They call it the city of lights. Twinkly, magical, brighter, better? When it comes to their version of Furniture Market, the overwhelming sentiment from our group is a definite OUI. Maison d’ Objet is the equivalent of Paris fashion week for the interior design and home furnishing industry. Style makers and retail elite gather to view all of the new introductions with camera-in-hand, ready to buy. The visual candy is addicting and each isle provides another éclair or bon bon! Check out a few of the delicious trends we spotted!
Ethnic Chic – pierced metal, hand embroidered throws and boots, hammered copper trays and whimsical paper lanterns were our favorites in this new section of the exhibition. Artisans from around the world displayed their personal crafts and solidified our observance that international tradesmen have much to offer the world of design.
Eco-Glam – who says green can’t be gorgeous. The go-green trend is no longer a trend…it’s here to stay and manufacturers are all over it. We died for these recycled trash bag poofs and envisioned sipping the perfect glass of champagne while perfectly perched on these uber sturdy yet comfy seats.
Blanc – white, white, white and more white! If you can’t commit to color, then you’re “of the moment!” Always sophisticated, always fresh – the white takeover is a must for spring and summer. Perfect for coastal areas and sleek city apartments, the blanket look makes an artistic statement.
Lux Hardware – We heart these over-scaled, artistically sculptured jewels that serve as the pièce de résistance for any cabinet, drawer or door. Yummy, opulent, luxe and fabulous! If you want to add simple oomph, change out your hardware and go fab!
Glass-ware – translucent glistening glam of glass can add instant luxury to any setting. We marveled at the numerous applications that were found everywhere. The lighting took our breath away, the over scaled-hurricanes made a statement, and the sculpted accessories are the perfect topper for any side table.
Just Add Resin – find an earthly objet, add resin – volia – perfection! This wood and resin fiber optic infused cocktail table created instant collaboration among our crowd. Could we use this for wall panels? What about making individual tiles out of it? How about a long communal table for our next restaurant? It’s divine!
In Summary: It’s not that we don’t love High Point, New York or Atlanta markets – we do, and will always remain faithful attendees. However as anyone that travels overseas can attest, Europeans have that certain “je ne sais quoi.” Sometimes it makes you wonder, sometimes it makes you smile, sometimes you don’t get it, but always…it inspires. Whatever it is, we’ll always take Paris…..