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Publication Date: 2016-02-02

Design Insights

Six Must-See Style Trends from Maison & Objet 2016

International style editor Emilio Pimentel-Reid rounds up the top trends at Paris’ Maison & Objet, Deco Off, and design hotspots around town

Held every January at Paris’ Parc des Expositions, Maison & Objet is a cutting-edge platform for the launch of some of the most exciting home collections in the industry. Buyers, press, and design lovers descend on the city to shop the fair and be inspired by the emerging trends and exciting new talent. This season’s top categories included textiles, furniture, lighting, and glassware, with plenty of inspiration to go around.

See some of our favorite trends for the season ahead:

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1. Tropical Flair

Winter is in full force, but the vibe at some of the key showrooms in Paris was decidedly tropical. Exotic patterns in bold colors were layered to create a look that was escapist and optimistic. At Pierre Frey, a standout at Deco Off, geometric and floral motifs intertwined to produce an image of a dreamy Central America where the luxuriant nature of the jungle and traditional weaves offered limitless opportunities for mixing and matching.

Tropical-inspired lighting also took center stage, with Sarah Colson’s ‘Clara Lux’ collection a particular standout. The two-year-old London-based design studio presented pretty tri-colored glass pendants with pleated shades and textured cables resembling delicate but very modern Amazon blooms.

2. Feminine Colors

Soft, feminine colors dominated this season, and few designers used these hues as elegantly as Bethan Gray. Her new ‘Band Collection’ of tables featuring the palest pink Rosa marble tops encased in a warm metallic rim give the trend a distinctive and contemporary aesthetic. Bases were powder-coated in colors from her soft muted palette and combined with precision-machined brass feet that were hand brushed and finished by specialist craftsmen.

3. Metallics

Metallics in all their incarnations invited us to lift our interiors with a hint of shine. At Dante, the brand started by Aylin Langreuteur and Christophe de la Fontaine, the yellow-gold 'Minima Moralia' room divider combined powder-coated steel and pleated fabric to dramatic effect.

Similarly, Nick Munro’s ‘Trumbone’ water pitcher, which was inspired by the beauty and detail of brass instruments and the atmosphere of jazz clubs, looked super stylish in shiny copper.

Maison Vervloet’s playful brass 'Bubbles' hardware collection by designer India Mahdavi combined spheres, cylinders, and her signature love of geometrics. Think of these as jewellery for your home.

4. Graphics

The influence of graphic art is strong this season. Rug designer Deidre Dyson, who herself trained as a fine artist, combined strong and subtle tonal contrast to create optical illusions and drama through splashes of unexpected color.

The bright orange 'Supernova' table by Made in Ratio is a dynamic and sculptural self-levelling trestle cast from aluminium with a toughed glass top.

At Osborne & Little, the ‘Cubiste’ wallcovering range features rectangular blocks of varying sizes painted on the diagonal in homage to the avant-garde art movement led by Picasso and Braque.

5. Intergalactic Influences

Travelling among the stands at Maison, we picked up a strong signal that intergalactic influences are coming your way. Think shiny silver surfaces and the dark blue of the cosmos, including Jake Phipps’ highly polished steel 'Stellar' oval low table, which was inspired by the precious qualities of machine-cut diamonds.

We were also captivated by Alexa Lixfeld’s mouth-blown nebula-looking bohemian glass bowl.

We’re signing up for the square-patterned 'GEO' vase with three-dimensional, pyramidlike shapes. The piece is a collaboration between revered crystal maker Lalique and Swiss architect Mario Botta in midnight blue.

6. Timelessness

Conceptualized by Beth Dempsey and curated by designer Francine Gardiner of 'Interieurs,' the Ancien et Moderne Pop-up Salon celebrated timeless techniques and style. It was presented in a gallery setting and effortlessly combined elements like Fromental wallpapers, Irving and Morrison fabrics, Cabana magazine home furnishings, Jill Barnes-Dacey decorative plates, Pierre Frey rugs, Rebecca Vizard pillows and Rule of Three textiles. It also perfectly captured the undeniable fact that impeccable quality and creativity are always on trend.

Photo by Stacey Bewkes

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