Le FRENCH DESIGN 100
Image: Clémentine Chambon, Elliptic Limited Edition, Italy, Bonacina 1889 x Doppia Firma. Photo: Laila Pozzo
Le FRENCH DESIGN 100
Le FRENCH DESIGN 100 revealed the 100 best French design and interior architecture projects worldwide. For its 3rd edition, the jury was chaired by Laurent Le Bon, President of the Centre Pompidou, and with Hervé Lemoine, President of the Mobilier national, as Honorary Chairman. The projects awarded Le FD100 are the result of collaboration between exceptional designers and interior architects and internationally renowned craftspeople and manufacturers: cabinetmakers and upholsterers, gilders and fitters, furniture and object makers, woodworkers and metalworkers. This association is emblematic of the French art of living, and helps to perpetually enrich the heritage and expertise of French design.
Image: Mathieu Lehanneur - Elephant armchair and high S.M.O.K.E © Felipe Ribon
Designer of the Year
Maison&Objet named Mathieu Lehanneur as Designer of the Year 2024. At each January edition, this award honours a key personality in the international design and decoration landscape. The uniqueness of Mathieu Lehanneur’s universe, together with the globality of his creative approach, make the French designer a trailblazer for the design and decoration community. During the fair, which closes on 22 January, Mathieu Lehanneur presents a futuristic habitat project inspired by survivalist theories in the space dedicated to him, and for which he has been given carte blanche.
Image: Audrey Large x IN Residence
WINT Design Lab
Rising Talent Tech
In 2024, Maison&Objet celebrates its thirtieth anniversary with the general theme of the edition: TECH EDEN. Know-how and digital innovation are at the heart of this year's Maison&Objet Rising Talent Awards. In the Tech category, the Rising Talent are: Audrey Large, whose work experiments with the fusion between the moving image and the static object, chosen by Joseph Grima, Creative director of the Design Academy Eindhoven; WINT Design Lab, a studio-laboratory supported by cutting-edge research, chosen by Athime de Crécy, Designer & Rising Talent France September 2023; and Index Office, Nelson Fossey' s practice which aims to build bridges between industry and know-how, chosen by Ramy Fischler, Interior Architect & Designer, Founder of RF Studio.
Image: Aurélie Hoegy, Wild Fibers Tapestry, permanent collection Museum of Fine art Houston
Line & Raphaël
Rising Talent Savoir-faire
In the Savoir-faire category the Rising Talent are: Aurélie Hoegy, who works with rattan and sculpts furniture that is a genuine functional work of art, with movement as its guiding principle, chosen by Li Edelkoort, Trend Forecaster; Jenna Kaës, who is interested in the spiritual dimension of objects, chosen by Jean de Loisy, Art Critic & Curator; Emma Cogné, who weaves industrial waste, chosen by Lionel Jadot, Founder of Zaventem Ateliers; and Line & Raphaël, who design and handcraft futuristic and innovative 3D marquetry furniture and ornaments, Rising Talent Craft winner chosen by Stéphane Galerneau, President of Ateliers d’Art de France.
RIBA Royal Gold Medal 2024
Image: Counteract, Kéré Architecture. Photo © Matteo de Mayda / Courtesy of 18th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, The laboratory of the Future
RIBA Royal Gold Medal
Professor Lesley Lokko, acclaimed Ghanaian-Scottish architect, educator, author and curator, is this year’s recipient of the RIBA Royal Gold Medal. Lesley Lokko has devoted her career to amplifying under-represented voices and examining the complex relationship between architecture, identity and race, profoundly impacting architectural education, dialogue and discourse. In 2021, she founded the African Futures Institute (AFI) in Accra, Ghana, aiming to be a new model of education, research and public dialogue that unites the arts, humanities and sciences. In 2023, she was awarded an OBE for services to architecture and education and was appointed curator of the 18th International Architecture Biennale in Venice.
Tokyo Contemporary Art Award 2024-2026
Image: Oh Haji, Seabird Habitats, 2022, installation view at "Roppongi Crossing 2022: Coming & Going," Mori Art Museum, Tokyo. Photo: KIOKU Keizo / Photo courtesy: Mori Art Museum, Tokyo
Tokyo Contemporary Art Award
Tokyo Arts and Space announced Umeda Tetsuya and Oh Haji the winners of the Tokyo Contemporary Art Award 2024–2026. Umeda Tetsuya was born in Kumamoto in 1980 and is now based in Osaka. He produces installations inspired by the environments and spaces where he exhibits. His practice includes elements of performance and sound art. Oh Haji was born and raised in Japan, and now lives in Wollongong, Australia. She is a third generation Zainichi Korean (a term implying Japanese-born Koreans are only temporary residents in Japan) who uses textile-making techniques, photographs, texts, and audio in her installations. She has also explored the concept of 'post-memory' through community workshops.
2023 AR House Awards
Image: Domat, modular furniture for subdivided units, Hong Kong
Modular furniture for subdivided units by Domat
Domat’s modular furniture for subdivided units in Hong Kong is this year’s AR House winner. Over the past 20 years, many owners of apartment buildings in Hong Kong have taken advantage of an overheated housing market and divided apartments into extremely small units, known as subdivided units (SDUs). Domat’s scheme of home modification for low-income families provides modular pieces of furniture to SDU residents and helps them live with dignity. Lina Ghotmeh, a member of the jury, felt that Domat's home modification scheme demonstrated "a close listening to daily postures". It is both "a quick response to people’s needs" and "a smart use of materials".