Live from Maison & Objet: key trends

Saturday, 25 January 2014

Jean Girel

This year's first edition of Maison & Objet sees designers embracing the elements, with landscape-inspired surface and pattern, precious natural materials and an emphasis on craft techniques.

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The four elements of earth, water, fire and air inspire earthy textures, watery print and pattern, smoky surfaces and volcanic glazes.


Zingy sherbet yellow is a key colour direction. Many brands use this eye-catching colour for a key product or an iconic chair. Tinja have used this colour across an entire tea set and co-ordinating ceramic tabletop.


Landscapes are a new emerging direction for prints, as seen at Sydney-based brand Kas with its Impressionist-style scatter cushion.


Cocooning shapes and blanket upholstery continue as major trends for furniture, with toggles, buttons and oversize keyholes translated directly from clothing to seating for a casual, DIY feel.


Precious natural materials such as mother of pearl and onyx are used for whole tabletops or picked out as an inlay detail.


Mirrors have been given inventive functional and decorative updates across the show, from built-in shelves to looped handles and playful outlines.


Homebuildlife subscribers can access our full report from the show this week.