Things are moving in Hall 1! ethnic chic.MIC is no longer satisfied simply celebrating inspirations from elsewhere and exotic materials. Its eclectic style is now devoting itself to unusual objects, full of history and personality, which can provide the necessary uniqueness to projects by designers of all stripes. Increasingly popular in the aisles of the sector, unique pieces captivate and fascinate. From Asitrade or Pagoda, which find rare Asian antiques at rummage sales, to Axel Olivier Icard who focuses on industrially influenced designs, exhibitors rely on valuable offers that flirt with being artworks.
A growing number of retailers are also adapting their offer to the market demands of specifiers. Spiridon thus works its collections of refined light fixtures in close connection with the world of hospitality, just like Pol’s Potten, which is now open to high-end residential and hotel projects. For Naga, decorative wall elements and original solutions for structuring space meet the specific needs of hotels and restaurants.
In permanent search of decisive pieces that can intensify their atmospheres, decorators appreciate the brands with original aesthetic worlds flocking to ethnic chic. In the family of new exhibitors with unexpected paths, Valérie Bastit Laudier, a 5th dan master of calligraphy, explores the richness of traditional Japanese techniques in collections of linens, furniture and dishes made in France. Her brand Otsuki-Sama edits textiles with original patterns, with the calligrapher reupholstering vintage seats that can add a unique touch to the visual atmospheres of boutique hotels. Histoires des Andes offers hand-woven carpets and textiles by artisans from 80 different provinces in northern Argentina, according to fair trade standards. Each product is unique not only because its design, size, and color are bespoke, but also because the wool spinning processes, dyeing and weaving cannot be repeated from one textile to another. Precious. Unique. Ethnic. All the added value of Hall 1.
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