The Art of Living, Looking and Designing

Oct 19, 2023 | Blog

WWYW founder, Jillian Pritchard Cooke, and WWYW-certified designers, Jessica Garcia and Robin Wright, explored Maison et Objet during a recent R & D trip to Europe. Paris Design Week is featured in September and January and hosts the global community for a 10-event.

Opening Night at de Gournay

A delightful night of fun amid handcrafted wallcoverings by de Gournay. September 8th kicked off a month-long exhibit showcasing work by Frances Palmer and Tess Morley alongside de Gournay’s latest installment of hand-painted and hand-embroidered wallcoverings.

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Image: Robin Wright, DES-SYN, Atlanta, GA

 Innovateur | Trendsetting

Paris Design Week is a hub for the latest trends. Here you can see what designs are currently leading global design aesthetics and what’s new on the horizon.

La Bougie Artificielle | Artificial Candlelight

Uyuni showcased the next generation in artificial candlelight. These products simulate that appearance of natural fire without the potential harmful or damaging effects of real flames, synthetic fragrances and parabens.

La couleur est de retour. | Color is back.

A saturation of color was seen across the show. Kare (above) displayed vignettes of jewel tones and accents of rosé, vibrant colors and playful furnishings. Abhika showcased 50 nuances de vert (50 shades of green) through elegant materials (below).

Conception Biophile | Biophilic Design

In interior spaces, we create biophilic designs, which connect with nature. Many designers and artists at this year’s Paris Design Week incorporated biophilic designs into their work; two favorites were La Foret Imaginaire and Charlot & Cie. La Foret Imaginaire (above, left) went for a direct approach, creating beautiful forestscapes and tree sculptures. Charlot & Cie (above, right) created a whimsical light fixture with flowering pendants.

Bijoux plus grande que nature | Larger-than-life jewelry

Over-scaled wall décor is a great solution for rooms that have higher ceilings. “Les Gigantes,” (above) Françoise Jeannin’s collection of giant interior paper mâché jewelry, is created from cellulose sculptures and acrylic paint.

Technologie de le Maison Intelligente | Smart-Home Technology

A juxtaposing of design and technology creates new and different shapes, such as Hymage’s TV Mirrors. Above, these innovative mirrors double as TVs in a variety of design styles, including flex spaces for physical activity.

Pas seulement un panier. | Not just a basket.

Natural materials are always on trend. Many artisans were featured showing innovative, woven lighting solutions. Rock the Kasbah (above, left and center) offers a variety of pendant lights that add beautiful texture to any project. Affari of Sweden (above, right) also displayed lighting with woven, organic shapes.

Chalet-à-Fabriquer | Cottage-to-Craft

This evolution has brought craft goods to bigger markets and wider audiences, as seen at this year’s Paris Design Week. This cottage-to-craft movement is keeping the core ideals of nature and sustainability at heart by continuing the use of natural, locally grown and acquired resources, as well as reclaiming materials for a new life.

A. & B. Nils Orm, C.& D. Marie-Anne Thieffry

Façonner les arbres en art. | Shaping trees into art.

Décor created from wood and paper brings nature into the home.

Nills Orm creates wood sculptures influenced by the natural and urban landscape. Above A and B, shows the texture and dimension achieved through carving.

Marie-Anne Thieffry uses cardboard to sculpt her art. Her work (above, C and D) ranges from vases and jars to sculptures with and without light. Marie-Anne creates intricate details with thin strips of cardboard. 

Work from left: No66 Giant Necklace, No87, No77, No80, No76

La matière de la nature. | Materials from nature.
Foraging materials while hiking through nature provides artists with an abundance of sustainable materials.
Muriel Maire: fibers artist who mixes materials (above). Muriel uses unconventional natural objects in her pieces, including dried leaves, seeds, wood, burlap and leather.

A. & B. Valerie Casado, C.-E. Marik Korus, F. Loupmana by Lovo Muriel, G.&H. Oenophore, I.&J. Sandrine Ramona

De la Terre | Of the Earth

Sculptural vessels were displayed in abundance. Whether porcelain or terracotta, pottery can be used in different ways, both functional and decorative.

Valerie Casado, ceramicist, devotes herself to the art of the table. A and B above are examples of her work that deviates from her standard cups, bowls and plates. These pendant lights display her signature lace pattern used to allow light to shine through the clay.

Marik Korus, ceramicist, creates incredible textural sculptured pieces. Above, C-E show how Marik creates texture with extremely thin waves of porcelain.

Loupmana by Lovo Muriel displayed different ceramic pieces. Many combine natural materials, such as porcelain and wicker, to create striking bow-like works. Others are formed to create elegant pendants. Both can be seen above, F.

Oenophore, a collection of earthenware pieces featured different clay bodies. Some of the amphoras (above, G and H), shaped like Greek and Roman jars, keep their natural coloring while others are painted, enameled or coated with various patterns. All are handmade and unique.

Sandrine Ramona: French porcelain ceramicist. Has mastered the translucence, delicacy and perceived fragility of porcelain, and her work (above, I and J) displays this elegance.

A. & B. Anne Donzé et Vincent Chagnon, C.& D. Matthieu Gicquel

Oeuvre de’art en verre. | Artwork in glass.

Glass, made from natural, sustainable and abundant raw materials and fired, delivers a versatile medium for both decorative and functional furnishings.

Anne Donzé et Vincent Chagnon: glass artists who create sculptures that tell a story. Pieces from their collection, Deballe Ton Sac, were seen at Paris Design Week. The true showstopper was the whimsical fish bowl that appears to be a handbag (above, A).

Matthiew Gicquel creates art, sculptures and furniture in his glass work. Seen above C and D, Matthieu displays his technique using plaster to texture glass. His motto of “simplicity works” is seen throughout his pieces.

A. & B. Sylvie Capellino, C.& D. La LanguOchat

Forgé par le feu et brille éternellement | Forged by fire and glows eternally

Paris Design Week attendees were drawn from far away into the depths and breadths of these magical sculptural designs. The element of fire transforms sustainable, raw materials into stunning lighting and decorative furnishings.

Sylvie Capellino forged metal work (above, A and B) manipulates light in her fixtures through reflections and texture. Inspired by nature, Sylvie allows imperfections to lead the beauty of her work.

La LanguOchat created whimsical pieces, including their Lovers (above, C) and Eclipse (above, D) Collections, at this year’s Paris Design Week. Both collections use woven copper to create reflective objects for light to illuminate.

A. Nathalie Borderie, B.- D. Pauline Faure

Afficher la Couleur d’Arrêt | Show Stopping Color

Molecules in nature collectively produce beautiful pigments from their color producing properties. Various shades of red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple achieve a variety of color saturation.

Nathalie Borderie: glass artist. Her Haute Couture glass collections are vibrant, intuitive, jeweled sculptures. The glass sculptures take on human quality, each mask has a name (Michanne and Marlo, above, A).

Pauline Faure: paper artist inspired by the world of cabinets of curiosities. Pauline’s work (above, B-D) is delicately cut, glued and assembled to create magical works of wonder.

Plus loin dans la conception | The future of design

A collaboration of artisans that work closely with various disciplines, including engineering, biology and technology, produces designs for the future that represent a partnership between people and planet. Below are the Fall 2023 winners of Maison et Objet’s Future on Stage awards. This collection of emerging designers demonstrates creative thinking and an innovation approach to design with a focus on sustainability.

Komut, by Philippe Tissot and YuTyng Chiu, transforms plastic waste into eco-friendly furniture using 3D printing. The brand strives to achieve a positive impact on humanity through their designs, which are full of evocative curves and intriguing colors.

Ostrea, by Camille Callennec, Tanguy Blevin, Maxime Roux and Théo Joy, creates low-carbon terrazzo coatings, countertops and furniture. Their mission is to transform marine waste, primarily oyster shells, into responsible, sustainable and aesthetic materials.

Repulp, by Victoria Lievre and Luc Fischer, released their first object, a recyclable and bio-based drinking cup, in 2021. They’ve since moved into the world of 3D printing with a range of pendant lights. All products are made from waste from the citrus juice industry and other renewable materials, making the finished product recyclable and compostable.

From left: John Cooke (Warner Media), Jillian Pritchard Cooke (WWYW), Laura Masso (Christian Masso), Sarah Masso (Christian Masso), Robin Wright (DES-SYN), Jessica Garcia (DES-SYN)

An Evening In Paris

A beautiful, unforgivable evening full of champagne, farm-to-table delicacies and stimulating conversation was enjoyed by all underneath a canopy of trees and the shimmering light of Paris. La Société is a chic and trendy restaurant designed by Christian Liaigre and has a zen vibe. La Société hosts a beautiful terrace for evening dining. “Le tigre” with pommes frites is quite the treat.

 WWYW-Certified Designers

Colleague’s of WWYW, Jessica Garcia (below, far left), Robin Wright (below, middle left), both of DES-SYN, Grace Kaynor (below, middle right) of Grace Kaynor Designs and Caroline Hipple (below, far right) President of Norwalk Furniture, and WWYW founder, Jillian, explored Paris Design Week and the surrounding city. They discovered all the designers, companies and artists included in this newsletter, along with Jillian. Relying on their health and wellness knowledge gained from the WWYW 4-Course Series, they spotted products and companies from their natural, sustainable and responsible attributes.

WWYW professional certification, resulting in the WYYW designation, is recognized within the residential design and build community as the premier health and wellness representation that a professional can receive.

Want to become a WWYW-Certified Professional? Find out more here.



At WWYW we search for the latest and greatest in natural, sustainable and responsible products. To learn more about our spotted products visit our Instagram Highlights, as well as our Preferred Resources list.

Specializing in maximalism. All’Origine specializes in European found objects. This design company gathers and displays beautifully curated objects by theme.

Sustainable | Responsible

Ay Illuminate
Designs beautiful lighting using natural and left-over materials. The Z-series was created for easy versatility, allowing for replacement shades that can freshen up the light fixture by changing out the shade.

Natural | Sustainable | Responsible

Curiosity Lab
A timeless bohemian brand. Each piece tells a story of the craftsmanship of household linens made from 100% cotton, many of which are handmade and saturated with vegetable dies, including indigo.

Sustainable | Responsible

An indoor, outdoor organic furniture brand. These products are made from natural and reclaimed materials and manufactured with traditional methods.

Natural | Sustainable | Responsible

Kristian Jakobsen
Founder and designer of noveoform, Jakobsen is inspired by Danish design but enjoys unexpected twists in his creations.


Lasa Home
Beautiful soft goods and textiles for the comfort of your home. These products are 100% cotton and environmentally friendly.

Natural | Sustainable | Responsible

L’Atelier 55
This beautifully curated atelier offers collectibles, vintage furniture, décor and art from the 20th century. This design collective specializes in French and Italian seating, casegoods and lighting.

Sustainable | Responsible

Born from a desire to share a passion for authentic design objects. This collection of baskets and other woven objects from around the world highlights global artisans and a multitude of weaving techniques.

Natural | Sustainable | Responsible

Nicolas Mialet
Chic and unique wood sculptures by artist Nicolas Mialet. The carving techniques used to create these modern shapes stimulate the senses through interesting lines and textures.


Rock the Kasbah
Home furnishings made from natural materials. Since 2011, Rock the Kasbah has been affirming its style and its difference by influencing a new ethnic breath in urban interiors.

Natural | Responsible

Taller de las Indias
Furniture and decorative items that create unique environments from around the world. This company uses wood, rattan and other natural fibers. Wood products are certified by Indonesian Legal Wood.

Natural | Sustainable | Responsible