Maison & Objet: September 2011

10/11/11    Sara McLean  |  specs+spaces Editor, Dunn-Edwards Corporation, Allied Member ASID, CMG

Exhibitors descended on Paris this September with an eye towards the progression of trends and growing their businesses. Even though the January edition of the show is what creates the most waves, there were still a number of exhibitors showing for the first time as business still needs to grow. Trends weren’t extreme and felt comfortable to use.
Trends Specifics
Color Me Bright
Bright color popped against a range of neutrals, while large-scale Provencal prints and florals showcased within a range of textiles.

Color Bleed
Graphically, bleeding color in varying degrees from bold strokes and drip marks to watery and seeping dye marks provided pattern interest in textiles and hard products.
Color Weave
Woven patterns of bright color in combination with neutral shades showed on textiles and knits. Seen in pillows to baskets, multicolor brights are mixed with deep gray and black colors.

Back to Pretty
In a continuing trend of a return to pretty, this season’s prettiness has a vintage feel. With color ranging from soft pinks and greens to vivid jewel tones and patterns featuring large-scale florals, the trend showed in many textiles.

Provencal Classics
Provencal prints make a return in their classic patterns on everything from bedding to tableware.

Polka Dots
Polka dots, already a hot fashion pattern for the winter season, make an appearance on textiles, furnishings and hard products.

Mid-Century and 50s Styling
Mid-century modern designs and 50’s style designs featured across furnishings, lighting and home accessories.

Hand-Hewn Craft
Hand-hewn carved wood pieces provided a unique sculptural experience to several collections.

And, with an exploration on dual functions, many products showcased a trend of using dual materials, colors and purpose of design. 
All photography bySara McLean and courtesy Maison & Objet official press photography, Alexis Narodestsky, Francis Amiand, Gregoire Sevaz

Come back next week for my color and textiles findings from the Maison & Objet show!


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