The MAISON&OBJET is not just any other design fair; it is probably the most important trade fair for those who love the unexpected. We show what trends we can look forward to, why manual work is à la mode again and which room should receive more attention in the future.

Creativity in new dimensions


From 5 to 10 September 2019, the Parisian creative scene dealt with art and design in the most diverse forms of expression. In addition to the greats of the industry, young talents also showed their collections, which transferred extraordinary design into new dimensions. As the interface between creative work and the success-driven sale of design products, MAISON&OBJET defined the latest trends for the global market; provided inspirations and incentives for furniture, home accessories, textiles, fragrances and the children’s world. The visitors not only experienced a projection of the future lifestyle, but found themselves at a multicultural hub of contemporary life that provided a platform for international exchange between like-minded people.

Stand of Hartô Paris at the Maison et Objet 2019 / © Hartô

What’s new? – The latest trends


Whats New?” brings the latest trends in the industry to life: The September edition of MAISON&OBJET presented a subtle, inspiring and diverse selection of new products in the areas of Living, Share, Care and WORK!. While Share, with extravagant crockery, called for more courage in the dining room, Care told the story of well-being, intimacy and texture, which is expressed through soft and natural materials in the bedroom. Living by François Bernard explored a new and unique dimension of creative design spanning three spaces: Modern Living was characterized primarily by geometric shapes and abstract patterns of thought; Sculptural Living showed unique handcrafted pieces and Soft Living reinterpreted the Scandinavian style with a Japanese twist that blended soft colors, natural materials and technological objects with a rounded shape.

The office as a retreat


With WORK! The initiator Chantal Hamaide addressed the society of tomorrow, which is defined by slogans such as mobility, functionality and networking. However, the realignment of the concept of work is changing the demands on the spatial environment: An office is no longer just a room consisting of desk, chair and file cabinet. An office is now a multifunctional place that brings the nomadic lifestyle of our networked society into domestic conventions. The office of the future – a space to network, charge the batteries and be creative. Covering an area of 1,000 square meters, MAISON&OBJET dedicated itself to the latest design and lighting elements that make an office a home away from home.

The office of the future: Modern study with USM sideboard. / © USM
TINEKHOME provides a modern reinterpretation of bamboo furniture. / © TINEKHOME

It’s all about nature


Design thrives on inspirations from architecture, art, culture – and nature. Furniture and design elements made of natural materials such as rattan or bamboo will remain à la mode in 2020 as well. TINEKHOME presented elegant bamboo furniture combining natural forms, Scandinavian design, durability and quality. The family-owned company Orchid Edition, with its unusual rattan furniture, reinterprets the trend material from the 1970s. Through collaborations with young designers, the family-owned company creates an exciting combination of simple natural materials and the vision of adventurous designers.

The comeback of the eighties


The eighties are back: Whether in design, in fashion or in art – the contemporary work is characterized by a decade that represented a unique style without ever clearly defining its outlines. The eighties were an epoch of extravagance and big names – probably the star designers, who are still decisive for the development of the sector, have emerged there. While there were considerable national differences at the time, the new wave of the eighties is not just about extravagance and color diversity but also about the imperfections. In addition to wild color combinations and stainless steel furniture, we find elements made of recycled materials that are almost crafty. Why more and more designers jump on the bandwagon? Since the experts disagree. While some assume the call for value and sustainability behind it, others rely on nostalgic backgrounds and the desire to bring back a certain attitude to life in the modern age.

Inspiration from the eighties: modern combination of exposed concrete and terrazzo / ©

Simple design pieces made of wood / © Woud

Contemporary handwork


Unlike the traditional, intentionally imperfect objects of the past few years, designers are once again placing more emphasis on hand-crafted items. This results in industry-related products that, on the one hand, reflect the utmost precision, but on the other hand are surprisingly modern. Here, too, the cause lies in the fact that we are overwhelmed with the variety and abundance that the market currently provides. It therefore makes sense to focus on high-quality pieces away from mass production, which still meet the demands of contemporary design. Design and production enter into an uncompromising symbiosis in order to preserve the uniqueness of the products. Probably the most beautiful trend that additionally confirms our work.

The reinterpretation of antiquity


As a countermovement to Scandinavian minimalism, the ancient Greeks and Romans are just beginning to experience a rebirth: massive arches, curved lines and various marble ribbed columns follow the strong characteristics of antiquity. Whether through elaborately designed floors with gold-colored lines, golden sinks or traditional porcelain with eye-catching patterns – we feel immediately transported back to the time of fantasy and opulence.

Elegant opulence: a tribute to the ancient Greeks/ © FENDI Casa
Header images via © TINEKHOME

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