Paris’ Maison & Objet Highlights
We look at the key design trends that emerged from this year's edition of Maison and Object, a premier design and decor show hosted in Paris.
Every January and September 2500+ exhibitors unite for Maison & Objet, one of the biggest homeware fairs housed in Paris.
The 2020 edition marked the expo’s 25th birthday - an occasion not only to celebrate the fair’s anniversary but also to look closely at the year to come, particularly new trends in consumer behaviour driven by generations Y and Z. “(RE) GENERATION” was in fact the theme of this edition, giving an expressive space to young designers from 63 countries around the world. The fair is a reference event for the interior design industry - an opportunity to discover new projects and brands or revisit iconic ones, identify trends and attend interesting talks by big names in the design world by industry icons such as Lisa White of WGSN, Emiliano Sacci and Britt Moran of Dimore Studio and lighting guru Michael Anastassiades, nominated Maison & Objet’s Designer of the Year 2020.
Here's what stood out from the fair:
Environmental consciousness and the upcycling of materials has become the common denominator among brands. As Lisa White from WGSN stressed in her talk: “We need to stop thinking about sustainability as a trend and approach it as an expectation and a demand from the consumer—an intrinsic requirement at all levels of the market”.
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Natural shapes with soft, curvy lines featured in a variety of furniture pieces and objects. There is a movement away from angular shapes; designers are inspired by nature and reproducing its organic forms.
Design is veering towards natural fibers and weaving techniques. African and South American inspired baskets, lamps and other woven objects were highly visible.
Although not many stands exhibited tiles, the italian brand Botteganove hit the spot on showcasing textural tiles designed by names such as Studio Pepe and Cristina Celestino. Both product and stand design were on point, pantone colour of the year and all.
Chunky and curvy for indoor, or linear and light for outdoor, these are the chairs and sofas that made a mark.
In continuous suspension between art, design, culture, and aesthetics, Cypriot-born, London-based Michael Anastassiades balanced curvilinear lights on the international stage, earning the title of Designer of the Year for Maison & Objet 2020. The fair showcased a one of a kind experience where all 16 of his suspension lights moved propelled by motors as if planets.