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A trade fair that closed on an optimistic note, with a significant rise in the number of new exhibitors and the successful launch of new areas (Interieur Gallery and Studio Cook + Design) according to the fair’s organizers, who hope this shows signs of recovery in a continually mutating market. We did note the absence of major French brands (Le Jacquard Français, Asiatides, Deshoulières, Guy Degrenne) that have traditionally participated, signs of either a difficult market or a fair that has become extremely expensive.

Forums / Elsewhere theme

An invitation to faraway or inner voyages

Landscape (elsewhere in nature) by Elisabeth Leriche offered a soothing contemplation of landscapes. Through poetic works by creators/designers featuring elements, phenomenons or natural materials : water, wind, marble, glass, ceramic, … we discover approaches using abstractions and textural games. To note : the sublime installation by Japanese designer Yasuaki Onishi : a crystalized forest in situ using upside-down branches, hot glue and urea.Une invitation aux voyages lointains ou intérieurs.

1. Yasuaki Onishi 2. Nao Tamura

- Heliotropics (elsewhere under the sun) by François Bernard presented a « solar » lifestyle with a selection of decorative objects revolving around yellows and blues …
- Beyond (elsewhere in abysses and space) by Vincent Grégoire, proposed a getaway to extreme, faraway places. A double space became a “curiosity cabinet” of beautiful, bizarre and mysterious creations.


VIA Design 2014 Forum
The winners of Aides à la Création (Aid to Creation) 2014 with :

- The En Archipel project, an educative environment: carte blanche to EliumStudio. A global project for a new art of learning that uses research revolving around appropriating knowledge and its link with moving the body in space or digital developments. This reinvented school focuses on different modules/areas: a central plaza, a tent, a retreat, an incubator, a performance stage, all passages for various activities plus a factory for empirical apprenticeships. The results: modular, light, nomadic, collective or individual furniture ; a tactile, hexagonal tablet for people to use together or « new blackboards ».

For more information:


- The Insulaire project / by Numéro 111 agency
A Furniture Program that views the trade fair as an island : a « space in a space » where furniture has a structuring role to create different experiences of comfort or use. Sofa, room divider/storage, rug/living on the floor, articulated cushions, tables/trays, modular lighting … a proposition of variable uses for objects … from traditional to relaxed.
- The Stacked project / Laurent Greslin
An armchair made of three assembled parts : a hull for the seat and back with slits in which two wood pieces interlock to create the base and arm rests. A sober design that makes it easy to replace the cover and encourages recycling.



No new color directions emerge this season,
instead we see the diffusion and confirmation of ranges seen before.

- Natural whites and ecrus emerge in design and are expressed with more sensuality and roundness. Seen also at Authentic: Libecco uses softer colors for their textiles than in previous seasons. Nordal focuses on a range of whites and creams for tableware and the kitchen.

1. Ligne Roset 2. Nordal

- Red and navy blue (plus white), a classic harmony in many collections from garden furniture (Serax) to candles (Tom Dixon), table arts (Hollandsche Waaren) and kitchen linens (Hartô).e jardin (Serax) aux bougies (Tom Dixon), de l’art de la table (Hollandsche Waaren)au linge d’office (Hartô).

1. Tom Dixon 2. Hollandshe Waaren

Still present :

- Acidics, coral, mint, turquoise and lavender continue and develop. Very present in bed linens as solids (the Fresh Laundry line in washed percale / Himla), chambrays (Marcelise) or prints (Kenzo). Also seen in lighting (Colonel) or edging on baskets (Kok Maison).

1. Himla 2. Kenzo

- Browns continue, seen essentially at NOW (Kristalis, Ligne Roset, De la Espada)

- Oranges and terracottas were seen for many products.


Contemporary gets « rougher », taking inspiration from a « wilder » nature. Vegetation is less present and replaced by more abstract approaches : material and textural effects, spotty or marbleized patterns, cork and dark woods, felted woolens (Diesel bed linens / Sonia Rykiel /Norman Copenhagen/ Menu / Blackcork …)

1. Diesel Home 2. Kristalia

Authentics are colorful and fresher in ranges moving towards acidics for solids or patterns, textiles or table arts, furniture or outdoors (Blanc d’Ivoire / Pomax / Lifestyle / Kok Maison…)

1. Blanc d'Ivoire 2. Kok Maison

Classics focus on exoticism and draw inspiration from China, India, Nepal or Japan. Refined products play on typical shapes and precious decors in a very material, luxurious know-how. (Meissen Couture / Armani / Bernardaud / Franz / CTRLZAK …)

1. Meissen Couture 2. Taillardat


Mat : mat textures continue. Spotted this season : orange and black food processors (Kitchen Aid) ; black, orange and forest green wicker stools (Pol’s Potten) ; black, white, gray, pink or grayed turquoise hanging lamps in lacquered metal (&tradition).

1. Kitchen Aid 2. Pol's Potten

Mat smoothness for stools and baskets made with flip-flops, inspired by nautical trends from Asia or Senegal beaches. A recycling concept (Diederik+Schneemann for Pol’s Potten) that cleverly unifies diverse ingredients with patchworks and a sanded finish.

Shimmeries: discreet metallic effects charmingly and unostentatiously « enrich » contemporary products. Deck stripes accented by a thin silver lamé stripe (Artiga), heathered gray knit with lurex on a satin cushion (House Doctor), a shimmery gray printed ground for bed linens (Essix).


Wood: natural or stained oak and walnut are very present.

In cafe Intramuros : Exemplary, an exhibit dedicated to wood, illustrates diverse uses with a selection of furniture and accessories that associate designers’ creativity with innovative manufacturing processes.
2 directions in this mood :
- « tubular » wood in the Yas sofa by Samuel Accocebery for the new furniture editor Bosc (« forest » in Gascon). The Insular project (VIA’s furniture program) by the Stephanoise Numero 111 agency in the same aesthetic made in thick-diameter wicker : sofa, room divider-picture holder, coffee table.
- « slim » wood coffee-table tops are in extra-thin tree-trunk slices (Cinna and Interni Edition)

1. Bosc 2. Cinna 

Glass: more present for lighting, this season. The material, inspired by fabrics, had pleated or wavy textures to evoke fluidity.

Monumental hanging lights : Plissé by Maurizio Galante, Bamboo by Jitka Kamenkova Skuhrav in blown, hand-cut glass for Lasvit. Vases or lamps, magical lanterns by Marie-Christine Dorner for Saint Loiuis. Atipico’s Stripes line in glass with a thin gold edge: modular bowls, vases or light holders to assemble and layer.

1. Lasvit 2. Atipico

Alabaster: this continuation of marble appears though marble is still very present from accessories to furniture. In a structural version on the stand of alabaster specialist Alain Elboux or in new colored versions : fresh orange or green marbleized with white and layered with colored, opaline glass for small tables (Haymann)

1. Alain Elbouz 2. Haymann

Metal: copper and brass are still omnipresent from luxury and high-end producers to more mass market targets.

Essential in Tom Dixon’s collection, newer for the Matrice lamp articulated in cristal and Led by Kiki van Eijck (Saint Louis), also seen at Coming B in candle holders, jewelry racks and hangers, and still proposed by Danish brands (House Doctor, Ferm Living, …)

Colored tubes : metallic bases abandon silvery chrome or satiny finishings to adopt bright or acidic colors and emphasize the design.

From furniture to garden pieces : red for the Polygon armchair (Prostoria) or window box Az&Mut (Serax), orange or yellow for the Traffic line (Konstantin Grcic for Magis), emerald or ultra-marine for the Hyppolite desk or Lucien stool (Hartô).

1. Prostoria 2. Serax

A color trend also seen in new furniture collections for the home (designed by Fred Rieffel and V8 designers) and launched by Rodet, a specialist working up to now only for collectives.

Ceramic tiles : a graphic, contrast approachinspired by cement tiles or Japanese stencils was seen at many exhibitors.

A slightly worn decor on ceramic stoneware, shiny textures on heathered backgrounds (Serenissima), handcrafted using marble powder (Mipa), a collection of two-tone cement tiles inspired by Indian textile motifs (Akin & Suri).
More designed, stylized graphics, houndstooth, Burberry herringbones … worked on grounds evoking the color and texture of cardboard or craft paper (Ornamenta).

The 3-D prints which had a strong presence in fairs like 100% Design or Milan, were not often seen at Maison & Objet. The Italian brand Exnovo presented lamps in tight or airy nettings : Affillia by Alessandro Zambelli in polyamide and wood or Rhyzaria by Lanzavecchia + Wai in polyamide and Murano glass.DÉCORS


Optical geometrics : worked in graphic black & white from tableware to textiles or furniture for high-end products. Greek or chain motifs from Catene and Labyrinto (Richard Ginori), a return to the Gio Ponti years for this brand recently bought by the Gucci group. A similar inspiration for textiles (Meissen Couture) or the table (Herring Bone in two-tone marble - Bethan Gray), uncoordinated circles and stripes for tableware (Sieger by Fürstenberg).

1. Sieger by Fürstenberg 2. Bethan Gray

Triangle patchworks: focus on an allover motif worked in kilim poufs (Bertjan Pot for Golran) or rugs (Ligne Roset) or even for furniture fabric (Missoni).

Wicker designrattan is emancipated from the fiber andinspires « tough » materials. Lacquered metal radiators (Tubes), textured houndstooth in an opaque glass mosaic (Mosaico+) or a ceramic flower pot that resembles bamboo (Missoni).

1. Mosaico+ 2. Missoni

Wildlife: a transversal theme developed in a variety of products from the children’s world to luxury goods. Familiar animals on upholstery fabrics by Nathalie Lété (Maison Thévenon), exotic gray wildlife on white linen (Andrew Martin), silky cockatoos embroidered on cushions (Iosis), a giraffe head or XXL tiger on geometric backgrounds for cotton rugs (Varanassi), … even Your Dog (Artel) a custom-made collection where the portrait of a customer’s dog can be engraved on a glass or pitcher in colored Bohemian crystal.
To note, sketched patterns reappear often after the « tidal wave » of animal photoprints.

1. Nathalie Lété pour Maison Thévenon 2.Varanassi

Extraordinary minerals: a new craze for semi-precious stones like agates and onyx. Seen in « mosaic » prints on textiles (Missoni), in spectacular trompe l’œil tiles (Mirage) with shiny finishings or in digital prints.
To note, the extraordinary qualities of real, veined or agglomerated stone are present on dressers and small pieces of furniture (Ivano Redaelli). 

1. Missoni 2. Mirage

Overdyed classicssoften contrasts and give classics a contemporary charm. From textiles to tableware, a finishing that is « in the air » : Oriente Italiano porcelain dishes from 1880 (Richard Ginori) or Royal Daisy in velvet (Nestfield collection by Liberty).

1. Richard Ginori 2. Liberty


Still a search for functional, innovative solutions.

New, modular postures
Relaxation and convivialty are « in the air », reflected in the evolution of furniture, especially this season in the living room thanks to 2 manufacturers-furniture editors: Prostoria (a new Croatian exhibitor) andLigne Roset.
- A convincing demonstration with 2 easy-to-manipulate convertible couches (also an armchair version), only the back has to be dropped : Up-lift and Revolve (Prostoria), mono-block shapes articulated in intense or bright colors.
- Symétria (a new product in Prostoria’s Segment line) reworked in a contemporary look, the traditional « conversation » piece to chat tête-à-tête or « side-by side ».


- Freedom and well-being on the horizon with the Prado sofa (by Christian Werner for Ligne Roset) which can be endlessly taken apart and put together : the seating has 2 back cushions to be placed at random. Stability comes from a metal insert and anti-slip cover at the base of each element.
- Trouf (by Gam Fratesi for Ligne Roset) combines the functions of a pouf and a coffee table. Covered in fabric (which can be coordinated with the sofa) it has an embedded, mobile wood tray to put one’s feet on, use a computer or have a drink : a new product with an inviting look !

Ligne Roset

Storage : on the walls!
Organizational storage inspires the creation of modules to attach to the wall, small units to combine or pre-organized configurations.

- Pocket (Norman Copenhagen), stiff polypropylene pockets, these small, eclectic accessories in different colors and formats are ideal for storage or to straighten a desk or work space 
- Magix boxes (Blackcork, Sofalca’s new brand), dark cork boxes with curved shapes and lids for storage or to use as exhibition stands.
- Suburbia (Seletti) a wall « organizer » in natural wood or white lacquer that evokes a product created in 1966 by Dorothea Becker 

1. Norman Copenhagen 2. Seletti

- Alfred (Hartô), the same principal but with modular accessories, mirror and clothes hooks to attach on a lacquered metal grid.
- Felt panels (Menu) functional modules in gray felt which can hold magazines, a mirror, bulletin board, clock or keys.
- Chassis (Deknudt Mirrors) on a fine, graphic structure in black-lacquered metal, a mirror hides a double shelf. An XL version to place on the ground also exists and can be placed against a wall or used as a mobile room divider.

The room divider appears …

More evocative of a charming or exotic universe, it develops in the design world in functional yet aesthetic variations

- Elysée (Ivano Redaelli) a room divider-clothing rack to which can be added a lamp, a mirror, … a sophisticated product in mat black, tubular, lacquered steel with stainless steel or mat articulations 
- In coppery and smoky glass (Antique Mirror) a new product from the brand specializing in aged effects, already seen in Milan with its Crate Collection of wood crates and oxidized mirrors.

1. Ivano Radaelli 2. Antique Mirror

To each his own composition

- Nordic Spruce Box (by Atelier Ternier for the Belgian Labt collective). 3 modular formats in PEFC label Scandinavian spruce, wood facades with a natural look - including knotholes - or in stained wood (orange, olive green, ultra-marine blue, sky blue, white), to assemble like patchwork canvases on giant wardrobes for home or office. A « low-aesthetic » point of view and a seductive finishing.
- Fabulem, a collection (made in France) of modules in recycleable wood polymer and white or colored PMMA, to combine as a stool, mini storage or a giant bookshelf to organize one’s space depending on one’s needs.

1. Atelier Terrier for Belgian Labt collective 2. Fabulem


- Kitchen Concept, designed by Kilian Schindler for Naber. White lacquered steel modules which can be taken apart, a clean workshop look with a « collective » inspiration, to add to as you wish and associate with exisiting appliances or to move around, even to a terrace.

1. Kitchen Concept 2. Marjane Satrapi pour Bernardaud

- Satrapi Sisters, porcelain plates designed by illustrator Marjane Satrapi for Bernardaud. Black & white portraits of the imaginary sisters of this designer, an only child.

- In-Taglio (by Lara Caffi for KNIndustrie), center boards for a table in wood and printed or textured ceramic tiles by Patricia Urquiola for Mutina. From kitchen to table with elegance.

1. KNIndustrie 2. Society

- A bed linen collection from Society, always refined and contemporary, was shown this season outside the fair in the Saint-Germain neighborhood with the Paris Deco Off editors. A mix & match of solids and prints, coordinated in monochromatic color ranges of acidics or neutrals.