A new year, a new interior, & a trip across to Paris to find out what’s de rigueur for the year ahead, courtesy of Maison et Objet.
As always, this must-see interiors show never fails to deliver. We spent three whole days soaking up the seasons’ best.
Natural materials continue to reign – bamboo, rattan, cork, rush & wool – it’s all there and across a wide range of furniture & accessories. We’re really excited to be introducing a Catalan chair manufacturer who have perfected their ergonomics alongside well-crafted rush seats – coming to our studio in Ashburton soon! We found the artisan maker in all corners of the show – stitched leather, forged bronze, hand-blown glass, and woven wool.
Whether it’s the natural colour that we find in these earthy tones or something brighter, colour is all around us, & it’s here to stay. Accents of emerald, ochre, dusky pink, terracotta & mustard. So whether you are looking to take a leap with Pantone’s “Classic Blue” colour of the year or dip your toe into these more natural accents, there’s a confidence with colour in the air.
There’s no shortage of luxe to be had – sophisticated shades of heavily veined marbles, alongside shimmering metallics & the ever-popular jewel coloured velvets. We’re still surrounded by luxurious velvet – but it’s just got a whole lot better – rub tests that will wear you out before they do – washable, wipeable & some even extra wide for endless meterage of wafting curtaining.
Keep it textured – there’s no luxe without warmth underfoot – a colourful Afghan rug or two – patterned & vibrant – will set this sophisticated tone in an instant.
Mouthwatering upholstery sees the swivel chair reign supreme – from luxuriating lounging models to the neatest fireside companions – plenty to suit any position & a must for every home. You’ll never sit in another armchair again & wonder why on earth it doesn’t move!
The curved sofa has plenty to recommend – social, conversational, sculptural & great at keeping up its appearance – what’s not to love? Upholster in a cosy textural bouche weave for the best tactile results.
Cleverly designed furniture that combines function with style always gets my vote – why have a piece performing one function when it can do several? Neat dressing table solutions with integral seating, mirrors & jewellery storage caught my eye.
The importance of both scale & drama in the interior continues to draw the crowds to this show. Impressive displays of plant life, oversized volumes that celebrate the art of the look and lighting with ethereal qualities. Sculptural table lamps offer more than just a lighting position whilst the LED message in a light bulb generates laughter. Ingenious solutions that allow one to quite literally design on the spot – coloured cables, imaginative filament bulbs & all manner of pendant holders, clips & ceiling roses will see your lighting climbing walls, cascading from the ceiling & much more!
Thankfully, we saw plenty of focus on the recycled – whether as woven rugs or brilliantly formed outdoor furniture – the plastic bottle is getting well & truly recycled & to great aesthetic benefit.
One always needs to leave this enormous, inspirational & shattering event, with a smile on one’s face, & what better way than with a touch of the exotic – toucans, monkeys & palm trees – as I heard one interior designer pronounce “who doesn’t need a palm tree to sit under?”