Every MAISON&OBJET fair provides an opportunity for seven up-and-coming names in the world of design, to present their work to professionals from around the world.
At the 1st time ever Maison&Objet Americas there will be displaying the work of seven wonderful talents. Discover the works of: Lukas Peet from Canada, Leo Capote from Brazil, Cristián Mohaded from Argentina, Casey Lurie from the eastern half of the U.S., Max Gunawan from the western half of the U.S., David Pompa from Mexico and Ramón Laserna from Colombia.
Lukas/Peet Design, is active in the fields of product design, interior design, graphic design and public space. His work has been published and exhibited internationally, including his first solo exhibition recently at the Design Exchange in Toronto. Lukas received the inaugural RBC Emerging Designer Award in 2014.
Leo Capote has been searching for alternative uses for objects that are made for other purposes. Industrialized objects perform specific functions and are designed based on ergonomic principles — they adhere to technological and formal requirements, and are made of various materials, different finishes, and produced by a variety of manufacturing processes.
Cristian Mohaded focused in product development and interior design together with the brand La Feliz. On his way, he designed the Volta lamps for IMDI, an Argentinean lighting company. Cristian designed a limited edition for the Gallery S. Bensimon (Paris), the Cabeza Bowls and the Fleco Mirror. He also developed lighting objects for La Feliz. His clients have included premium brands such as Gallery S. Bensimon Gallery, Habitat and La Redoute. Nationally, he designed for Voila BA, La Feliz, IMDI Lighting, Malba, FOG Concept and Solantu, among scores of others.
For three years Casey worked in Tokyo as designer-in-residence for Idée, the leading contemporary furniture manufacturer in Japan. While in Japan he became interested in Japanese wood joinery techniques, a practice which influences his work to this day. In 2012 he established his design practice, Casey Lurie Studio, which employs traditional craft and high tech methods to produce a collection of furniture, lighting, and domestic objects marked by their attention to detail and high level of craftsmanship.
Max Gunawan spent 10 years as an architect before launching Lumio, named one of the “Top 10 Most Innovative Crowdfunded Companies” by Entrepreneur magazine in 2013. His work employs minimal and cleanline design, creating modern lighting systems with the simple goal of giving people the freedom to experience beautiful lighting wherever they are.
The idea to work with traditional materials began with a trip to Oaxaca in 2009, where David saw artisans working with “Barro Negro” for the first time. His commitment to the rich heritage and remarkable craftsmanship of Mexican artisans has required a rethinking of traditional processes, challenging the boundaries of culture, product and materials. Combining innovation with a passion for exceptional quality drives the collection.
Ramón Laserna studied Industrial Design, also becoming interested first in photography and then in kinetic art. Deciding to fuse these two disciplines, Laserna has spent the last eight years exploring the possibilities. Working mainly with urban fragments, he is always looking for line and colour, whether abstract or geometric, creating what he calls ensambleges. His work is the perfect marriage of design, photography and kinetism, always involving an optical illusion, which gives movement to the product.