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
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
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
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