WHAT’S NEW? / “Share”

By François Bernard

Hall 1

Exhibitions of new products

Looking for something new?
The “What’s New?” spaces present the season’s most remarkable new products organised by theme, items that stand out from the crowd because they are innovative, or because of the materials and know-how used to make them. There’s no better place to get an idea of the wealth of what’s on offer at the trade show.

Share by François Bernard – Hall 1

Sharing is the common theme in François Bernard’s “What’s New?” space in Hall 1, which focuses on tableware. The design for his display of remarkable new articles is based on the idea of 5 flavours: sweet, savoury, spicy, tart and bitter. Each flavour evokes a colour, textures and a whole imaginary world with corresponding styles, from classic to contemporary.

Tell us a little about the “Share” zone…

This zone focuses on tableware. I hold it up as a yardstick for sharing and hospitality, which only has meaning if we truly accept to listen to others and show them appreciation. In actual fact, Greece has a unique hospitality concept I’ve never seen anywhere else: “Philotimo”, which roughly translates as “appreciating friends”. And showing appreciation for others brings with it a sense of self-appreciation.

How did you make your selection?

My starting point was tastes: savoury, sweet, bitter, acidic, spicy. I married each one up with a range of colours and materials. Sweet is a celebration of pastel tones, fresh and cheerful hues. Savoury embraces whites, greys, blacks, sometimes bluish blacks like volcanic salt. It is all about rough materials, creating a warm and contemporary rustic feel. Bitter turns the spotlight on the green colour palate, focusing on herbs, salad, cabbage and offering a fresh take on traditions. Acidic showcases yellows and yellowy-greens in all their glory, perpetuating the vintage trends of the 1950s and ’60s. Last but not least, spicy brings a riot of reds and terracottas, and is all about embracing the outdoors, street food, global cultures.

Which new trends have caught your eye?

The association of contemporary design and XVIIIth century design, notably from Dedar, whose new wallpaper was inspired by Aubusson tapestry.
The colour red, which has crossed over from the world of fashion into the world of design.
Burnt wood, a material that is rapidly gaining in popularity.
The “molten” trend, with mirrors and lights flaunting oozing, drip-like silhouettes.
Marbled effects, notably on crockery and platters.

Your three firm favourites?

Paola Navone’s new crockery collection for Serax, a delightful fusion of Asia and Africa; Odile Decq’s series of clean-lined red platters for Alessi; and the stunning hand-blown swirled glassware from Laurence Brabant and Alain Villechange, a truly outstanding design duo.


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