Trends Report 2018: Maison et Objet
Nothing signals the second half of the design year more prominently than Paris Design weekend. The Maison et Objet January meet sees thousands of creatives from across the world gather to gain inspiration from each other in one of the most important dates in the designer’s calendar. Dedicated to craftsmanship and creativity, the specialty of design celebrates the know-how and talent of artisans and long-established companies, who bring singularity into interior design. This year’s theme of ‘Show-room’ exemplifies how the spirit of this environment is impacting our lives and interiors. We ourselves are assuming the role of collectors and curators - staging products, styling them and making them digitally digestible for our audience. The evolution of the digital world becoming our very own online show-room was evident throughout the exhibition with a whole world of lifestyles just a click away. We have become the designer of our online network, only showing objects of desire in a form of decorative exhibitionism.
Colour trends beginning to emerge are heavily influenced by the darker realms of the spectrum, with different tones of black taking centre stage. Faded black hues were complemented with bursts of kale greens and reinforced with natural textures. It was very much treated as a neutral, and worked into walls, floors, fabrics and finishes sitting comfortably alongside every trend this season.
Sophisticated blush dominated sofa and chair fabrics teamed with dark wooden legs and metallic trims for a luxurious look. Minimalist pastels in soft washed tones of orange, blues and pink, again, sat against luscious greenery for the ultimate base for mindful living. Metallic tones continued to influence accessories and styling, with dulled brass and gold being the finish of choice for statement pieces. It acted as a standard combination for much of the colours, prints and fabrics in the exhibition
But it was within the lighting sectors that colour really came to life, with various masterpieces of coloured glass blowing being created for beautiful, statement pieces.
Nature sustained its influence as the centre of inspiration and acted as a paradox in relation to the overriding theme of ‘Show-room.’ Nature found its way through in the form of artisan products such as oversized weaved baskets, rugs, lamp shades and large decorative hangings. Bold tropical prints highlighted the love of travel along with tribal patterns in tones of terracotta, brown and black which were particularly prominent on ceramics, fabrics and wallpapers.
Large oversized pieces of furniture in worn, imperfect woods sat alongside the above prints for a rustic, raw element to design. Imperfection was the key in most aspects of the exhibition rejecting the ideals associated with the show’s theme, where, in a digital world we are desperate to showcase the best versions of ourselves resulting in a loss of identity and balance.