Think Paris, think design, think innovation….Maison&Objet Spring Fair remains one of the most influential and important markets for stores and designers worldwide to attend. The fair celebrates its 20th anniversary this year and The Luxury Channel was there to report on what we think is new, inspiring and trending. In the lead up to this year’s fair, Oki Sato of Nendo was named Maison&Objet’s Designer of the Year. Oki has worked with so many leading brands – from Baccarat to Tods to Toshiba, so we were looking forward to visiting his “Chocolate Texture Lounge.” We weren’t disappointed, either!
The big colour trend this year is grey and dusky pink, with touches of purple. These are the colours that will feature in our homes, and they were used on sofas, in carpets and even for candles.
These colour tones were also showcased by Missoni Home, who offered a wide range in their unique style, as well as by Roberto Cavalli Home. From the furniture fabrics of Moissonnier to the fine linens of Qualiotti Italy, and even the handmade beds by Schramm, dusky pink and grey were definitely the leading colours to note.
Moissonnier was founded in 1885 and today, through its outstanding craftsmen, creates cabinetry which is a true work of art. From Moissonnier, one has the classic but from Rue Monsieur, one sees the art of craftsmanship move forward with the stunning use of marble marquetry. Launched in 2013, designer Marjan Denkov and his business partner Marcin Kokowsk displayed a stand that was one of the most interesting at the show. Their craftsmanship and ideas bring a real freshness to classic furniture-making.
Meanwhile, British eccentricity was spotlighted by Squint, who offer great design and one-of-a-kind furniture pieces and home accessories that are joyfully exuberant in their style. Made in London, Lisa Whatmough has brought her passion for textiles and married it with a very British design sensibility to create a truly refreshing range of furniture.
Designer Rory Dobner continues to go from strength to strength. At 36 years old, he has already created a unique and distinct brand since being awarded the Burns Young Artist of the Year Award back in 1998.
His wondrous world of English eccentricity will ensure your house is whimsical, with a range that spans from pillows to plates to tiles to rugs – and his cat designs in particular are just wonderful and worth keeping in mind when it comes to re-decorating your home.
Another brand making big waves is Melina Light, launched in Dubai this past November and exhibiting for the first time. The range of lighting is simply stunning. Created by architect Giacinto De Nardo, the range offers the perfect pantone to match your furnishings with your light fittings. De Nardo is very up-and-coming with no “standard” range. With a website currently under construction and several projects in the pipeline, these are exciting times for De Nardo. Watch this space!
Finally, Damien Hirst’s limited edition series of butterflies for Lalique was unveiled at Maison&Objet. The world-renowned crystal company has collaborated with the artist to produce Love, Hope and Beauty – limited edition crystal panels that each depict a different butterfly, which can then be displayed in numerous ways. The butterfly is one of Hirst’s most recognisable motifs, featured repeatedly in his work. Talking about the collaboration, Hirst explained that he has “always loved crystal and it’s both beautiful and difficult to work with, so I’m really excited about the project. It’s amazing being able to use all the expert craftsmanship and incredible history of Lalique for something new, and the results are beyond all my expectations.” We love the ephemeral beauty of the butterflies – so it’s time for a home makeover!
For more information, go to www.maison-objet.com.