January means one thing for those in the interior industry, it’s time for the biggest show of the year – Maison et Objet, Paris. The January edition of the trade show serves as the barometer of interior style for the coming months, from the best new designers to must-have collections. This year the show ran from Jan 20-24, and was the epitome of cutting-edge design and showcased a plethora of interior styles that we can expect to see throughout 2017 in our homes. The LuxPad runs down the key trend highlights as spotted in Paris, and the industry’s top experts share their opinions on the show’s stand-out looks below…
Sumptuously soft cashmere meets tactile sheepskin; this year textures are big for interiors and the more luxurious the better. Look for soft furnishings with added interest too, from tassels to jewelled embellishment, this is art deco meets the runway. Lavish layers are key to getting this trend at home, so pile your throws and decorative cushions to create a stylish setting. Luxurious fabrics such as silk work best in soft shades and pastel hues, mix and match to find your look.
Think 1940s glamour meets modern-day design details when it comes to your dining table in 2017. Golden metallics contrast against sleek black features, crystal glass offsets matt cutlery, and patterns feature heaving. Tessellated shapes and geometric lines juxtapose the curves of dinnerware, creating an unforgettable table setting for every occasion, from dinner parties to everyday dining. From champagne flutes to serving trays, be sure to inject some decadence into your dinnerware and barware this year.
Animal print has always been the pattern de jour from the catwalk to the couch, but this year leopard print spots take back seat to the leopard itself. From kitsch fox prints across soft furnishings to sculptural decorative home accessories in the guise of owls to squirrels. No room in the home has been left untouched by this refreshing trend, even lighting gets a touch of animal magic. Fish motifs were spotted throughout Maison, and across dinnerware to even home fragrance, animals in every guise were seen. Incorporate at home with knitted motifs across cushions, small animal designs across stationery, even look to jewellery as this trend infiltrates the interior and our wardrobes in 2017.
Pantone gave us all the heads up that Greenery would be the color of the year for 2017, and the Maison et Objet show certainly reinforced that the fresh green hue is here to stay. Tropical influences also featured heavily throughout the trade show’s stands, but unlike past years it gets an update with brighter shades and more luxurious elements. The Greenery interior trend is the perfect update for any home as it actually encompasses all the other stand out trends from maison, seen across textures, dining and barware and animal motifs galore.
HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE EXPERTS
Interior Designers Jordan Cluroe & Russell Whitehead from 2 Lovely Gays
Luxury textures – the big influence in fabrics this season is classic Chanel. Boucle is boss, bringing 80’s power vibes with interior fabrics that felt fashion. Moire silk, fringing and ribbed glass also made a big impact.
Decadent dining – Petite Friture stole the show for us with their playful take on dinnerware, rough and smooth, but still decorative.
Animal motifs – the Chinese year of the monkey may be coming to an end but they are going out with a bang. Monkeys were everywhere again, having already had a moment in Milan last year. Ceramics brand Bosa led with monkey motifs and Brit luxury wallpaper brand Cole and Sons, also gave them centre stage. There was also lots of leopard print (not our thing but if you love it, then good news for you as it will be big).
Greenery – the big surprise hit for us was Wiener GTV Design, whose stand was the perfect shade of green and complementary shades of yellow and pink. Ercol also went green with their upholstery and luxury brand Rubelli gave green florals a showing paired with pink again. Over at Roberto Cavalli the jungle trend was still going strong with huge Palms setting off pink upholstery.
Keira Buckley-Jones – Interiors Editor at House Beautiful
Animal Motifs – Ferm Living offered the sweetest if slightly kitsch animal print cushions, with a bee and a flamingo repeat pattern with metallic thread for a little Miami bling.
Another playful take was found on Italian brand Bosa’s stand, the collection ‘New Creatures’ was a bonkers but brilliant assortment of ceramic creatures. Elena Salmistraro’s range, ‘Primates’ of vases and plates with illustrations of monkeys and baboon’s were the highlight.
Inject a bit of fun and quirk into your home with a silly but sublime animal motif, in a period of uncertainty it’s nice to have pieces around you that make you smile.
Greenery – This trend was all over Maison this year, Ercol have added a twist to their collection of ‘Originals’, new for 2017 they’ve launched the range in a ‘Forest Green’ option. It was also used as highlight colour, like in a fabulous bold rug design from the Paralleli Collection by Dimore Studio. Green is always an obvious choice for Spring, but the twist for 2017 is to be brave and invest a furniture piece but I’d keep to super modern shapes to keep the look fresh and unfussy. If you want to just dip your toe in the trend go for a few plain accessories as highlights, introduce a scatter cushion in green on an otherwise neutrally decorated sofa.
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