Ukrainian Design at Maison&Objet


From 17 to 21 January one of the crucial Maison&Objet designer exhibitions was held in Paris. What presented Ukrainian brands and how sophisticated European audience perceives our designers, read on.

Ukrainan design at Maison&Objet

It is the fourth time when Anastasiia Biletska and Sana Shevchenko, the founders of the Ukrainian Desig Brands, have organized cooperative booths of Ukrainian designers. Their initiative was supported by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development which covered part of the cost under the EU4Business programme, so that designers can participate in the exhibition for a much lower price. Therefore, even the youngest companies, which were chosen by a professional international jury, had a chance to try their own hands in Paris.

This year the Ukrainian booth has brought together exclusively women`s team of designers and founders of brands. It was, perhaps, the most prominent booth in the project history. It is also notable that it gathered the whole spectrum of Ukrainian design, ranging from furniture in the modest classical style to avant-garde elements of decor and emancipated gallery design.

The project was an unprecedented success — during the first days of exhibition several international media published the works of Ukrainian designers participating in it. The Stories with blue chairs from Noon and bright carpet from Art&Design by Kristina Gaidamaka published several respected designers from Britain, France and Brazil. The Maison&Objet exhibition promoters have included the footages from Ukrainian booth into the Best of video compilation.

The Art&Design brand by Kristina Gaidamaka presented the Ostrova (Islands) carpets collection at Maison&Objet. Manual work in tufting, soft and elastic fleece, the author’s pixel graphics in warm impressionist colours. The idea of the collection is to create a comfort zone, the feeling of domesticity, to gather nearest and dearest. The artistic background enables Kristina Gaidamaka to speak of universal human values through the language of design.

The young Innazimina brand is in Paris for the second time. After the participation in Paris Design Week the company’s founder decided to present a boudoir Sofi table at Maison&Objet in order to access the professional audience. The Sofi model is a bourgeois chic in its purest form. Thin metallic details, the system of mirrors with decorative frames, solid wood tabletop. In addition — built-in acoustic system. Inna Zimina fell in love with the dress from Dior collection. That’s why her model of the table became so fashionable.

Atelier Lilu Company, created by Valentina Vasilyeva, is known in Ukraine by its classical style juvenile furniture. This time the brand presented something extraordinary. The He and She pouffes look like aliens from the distant galaxy with which you want to make contact. They made of eco-leather and faux fur. Shining and fluffy at the same time, the pouffes are full of charm and artistry.

This is the result of cooperation with designer Olga Fradina. Olga is known by her delicate prints and ceramic ware, as well as flawless interior projects. And from now also as a designer of charismatic pouffes for Atelier Lilu.

Last year Designer Valeria Vari founded Conferma Company. After the analysis of product range, proposed by Ukrainian brands, she chose the premium segment. This has an effect on the materials: precious wood, metals and marble. The production process is 50% handmade. Among the company’s values are exceptional quality of positional goods, delicate style and premium service.

Valeria presented Privato coffee-table and Punto di Luce collection of lamps. The models were designed in a constructor manner. The customer may choose a certain set of materials and receive his own exclusive item from Conferma.

The Noom brand performs at Maison&Objet for the second time. The premiere collection of furniture from Noom became a bright novelty of the Paris display. Vivid images built on a combination of geometric figures are fully consistent with the overall Modernist stylistics of the brand.

Designer Ekaterina Sokolova created these items to celebrate the centenary of the founding of the Bauhaus. Each item is named after the prominent figure who worked in the iconic German school — Gropius, Gerrit, Brandt.


Material prepared by Nadia Sheykina

Photo © Sergey Kadulin


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