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Rising Talent Awards UK at the next M&O Paris (20/24 January, 2017)


For the up-coming edition, running from 20 to 24 January, 2017, MAISON&OBJET PARIS announce RISING TALENT AWARDS UK, with the support of Sir John Sorrell, founder of London Design Festival and the London Design Biennale.

For the “RISING TALENTS AWARDS UK” six of the most famous names in the world of design and lifestyle have selected six talents from the most promising in Great Britain today.
The six internationally designers are Sir Paul Smith, Tom Dixon, Ilse Crawford, Nigel Coates, Ross Lovegrove and Jay Osgerby. The «Rising Talents Awards UK» 2017 are Marcin Rusak, John Booth, Giles Miller, Sebastian Cox, Studio SWINE and Zuza Mengham.


With a background in both humanities and art programmes, Marcin Rusak‘s work oscillates from studying history to exploring contemporary patterns of consumption and industrial methods of manipulation. Marcin Rusak creates work that begs questions, references history and proposes possible future scenarios. Using resin and discarded flowers, his Flora Temporaria pieces could be contemporary rendering of some famous 16th Century Flemish paintings. (www.marcinrusak.com)


Marcin Rusak, Flora table and Flora lamp. © Marcin Rusak

John Booth wanted to be a textile designer; he was studying Fashion Print at Central St Martins (where he now lectures in Fashion and Textiles) when he realized he could channel his “interest in fashion and textiles through his passion for drawing”. Whether he is designing ceramic objects, textile prints or doing fashion illustrations, John Booth follows the same creative path: his work is instantaneous, always sporting strong, often primary colours and is never conceptual or conceptualized. (instagram.com/john_booth/)


John Booth, Vases. © John Booth

Giles Miller has built an international customer base thanks to his visionary use of surface materials, from British Airways, Publicis, Selfridges, Ritz-Carlton Hotels to Hermes, Piper-Heidsieck Champagne and the London Design Museum. He specialized in the development of surfaces after a collaboration with fashion designer Stella McCartney. Light reflection and the laws of physics play an obvious role in Giles Miller’s works, but the studio team can use traditional methods of production such as acid etching or zinc casting as well as recent technology. (www.gilesmiller.com)


 Giles Miller, ‘Perspectives’ organic pavilion, Surrey Hills.

Sebastian Cox grew up surrounded by woods and raised by a father whose profession was to restore timber-framed buildings.  He founded his workshop and studio in 2010 on the principle that the past can be used to design and make the future. He hand-picks wood, always coppiced, because it uses trees that can be cut perpetually. Learning from the past, has developed an instinct for abundant and overlooked materials, using traditional techniques while incorporating a contemporary aesthetic that appeals to modern homes.(www.sebastiancox.co.uk)


Sebastian Cox, Bayleaf settle © Sebastian Cox.

Japanese architect Azusa Murakami and British artist Alexander Groves (Studio SWINE) are obsessed with materials, travelling the world from South America to some uninhabited South Pacific parts or to the Shandong province of China.
They consider design as “an agent for change”, willing to change the perception of materials by turning waste into luxury. (www.studioswine.com)


Studio SWINE, outdoor benches for London’s St James’s Market.

Zuza Mengham creates sculptural objects and installations. Refusing labels, she does not describe herself as a designer or as an artist but pinpoints her interest in making ‘spaces’ out of sculptures or making sculptures that hint towards function. Resin, a material that presents itself with permanency, but possesses little tradition, offer Zuza Mengham a literal and figurative transparency: there are no secrets with it as a material, it reminds you of the different material states it has evolved through. (www.zuzamengham.com)


Zuza Mengham, Laboratory perfumes Tonka © Ilka An


Images courtesy of Maison & Objet Paris

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