Maison & Objet is an international trade show that occurs four times a year—Paris in January and September, Singapore in March, and Miami Beach in May. Design professionals from all over the world flock to these irresistible exhibits for many reasons—but among the top reasons would be to see where trends in home decor are headed.
My colleagues at CMG ( Kirsten Barnds, Janna Sendra & Kristin Moerman) just returned from the Paris show and shared some insightful trend observations. Several strong color stories also presented themselves and this gives us a sneak preview as to what to expect in 2015. Here are just a few of the Paris show’s highlights:
- “Writing is becoming a pictorial object that is filling spaces, surfaces and materials. Graphic and typographic effects are writing a feast of words that communicate poetry and meaning, and revives our social bonds.” (Inspiration: Elizabeth Leriche)
- “Video games, digital art, music, and food are creating fun, interactive worlds (via Internet) that are modeling new creative expressions. Objects that connect us are helping make life more friendly, warm and colorful.” (Inspiration: Vincent Gregoire)
- “Digital worlds now allow us to design new systems for sharing sense experiences. Interconnectedness is creating innovative relationships between man and object, man and space. Animated objects have led to better living. Wonderful design is giving shape to a kind, poetic way of thinking about everyday life in which technologies seek to materialize the invisible.” (Inspiration: Francois Bernard)
- Safari-themed home goods took patterns in a new direction. Furnishings, upholstery, wall coverings, accessories and artwork brought the heart of Africa to everyday life.
- Digital printing has perfected replication of natural and man-made materials. The technology is being used to respond quickly to trend and market demands. Designs span a huge range of techniques, from watercolor replications to photo realism.
- Materials are being “re-imagined”. Macramé, crochet, lace and other textured materials were stiffened and committed to new function such as bowls and lamp shades. The open weave aesthetic crossed product categories and was enhanced by laser cutting. Furniture featured interesting woven techniques utilizing less material, creating an open, see through look.
Shifting from honey and gold, a fresh citrine yellow is emerging and pairs well with gray, cream and teal.
Blue was a key product star in every shade and tint. Layering blues brought interest and depth to linens, dinnerware and accessories.
Fresh tones of olive green, avocado and pistachio paired well with deeper greens or accent citrus, blues and peacock hues. These combinations were observed in upholstery, wall coverings, art work, and dinnerware.
Red shifted notably toward orange and coral. There was little sign of true red and deeper reds hinged towards cinnamon.
All in all, Masion & Objet brought some fresh, new perspectives to the world of design. Re-purposing, re-imagining, re-coloring all intersected and combined to merge nature’s best with today’s technology.