We had a very successful year at Maison et Objet this year with three interior designers attending the show and collecting a huge amount of brochures, catalogues, business cards and samples from tons of new suppliers. It's going to take some time to sort through everything and to organise it all in a way that is easily accessible but it was definitely a trip worth while!

I feel that this years Salon was even better than last year in terms of the number of suppliers who we can work with as interior designers and maybe even in terms of a new online shop, which we are currently developing.

For the next ten days we will be sharing our favourite finds from Paris with you. There were a lot of big brand suppliers that we have known of and used before but I always find the most interesting brands are the smaller, individual designers with something handmade and unique to share. That's why we are starting our Maison et Objet supplier review with Finnish design company Verso Design.

Verso Design is a family run company that designs traditionally styled products, such as wooden candle holders and woven birch baskets, but in a modern way that brings these well-known Finnish designs to the world market. We particularly loved the birch baskets with the sweet felt handles and the felted wool baskets that come in a lovely array of colours. Being from Finland myself, I am well exposed to traditional products such as these but it's great to see them being constantly updated and modernised in order to keep the Finnish culture and tradition alive!

From their website:

Verso Design - Functional Beauty Inspired by Life

Verso Design was established in 1997 by mother and daughter duo Kirsikka Savonen and Tuttu Sillanpää. Tuuli Burman, Tuttu's sister, soon joined the company. Today, the fast growing company is one of the leading Finnish design brands and still a family run operation based in Helsinki, Finland.
The Verso Design product range consists of high quality home furnishings and interior design products: tabletop and lifestyle products made of high quality wool felt, soft wool throws and scarves, felt carpets, Happy Kitchen line of  products made of line/cotton, trays, baskets, etc.
Kirsikka Savonen, Tuttu Sillanpää and Tuuli Burman, as well as all other designers working with Verso Design often draw inspiration from nature. Natural materials are always preferred and functional and beautiful products are the result of merging traditional Finnish design with contemporary shapes.