is always conceptual, a highlight on the international design calendar. Loan Resnekov of Uocmas travelled to Paris this month and shares her insights into the key trends and design influences that are making their mark on the global design arena.
“Innovation in design is always apparent at Maison & Objet, especially with reference to the lighting on showcase. International designers continue to push boundaries of creativity from pendants to table lights. Industrial influence was the focus with different globes, finishes and materials. I noticed that layering is now a statement for lighting and it’s exciting to see more lighting designers on the scene than previous years.”
Loan continues, “I loved seeing an abundance of colour, pattern and texture. There were Moroccan, oriental and French influences in style that contrasted sharp nods to industrial design. Organic shapes and round surfaces were also apparent this year.
“We’ve seen an emphasis on the artisan for a few years now and this focus on handmade craftsmanship has really developed at Maison & Objet. Artisanal authenticity was evident in the beautiful wares we encountered. Luxurious wallpapers from were a highlight – hand stitched and painted silk – in a host of enchanting patterns. From armchairs to art, these pieces are unique and more tactile, a step away from mass produced wares.”
On the other design trends, Loan says, “Scandinavian influence is still prevalent whilst antiquities had no representation at all. Metallics were on show however not as central to trends as they have been in previous years. I did see lots of orange & coral hues blended with copper. Navy and indigo is now more prevalent than black – it’s a bit softer yet still as versatile. There was also still an American influence with traditional luxury and larger scale pieces.”
“One of the highlights for me was the Chocolate Texture Lounge by Japanese design studio . Nine different shapes of chocolate were created placed within a lounge area on 2,000 aluminium poles to create an illusion of a rippling chocolate wave. The purpose of the exhibit was an experience for the five senses and was certainly impressive.”