MAISON & OBJET
The season’s higher attendance (+2.7%) was buoyed by an 8.2% increase in foreign visitors for this must-see, international « fashion-home » trade fair.
The forums revolved around the theme of SINGULARITY :
Hors piste (Off the beaten track) (F.Bernard)
Borrowing from various sports, extreme function and anti-conformist poetry break away from the ordinary … renewing a selection of shapes and materials.
Obsessions privées (Private obsessions)(E.Leriche)
A plunge into the world of collectors and their compulsive accumulations which build a unique art, a way to personalize a space. Tidbits or rare pieces are transformed into objects of desire and pleasure.
Couplicité (Coupling)(V.Grégoire for Nelly Rodi)
Inspired by the creative duets who reinvent our world, an idea revolving around doubles … materials and colors pair up in an esthetic of encounters.
Materials are back
Far from the digital effects and stylizations seen in recent seasons at the fair, exhibitors showed more sensitive, even handcrafted evocations which emphasized materials and textural games.
BlueBellGray / bluebellgray.co.uk
Watercolored floral bouquets finely printed on cotton and linen bed linens, cushions and wallpaper were inspired by the notebooks of Fiona Douglas, the brand’s young designer. Two novelties : flowers on gray grounds and a 2nd, Delft-inspired collection of blues with a « brushstroke » effect. A fresh, British flea market mood to work in mix ‘n’ match.
Schlossberg, Van Dyck, Hacot&Combier, Designers Guild
Arty, handpainted flowers with transparent effects and irregular contours … are very present in home decoration and bed linen collections.
Petite Friture/ petitefriture.com
« Francis » by Constance Guisset : poetic mirrors printed with fleeting lines between clouds and inkspots. Contemporary « Mandrake » and « Yoyo » silk scarves, the result of graphics blending penciled motifs, felt-tip pens, collages and watercolors from the Qubo Gas studio.
Fischbacher / fischbacher.ch
Irregularly printed plant motifs and monochromatic foliage developed like stamped, wood engravings.
Ungaro, Van Es Home, Van Dyck
Material effects with trompe l’œil fabric texturesfrom knits and yarn-dyes to lace or sequins in XL versions.
Sophie Milenovich/ sophiemilenovich.com
In a « Less is More » mood, Japanese-inspired micro-motifs hover between vegetation and geometric lace, refined two-tone prints on cotton percale in grays, yellow ochre and teal blue for the home and clothing. A 1st collection (« Saison 1 ») is ecologically committed from material sourcing to manufacturing : 100% organic, European cotton, non-toxic inks and a factory commited to sustainable development.
Olivier Desforges, Boss, Escada, Blanc des Vosges
More sober, elegant, masculine classics like plaids or herringbones are worked in mini-motifs and prints or as jacquard mock solids.
Handcrafted patterns with worn patinas, doubly blurred by sponge textures, Persian rugs, Mexican blankets, calicos or Amish patchworks for soft, pre-washed terrycloth beach and bath towels, bags and cushions with a luxurious hand, direct from California and a bohemian beach lifestyle.
Fresco / Danish Crafts
Danish Crafts / danishcrafts.dk
Between design and handicrafts, « Marbelous Wood » by Pernille Snedker Hansen, a parquet decorated by irregular marble effects inspired by the marbling technique of bookbinding paper.
The new « Empreinte » collection, 4 textures to combine for plates, bowls, platters and dishes in unenameled stoneware and natural white.
The lure of figuratives using photo-prints continues. Travel notebooks, vignettes from everyday life, landscapes, animals or close-up details on cushions and other decorative accessories add a fashion touch to the home.
Chardons Bleus/ chardonsbleus.com
Photographer Cécile Brulé decided to change the base material for her travel photos (Brazil, Istanbul …). Worked on cushions and decorative panels, a 100% Made in France collection digitally printed on 100% cotton.
By Nord / bynord.com
Close-ups of animals and Eskimo faces in cool neutrals on cotton and canvas for the Danish brand of bed linens and decorative accessories, presented for the first time at M&O.
Himla / himla.se
Silk cushions with black & white flower photos, overdyed in grayed taupe, plum and olive tones in a casual chic mood.
Nadine Blanchier for Grain de Couleur
The revival of retro images with their Fifties and Life collections, compositions inspired by the era’s ads and packagings for tote bags, caddies, cushions and aprons in coated fabrics.
Emphasis on natural fibers
The strong presence of linen items in various developments emphasizes a reduced ecological footprint, comfortable use and innovation.
Following François Azambourg’s research with a linen-plant resin composite, a new furniture editor and creations in a retro modern style : « shell » armchair with a glossy finish by Jean-Marie Massaud, eco-conceived tables assembled without screws or glue that can be shipped flat by Noé Duchaufour-Lawrence.
Verilin / verilin.be
In geometric jacquards of fresh, acidic colors, linen goes beyond its usual neutral range in graphic, timeless bed linens. It is associated with metallic yarns for tablecloths and cushions or used in a linen/cashmere blend for bed linens that are machine-washable at 60° … contemporary research from a Belgian, family-run business.
Lapuan Kankurit / lapuankankurit.fi
A dry hand, linen terrycloth for bath towels, supple double-weave, linen-cotton blend (70%-30%) for pre-washed dishcloths. This Finnish collection combines tradition and modernity.
Verilin / Lapuan Kankurit
Iris Handwerk / iris.se
A stockinette-knit bath linen line in gray-white-natural tones, conceived by the Knitbythemetre designers. This is a diversification for the Scandinavian manufacturer of brushes (wood + horsehair) and household cleaning products.
Bed & Philosophy / bedandphilosophy.com
Supple linens in surplus gray and khaki or faded red and blue, this new brand reworks bed linens with casual codes : typographies and stencils, labels and pockets. A bourgeois bohemian universe developed for 3 lines from baby to adult in cotton jersey, black gingham and shirt stripes for juniors.
Other plant fibers like bamboo, abaca, hemp … are also used often.
Ay Illuminate / ayilluminate.com
Inspired by nature and local craftsmen, a collection of bamboo or wood lights made in Asia and Africa. Tangled weaves, thin nettings and designed slats … products that combine traditional know-how with contemporary creativity.
We also rediscover mohair :
Mohair South Africa/ mohair.co.za
A promotional stand for African producers (50% of the world’s mohair) conceived by Lidewij Edelkoort. Natural white, long-haired fleece or energetic primaries (yellow-red-blue) for rugs and furniture. A rough-contemporary mood paired with polished, light wood.
Designs which facilitate everyday life and have a modern esthetic.
Schneider Electric/ schneider-electric.fr
« Odace », a collection of contemporary wall switches (and appliances) made up of 2 lines : Styl + Styl Pratic conceived by Delo Lindo and Touch by Elium Studio. Clever functions (cell phone stands and covers, mini coat pegs or clips) for the 1st line ; refined, decorative textures in a contemporary-essential mood for the 2nd (slate, translucent effects, wenge, hammered aluminum …)
A very « design » dresser that transforms into a compact, super-equipped kitchen in a single click. Contemporary finishings and fine workmanship : vermilion lacquer, graphic black & white or massive wood, a natural stone work surface. The concept won this year’s Red Dot Design Award and also exists in a bathroom version.
Security and esthetics are paired together with seductive, designed or playful smoke detectors –homes will require them by 2015. « Kupu » with a metal finish or in colored fabrics, a simple model by Hari Koskinen or the butterfly-shaped « Lupu » by Paola Suhonen.
TVS / tvs-spa.it
This brand, a 40 year old manufacturer of pots and pans in ceramic-coated, molded aluminum, conjugates prestigious tradition, the importance of design, respect for the environment and the strength of innovation.
« Sound », « Pappillon », « 5 x 1 » : innovative grills can be used on 2 sides, combining a fryer with a warmer. « Armonia » is a pretty range with a tile-red coating and light wood handles. « Bubble Pan » is a re-issue of a 60’s model with ceramic primary blue, yellow, red, black and white coatings in a Reitveld mood.
Kinto / kinto.co.jp/en
A brand that produces tableware, kitchen accessories and cooking items in many materials : porcelain, stoneware, glass, silicone, melamine and acrylic. Innovative designs which are in synch with evolving lifestyles in refined colors and multi-targeted ranges (red/pink/yellow/purple/blue/black) : rice cooker, mobile tea strainer, multi-use steamer … Functional beauty, product harmony, seductive colors and materials.
Salvaging and reworking
Sur base de développement durable, le courant «récup» continue mais se libère d’ une esthétique trop souvent bricolée, au profit de vrais savoir-faire
Anouchka Potdevin / anouchkapotdevin.canalblog.com and dessiegesatomber.com
This creator/designer from Brittany revitalizes the rebus in a militant approach to well-thought-out, local consumption. Wall vases mix chair backs and teapots, formica chairs are reworked … her furniture renews with modernity thanks to stripped wood and slipcovers in contemporary fabrics (Kvadrat) or sheepskin. Fine finishes hide the salvaged origins.
A new collection from a Belgian company which has manufacturered tubular furniture for collectives and companies since 1958. The « Cuir-Cuir » (Leather-Leather) chair range is covered by colored leather scraps from a nearby factory, resulting in surprising, original two-tones in materials used cleverly and economically. Also, the « Milano » table (1960) in thermo-formed beechwood, a re-issue by Belgian designer Jules Wabbes.
Peltex Maison / peltex.fr
Fake fur is freed from simple imitations thanks to a collaboration initiated by the Tech & Design program between Peltex and designer Sam Baron. Geometric motifs in a color range that mixes grays and faded acidics for slipcovers, cushions and rugs in knitted fake fur.
Petite Friture/ petitefriture.com
This young French furniture company produces creations from the new generation of French designers. A challenge for designers and manufacturers which calls for reworking techniques, know-how and production methods, a concept at the origin of Amandine Chhor’s « Loop » shelf in lacquered epoxy steel or a successful collaboration with a barbecue manufacturer using welded steel wire.
Hall 8 proposed mostly furniture for decorators and architects to use in mid-to-high-end projects for hotels and professional projects.
Metallic furniture and braid continue to have a strong presence at the fair.
Chairs and tables in lacquered white metal with placed, openworked motifs or a mat black armchair with moucharabieh perforations, shown in an area scattered with black or white, painted wood screens … a scenography with ethnic inspiration to update the brand.
Epyzod / epyzod.com
Aluminum with satiny finishes and recyclable synthetic weaves (Syra Ecoflex Fiber) in natural colors are associated with coated linen cushions. This new company (created 3 years ago), which targets a zero-waste production, also proposes made-to-order products (a minimum of 10 pieces).
Unopiu / Epyzod
Pierantonio Bonacina/ pierantoniobonacina.it
The evolution of neutrals with graphic weaves in synthetic webbings mixes white, gray and navy blue for armchairs and sofas.
The collection features Corten (self-patinating) steel for garden furniture and flower pots or combines it with raw wood for a « designed » tool shed.
Founded in 2003, the company innovates by pairing the latest technologies with a metalworking know-how developed in the family over 3 generations.
Atelier Vierkant / ateliervierkant.com
« Sitting moment », a sculptural, minimal module combines earth and wood (or polyethylene) slats for public benches. A new furniture development for this Belgian manufacturer, better known for its outdoor containers.
Fermob / fermob.com
No remarkable novelties for this brand where color is a key element of the DNA, but a scenography of fabric banners showing catalogue photos : images for an updated lifestyle anchored in everyday, urban living.
A reinforced offer for sun protection on a big scale with membranes and structures for large areas (MDT Tex, Natural Elegance, Prostor), a complement to brands offering more novelty, residential products (Borek).
Gardening and cooking, 2 other axes of the Outdoor theme, provided a selection of creative products for a broader public.
A functional, esthetic totem-garden fountain in lacquered epoxy metal (gray, ultra-marine, green or brown) that combines faucet + sink + drum to hang a garden hose. The collection, designed by Patrick Nadeau, is produced in the Ardennes where metalworking is a tradition.
Outdoor cooking with rolling trolleys in wood, steel or enamel and modular, easily interchangeable supports for hotplates : their induction-wok, grill or teppaniaki offers an answer to all culinary wishes and tastes.
Bacsac / bacsac.com
A new color - vivid ultramarine blue - in nylon « luggage » canvas joins a collection up to now offered only in khaki-colored, geo-textile canvas.
A collection of outdoor items in fabrics : from sheer shades to cushions, from tablecloths to mattresses, shadowy plant decorations or Japanese inspirations in polyester with velvet or spinakker edging.
A varied, creative fair, which this season continued a few extra days in Paris’ galleries and showrooms with Paris Design Week, run by the same organizers.