The January edition of Maison et Objet in Paris serves as a Mecca for all the leading names and faces of the interior and design industry. Like the Spring/Summer catwalk shows of the fashion world, Maison et Objet’s January exhibition sets the interior trends for the year. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the show has established itself as the leader in interior trade fairs across the world. Its sheer vastness and scope is matched only by the variety and high calibre of exhibitors that are on show throughout its many halls.
With a plethora of looks and themes on display, The LuxPad takes a closer look at the key trends as spotted by Amara’s accomplished Buyers and some of the industry’s top experts share their opinions on the show’s highlights below…
Moving on from last year’s copper crush, metallics were spotted everywhere at Maison but this time it’s all about layering shades and eye-catching patterns keeping warm hues at the heart. Flashes of copper and gold sit alongside titanium and sliver slithers, in geometric shapes across soft furnishings and lighting. The dinner table gets a glamorous make-over with warm metallics being seen across tableware, from metallic placemats to warm gold toned cutlery and pastel toned metallic accessories.
Kate Wales, Senior Buyer at Amara.com says ‘Metallics are most certainly not just for Christmas, stands were awash with gold accessories and lighting, our favourite pieces came from new (to Amara) brands Skultuna, Ferm Living and Tom Dixon, as well as Amara favourites Chilewich, Pols Potten and L’Objet.’
This key trend may not appeal to everyone at first but incorporate it where you can as it is set to be a huge hit this year. Hints of neon were found even in the most unlikely of places at Maison, a colourful nod to the 90s the youthful and fun feel of this trend is infectious. Spotted on wallpaper, across furniture and splashed across patterned home accessories; mix and match across shades and patterns to complete the look.
A simple and easy way to bring an instant touch of luxury style to your home is with the Santorini Blue trend. Evoking a modern Mediterranean flavour, the rich blue shade was spotted at many brands and throughout collections. Deep and effortlessly decadent, combine Santorini blue designs with crisp white pieces for a tranquil timeless look. Think about Mediterranean textures like silk and porcelain and use these throughout the interior scheme to bring uniformity. Layer with turquoise or deep purple to bring added depth to any decor.
Kate says; ‘Santorini Blue will add a luxury pop of colour this season, this opulent shade of blue was seen across the board from snake print Baobab candles to Roberto Cavalli Home silk cushions and throws, vintage Yastik by Rifat Ozbek cushions and exquisite Lalique crystal vases.’
As the rise of Eco Friendly Home Fashion becomes ever more prevalent in the world of interiors we have seen a steady increase in the focus and use of natural materials, and at this year’s Maison show they were a constant theme. A great trend to incorporate into any style of home, natural materials can be combined with almost any other interior style. Pastels and neutral hues are a safe choice; for added interest combine textures from wood to leather to bring a stylised look home.
HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE EXPERTS
Claudia Baillie, Interiors Editor, Sunday Times Style
‘Brass was the material of the moment at this year’s Maison et Objet furniture fair. Taking over from, or even combined with former favourite, copper, it was seen on both on tableware and accessories as well as an accent on larger pieces of furniture. Brushed and polished finishes were popular, and I’m coveting pots and serving spoons from Ferm Living, which showcase the trend perfectly, as well as the amazing range of desk accessories from Beyond Object.
Also making an impact were planetary inspired pieces, which take their cue from outer space. Jan Kath’s Spacecrafted rug was quite literally out of this world, while Diesel Living teamed up with Seletti to create the award winning Cosmic Diner dinner plates. Ligne Roset’s overlapping Cadence occasional tables also had a distinctly lunar quality.
My favourite micro trend is multifunctional mirrors – clever designs that combine a mirror with somewhere to hang your stuff. Favourites included the cheerful Modeste mirror from Paris based company Harto, and Reflection by Danish design company Nomess – simple, effective and elegant too.’
Ben Spriggs, Interiors Editor, The Guardian
‘The French capital’s biannual celebration of all things interiors was a frenzy of fabulous furniture, cutting edge accessories and more lust-after lighting than you could ever expect to see in one place at one time. While walking the miles of corridors in the fair’s halls is hard on the feet, it’s an inspiring place to be, giving you a real idea of trends to come and the brands to watch over the coming months.
Top trends to spot for 2015 include cosmology and an obsession with all things planetary – see Seletti’s planet dinner service; the inspirational era of choice is the Seventies with many brands showing woven raffia and light-toned woods (Sfera’s planters were a big hit); mesh work looks set to be huge, especially in the world of lighting – check out Petite Friture’s wall lamps; and thin cuboid frames are the shape of the year – I was wowed by By Lassen’s storage.
If you’re after colour palette predictions: while pastels may still be packing a powdery punch, deeper bubblegum pink looks set to be the sweet tone of the summer (Rémi Bouhaniche’s Toa chair for Ligne Roset was as light and mouthwatering as a marshmallow both to look at and to sit in). Forest green and indigo blues will be the dark toned counter-balance with metal accents adding a touch of luxe – copper and brass are still in abundance, but gold and silver combos are fighting back.’
Leading Interior Designers Jordan Cluroe & Russell Whitehead from 2 Lovely Gays
‘Maison et Objet was a battle of nature vs space travel, with some designers making a connection somewhere in the middle.
Whilst some brands were going back to nature, like Liberty with their stunningly realised and deeply layered Secret Garden collection, others were going interstellar with space and futuristic living as their inspiration. Front London’s award winning Galactic rugs were a perfectly crafted example.
Gold was the most prominent metallic on show and, whilst flesh tones from pink to tan to dark terracotta were still going strong, it seemed that the most prominent colour was forest green. Paired with pale jade this deep green shade was giving major impact, as shown by young Brit design duo Custhom whose new collection proved that nature and science fiction can exist beautifully together.
Not only greens in colour but futuristic green credentials were on display with recycled plastics used to create furniture and 3D printing being used on larger scales to create UFO like lighting from Dirk Vander Kooij.
Also a clear highlight and a breath of fresh air, Cole and Sons new Whimsical Collection left a big smile on our faces. Stars and diamonds and trees giving a fun twist on the naturals. With greens again featuring in their new Punchinello design.
And there was no denying the show stopping nature of the Sofa collaboration between the visionary, Timorous Beasties and the ever elegant, Pinch designs. Like a technicolour explosion in deep space with elegant manmade craftsmanship in the frame. A star piece.’
Kate Wales – Senior Buyer at Amara.com
‘Botanical prints were in abundance at the show, my favourite being the classic floral prints from Missoni Home, inspired in part by the creative director’s love of her garden, a passion that is evident throughout the 2015 collection.
I also loved the quirky casual dining range from fair trade Dutch brand Van Verre, which was aptly named the cabbage collection. There was a strong theme of Outside In running throughout many brands and their collections so I think we will see this creeping in amongst other trends set to be big this year. Lastly, I have to mention one of my most anticipated favourites, the new Kartell Home Fragrance collection, which launched at the show and will be coming to Amara later in the year.’
The Missoni Home 2015 collection is coming soon to Amara, discover more on the new collection here.
Lucy Freedman, Senior Designer at Fox Linton Associates & Interior Blogger at LucyWillShowYou
‘I’ve been sending myself to Maison for nearly 10 years now, my first visit was whilst I was still at University, and over the years I have to say the setup has rarely changed. My way of using the show has though, and after years of trade shows I’m getting it down to a fine art (less talk, more walk). From sourcing specific products for design projects or looking to sum up trends for my own website LucyWillShowYou, I still enjoy every visit regardless of everyone else’s opinions.
For me Maison et Objet offers an opportunity to connect with new manufacturers, condensing hours of online research back in the office, to two exhausting days of back to back conversations with suppliers old and new. Rather than trend highlights that stood out for me this week there were a few brands, (which would all sit very well together in a project) that outshone their competitors. For example Autoban, &Tradition, Pulpo and Michael Verheden all offered designs in sublime organic forms, elegant materials and complex manufacturing processes. &Tradition selected Raf Simmons for Kvadrat textiles to upholster their new Cloud Series and the result is effortless. These will be our classics for the future.’
Samantha Giddins, Interior Designer & Stylist at Mink Interiors & Co-Editor of Design Lovers Blog
‘In almost every current and newly launched collection I’m seeing brass and copper. And whilst Copper first appeared in interiors a few years ago it’s still the material of choice with leading designers using this warm coloured metal to give existing pieces a new twist. Brass accents on furniture and lighting is also a trend that looks set to stay into 2015 and beyond. Thin black metal used for chair legs, table legs and lighting can be seen in many new collections too.
It’s predicted that an earthy rich brown, possibly with a modern feel to a 70’s style, is set to appear in 2015. And whilst we may see this more on the AW15 fashion scene, I’m sensing this will take a little longer to appear in interiors. For now, I’m still seeing my favourite combination of blue and green and for SS15 accents of a fresh minty green but grounded with black and as seen at House Doctor DK and Bloomingville.’
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