When it comes to creating a mobile or accessory, everything counts: the material, the color, the function, the texture… and all these elements are driven by human behavior. This is how the trends come about: one particular behavior leads to another as an answer. In the show that gives the theme of this edition of Maison & Objet Paris, which took place on 8 and 12 September, called Comfort Zone, for example, we can see how the moment that the world today lives directs the creativity to more rounded forms, with more tactile materials…
Pillows with embossing
When it comes to creating a piece, it’s not just the look that counts. It must be remembered that touch is one of the most powerful senses in our relationship with the world. Therefore, fabrics appear that, in addition to leaving the house more beautiful, surprise with delicacy when betting on textures and reliefs, like the technique of the matelassê.
The Trapez cushion, created by the Republic of Fritz Hansen, has on its body a print created by Arne Jacobsen and made using only volumes. The color, midnight blue, makes everything even more interesting.
It has been a while since the magic of the iridescent glow has been taking on the world of design, so much so that we have even made a selection with our favorites and show that this is a decisive factor to adopt the trend of the Sereism. But what was seen at the Maison & Objet Paris 2018 brings a different character to the holographic look. In addition to appearing in materials that use current technologies – oxidized metals to present various colors were everywhere – he starts to appropriate traditional techniques and gains a craft aura. No matter whether it’s in plastic, glass or metal, designers are not afraid to shine!
The Fitc Studio brand, also from the Korea Craft & Design Foundation show, uses mother-of-pearl to give life to classic desires, such as flowers, and in other deconstructed and geometric versions.
It is no mystery to anyone that plants have once again become the protagonists of home. The moment is of peace with nature and brought the concept of urban forest to our lives and took the green to the decoration of everyone, whether large or small – so much so that the color chosen by Pantone for 2017 was Greenery. To make the city gardener’s life easier and more cool, designers think of a multitude of elements full of charm and functionality. There are even those who can not have plants at home: they come as inspiration for shapes and motives.
Atelier 2+ studio in Bangkok signs for the Design Stokholm House 3 models of the Greenhouse piece in light or black wood. As the name suggests, the idea is to have a greenhouse at home, whether to create a garden or a garden.
Still at Stokholm House Design Sara Szyber signs Flower Pot Stand, a kind of ladder made to support vases.
Marimekko has brought to this edition of the Maison its Veljekset (meaning brothers), design by Maija Louekari, celebrating 100 years of Finland’s independence. The rose that rises to the bottom of the botanical prints was inspired by the color the sun plays in the country’s forest when it is setting.
Bringing nature close is the order of the day, whether it be accessories that help you have plants at home or items inspired by them. The second option is the case of the designer Henri Bursztyn, who was inspired by some species to create his lamps. Cool!
Pink, pink, pink! He emerged as Rose Quartz in 2017, was transmuted to Millennial Pink in 2018, gaining political status, and aims to push through the boundaries of the year by 2019 as the creative’s favorite color. Although many say that yellow is the new rose – and, in fact, the sun’s most prismatic color is springing up here and there – the reddish hue was a favorite among the exhibitors at Maison & Objet Paris. In addition to being current and cool, it works great with the palette of the time: the earthy tones.
Tom Dixon’s Bump Collection is inspired by laboratory glassware and is made of extremely thin material resistant to thermal changes. Known for its metallic tones, the British designer also entered the lightness of Millennial Pink.
As the theme of Maison & Objet Paris indicates, comfort is the ball of the time. Expressions like wellness and Hygge arise to try to explain our need for rituals that do well for our routine. The small actions of day to day, therefore, become very important, while people seek to have more manual contact with different elements and to create objects in the real sphere, not only in the virtual one. It is in the union of these two movements that arise collections of extremely elaborate, handcrafted tableware, valuing the beauty of wabi-sabi imperfection, with unexpected materials and daring shapes. The mealtime becomes ritual to maintain sanity in a world that brings such rapid change!
Nature was represented in blue by the hand drawings of this other collection launched by Marimekko.
With a clear design of the duo Wednesday for the Republic of Fritz Hansen. the Stack Tray features 3 layers of wood to be thin and sturdy – same process used by Arne Jacobsen on some of his furniture.
The tableware collection of the Russian brand Fuga features boards, canisters and dishes inspired by traditional Russian objects. Its rustic and powerful forms undergo a special treatment that leaves the wood more resistant and gives it the black coloration. Too beautiful!
The Paola C brand presented the Lunar Landscape tableware collection, created by Elisa Ossino. Multi-colored marble, brass and glass are found in pieces that evoke geometric perfection. The result conveys the power of classic materials with very contemporary lightness!
Japan’s Kinto has shown a coffee-making kit that, in addition to being very sophisticated, still replaces the paper filter with a metal one, which can be either gold or silver. We love it!
The moment is not of the smooth, discreet carpets that use only one color or material. The evolution of the textile technology combined with the return of the valorization of manual techniques makes appear carpets that more resemble works of art than a decoration accessory. The wefts extrapolate the 2D dimension to create pieces with different volumes, heights and textures. The visual joins the tactile to bring a new experience.
Powerful looking mats of artwork are a strong trend in this edition of Maison & Objet Paris. Volumes, geometries, heights and textures add up to transform the accessory into a protagonist! A great example is this piece from the Hong Kong Lim & Lu multidisciplinary studio. Just wonderful!
Hart’s Marin rug is also inspired by the sea. Here, the movement of the waves is represented by a rhythmic graphism
You have seen in Casa Vogue that the natural and handcrafted wefts, like the use of rattan and wicker, are absolute trend in decoration. Revisiting traditional techniques is a strategy that many exhibitors at Maison & Objet Paris have adopted. Whether it’s rustic materials or a hi-tech look, you have to create it with your hands.
Jinggoy Buensuceso’s Constellation vases use metallic wires as a platform for an ethereal weave.
The fabric that has been synonymous with exaggeration for a long time has returned to the limelight with its soft, luxurious visual touch. Velvet is a trend in decoration and has become Maison & Objet’s favorite floor covering for sofas and armchairs. Here, we show the most relevant ones.
For the first time in history, the Series 7 chair, from Arne Jacobsen to Fritz Hansen, was produced using velvet. The color? Dark blue.