What’s the inspiration behind the new collection?
Like all CMO designs, the new collection finds its inspiration in the world’s most exquisite natural fibers and the time-honored craftsmanship that accompanies them. Carefully cultivated or harvested using methods that prioritize ecological harmony, these plant-based fibers embody sustainability at its core. This year’s collection includes three captivating wallcoverings: the dynamic Hurricane, the luminous Lueur d’Abaca and the refined Soie Bois. Additionally, two textile collections, Symphonie de Soies and Tresse de Palmier, enrich the range with their distinctive textures and artistry.
What piece are you most excited to unveil?
Hurricane is truly mesmerizing; it has a metallic aura that transports you to a natural realm where luster and iridescence reign supreme. With sculpted and oxidized brass illuminating the incredible marquetry of its wood burls, it epitomizes exquisite craftsmanship. The unique nodules of these burls unveil captivating shades of gold or silver, adding an enchanting touch to the collection’s allure.
How do you feel this collection pushes the brand forward?
This collection propels the brand forward by seamlessly fusing two exceptional materials: brass and bramble wood. The brass is expertly crafted into a thin, delicate layer, skillfully pleated by hand, then carefully subjected to either burning or oxidation techniques, also carried out by skilled artisans. These meticulous processes are proof of the brand’s commitment to showcasing the artisans’ remarkable expertise and the inherent depth of the material. The bramble wood burls, known for their distinctive knots and cavities, serve as a captivating feature, revealing glimpses of the underlying metal. Every detail, from the handiwork on the brass to the unique characteristics of the bramble wood, reinforces the brand’s dedication to exquisite craftsmanship and innovation.
How does the collection build on or complement your other offerings?
The collection complements and enhances our existing portfolio by artfully harnessing the inherent beauty of natural fibers. Each design within our collection is thoughtfully crafted to harmonize with the others, creating a cohesive and unified aesthetic. CMO Paris takes pride in presenting wall textures that embody both preciousness and artistry, all thanks to the marriage of skilled craftsmanship and noble materials. By incorporating these exquisite textures into our collection, we elevate the concept of wallcoverings, infusing them with an enduring sense of beauty.
Tell us about the materials in this collection. Are there certain materials used throughout, and/or a material that is a highlight on a particular piece?
Each collection within our portfolio spotlights the exceptional qualities of specific natural fibers, which serve as defining features of their uniqueness. The Hurricane wallcovering combines brass and bramble wood to create a captivating visual experience. Lueur d’Abaca showcases abaca marquetry, utilizing the strength and dyeability of abaca fibers for rich colors and a slightly transparent effect. In the Soie Bois wallcovering, the elegance of paulownia wood is paired with silk in three-dimensional artisanal marquetry, resulting in patterns that highlight the wood’s veins. Symphonie de Soies is crafted from hand-spun silk, celebrating its fabulous irregularity. Tresses de Palmier utilizes palm leaf hand-woven on a loom to create unique textures. Each material selection contributes to the distinctiveness and visual appeal of the respective collection, reflecting our dedication to exceptional craftsmanship and design.
How do you envision designers using this collection?
Designers will find endless possibilities for incorporating this collection into their creations. The versatility of the materials allows for a multitude of applications. From utilizing them for blinds, room dividers and drapery to creating stunning cushions, decorative pillows and lampshades, the collection offers a diverse range of options. Additionally, designers can explore the potential of these materials for upholstery, bedspreads and throw blankets, adding a touch of sophistication and refinement to any space. With their unique textures and captivating colors, they provide designers with a canvas for unleashing their creativity and bringing their visions to life. The collection serves as a catalyst for innovative and awe-inspiring designs that will undoubtedly leave a lasting impression.