British design journalist Ellie Tennant attended Maison & Objet and reported back to Apartment Therapy on the Top 5 major trends she spotted at the show. Here, she follows up with a report on the ‘micro-trends’ that are also emerging, giving us another glimpse at what is in store from the design world in 2014...
The next phase in the ongoing geometry trend is for two different shapes to clash and, magically, unexpectedly, join together…
French studio Y’a Pas Le Feu Au Lac is showing a new trio of coffee tables – ‘Les Biches’ – all of which have mixed-media top surfaces featuring inter-meshed wood and composite material. On one table, a hexagon and a square overlap and appear to join together, on another a circle and a rectangle conjoin. The grid-like geometric elements give the impression of a scientific, mathematical blending process and also reminiscent of computer-generated imagery. Are the shapes clashing and joining, or multiplying and spreading…?
Meanwhile, Petite Friture is launching the new ‘Iso-a’ and ‘Iso-b’ side tables by FX Balléry, which slot together neatly, somehow combining a circle surface with a square surface. Again, a grid-like mesh enhances the overlap and exposes the process, which also has an ‘eclipse’ effect.
There is a huge trend across accessories and furniture for designs with a single slot element that allows a 3D intersection or support…
Portuguese industrial cork firm Sofalca is showing a new, design brand: Blackcork. Partnering with Toni Grilo, the firm has created ‘Cut’ – stools made from solid cubes of black cork with simple cut slots where wooden back-rests fit to create comfy seats.
Druge Ot Labo are showing ‘Drapeau Miroir’ (Flag Mirror), which features a slotted wooden base and an intersecting mirrored panel.
Designer Jean-Francois d’Or (Belgian Designer of the Year 2013) for Reflect Plus is showing his new ‘Elisabeth’ wall and base mirrors, which are designed to lean against a wall and are entirely supported by a slotted intersecting wooden shelf (wall version) or pedestal (base version).
Similarly, this new iPad holder from Y’a Pas Le Feu Au Lac features a simple slotted base.
L’Atelier d’Exercices is showing the new ‘Disque’ mirror – held on a slotted brass cylinder base with a single intersecting point.
Many designers are playing with the concept of solid walls, producing weird and wonderful objects that appear to break all the rules…
It might look like a painting, but this flat, elasticated ‘Canvas’ sofa by Innermost (and YOY in Tokyo) has a secret magic trick: prop it against a wall and sit on the picture – the lycra-style fabric and a sturdy frame supports your weight allowing you to lounge effortlessly on a 2D surface.
Over on the ENO Studio stand, Geof Ramsay presents Wallhax, a hallway coat hanger and trinket shelf that appears to be a chair, half submerged within the wall.
Elsewhere on ENO Studio’s stand, Thomas Eurlings shows his new mirrors, with black or white ‘invisibility’ borders, giving the illusion that the mirror is part of the wall itself – the edges between object and background are blurred.
Tabisso showed new paper-like shelves that appear to float impossibly as they bend against the wall.
It might look like a flat panel, but the new space-saving ‘Flap’ shelf and ‘Hidden’ clothes hanger designs by Sculptures Jeux have hidden fold-down sections which become handy storage racks and hooks when needed.
And, even more trends that Ellie spotted at the show...
- QUILTED TEXTURES AND EFFECTS
- MARINELIFE AND SEASCAPES
- MUSHROOM LAMPS
- ICECREAM WHIPS
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(Image credits: Original photos by Ellie Tennant / Other product images as linked above)