Maison & Objet is a fascinating affair every time its doors open to designers and manufacturers worldwide. It started with a classy bang in Paris, and every year it has been known to bring forth the trends and influences that have shaped today’s modern interior design market. It’s the runway of creatives everywhere, a showcasing of often timeless brands, as well as up and coming innovators. It’s no wonder that we always look to this particular event when putting together a set of trends for the year to come. 2016 is no exception, as this year’s edition has managed to highlight some fascinating undercurrents.
The predominance of natural tones and materials cannot be overlooked. Wood, marble and metals were the centrepieces of every designer stand, one way or another. There is an organic fusion of these elements, transcending from floors to walls, from furniture to tableware, from wallpapers to decorative pieces and even fabrics. Amidst the greenery and refreshing returns to nature itself, designers worldwide have decided to go back to the very charming basics, and have done a fine job of reinventing them altogether.
Several brands and collections stole the show at Maison & Objet, and that was bound to happen. ETRO Home Collection enjoyed their fair share of the spotlight with their innovative and stylish approach to fabrics – chic designs and inspiring tones were the front runners of their stand. Wall&Deco wallcoverings came strong at this year’s edition of a high-level trade show, and they didn’t disappoint – instead they surprised and enchanted with a superb array of textures and colours.
Faustig remains timeless and breath-taking, surpassing any trend or influence and simply dazzling the eye of the beholder. When it comes to light fixtures, a hat must be tipped to Sigma L2 – their unique approach to lighting and design has made them favourites of other major creatives of the interiors’ industry, with brands like Annibale Colombo using their elements in showcasing their own collections.
The finishing now plays an essential part in any setup, whether it’s a hotel or a residential suite, and it’s equally important to venues and commercial outlets. Maison & Objet didn’t overlook this “final touch” either, as an impressive number of stands had some form of brass or gold finishing added to their collections. It’s no longer just a symbol of luxury and chic, and with the advent of modern and simple designs, this element has been given another life.
Normally, you wouldn’t imagine using shiny metallic tones in contemporary interior design sample boards – soft pastels and brushed muted metals have dominated the choice of finishing touches up to this point. Today, however, designers and trendsetters are glorifying the natural beauty of the gold finish, adding a certain warmth and sparkle to any design concept. Most importantly, this often overlooked and previously misused metal is a perfect match to wood, stone and any tasteful textile palette.
Shape is no longer an issue – anything goes in gold or brass, and there were some very interesting highlights at this January edition of M&O. A bold step was taken, and this precious metal tone has made it onto accent pieces of furniture and seating, as well as fabrics and wallpapers. It denotes a certain natural and effortless elegance, and its adaptability is slowly turning it into a darling of interior designers everywhere.
Gold is becoming more and more of a presence in lighting designs as well. For those who aren’t sure whether to add it to furniture, flooring, panels or wallpapers, it’s still a perfect companion to light fixtures. Some of the best finishing touches of gold and brass at M&O were actually present in kitchen and dining room fixtures, as well as some study room and lounge elements.
An absolute favourite of visitors and critics at this year’s edition was the array of gold accents to decorative objects and wall art. Amidst the bold blues and greens, this shiny metal snuck in and stole the show, maximising the beautifying effect of many items initially designed to spruce up even the least pretentious of homes.
Some designers chose to inject it into organic palettes. Where you’d see the luscious slabs of marble or smooth wooden panels outlining a lobby or living room, you’d then be pleasantly surprised to find gold sneaking around, framing the natural elegance of basic materials and taking any assigned space to a whole new level.
Gold and brass are the perfect companions to marble, particularly the white and beige tones of this magnificent stone. They also offer great compliments to high quality wood in any setting, and obviously glass. The latter has been a successful experiment for decades now. It’s only natural then to find so many of these “encounters” at Maison & Objet, as part of the designers’ quest to offer something new and simply superb – and frankly, nothing does that better than gold, even in the simplest of designs.
Perhaps the best proof of the organic link between gold and nature could be found in the greenery department. Many designers chose the golden and brass finish for many of their flower pots. Their synergy with tableware of the same design ultimately created excellent dinner table displays that caught the attention of numerous critics and creatives. It has certainly caught ours!