November 15, 2019

Six U.S. Designers Receive Maison&Objet Rising Talent Awards

Industry heavyweights selected six U.S. designers to receive Maison&Objet Rising Talent Awards at the 2019 Paris fair.

Bubbly 03 by Rosie Li. Photography by Black & Steil.

Rosie Li

Nominated by: Rhode Island School of Design president Rosanne Somerson

Product: Bubbly 03

Standout: The act of blowing bubbles inspired the 2011 RISD graduate and Brooklyn-based lighting designer’s custom table lamp, securing a vote of confidence from her alma mater’s president. Happiness radiates from the iridescent rainbow PVD finish of its brass baubles, which perch atop a Spanish alabaster base. 

Railcar, Half-moon by Green River Project. Photography by Aethion.

Green River Project

Nominated by: Architecture at Large founder Rafael de Cárdenas

Products: Railcar, Half-moon

Standout: The brand began life as an ad-hoc art gallery in upstate New York; now Ben Bloomstein and Aaron Aujla’s ambitious four furniture collections a year include organic-modern gems such as a boxy laminate loveseat upholstered in sage vinyl and crescent-shape stools made of coffee-stained Douglas fir.

Handle With Care by Alex Brokamp. Courtesy of Alex Brokamp.

Alex Brokamp

Nominated by: Bernhardt Design president Jerry Helling

Product: Handle With Care

Standout: The Los Angeles–based industrial designer’s oeuvre is rooted in the workaday, from speed bumps to laundry clotheslines. For his multipartite table he riffed on the plebian pallet, with a mirror-polish aluminum base topped by low-iron-glass boxes digitally printed with a chipboard effect and shipping crate labels.

Dusk by Harold. Courtesy of Harold.


Nominated by: Luminaire CEO Nasir Kassamali

Product: Dusk

Standout: Sparked by admiration of the setting sun, this LED sconce by studio founders Reed Hansuld and Joel Seigle channels its golden inspiration via one-way mirrored glass and bronze-anodized aluminum. Both designers have grandfathers named Harold, hence the company moniker. 

Painting, Plane and Lean by Bailey Fontaine. Photography by Aethion.

Bailey Fontaine

Nominated by: WantedDesign co-founders Odile Hainaut and Claire Pijoulat

Products: Painting, Plane, and Lean

Standout: The School of the Art Institute of Chicago grad’s repertoire includes his Painting series of pebble-like stacked, stretched canvases; Plane, a bench pairing charred wood with hand-worked cement; and Lean, a charred-timber mirror whose surface calls to mind a darkened doorway, its inky depth leavened by an integrated light bulb. 

Remains Light, Slip, Wave, and Cascade by Kin & Company. Photography by Aethion.

Kin & Company

Nominated by: Rockwell Group president David Rockwell

Products: Remains Light, Slip, Wave, and Cascade

Standout: Cousins Joseph Vidich and Kira de Paola harness their metalwork skills to produce a quartet of patinated pieces. Remains Light, a collaboration with Bianco Light & Space, couples metals and marble in a table lamp with a purple-to-pink color-shifting glass half-disc. Slip mirror’s bronze gradient is surrounded by an attenuated frame of blackened steel. Cocktail table Wave has a curling steel form heat-treated with an oil-slick finish. And Cascade, a mobile, assembles a mixed-media galaxy of discs, rings, and half-moons. 

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