Trends: Color & Texture in Textiles

Maison & Objet 2009

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I'm back to color again with this latest dispatch from the home furnishings show in Paris. Today I'll let color speak for itself, and talk a little bit about texture. There was a strong "felt" theme running through many of the exhibition halls: it was on furniture, chairs, stools, pillows and wall hangings, meant — I imagine — to convey warmth and simplicity in troubling times. Perhaps you can't see the texture in the photo, but that tête-à-tête is covered in pink felt...

Furniture seemed largely devoid of extreme pattern, and there wasn't an overabundance of wallpaper either. But for lovers of things fun and outré, one came occasionally across the unusual: feathered lamps, needlepoint furniture, the rope room, and fur. I almost tripped over this fur ottoman and thought I'd bumped into Sonia Rykiel. That rug is cloth in a wood grain pattern.