Product news: French design company Moustache will present new products including lights shaped like swirls of cream and visor-inspired wall lamps at Maison & Objet in Paris this weekend (+ slideshow).
Moustache's latest collection features lighting, seating and homeware products by the brand's regular designers including Big-Game and François Azambourg, plus new collaborators Bertjan Pot, Constance Guisset and Jean-Baptiste Fastrez.
The Moto walls lamps by Jean-Baptiste Fastrez reference motorcycle helmets, with rounded iridescent shades based on visors.
Also by Fastrez, the Parade vase comprises blown-glass balls with holes in the tops that hang from a wooden stick.
Constance Guisset's Chantilly lights look similar to a swirl of cream and can either be stood on spindly legs or suspended from the ceiling.
Wooden coat hooks that have pegs positioned like facial features on tribal masks are designed by Bertjan Pot.
François Azambourg employed techniques used to build sailing dinghies when creating his wooden Quadrille and Gavotte chairs.
He has also extended his collection of squidgy looking Mousse shelves, which are actually made from enamelled ceramic and designed Très Jolie, a translucent red seat with a truss-like structure.
Big-Game has added six new colours to its range of Bold chairs, each formed from two curved tubes, and made the new two-seater Bold bench in the same style.
Moustache is exhibiting in Hall 8, Stand B33 at Maison & Objet, from 6 to 10 September.
The company launched during Milan design week in 2009, and since then we've featured Moustache's little round wall-mounted shelves and dishes, plus a series of vases with tops that loop over to frame the flowers.
Read on for more details from Moustache:
At the occasion of Maison & Objet in Paris next week French company Moustache will launch a new collection of furnitures and objects designed by regular designers François Azambourg, Inga Sempé, Big-Game, Ionna Vautrin, Benjamin Graindorge, Sébastien Cordoléani and will reveal the firsts products issued from their new collaborations with Bertjan Pot, Constance Guisset and Jean-Baptiste Fastrez.
Since its launch in April 2009, Moustache, a French publishing house in the field of contemporary articles and home furnishings, under the impetus of Stéphane Arriubergé and Massimiliano Iorio, is forging close links in a network of complicity and expert knowledge in design fields.
An active participant in the present-day writing of the history of manufactured articles, Moustache proposes a collection which explores new approaches to production and consumption. Its articles and pieces of furniture involve their users in their own contemporary history. To the market constraints linked to the ever-increasingly insistent demand for novelties and experiences on the market, Moustache prefers to build a long-term domestic world with a high cultural value.
Rooted in the history of arts and techniques,the Moustache philosophy combines design and pattern in the present: attentive and responsible production responds to his searches for new, aesthetic, function and relevant shapes. Committed, Moustache is surrounded with designers for whom it is essential that convictions and points of view be shared. François Azambourg, Big-Game, Sébastien Cordoléani, Jean-Baptiste Fastez, Benjamin Graindorge, Constance Guisset, Bertjan Pot, Ionna Vautrin and Inga Sempé make up the uniqueness of this joyful community.
The result of a well thought-out dialogue between technique, strong identity and contemporary use, each article with its disparities forms the contours of the same family.
Moustache is attached to the heritage value of the articles, evidence of a society, its developments and its uses. It offers to share its soul, its ideas and its values. The environment it reveals according to an enlightened editorial line, a catalogue of objects linking some with others according to the principles of simplicity and accessibility.
A distinctive and remarkable symbol, Moustache publishes a collection with a character which, today, is imposing its presence in the design environment.
Objects produced by Moustache have joined museum collections such as the MoMa design and architecture collection, Museum of Modern Art in New-York, the F.N.A.C, Fond National d’Art contemporain, centre national des arts plastiques, Paris, Le Musée des Arts Décoratifs de Paris, the MAKK, musée des arts décoratifs of Cologne…
New products September 2013
Moto, design Jean-Baptiste Fastrez
The Moto wall light designed by Jean-Baptiste Fastrez revisits the aesthetic codes of motorcycle equipment vendors. Hieratic, ultra-reflective, producing numerous optical effects, when lit it diffuses slightly coloured light through its translucent visor.
The Moto wall light is available in 4 colours. It can be connected to a wall power outlet or plugged directly into a socket.
Parade vase, design Jean-Baptiste Fastrez
The Parade vase by Jean-Baptiste Fastrez organises and articulates blown glass parts and a wooden spindle. They are fastened together by nylon industrial wing nuts.
To be suspended or placed on a piece of furniture, the Parade vase forms a bunch of spherical or oblong containers and expresses in its own right the bases of a work statement: combine industrial and craft techniques and update the outdated industrial ideal, "an object for all", for a more adapted contemporary ideal, "an object for everyone".
The research studies for this project were conducted at the CIRVA during the seventh edition of the Design Parade festival at Villa Noailles, Hyères (France), in 2012.
The Parade vase is available in three colours.
Ooga Booga, Frik Frak and Pierre, design Bertjan Pot
Ooga Booga, Frik Frak and Pierre could have been the artistic creations of an archaic nonliterate society if they had not come across Bertjan Pot, who gave them a function!
Tribal arts, witchcraft and drolleries underlie this series of three masks to which Bertjan Pot simply seems to have added the traditional function of coat hanger.
Generously sized, Ooga Booga, Frik Frak and Pierre are available in solid ash, ash dyed white, yellow or black and are made in France using highly sophisticated industrial tools!
Chantilly, design Constance Guisset
The Chantilly lamps by Constance Guisset create complex volumes based on a highly simple yet ingenious system of folds.
Delivered flat, the lampshade takes shape in the single closure movement required to assemble it.
Small, large or to be suspended, the Chantilly lamps follow the delicious movement of the icemaker's siphon and enhance it through the use of subtle colours, fold by fold.
Each Chantilly lamp is available in three sizes and four colours, at a very attractive price.
Quadrille and Gavotte, design François Azambourg
The Quadrille chair and the Gavotte armchair by François Azambourg are updated versions of his now classical tripod chair, the Petite Gigue. Like their predecessor, the Quadrille chair and the Gavotte armchair are based on the construction principle known as hard chine used for small sailing dinghies such as the Fireball. The manufacture of these amazing chairs requires both cabinet-making and shipbuilding skills.
This range composed of the Petite Gigue and Quadrille chairs and the Gavotte armchair, takes the names of three popular dances in Europe.
Each chair is available in natural or lacquered ash.
Très Jolie, design François Azambourg
The Très Jolie chair, known as Very Nice in its initial experimental version, has now been structurally transformed to become completely functional. The Très Jolie chair immediately evokes the childhood balsawood and paper scale models, even using its construction and assembly principles. Fascinating, like a complex construction whose logic escapes you, the Très Jolie chair almost resembles a folly in the architectural sense of the term. Red, pretty, light and comfortable, the Très Jolie chair by François Azambourg is also a concentration of qualities difficult to combine in a single chair.
Mousse, design François Azambourg
The Mousse family of shelves, launched in July 2011 during the Moustache exhibition and a performance/production given by François Azambourg for the Hyères Design Parade at Villa Noailles, is growing. The collection now includes a corner model and a very deep shelf.
The Mousse collection is currently available in turquoise, pale yellow and pale pink enamelled ceramic.
Bold bench, design Big-Game
The Bold bench by Big-Game could be seen as an extension or a deformation of the chair. The first sketches drawn by Big-Game for the chair represented a tube full of paste which formed in a single stroke the tube of this chair with expanded lines. Four years later, the Bold bench integrates all the structural and graphical qualities of the chair to produce a very comfortable two-seater. The removable coating is available in four colours.
Bold chair/New colours, design Big-Game
The Bold chair, added to the collections of the New York MoMA Design and Architecture department last spring, is now available in six new colours that complement the six existing colours.