the biggest trends from this January's Masion et Object, Europe's largest design exhibition, which is now underway in Paris. Today we're revealing four smaller 'micro-trends', as spotted by Ellie Tennant, our correspondent in Paris. Read on to get a picture of what's to come in the world of design.
Feathers: Top Left and Right: These airy paper-like polyethylene 'Plume' lights by Bold Design are hung from a single point on the ceiling and diffuse light softly through their translucent skin. Bottom Left: Godefroy de Virieu (at L'Atelier d'Exercices) has used real feathers and cork to produce his LED 'Lampe Volant' (Shuttlecock Lamp). Bottom Right: The latest wall covering from artist Tracy Kendall is an incredible panel of real black feathers, stitched together in tactile layers.
Wirework: Top Left: Japanese Handmade designer, Kanaami-Tsuji, has experimented with traditional metal knitting techniques to create fine lace-like meshes of copper wire, used to cover wooden objects, or to form the seat of a chair. Top Right: Italian design house Seletti showed prototypes of a new 'Mesh' cube made of porcelain-coated wire. Bottom Left: On the inspirational Ateliers d'Art preview stand (showing pieces from the forthcoming 'L'Appartement' exhibition) ceramicist Nathalie Audibert showed tactile tableware with simple wire handles. Bottom Right: Another Japanese Handmade designer, Nakagawa Mokkougei, has created mushroom-like wooden stools with delicate copper wire bands for a luxurious touch.
Ombres/Gradients: Top Left: Danish designer Trine Andersen of Ferm Living presented her new ceramic 'House of Money' coin boxes, decorated with on-trend pastel gradients. Top Right: Klevering's established range of colourful gradient tableware was on show, too. Bottom Left: New French brand Colonel showed pretty pastel ombre light fittings with fabric bodies and draw-string bottoms. Bottom Right: French brand Gilles Nouailhac exhibited the dramatic Bergere Charles armchair, upholstered in a smart black-to-white gradient fabric.
Mint Green: Top Left:Normann Copenhagen's new 'Cube' bed linen, in a pale pastel green hue. Top Right: The same color showed up in the brand's new 'Ready' mirror, which doubles as a coat hook. Bottom Left: Karimoku's chic new 'Soft Triangle' table (by TAF) has soft, curved corners and a pretty peppermint colour. Bottom Right: The Designers Guild stand was a shrine to green, with hits of fuchsia. (Images: Show photos: Ellie Tennant, Manufacturer/Designer Images: as linked above)