The twice annual event ‘Maison et Objet’ in Paris is undoubtedly one of the most important fairs within interior design. The event held in Paris between 24th & 28th January 2014. I went there and browsed through so many stands. There are over 3,000 exhibitors from all around the world ! I left with lots of discoveries and decor inspirations.
Hege asked me (Juliana from Decouvrir Design) to make a post about what came out on top this time. I’m so happy to show you my hand picked selection of the very best in furniture, objetcs and acessories, lighting and also my favourite designs and the emerging trends.
The fair honours those who have made an impact on the french design scene. This time, the famed British creator Tom Dixon was named Designer of the Year. He is always looking for best known for his furniture and lighting design. After famous Beat light, I loved the Etch light, a mix of Sculptural artwork and metallic mood, 2 big trends for 2014. Anyway, metal was everywhere : they are going warmer, more towards the copper, aged brass and bronze finishes. Checked at beautiful stands of nordic brands Bloomingville, House Doctor and also at’s Michael Ruh Studio. All that glitters is now gold !
With a collection of furniture and accessories for many important brands like Hermes or Foscarini, the french desiner Philippe Nigro received the recognition ‘creator of the year 2014 – now! design à vivre. His creations are a mix of style and functionality, like the modular Noctiluque lamp for Artuce and the sofa he has created for french furniture brand Ligne Roset. The design of the Cosse sofa was to optimise comfort, so he created a form with gentle contours that sweep around the sitter with. It’s so ahead for furniture with rounded edges like a bar of soap and romantic shades. By the way you’ll see softer pastel colors popping up in home decor this year! There were really great scenographies. I loved the mix of those soft colors with beautiful desks, stools and storage objects at Petite Friture, Hartô, Eno Studio and Seletti.
What else ?
I saw Light-toned wood everywhere ! Once again, caramel and honey tones will take the spotlight. The softer look blends with any design style like contemporary design, retro and vintage scandinavian.
Natural elements and materials are incorporated into wall art and also in fabrics and furnishings. Sweet and soft textile and paper decor as origami lamps make funny, simple and ludics decor.
Prints are continuing to reclaim their rightful place in home, they are bigger and more graphic. Talking about it… graphics and geometric patterns are making a big appearance in the textile realm in a variety of colors and applications. Floral patterns are in and always will be, this time more oversized. I was seduced by the colorful and poetic world of english brands and creators from Miss Print, Lorna Syson and Eleanor Pritchard.
Maison & Objet is definily an enormous bazaar of style, a perfect mix of inspiring ideas and everything else in between ! Thanks Hege for coming with me this time !