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The January edition of the Maison&Objet Paris guides the home interior trends for the coming months, from the best new furniture to must-have collections.
This year the theme of the show was Silence.
We want to disconnect ourselves from a world that has gotten too noisy. Our home should be the place where calm is restored and a growing desire for serenity can be expressed.
“Lighter materials, geometric abstraction, transparency, halo patterns, thread-like structures, ethereal hues, black and white; those are the rules of formal silence. Uncluttered, simple, archetypal shapes allow our minds to wander off into contemplation and find some rest. Emotional, discreet and elegant objects restore our inner peace. Please do not disturb this poetic and sensuous, harmonious and luxurious minimalism.”
Marie-Jo Malait, Editor-in-Chief of the Inspirations Book
We all need a calm place where to rest after a long and stressful day at work. That’s why Elizabeth Leriche – the designer of the Inspiration Space at M&O – selected ethereal objects and soft textures to present the 2017’s theme.
One example is the Deep Sea bookcase designed by Nendo for Glass Italia. Deep Sea is a collection of bookcases and coffee tables made entirely from glass.
Another example is the Phenomena lights designed by Dechem Studio for Bomma. These lights were inspired by simple shapes and delicates nuances.
But along with the calming and relaxing theme “Silence” there was also a complete opposite trend, characterised by opulent materials, luxurious fabrics and zoomorphic patterns.
Luxurious textures and precious surfaces
Warm metallic reflections, soft and deep velvet and tactile textures: precious surfaces and luxurious fabrics are key for the 2017’s home interiors.
De Castelli launched Vertical Green, a decorative pattern made by metallic American vine leaves that evokes a picturesque autumn scenery warmed by the choice of the material and finishes: polish or oxidised copper gives precious nuances of a warm palette, from reddish-brown to bronze to green.
Art deco revival
1940s glamour meets modern-day design details. The new classicism trend is here to stay and it is taking a sophisticated, classical turn this season. Royal Crown Derby showed off a stylish new black-and-white bone china with gold details, creating an unforgettable table setting for every occasion.
Polish designer Marcin Rusak uses flower infused resin and brass details with vintage shapes to create simple and sophisticated table lamps.
The African inspiration wasn’t really a surprise for us. It is not a coincident that we talked about African inspired wallpaper in our recent article on Wes Anderson interiors. We knew that it was just a matter of time for the African motif: pop colours and primitive shapes works extremely well with the new classicism trend.
CC-Tapis launched a new African inspired rug characterised by tribal colours and symbolic geometry. Primats, designed by Elena Salmistraro for Bosa, are a brilliant assortment of ceramic creatures. Ferm Living presented a series of animal print cushions, with a bee and a flamingo repeated pattern. Shauna Dennison of Cole & Son launched a collection of faux animal prints and ethnic textiles.
Artisanal instead of DIY
Handmade techniques drive designs as brands adopt an artisanal style. From woven fibers to leather-laminated metals, the concept of global craftsmanship is ever present.
Pascal Oudet creates one of the kind pieces in turned and sandblasted wood, focusing on the raw, primitive forces of materials.