Going to Maison & Objet twice a year means that I see a lot of new products and emerging trends. Many of you will know that Maison is among one of the most important international design and decoration events in the calendar. It’s not just about the big brands though - there are plenty of smaller companies represented and it’s a huge show with over 3000 exhibitors. In order to not get the equivalent of design “snow blindness” I find I need to approach the show with a clear strategy and if possible a companion, ideally one who’s design aesthetic is different from mine.
This September edition the “powers that be” behind Maison et Objet had decided to mix up the layout and reorganize the hall categories. Their aim I think was to encourage more movement through the halls and better reflect the trends of consumers. It was a little confusing at first with brands you’d expect to see in a certain halls having moved to new locations. I certainly walked much further this show than I did in January.
So what new products was I drawn too? Well the bonkers Curiosity plate by French company Petite Friture made me laugh as soon as I saw it - always a good thing. It's the designer Sam Barons take on "walls have ears"; in this case, rabbit ones. There were lots of Scandinavian designs on show. Normann Copenhagen’s and &tradition had impressive stands showcasing their wares. I was particularly taken with &tradition’s new palette table, Normann Copenhagen’s Circus Pouf updated in velour and Gubi’s reissued Gio Ponti Randaccio mirror. I also really liked the Mesch throws and the Kubus collection in brass byLassen. There was a byLassen chair (just seen in the picture below) that I really WANT so I will post about that on another day.
Kähler Design collaborated with illustrator and product designer Anders Arhøj on the beautiful Unico ceramics with a dense colourful glaze
I was also rather taken with the Gio Ponti Carpet Collection by Amini the reissue design called Diamantina Multi was heavenly to look at.
Portugese Munna as always had a delightfully elegant stand. Two new products by them were the Newman armchair shown below in off white velvet and the Louise series (sofa shown in green).
New brand Aytm hails from Denmark and designs trend based interior accessories and small furniture pieces. Their Tota bowls and Globe vase were very covetable, also shown is the Circum mirror.
Kähler Design also produced this eminently practical stool/table/storage solution
I hope you enjoyed these as much as I did. I'll be bringing you a MO15 lighting highlights shortly.
Also if you haven't yet voted for me in the Amara interior design blog awards I would be hugely grateful for your vote. The voting ends on Friday 18th September and you could win a holiday for two on the Amalfi coast, the link to vote is here