Sunday, September 5, 2010


Our third day at the Maison et Objet show in Paris was a very interesting one. We discovered some new suppliers in the "Ethnic" section and met with French company Best Before that utilize artisans in various countries for their contemporary product line. Pictured above are vessels from their macrame collection made in Korea from recycled paper. This ancestral technique is one of Korea's most emblematic crafts and is carried out only by a select few that are skilled in the techniques required to produce these unique pieces.

The Asian connection continued as we viewed the work of artists grouped by the Korean Craft Design Foundation – the highlight was very special creations by Chung Hae Cho in lacquer. We then retraced our steps from the first day where we saw more crafts and design from Taiwan with some beautiful animal figures carved from stone and more truly inspiring artistic creations.

If there is something we came away with today, it is an immense appreciation for artisans and crafts people – to be so focused and disciplined with one's work is something truly to be admired.

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