Maison et Objet is the barometer of interior style for the coming year. The January show, which has just come to a close, is a melting pot of all the best established brands and upcoming new designers showcasing their latest collections. The key event in the interiors calendar, the Maison et Objet trade fair is held twice a year once in January and then again in September. At the last event, September 2015, the fair had 112,000 visits in five days, with attendees from 142 countries, cementing Maison as one of the world-leaders in the design event calendar. January’s edition repeated the new floor plan that was applied to last September’s show alongside its new orientations which is organized by ‘spirit’. Paving the way for new discoveries it was designed to respond to developments in the decor markets across the globe, and is now organized into three new hubs: Luxury, Design and Interior Decoration.
The LuxPad runs down the key trend highlights as spotted by Amara’s accomplished Buyers and the industry’s top experts share their opinions on the show’s stand-out looks below…
Take a walk on the wild side this year and look to incorporate the Wild Trend into your home. This interior trend is all about textures; natural materials and nature inspired hues are the backbone. Prints and patterns are minimal but a flash of animal print or feather-like patterns or images will add interest. Key accessories include lighting with particular focus on the shades, look to wooden colors or materials. Bring soft furnishings into the mix with focus on the texture and materials; leather contrasted with wool or faux fur will add the perfect finishing touch.
Pantone went all out this year and chose two Colors of the Year, one of those being Rose Quartz. A fresh take on the perennially stylish pink hue, this shade will sit with many different interior trends including all of the ones that stood-out at Maison. The easiest way to bring this color home is to focus on key decorative accessories from vases to home fragrances in pink vessels. Mix with metallic hues, and powder soft shades. A flash of florals can be a great accompaniment to this look, but don’t go for bold blooms as this is about a soft look that should add harmony to every room.
Marble is the go-to material for 2016, be inspired and mix and match with sandstone and more stone inspired designs, from man-made concrete to natural slate. Icy whites are beautifully complemented by the myriad of grey shades from charcoal to ash, mixed with onyx black. Offset with fresh botanicals and green foliage to give this look the urban edge, and more natural materials such as soft woods will also work really well. This is a great trend for the bathroom and the kitchen, with accent pieces working throughout the home.
Geometric shapes, patterns and textures are never far away from featuring in our interiors but this year they get a modern minimalistic makeover. Choose from muted tones or monochrome styling and keep prints and patterns small in scale if plentiful, or bold and big if choosing one statement piece. Global influences are also seen across this look, from the neutral warm shades, Grecian patterns to the ikat styled prints. Combine with hints of metallic and natural textures for a versatile interior look that is also thoroughly modern.
HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE EXPERTS
Kate Wales – Senior Buyer at Amara
‘Natural stone is a huge trend this year. We saw the rise in popularity of silky, cool marble during 2015 and this year it’s set to be updated with a coarse, rough texture. Stone is a beautiful material for the home as it comes in such varied forms. Many have picked up on its intricate patterns and used this in textile prints which is a great way to include the trend into your home.
Modern Geo is definitely one of my favorites, the regularity and balance of this pattern works really well in interiors. The beauty of this trend is that by adding a few key pieces you can create a striking impression.’
Lucy Gough – Interior Stylist
‘My favorite thing at Maison et Objet would have to be the Short Plane Chandelier from Tom Dixon. I have always admired the large one and now it is available in this petite size for people like me that live in a small terrace house! The chandelier falls into a couple of current trends that I spotted at Maison!
The first being geometric shapes. They are everywhere- coffee tables, bookcases, vessels and rugs- it is a huge trend! And then, of course, the trend for metallics. Metallics have been ‘in’ for a few seasons now but people can’t seem to get enough of them…and I am one of those people!’
Claudia Baillie, Interiors Editor, Sunday Times Style
‘Weaving its way all over the fair was 70’s favourite, rattan. Popular with the Danish brands such as House Doctor and Broste Copenhagen, it was used to create all kinds of pieces from pod-like, hanging chairs to curvy sofas and huge, loosely constructed lampshades with a distinctly tropical vibe.
Marble continues to be the material of the moment, and while classic grey and white Carrara was still seen in abundance, moving the trend forward were stones in a rainbow of glorious colours from dark, mossy greens to the palest, prettiest pinks. These were seen everywhere as table tops, often combined with polished brass or powder coated metal bases, (look at Gubi and La Chance for good examples) and even smaller accessories such as dressing table mirrors.
One of this years micro trends was quite literally that. While we love an oversized light, both Ligne Roset’s Calcite lamp and Tom Dixon’s Stone lamp are small but perfectly formed pendants, which thanks to their diminutive size make a low-key style statement. Hang three in a row, or a single light low beside a bed instead of a bedside lamp.’
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