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Paris Design Week: M&O and Deco Off

We were lucky to attend 2020’s Maison & Objet in Paris, a trade fair for interiors, design and homewares. The annual trade show is a chance for brands big and small to exhibit their products to a wide audience of buyers, PRs, industry professionals and fellow competitors. The five day show marks it’s 25th year in 2020 and celebrated the theme of (RE)GENERATION. The theme encouraged professionals and exhibitors to look forward to the future and consider new trends and ideas in consumer behaviour and look into the possibilities that will be presented in the years to come.

Maison & Objet will investigate the desires and expectations of the ‘engaged generation’ — one that has grown up in a world of economic, environmental, identity and migration crises.

There was a plethora of trends at this year’s show including but not limited to Burnt Orange, Cane, Pastels, Faces, and Curves. Take a look at our stand-out pieces from the event:

Burnt Orange

Throughout the show we saw an abundance of burnt orange, amber, ochre and terracotta shades. Covering all areas of the home from paint, furniture, lighting and textiles, this rich colour works well against natural materials, such as wood and marble to create a considered and gentle paring.

Cane/Rattan

Natural materials are timeless, adding luxury and tactile finishes to a room. The focus was all about sustainability, which is going nowhere fast. This trend was by far the most popular.

It is rattan that is proving popular in 2020, lighting from Mambo Unlimited Ideas to cabinetry from Nkuku and even rattan beds from Orchid Editions this was showcased throughout the show.  A versatile material that works in all areas of the home; both in traditional and more modern spaces. We imagine this material will be around for a while; a change from the more traditional grains of wood, this is a playful way to incorporate a natural element into the home.

Faces

A trend that had filtered through from 2019 was abstract faces; Maison & Objet showed this trend continuing into 2020. Showcased through rugs, artwork and vases, this is a quirky and fun trend that works in any area of the home. Our favourites were Indian inspired Madam Stoltz and Jonathan Adler’s wacky designs

Pastels

Alongside bright punchy pattens, we also saw a presence of pastels from baby pinks, mint greens and light blues. With ‘Neo-Mint’ set to be a key colour for 2020, this did not come as a surprise but merely an affirmation of the popularity of one of the key colours of the year. Alongside mint, millennial pink was never out of sight; a long-standing colour in the interiors world it would seem it will now have to share the limelight. Liv Interior, Weaver Green and Malagoon were among the stands showing off their pastel pieces.

Curves

A trend incredibly popular in the 1960s makes a comeback here amongst sofas, pouffes and armchairs. An inviting and comforting design that creates a calming feel to the scheme.

In both boucle fabric and leather from Ethicraft this was a prominent trend shown at Maison.

Deco Off

Running alongside Maison & Objet was Deco Off, an interiors event that saw over 60 showrooms and pop-up galleries showcase their latest fabrics and wallcoverings. Several installations sat alongside the event, from brightly patterned ski gondolas to hanging lampshades strung through the streets. The theme of this area encouraged the styles of any pattern or colour.

In the many showrooms, part of Deco Off a selection of bright punchy patterns and jarring colours were presented. JP DEMEYER & CO were one of these brands; presenting cushions with over-exaggerated frills and footstools covered in large eyes. The showroom celebrated design through fun.

As shown in the new collection ‘Tokyo Blue’ from Moooi, there was a strong Japanese influence across many textiles and wallcoverings. As well as in the Arte showroom, the intricate designs and styles gave a nod to Japan.