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Highlights from Paris and London

Formex's was on site during Paris Design Week, September 5-14, and London Design Week, September 19-22, to check out the latest trends from Europe's design capitals. We have collected some highlights and brands that caught our attention during the days.

At the London fair, a range of international design and creative expressions were displayed. Sustainability, wood and natural materials were the focus in the Swedish pavilion curated by Malmö-based Form / Design Center. 20 current Swedish designers and brands presented their creations, among them were Nordgrön which makes sound insulation of moss, Mutants with their fine fabric products moving in the border between toys and furnishings and A2 which makes genuine design and wooden furniture produced in Småland.

At the same time as the fair, London Design Week also took place. Some of the highlights from this design festival were the installations at various places in the city as well as the collaboration with the design and art museum V&A, as the festival's hub. At V&A, Czech designer Rony Plesls displayed a glass installation inspired by sacred geometry, photographer Tim Walker showed a magical photo installation and another cool installation was Affinity in Autonomy, an interactive robot pendant where our presence caused a kinetic movement in the pendulum.

Formex also visited Paris Design Week. Some of the happenings were Rossana Orlandi with Design Italia at BHV, the Back Side exhibition at the Paris Musée Bourdelle and curated exhibitions by various icons in the WHAT'S NEW area at Maison & Objet.

At the Maison & Objet Fair, visitors got to experience exhibitions in different product areas, curated by, among others, Elizabeth Leriche and Chantal Hamaide. There, both contrasting and natural colors were recurring, as were crafts, table settings and flirtation with Bauhaus design.

The exhibition Back Side at the Musée Bourdelle is a must if you are in Paris. The clothing collection from Palais Galliera spans from the 18th century until today. An unforgettable and unique tribute to fashion seen from behind. 

Another important stop for Team Formex was Rossana Orlandi's curated exhibition Design Italia at the BHV Marais department store. Here, of course, Italian design was in focus and visitors were able to take part in Orlandi's iconic glasses, Italian food and design.