Europe's largest design exhibition — Maison & Objet — is underway in Paris. British design journalist Ellie Tennant files her second report for Apartment Therapy on the micro-trends that are emerging…ANIMALS: fun furniture with legs and/or heads.
Pig, bull and goose shaped storage units made from crates by Seletti
The Animal Chair collection by 28 Biaugust
Deco complete with lamb, dog, pony and buffalo chairs
ROPE: knotted or plaited pieces of furniture and accessories.
Rope mirrors at Soon Salon
Rope pouffes and lights at Thomas Eyck
CHILD'S PLAY: colourful toy brick shapes — scattered and less formal than the rigid geometric patterns of last season.
Eye-catching overlapping colourful fuzzy-felt style shapes in the new Marimekko
Spring 2013 collection
Watercolour shapes on accessories from Mumo Lifestyle
Toy brick shapes made of concrete from Mensch Made
CONTEMPORARY CRAFT: old handicrafts are given a fresh twist. The past meets the future.
Wicker stools with psychedelic spirals and juicy colour combos on Sentou
Floral wicker table mats and crocheted log pouffes by Seletti
The Be-Good-In collection — a collaboration between Gildas Le Minor of a Breton textiles company, Le Minor
, founded in 1936, and Alexandra Devaux
, a recent design graduate
LIGHTBULBS: practical, eco-friendly and super-stylish, bulbs were the stars of the show.
The birth of the baby Plumen
LED crystal bulbs from Seletti
Earl — a silicon shade and an LED bulb on a string of 20 wooden pearls from Llot Llov
Thai firm Pega Design
has created a colour-changing bulb that acts like a chameleon. Touch the end to an object, give it a quick squeeze and it changes colour to match what it's touching. It's designed to sit in a double-layered 3D-printed latticework votive
Report and Show Photos: Ellie Tennant
(Images: Show photos: Ellie Tennant, Manufacturer/Designer Images: as linked above)