Micro-Trends from Maison & Objet

Maison et Objet January 2013

Yesterday we showed you 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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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)

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