This week's picks:
+ Les carnets du design coverage of Maison & Objet Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3, "the theme for January is Antidotes, 'a cure against the crisis' according to members of l'Observatoire M&O. Here are my favorites full of color, imagination..."
+ Design Glut's Insider's Guide to the New York Gift Fair at Core77, "You give the same spiel about your products over and over and over again. You drink too much coffee. You start to go a little nuts."
+ Jaime Hayon's Crystal Candy collection for Baccarat at Designws.com, "With these pieces, I wanted to replicate the richness of fresh tropical fruit using crystal and other materials, such as ceramics."
+ Miloš Němec's porcelain design at DesignEast, "His design is smart, clean and simple."
+ Josien Pieters' Between you me and the wall wallpaper at Ponoko blog, "a prototype of a dynamic wallpaper that unobtrusively conveys the agenda of its user on the wall. When looking at this wallpaper you will get an overview of how busy you are during the week."
+ Craig Nottage's transparent billiards table at Core77, "A special combination of glass and resin provide the same resistance you'd get with felt, but are completely transparent; the tubing of the slick ball-return mechanisms are also exposed."
+ Judith Seng's Hide & Show Armoire at designboom, "Rather than creating a new iteration of the classic furniture form, Seng wondered what would happen if an armoire were to conceal and reveal its contents at the same time."
+ Andrée Putman's limited edition Fantastic Flowers for Swarovski Crystallized at designboom, Putman "likes objects that have an element of playfulness, that are surprising beyond just their technological prowess".
+ Misewell at designklub, "Their 'Lockwood' chair and 'Conrad' tables have a nice combination of warm woods and metal. The metal happens to be steel, which makes me wonder how heavy these pieces are."
+ The Razen wood burning cookstove at Appliancist, "Razen cookstoves have been developed for those with a desire to minimize their impact on the environment as well as those keen to be independent of the 'grid'."
+ Stones: Ilkka Suppanen at Gallery Pascale via DeTnk, "one of the best-known contemporary Finnish designers, Suppanen's designs are light, forward-thinking and yet classically Scandinavian. His constant interest in production techniques and new materials is a common thread throughout his work.
+ Paris/ Design in Mutation at Centre de design, UQaM via DeTnk, "Taking the question of mutations for its main theme, the exhibition features the work of designers, including Matali Crasset and François Brument, who are the pioneers of different movements in a new generation of Parisian design."