It was at Maison & Objet in Paris – one of the most important design, decoration and lifestyle fairs in the world – in January 2018 that we have presented our brand together with our debut-collection for the first time.
We had worked on it for more than two years – researching, designing, material testing, prototype testing – when we had finally arrived at the result: a four-piece collection of kid-sized design furniture entirely made out of recycled plastic toys. It was such an exciting moment when we set up our first stand at Maison & Objet to show our results to the world. On the morning of the first opening day, we arrived a few minutes early with mixed feelings: Would people like our collection? Would they recognise all the effort we had put into this project? How would they respond to our ecoBirdy brand?
After five exciting and extremely busy days at the fair, we were finally able to take a deep breath and look back at a very successful launch of our brand. So many people who had visited our stand had shown interest and appreciated our story and efforts we had put into it. Dezeen had mentioned ecoBirdy as one of the 10 best furniture launches of Maison&Objet 2018 and published a dedicated article about our story and so did designboom. It was a very successful first year – receiving design prices, invitations to be part of many international exhibitions and more publications than we could ever have imagined – we were even mentioned between the top 10 furniture designs of 2018, by dezeen.
We couldn’t have wished for a better start for ecoBirdy and will keep putting all our efforts into continuing like this in the future.