In the Tropics
Walking the halls of Maison & Objet at times felt like a jungle expedition. This motif had been gaining in previous editions of the show but seemed to proliferate in time for this show, appearing on textiles, walls, tabletop, decor and even lighting. A mix of palm fronds, cacti, flowers, tropical birds and big cats mixed with brights made this style lots of fun. Shown here is the ceramic bowl with Tropic Leaf print from Rice, ByOn’s Kid Jungle poster and the Salvé Terra Collection of ceramic tropical fruit from Mambo Unlimited Ideas.
Dramatic LED Fixtures
LED continues to enable some incredibly artful designs, and the debuts at this show were no exception. From installations to groupings, hanging LED fixtures were showstoppers. A few we loved: DesignHeure’s Mozaik Trio chandelier, Formagenda’s Pearls chandelier and Apollo by Broberg & Ridderstråle for Pholc.
This industry is no stranger to blush — hello, Millennial Pink — but we were introduced to an updated shade of this pastel at Maison & Objet. New introductions showed a purple-leaning baby pink, which feels a bit more refined and usable than its predecessor. The shade looked ravishing on Day Home’s pillow and HK Living’s Retro Sofa Hocker in Nude, plus the scene from By On.
Memphis design style peeked its head out in the last edition of Maison and continued to show this go-around. This abstract style — think 80’s era — marries loud color and geometric pattern for standout pieces that, when paired together, epitomize the “more is more” philosophy. Here, Petite Friture’s JetLag wallpaper imbues a classic Memphis pattern; so does La Chance’s France rug by Nathalie du Pasquier.
Not new but still permeating, rattan and jute in furnishings and lighting provide a room with a natural, organic feel that in many cases left us feeling like we were at the beach. Here, House Doctor’s VT0320 side table in Nature measures 18 inches across for an easily movable accent. Nordal’s 1004 Jute shade in Nature allows you to dress up a pendant, and from Rivièra Maison, the Cala Cabo sofa made of kubu rattan is rustic but fresh with white cushions.
In additional to mauve, blue-greens were also hot — plus, the two work perfectly together. Dark and light saturations were seen, like in Harto Design’s Fanny shelf in Petrol Blue, which is made of natural oak and stained, and in Dome Deco’s modular seating upholstered in Turquoise Warlock fabric.