Black is great but Black & White is better

The scene was set at Maison et Objet last month, when Paola Navone created a black and white couture spirit to grace exhibition hall 7. Navone a celebrated architect-designer-art director-stylist turned the éditeurs hall and the Mariage Freres tea salon into a veritable graphic feast.

The strong black and white theme was visible through out the exhibitors at Maison et Objet with many showing in a monchrome way – black on black and all white rooms. What stood out was the luxury it evoked by just using textures – glossy, matt, wood grain finishes and endless tactile materials. It created a wonderful backdrop to showing and creating artistic displays and vignettes. The more successful room scenes had wonderful lighting – moody and sexy. A word to the wise though I imagine you’d be forever dusting and/or cleaning.

Portuguese brand Boca do lobo (above) showed black on black with its Manu Secretary Desk in high gloss lacquer and leather. In the trends section they showed their Diamond limited edition cabinet in glossy pink against black & white.

La Fibule had a wonderfully dark and moody stand with light colour fabrics contrasting against the dark backdrop and showcasing their silhouettes beautifully. I’m particularly taken with the Kay chair, Hepburn sofa and the Winston floor lamp – wonderful retro/mid century feel.

Branco Sombre Branco another Portuguese brand showed lots of white on their stand. I found it very calming in the chaos of Maison et Objet. However the floral chair was my main draw and I’ll post more about it.

Esquire stand showing a strong masculine theme and again lots of black on show.

Photo Credits: Mary Middleton, La Fibule, Esquire and Boca do lobo



  1. February 11, 2011 / 9:13 am

    Boca do Lobo – I fell in love with so many of your pieces at Maison et Objet and I hope I can find a project to use them in soon.

    “They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel.”

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