Billed as the show that knows the current atmosphere, a projection into the future of living, Maison et Objet Paris (22nd – 26th Jan 2016) is a major event in the interiors calendar. As one of the largest international interiors trade shows it presents its visitors with an almost dizzying array of colour, texture and product innovation; so we were in our element. We take a look at key trends from the show that really caught our eye to give you a glimpse into what’s in store for 2016.
Geometric and Surface Play
The Front collection of nine wallpapers from Swedish company Engblad & Co. uses sketched patterns to cleverly create the illusion of depth and structure. Front, one of Sweden’s best design groups took scissors to several rolls of wallpaper as part of their design process.
“We have long been interested in and worked with magical and trompe l’oeil effects. You could say that we have long been inspired by perception.” Charlotte von der Lancken, Front.
They tried out variations, sought and found shapes that were both discreet enough to remain in the background as wallpaper should, yet at the same time stand out with a hint of three-dimensionality. The result is a playful yet modern collection that will sit very well with the current trend for monochromatic black and white prints (Mourne Textiles among others) and wood.
Also of interest were Popcorn’s range of bottle covers/vases in very modern colour blends. The Rocky console by La Chance, Paris. Geometric prints at Niki Jones, gem stone faceted vases at Tom Dixon and the amazing 3D maps by Chisel and Mouse that gave a new perspective to our major cities.
Woods and Metallics
We fell in love with the ‘beginning of everything’ collection which was signed by Portugese designer Pedro Miguel Teixeira for Womb Porto and in particular the Seronera lacquered ebony and brass table. Inspired by the Acacia Seronera trees of the Serengeti National Park and as a tribute to the African content itself. “The roots are hugging the earth and then they became one.” It was intended to challenge the senses and it does just that, contrasting metal and wood to great effect; one isn’t sure whether the legs have grown or are rooted into the table top.
Also in evidence were opulent golds in the Soliel collection of tableware launched by Bernardaud and again at Niki Jones. Most impressive was the LcD Textile Edition collection from Belgian-born Parisian and textile research consultant Luc Druez. The collection is “hand made” and is composed solely of technical fibers given a new jacquard “spin”: fishing lines, raffia, rubber, copper and horse hair…
While there were still plenty of neutral tones and monochromatic prints there were also a number of accent colours coming through. Following on from our November newsletter where we highlighted blue as key colour at last years Decorex it showed little sign of going away at Maison et Objet. Again at Tom Dixon with his Iridescence collection of free form vessels, L’Opificio’s fabrics and velvets and at Les Ottomans.
Blue and yellow/gold feature strongly in Hanna Werning’s new “Wonderland” collection of wallpaper (to be launched in March 2016).
Yellow – Gold
Yellow/Gold was also a prominent colour seen around the show. A firm favourite is Timorous Beasties Graffiti Stripe velvet that just popped out of their gorgeous display. Yellow/golds were also seen at Niki Jones and at Monocle who used it to great effect on their stand. While more muted, metallic gold was also in evidence at Missoni Home.
More ultramarine – teal tones could be found on the Farrow and Ball stand with their almost teal coloured Vardo No.288 and at Moissonnier whose stand was an utter joy!
Pinks and Reds
The little splashes of pinks and red caught our eye at Moissonnier, L’Opficio and Les Ottomans. As did the reds and blues at Gal. Pinks were seen in their more muted tones at Design Heure and both colours were found in pastel and rich tonal form at Missoni Home.
There was inspiration to found everywhere at Maison et Objet 2016 not only from the products themselves but the transitional spaces, signage and very sartorial dress of some of it’s visitors. This young gentleman seen outside Letti & Co. was right on trend with his blue geometric print jacket and colourful footwear!
We look forward to seeing what September’s salon has in store. With grateful thanks to Mr Paul Robert Wright from Paris agency We Are Urbanstates. You can find them on Twitter: @urban_states