Alki Stand at Maison&Objet Paris

Published on April 14, 2016


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For the last Maison&Objet trade fair in Paris, the Iratzoki Lizaso Studio designed the stand for Alki along the lines of a meeting place, like a village square.

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The bar with its pintxos snacks and bar stools, the fronton ‘wall’ with its large central table … these places form the hub of a Basque village and are THE go-to places for friendly gatherings.

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Different areas have been arranged around this central forum.

A closed unit, representing the office, stages the stand’s creation process with plans and scale models.

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There is an awning-covered lounge area that welcomes people to rest in a shady copper-coloured light.

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Two raised units at the entrance to the village square present some new items for 2016, created in partnership with Basque craftsmen: a blacksmith’s workshop and chestnut-wood basket maker.

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Most of the design work was carried out using several scale models in order to fully comprehend visitor flow, the effect of proportions and intricate interweaving of the different units.

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In partnership with technical teams at textile manufacturer, Gabriel, a selection of fabrics combining colours and textures was assembled and used as awnings on certain units in the stand, like traditional village market stalls.

This stand system has been designed so that it can be rolled out on various scales at different trade fairs.

Iratzoki Lizaso Studio and Alki

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