WHAT’S NEW? / “Leisure”

By François Delclaux

Hall 2

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.

Leisure by François Delclaux – Hall 2

François Delclaux’s “What’s New?” leisure and culture space whisks visitors away to 3 ideal destinations: ICE, WOOD and SUN. Each different imaginary world has its own topography to ensure that it is best suited to presenting the latest arrivals in travel accessories, stationery, games, smart objects and gifts.

Tell us a little about the “Leisure” zone…

It showcases travel and fashion accessories, stationery, games, connected objects and souvenir gifts to name but a few... Basically, items that put a smile on your face!

How did you make your selection?

My starting point was the concept of travel, the ultimate leisure activity! I whisk visitors off to three fictitious countries: “Wood land”, which celebrates wood and all things hipster and natural; “Ice land”, which turns the spotlight on shiny and metallic pieces; and “Sun land”, where all the items exude a summery vibe and pack a colourful punch. These themes also allowed me to make the whole space revolve around nature, which is an extremely vibrant subject.

Which new trends have caught your eye?

An increasing amount of wood has started popping up in the most unexpected places, being used for iPhone covers, perfumed candle holders, spectacles and even technological devices.
Nautical motifs – waves, shells, starfish, and the like – are everywhere you look, adorning trays, jewellery, coasters, embroidered patches and even snowballs.
A very 1950s Miami-esque vibe that puts coral pink centre stage – it’s even been elected colour of the year by Pantone (living coral).

Your three firm favourites?

Mam Originals’ exquisite wooden watch collection (bamboo, sandalwood…); the fish-shaped porcelain trinket boxes from &Klevering, which are delightfully fun and decorative; and the Memphis-inspired paper vases emblazoned with graphic motifs from Octaveo.

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