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Maison et Objet 2012- Hot Objects

I feel as though there was perhaps not so much innovation at this Maison Objet Fair, perhaps due to current global conditions everyone is ‘playing it safe’. There is still a strong leaning towards recycling and there were lots of retro pieces upholstered in bright and clashing vintage fabrics. Religious icons, vintage objects and jewellery were abundant. Taxidermy (cover your ears animal lovers) is still adorning walls and used to accessorise everywhere.

Tribal fabrics are still big as Suzani’s and over-dyed patchwork fabrics and rugs. Other favourite fabrics were hides, leathers and felts, I saw this in wallpaper, furniture, rugs and even lighting.

Timber colours are still washed out and there’s lots of texture and grains, some are whitewashed, others topped with fossilised stones and leathers.

Lighting is oversized and playful, there were lots of lanterns covered in bold prints and Indian block prints, which looked really elegant and soft. I loved the leather covered pendants, they were so smooth and would work back into just about any interior. Flex cords on pendant lights and in fact on all lamps were coloured in orange, red and yellow and bulbs were enlarged, exposed and in decorative, twisted shapes. There was a definite industrial look to a lot of the lighting.

Silver is still around but softer golds, brass and bronzes are sneaking in, we saw this in accessories and detailing on lamps and armchairs. The warmth of these colours really glow and an ambience.

Natural fabrics were everywhere and crushed linen was on upholstery, curtains and bedding in soft muted and washed out shades of Amethyst, dove grey and blue. Sofas and chairs had fine arms over which lay loose covers with exposed seams, that were roughly cut and sewn together. I saw leather with this finish too which looked so relaxed and inviting.

Jodie

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Photography by Jodie Kingman

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