Maison&Objet 2014: French designer Mathieu Lehanneur has wrapped a pattern of woven rattan around one side of this radio for design brand Lexon, which is on show at the Maison&Objet trade fair that begins today in Paris.
Lehanneur used the natural material on his Hybrid radio for Lexon as a contrast to the digital technology. "Digital intelligence is blended here with a raw material, what might be called smart and craft," said Lehanneur.
Formed from dried palm-like grasses and woven into a flexible material, the rattan is wrapped around one of the curved ends of the radio and framed by plastic on all sides.
Disks sticking out of the other end control the volume and radio frequency, which is shown using a small digital display on the front. The chunky antenna that pops from the top can be adjusted up and down to receive the best signal.
Small and large sizes are available, and both come with either a white or graphite-coloured case. The radio is being presented at Maison&Objet fair at the Nord Villepinte exhibition centre outside Paris, which commences today and runs until 28 January.