison et Objet 2013, now we take a step closer to the design process and look back on a few material innovations we saw at this year’s fair. From wall gardens to 3D printed prototypes, the following three projects represent a possible direction in future design. Karoo …