Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Design fairs, mystery materials and rush hour solutions in our look around the web

Highlights From Maison et Objet Fresh off a format change, Maison et Objet welcomed 600+ new brands spanning two categories (home interiors and objects, and accessories) and more than 2,900 brands in total. Obviously, seeing everything can be tough—if not impossible. Wallpaper put together a list of highlights from the show; including a new material from Tom Dixon, “brutalist home objects” by Philippe Malouin, a …

Tom Dixon Releases In-House Developed Marbled Material

Resembling three-dimensional marbled paper, but with the weight of stone, Swirl is a new material developed by Tom Dixon Studio. It made its debut at Parisian design fair Maison & Objet, in the form of bookends, candleholders and more. Dixon says that the mysterious material comes from the marble industry’s recycled, powdered residue which is then poured and cut. Read more at Dezeen.

Surprising Materials at London Design Festival 2018

From sisal beasts to printed bacteria and salmon skins, all at this year's magnificent event

At this year’s London Design Festival (LDF), designers worked with surprising materials to showcase projects employing everything from high-tech solutions to unexpected but traditional fibers. Plastics were repurposed, as were the skins of fish. As-yet-unseen materials were printed. And so much more came to light. Here are some of our favorite projects and pieces from the festival’s King’s Cross Design Route, the London Design Biennale …