One of the stand-out pieces at Maison & Objet for me was Doreen Westphal’s concrete lace curtain. Not only visually stunning, it plays with our conception of gravity, delicately suspending something we perceive to be very heavy in mid-air.
The design is based on an old lace pattern from Belgium, which Doreen translates into a digital file. From this she creates a mold using plexiglass and silicone. She then lays the wire or ribbon into the mold (which takes half a day in itself) and pours the concrete. The concrete is a special mix called Quantz by G.Tech which hardens in 3-4 days. Once hardened, the mold can be removed and the lace curtain is complete.
Our trip to Paris for Maison & Objet 2012 was supported in part by Airbnb.com.