Maison & Objet – A Colorful Event

original-carpets-with-digital-prints-1-554x574[1]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.

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    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.

Recipe for an Old Fashioned Christmas

By Annette M. Callari, Allied ASID; CMGchristmas-interiors_300

How in the world can we still incorporate an old fashioned Christmas theme into our holidays?  It takes a bit of creativity and time—but it can be done and will warm the hearts of your family.  This year my family is headed to the mountains of California to find our own old fashioned Christmas.  A six-bedroom “cabin” is our destination.  Family and friends are coming from several states to join the fun.  Here are some ideas you can borrow right away.

  1. The tiny tots in my family have been busy making ornaments.  A visit to the local craft store was the inspiration for heart-shaped wooden ornaments. The little ones are hand painting them and adding glitter and snowflake stickers to the hearts.  Each one will be tied onto the tree with great pride.
  2. In keeping with a nostalgic Christmas, our tree will shine brightly with 1950’s style, multi-colored, large Christmas bulbs.  You may not be able to find indoor lights in that style, but definitely the outdoor lights will work to accomplish the look.
  3. An artificial tree just won’t do.  Hopefully we can find a tree farm to choose and cut our own.  The smell of fresh pine trees heralds the holiday like nothing else.  (Resist flocking your live tree.  The chemicals simply cut short the life of the tree.)
  4. Add real candy canes, netted wide-ribbon in silver and red stripes, and candy-colored ornaments to complete the tree.  Draping silver tinsel adds the sparkle and completes the yester-year look.  For inspiration, look back through your mom’s or grandma’s photo album to get a good look at their trimmed tree from Christmases-past.
  5. Let the little ones help bake those cut-out cookies.  It’s such great fun for them (and no doubt will make a sizeable mess) but you’re creating a wonderful memory for years to come.
  6. If you can possibly find deep ice cube trays, you can make your own colorful ice cubes.  Add a cherry and mint leaf to each cube and Christmas cocktails will taste even better.
  7. Make good use of that chandelier over the dining table.  Choose your favorite ornaments and attach one to each arm with fishing line.  It’s almost invisible and gives the illusion of the ornaments floating above the table.
  8. Less is more—talk to your family about cutting back on the number of gifts to each other and instead, donate something to your favorite church or charity.
  9. One last ingredient I really need this Christmas—SNOW!  I may be a designer, but there’s nothing I can do to guarantee a white Christmas.  But with or without the white fluffy stuff, we plan to have one of our best holidays ever.

Best Wishes to All …from all of us at the World Floor Covering Association…