MAISON & OBJET
Centered on the theme of Living (“VIVANT”), the art of living aspires toward better living and a harmonious lifestyle that is more connected to reality, presented via 3 creative expressions:
Pioneer (Pionnier / F. Bernard)
A new authentic spirit with a need to connect to material things, a hybrid of design and craft. In this search for Beauty both time and harmony with Nature are a priority.
Original foods (Nourritures premières / E. Leriche)
Ancestral foods are the raw materials of a new edible esthetic: bread, vegetables, honey, milk and meat inspire the artists’ creativity. From raw to cooked, this is a celebration of materials and sharing that delights the senses.
Renaiscience (V. Grégoire for Nelli Rodi)
Penetrate the heart of matter and observe nature through a microscope in a strange laboratory. Inspired by the dramatic mutations and fascinating transformations of a world of bizarre beauty.
- chic browns, the novelty
The world of browns has become less ethnic and more sophisticated.
The De La Espada stand displayed a totally brown look, from the set design to the products: wood and velvet in chic monochrome for the collection designed by Autoban (Turkish architects), and sofas and desks by Mathew Hilton with neo-industrial cast iron legs.
Partially leather-wrapped trunk-stools with a refined raw look (Bleu Nature).
1. De La Espada 2. Bleu Nature
- whitened pastels areon the rise
A familiar element in Scandinavian collections (Muuto, Hay…), bleached pastels are more and more present in new brands. No longer confined to the romantic universe, they are now used to add a touch of color to classic or more designer products.
Generously comfortable light green heathered woolen sofa and reversible low table in tender pink lacquered wood (Ligne Roset), plant potholder in facetted earthenware (Bloomingville).
Also seen on the Asa Sélection (porcelain), Guzzini (plastics), Charvet (tea towels) stands.
1. Ligne Roset 2. Bloomingville
Especially eye-catching: mint greens, from turquoise to sea green, fresh colors played out in both monochrome and water color patterns.
Textiles in graded prints for everything from sofas to plaids (Designers Guild).Immersed in a bath of sea green ink,stained wood coffee table (Karimoku New standard, Japanese editor), storage baskets in gradated stained wood ribbon (Mischer’Traxler for PCM), sofa end tables and lamps in lacquered metal (Sé).
1. Designers Guild 2. Karimoku New standard
- intense bright colors
Red, yellow, blue, black and white, a return to 80’s-inspired primary harmonies, neo-Memphis style lacquered metal trashcans, new versions in 4 colors with contrasting interiors (Rossignol-Perigot), new range of steel wire and perforated sheeting indoor-outdoor chairs in heat-lacquered epoxy finishing (AA-new design), and notebook collections with very graphic cover patterns by Nathalie du Pasquier or Bertjan Pot (for Mark’s) commissioned by Apartamento magazine…
1. Rossignol-Perigot 2. AA-new design
Other noted bright and multicolored choices: corduroy sofa with multicolored cushions (Petit Pan). “Rainbow” colors for opaque glass cups that change color with heat exposure (Magico line by Léonardo).
1. Petit Pan 1. Magico de Leonardo
- shades of orange, continued…
Less flashy this season, variations of orange continue to progress toward softer tones like coral, replacing pink on occasion. Very present in furniture fabrics: neo chambray (Gervasoni), brushed velvety fabrics (Sits) or quilted materials (Désio) for sofa covers. Also seen in two-tone harmonies with wood in glass display cabinets by Case.
1. Gervasoni 2. Case
- yellow (Yellow block)
Focus on bolder, primary lemon yellows. Intense yellows can be found on every kind of surface, from furniture to accessories to textiles. Design version for furniture and bath towels (Hay); renewed classics for tablecloths (Jacquard Français).
1. Stefan Diez pour Hay 2. Jacquard Français
More refined surface effects: matt looks on all materials in light and mid-tone nuances from metal to new « plastics ».
New « Mat à croquer » range in white, Madonna blue or glazed chestnut, on cast iron, ceramic or enameled steel for cookers, kettles and baking dishes (Le Creuset). Grayish olive and soft orange, 2 new almost matt satiny metallicized colors seen on metallic shelves and cupboards: a more sophisticated version of the industrial style (Tolix).
1. Le Creuset 2. Tolix
Matt looks are also present in tableware where plastic is replaced by new biodegradable materials, made from bamboo or cornstarch: mixing bowls, dishes (Nordal, Ekobo, Bitossi Home, Pt.)
Faded finishing in a mix of materials. Hemp gray stained wood for the New Order storage cabinet system (Stefan Diez for Hay). A new light-colored silky “barbour” look for bed and cushion covers (Letti & Co). This type of finish was already very present in the neo-authentic segment, and is now migrating toward the design category.
1. Stefan Diez pour Hay 2. Letti & Co
More innovation and novelty: table-containers in colored glass and black matt metal, (Dan Yeffet & Lucie Koldova for Haymann), sofa end table with a mercury sheen (Haymann), lamps with colored passementerie and clear blown glass (Knot Lamp de Vitamin).
1-2. Dan Yeffet & Lucie Koldova pour Haymann 3. Vitamin
A symbol of both modernity and tradition, metals (and metallic looks) continue to occupy a large place in furniture and accessories. Noted: more craft-inspired versions, with occasional tables in brushed brass, light copper and white lacquered leg frames (Honoré), a stool in forged-hammered aluminum and anodized color (Julien Renault for Foundry)
1. Honoré 2. Julien Renault pour Foundry
Eco-design is more essential than ever, as illustrated this season by floor tiles in recycled leather presented by the students of Ecole Boulle, as well as by the VIA stand with “Toul”, stackable stools made from woven jute fibers and polyester resin (Joran Briand & Corentin de Chatelperron with Saint Luc for the “Gold of Bengal” project). The aim of this project is to replace glass fiber with jute fiber, which has excellent mechanical properties and lower production costs requiring less energy, and is a new eco-material that promotes growing jute in Bangladesh.
1. École Boulle 2. Gold of Bengal
Alongside the very present contemporary style, there’s a notable visibility of the neo-authentic style this season, in particular via:
- a more casual expression
- or a charming, bucolic expression
Rather than adopt the neo authentic style some brands preferred toasserttheir uniqueness, either through their product collections, or through their communication.
A notable evolution toward a more “casual” style (ready-to-wear influence) in textile collections of some furniture or upholstery brands: faded linen and colors, emerized textiles, patinated wear and tear, … in both traditional (Blanc d’Ivoire) and more creative (Designers Guild) settings.
1. Blanc d'Ivoire 2. Designers Guild
The world of design furniture is also on the lookout for a craft spirit with “living” aspects: a discreet weathered look in sanded black ash for the “Raft” stool by Norm.Architects (& Tradition) and a matching table in a very apparent wood grain (oiled smoked oak). Tricomfort’s indoor-outdoor furniture mixes contrasting materials to renew classic ranges: wood + white lacquered aluminum + neo rattan plaiting.
1. Norm.Architects (& Tradition) 2. Tricomfort
At the Libecco stand, there was a “vintage nomad” feeling infused with 60’s nostalgia surrounding the collection of tablecloths and bed linens: northern beaches, mini vans and surfboards. Ochre-caramel nuances, sunny yellow and milky turquoise revived classic checks and stripes.
Tradition revisited in a graphic style
The “industrial” inspiration was present on tea towels and tablecloths (Jacquard Français) with compositions in huge letters and touches of nearly neon nuances.
XXL “handkerchief” checks showed up on bed linens (Olivier Desforges), with matching mini-checks. In boldly intense white and blue, or quieter light neutral tones.
1. Jacquard Français 2. Olivier Desforges
Following the previous seasons’ huge, spectacular flowers, this season’s new “herbarium” is delicately charming. On a background of thin stripes, semi-aligned birds, dragonflies, fritillaries and primrose (Olivier Desforges) or wildflowers on a light gray background and matching watercolor stripes (Schlossberg).
1. Olivier Desforges 2. Schlossberg
Delicate little flowers in white + yellow, or white + pink, for Nina Ricci’s new “Belle de nuit” bed linen collection: a fresh, nostalgic universe with seersucker stripes and checks in mauve, and broderie anglaise.
Capturing the imagination
The Nicolette Mayer Collection is a spectacular collection that aims to renew the world of luxury upholstery through innovation. The patterns are a mix & match of historical and artistic references in digital prints on linen, voile and “technical” fabrics enhanced by high-performance finishing (microencapsulation, fireproof, antibacterial, …)
Nicolette Mayer Collection
Bernardaud’s 150th anniversarywas celebrated with special edition ornamental plates with designs by various artists: Jeff Koons, David Lynch, JR. … as well as an iconoclastic, jubilant video, compiling film excerpts starring porcelain in an intense and emotional leading role.
House of Hackney, a hymn to patterns from floor to ceiling, on furniture and wallpaper, lamps and pillows. Traditional codes revisited in a very decorative approach with designs from the fashion world:
Stylized vegetation and realistic animals on dark or light backgrounds.
Kenzo Home, like last season the brand chose a total look presentation of its bed linens: plaiting print in black and color, also seen on matching wallpaper and carpeting.
1. House of Hackney 2. Kenzo Home
Frette, a collection of bed linens in jacquard with lush jungle motifs, presented in refined shades of grays and pinks, and a renewal of familiar geometric or arabesque motifs.
L’Objet pour Fortuny, ornamental motifs in patinated gold and color inspired by the Venetian designer’s universe decorated a new line of table art in a classic baroque/neo Indian spirit.
1. Frette 2. L'Objet pour Fortuny
Hay, splotchy tie & dye prints for a new stationery range, from Post-its to archive folder, in bluish greens and rust-coral.
There was a spontaneous mood at Café Milk were amulticolored projection seemed to be joyfully “dripping” down the walls.
1. Hay 2. Café Milk
FOCUS ON PRODUCTS
Storage units: new unexpected combinations
“New order” is a new furniture line designed by Stefan Diez forHay. Basics that combine seduction and simplicity: streamlined aluminum in bright, almost fluorescent or neutral colors, panels in natural or dark stained wood, allowing multiple combinations based on 2 basic modules, perfect for the home or the office.
A new generation of glass display cabinets with designs by the Mexican design agency Hiervé (edited by Case). Assembling solid wood, lacquered colored wood, glass and with an integrated light source, these “Vitrina” are innovative and remarkable pieces, between art installations and showcases for natural history artifacts.
1. Stefan Diez pour Hay 2. Hiervé
"Vola" by Grégoire de Lafforest (Aide à projets VIA), a modular and adaptable storage system that makes it possibleto hang shelves, panels, mirrors, chests… according to one’s desires, with no floor contact and entirely detachable.
“Vanity shelf” by Outofstock for Ligne Roset. Composed of a mirror and a box shelf connected by leather webbing, hung on a peg, a new combination that plays with balance and contrasting shapes.
1. Grégoire de Lafforest 2. Ligne Roset
Wood + textile
“Apala” by Samuel Accoceberry for the Basque companyAlki, a shelf + bookend module, in solid oak with textile covering, for solo or group use to create different fun, functional, colorful compositions, from the bedroom to the living room.
“Nubo” by Samuel Accoceberry for Ligne Roset, a wall unit study covered in heathered felt with rounded shapes, which opens to reveal an interior made of natural oak, homage to the iconic secretary piece.
The star of the show designed by Intramuros, presented at Now. Over the past few seasons the presence of mirrors has skyrocketed: the diversification of materials such as polished stainless steel or mirror acrylic allow for greater freedom, compared to the technical constraints imposed by the use of glass. A complementary selection of mirrors can be seen throughout the stands: a metal grid reminiscent of wrought iron (Honoré), curvy mirrors (Baxter), 3D folds (Ligne Roset), freestanding mirrors encircled by color (Y’a pas le feu au lac).
1. Honoré 2. Y'a pas le feu au lac
1. Baxter 2. Ligne Roset