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.
ROPE: knotted or plaited pieces of furniture and accessories.
CHILD'S PLAY: colourful toy brick shapes — scattered and less formal than the rigid geometric patterns of last season.
Left: Eye-catching overlapping colourful fuzzy-felt style shapes in the new Marimekko Spring 2013 collection
Center: Watercolour shapes on accessories from Mumo Lifestyle
Right: Toy brick shapes made of concrete from Mensch Made
CONTEMPORARY CRAFT: old handicrafts are given a fresh twist. The past meets the future.
Left: Wicker stools with psychedelic spirals and juicy colour combos on Sentou's stand
Center: Floral wicker table mats and crocheted log pouffes by Seletti
Right: 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.
Top left: The birth of the baby Plumen bulb
Top right: LED crystal bulbs from Seletti (top right)
Bottom left: Earl — a silicon shade and an LED bulb on a string of 20 wooden pearls from Llot Llov
Bottom right: 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)