Trend Report from Paris: The Top 5
Big Trends from Maison & Objet

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Europe’s largest design exhibition – Maison & Objet – just wrapped up in Paris, revealing the direction interior design will take this autumn/winter and beyond into 2015. British design journalist Ellie Tennant has made the trip for Apartment Therapy. Here, she reports on the key trends to emerge…

1. SPACE-AGE LIGHTING

From quilted lampshades that are reminiscent of astronaut’s space suits to new designs inspired by eclipses, planets and stars, there is an underlying ‘out of this world’ trend to lighting at the 2014 Maison et Objet show as creators look to the skies and beyond for inspiration…

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French studio Adónde’s new ‘Eclipse’ floor lamps explore shadows and planetary spheres. They look beautiful but have a practical function, too, as you can easily lower the light level by ‘eclipsing’ the sun-like bulb with the moveable disc element.

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Over on Ligne Roset’s stand, gold foil-lined ‘Pharaoh’ lampshades by Studio Catoir channel ‘the ostentation of Ancient Egyptian kings’ and are also ‘an homage to King of Pop, Michael Jackson’, but with their blingy zips, quilted exteriors and bulky proportions, they’re reminiscent of space-suits…

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Designer Arnaud de Palange at Metylos is showing the new Nicole light fitting – a neat hanging wooden bar with an LED light , draped with a punctured sheet of felt that is designed to echo stars glittering in a night sky. The felt can be lifted off and doubles up as a floor rug, too.

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French artist Celine Wright has created elegant new wall lights which feature small glowing domes and wooden discs suspended on delicate wires giving the impression of rotating suns, moons and planets and turning the wall into an infinite universe.

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Another space-age light fitting is being shown by Petite Friture; Elise Fouin’s new ‘Grill0’ wall sconce is a simple yellow lacquered circle infront of a bare bulb, made of perforated sheet metal (which is, incidentally, another huge trend – perforated metal meshes are being used on everything from furniture to accessories), which ‘…diffracts and filters the light like a solar eclipse’.

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New asteroid-like corrugated polypropylene LED ‘Bonsai’ table lamps by Japanese designer Sugata Katachi are formed of tiny plastic compartments, which, according to the designer, ‘condense an entire landscape onto each lamp and create a new universe around them’.

2. FOLDS

Origami-style folds are appearing on everything from complex lounger seats to simple side tables and pared-back paper-effect shelving…

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Inspired by Origami, the Cay Lounge by Alexander Rehn for Structures features enormous flexible folds and can be adjusted to suit your preferred sitting – or lounging – position.

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Druge Ot Labo is presenting the elegant new ‘Pliage’ (Fold) shelves, which have coloured undersides and give the illusion of folded sheets of paper.

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Japanese designer Kenyon Yeh has created the ‘Yeh’ wall table for Menu, with a simple folded circular top, allowing it to lean console-style against a wall.

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L’Atelier d’Exercices has a new letter holder made of folded sheet metal, which echoes the shape of an envelope itself.

3. PERFORATIONS

Many designers are experimenting with the possibilities of perforations and bent metal sheets…

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Using perforated aluminium sheets that are folded to create sleek edges and a handy in-built trough for storage, Belgian designer Emmanuel Gardin of new studio Lina Dura has created the stylish Recto Verso D1 desk. ‘Using perforated aluminium is practical for small studios like ours,’ he explains, ‘…it’s a much cheaper process than the alternatives and we need less machinery.’

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The trend continues at L’Atelier d’Exercices, where nifty Travel Candlesticks are presented by Maison Martin Margiela, made of perforated stainless steel sheets, designed to be flat-packed then folded into reflective triptychs that can be hung on the wall.

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Birds can shelter in style while they feed thanks to the new Vogel Haus 1 design by Opossum Design, made of a single perforated aluminium sheet.

4. METALLIC MESH

Grids of perforated circular holes turn solid forms into meshes that diffuse light and bring an industrial feel to designs…

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Made of practical mesh, the ‘Alfred le Concierge’ hallway wall organizer from French design studio Hartô comes with a series of hooks, shelves and pegs so you can create your perfect storage combination.

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For Eno Studio, Joran Briand has designed a chic ‘Bridget’ light fitting, consisting of a suspended simple length of wood and a brass mesh cover, which acts as a diffuser and directs the light.

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Danish trendsetter Louise Roe of Copenhagen presents her stunning ‘Hilda’ mesh candle holders.

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Meanwhile, French brand Tolix loves the trend so much, their whole stand is made out of sheets of mesh metal!

5. NEW COLORS AND MATERIALS

Terracotta orange, coral, pale plaster pink, rich burgundy red, dark teal, charcoal grey and petrol blue are the key colors in accessories, soft furnishings and furniture. As ever, the Scandinavians have got there first…

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‘Sailor Knit’ throws in Bordeaux, Charcoal and Grey, by Louise Roe.

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‘Folk Series’ candle holders on the Normann Copenhagen stand.

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‘Signature’ cushions by Louise Roe.

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‘Swell’ sofa and ‘Cloud’ cushions, Normann Copenhagen.

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New ‘Tint’ rugs from Normann Copenhagen.

Marble and granite are still very much present but the pale grey and white stone surfaces of recent years are being replaced with darker, more dramatic colors – greens and blacks…

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‘Green Marble Wall’ clock, by Norm for Menu.

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Black marble ‘Domo’ tableware by new brand Retegui, from The Retegui Marble Company, based in south-west France.

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Black marble (combined with composite materials to lighten it) ‘Egala’ shelves, also Retegui.

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‘George’ platter in green granite, Louise Roe.

This ‘crossing to the dark side’ theme continues elsewhere with gun metal and titanium taking over from the copper and brass trend and lots of black cork, dark tinted glass, smoked oak and dark walnut woods appearing.

More from Paris to come tomorrow from Ellie...stay tuned!

(Image credits: Ellie Tennant; Original photos by Ellie Tennant / Other product images as linked above)

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