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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.

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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:
Recycled material

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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Paper mache vessels by Serax’s Earth Collection by Marie Michielssen.
 
ALSO READ: Talking Trends with Lisa White of WGSN

 

Organic forms 

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. 

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Wollen rugs for CC-Tapis.
Weaving

Design is veering towards natural fibers and weaving techniques. African and South American inspired baskets, lamps and other woven objects were highly visible. 

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Patterned woven fans, basket and lampshades. 
Textured surfaces

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.

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Botteganove stand in classic blue. 
Furniture crush

Chunky and curvy for indoor, or linear and light for outdoor,  these are the chairs and sofas that made a mark.

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The iconic stripes of Missoni Home. 
Michael Anastassiades

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.

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South Africa also participated at the fair with three stands, namely Evolution Product for the linen category and, Kat van Duinen for the Fashion one.

ALSO READ: Kat van Duinen's Luxurious New Flagship Store