What’s on trend for home interiors? Brands showcase latest must-have designs and products at Maison & Objet Paris 2017
The biggest names in the business have exceeded trend forecasters’ expectations this year, displaying stylish goods for home interiors under a range of different themes
At Maison & Objet Paris 2017, the buzz was all about what’s in store from some of the trendiest home interiors brands on the planet. Here’s a taste of some key themes.
Bling is beautiful
If you thought shiny surfaces have had their day, Portuguese brand Boca Do Lobo has other ideas. Its luxury furniture and accessories, handmade by local artisans, include side tables composed of glass and marble; wall lamps in bold brass; and occasional tables made from melted aluminium.
Retro brand DelightFULL also sparkled with its latest metallic lighting collection, while Atelier Swarovski Home showed that the parent brand’s exquisite crystal is not only for fashion jewellery, but interior accessories as well. Its display integrating crystal with mixed materials such as marble, metals and resins proved a vivid reminder of the infinite creative possibilities of design.
Artisan design remained a strong element, as seen in the collection of furniture made from woven wood strips, pairing traditional techniques, by celebrated young British design talent Sebastian Cox . But the traditional skills of minority groups were celebrated, too – proving that you don’t need an international profile to exhibit at the world’s biggest design fairs.
Handmade presented a range of home accessories crocheted by skilled Egyptian women – everything from rugs, baskets and cushions, to armchairs, sofas and banquettes.
Bornn Enamelware displayed hand-painted tableware produced using the traditional marbling technique that emerged in Anatolia back in the 15th century. The colourful accessories are made by two sisters from Istanbul, with each piece being unique.
And Zenza presented its hand woven “bird of paradise” chair, Chair Malawi.
News flash: house plants are a thing. Japanese digital collective TeamLab set the scene by wowing fair visitors with its Floating Flower Garden, an installation comprised of thousands of levitating, perfumed blooms cascading from foliage. Stand there watching, and the plants actually dance – thanks to the technological prowess of TeamLab.
French high-end furniture brand Cinna also channelled botanicals with its stunning hanging garden. Three metal grids suspended from the ceiling chandelier-style were abundantly planted with lush greenery – a statement piece if ever there was one.
This was seen in various interpretations. On the one hand, cosy and snug sofas and chairs with a “come hither” vibe, like the soft, quilted chesterfield from Cinna; on the other playful, child-like pieces for the young at heart.
Circu, one of the more innovative brands in children’s furniture, showed several new novelties from of its Magical Furniture collection. For wannabe pilots, there’s the aviation-inspired bed Sky B Plane; and for young warriors, the Teepee Room complete with Indian tent – and its little brother, Teepee Play, designed for smaller bedrooms.