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Eight takeaways from Maison&Objet 2019

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Maison&Objet, with nearly 85,000 visitors and over 2,910 brands showcasing their new collections, is one of the biggest interiors trade fairs in the world. It is a key indicator of what is coming up on the design horizon over the next year, and the prelude to many a trend report. These are our eight takeaways from this years show, so whether you were there and want a reminder, or you were unable to attend then this article is for you.

Material Focus

Touched upon in our eporta x WGSN Trend Report last year rattan has returned in a multitude of formats. From lighting, with the likes of the Monaco light by Utu Lighting, through to entire stands by Sempre and Vincent Sheppard celebrating the traditional material in new ways. Rattan definitely made a strong statement at this year's show.

Vincent Sheppard stand at M&O19- showcasing rattan
Vincent Sheppard stand at M&O19- showcasing rattan

Colour Focus

Firstly, Maison&Objet was a kaleidoscope of colour this year, reflective of the wider industry's growing colour confidence. However, there was one colour palette that stood out. From terracotta and rust to the Pantone's Living Coral, orange hues are having a significant moment. We touched on orange in last years eporta x WGSN Trend Report and it appears that this colour wheel isn't stopping anytime soon. One stand that perfectly exhibits this is Ibride, its striped walls take us from one end of the orange spectrum to the other.

Ibride stand at Maison&Objet 2019, the full spectrum of orange.
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Ibride stand at Maison&Objet 2019, the full spectrum of orange.

Commercial Age

As a prelude to the September Maison&Objet which focuses on workspaces, WeWood launched their contract collection. Breathing new life into both the home office and traditional workplace by blending woods with leather, practicality with aesthetics and clean lines with quirky details the collection is not to be missed, luckily you can shop it now on eporta.

WeWood's Balsa Desk, part of their new contract collection showcased at Maison & Objet
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WeWood's Balsa Desk, part of their new contract collection showcased at Maison & Objet

Psychedelic and sublime

Tom Dixon's star is ever on the rise, renowned for pushing the boundaries between materials, shape and functionality, this year's Objet exhibition was no different. He launched a new accessories range called Swirl, recycled powder from the marble industry is combined with pigment and resin to create a marble esq masterpiece. Not to be left behind, Philippe Stark has also been innovating with materials, in conjunction with Cassina, the Crocque La Pomme leather alternative is made from apples whilst maintaining the look and feel of the real thing. Now available on Cassina's Privé, Volage, Caprice and Passion ranges.

The Swirl Collection by Tom Dixon
The Swirl Collection by Tom Dixon

Brass note

In recent years we've seen the rise and demise of copper and rose gold, yet one metallic note that has stayed the course is brass, becoming the designers precious metal of choice. With so many different ways to treat it from tarnished to hammered, it can age an item or launch it into the future. Brass really was everywhere at Maison&Objet, the newly launched Ines table by Hamilton Conte showcases what brass can offer. Alongside products such as Duistt's Apollo Armchair and lighting from Design by us, all heavily featuring warm brassy tones.

Hamilton Conte celebrating brass throughout their stand
Ines Hammered Oval Oak Dining Table by Hamilton Conte
Hamilton Conte celebrating brass throughout their stand
Ines Hammered Oval Oak Dining Table by Hamilton Conte

March of the Arch

Soft arcs have become the silhouette of choice this Maison&Objet. From mirrors to furniture, harsh lines and sharp edges are replaced by sweeping organic shapes. Insidherland has even dedicated a new collection (soon to be available on eporta) to the shape-shift, aptly named Arches and Utopia. Newcomers and established brands alike reflected the trend, luxury bathroom designers Ex.t put on a display of curved forms offset against asymmetric basins and faucets. Whereas Munna evolved their already bold shapes with oversized scalloped edges on the Daisy Bed and Olympia Bar Stool.

Insidherland's Arches and Utopia Dining Collection at Maison & Objet
Munna's scalloped Daisy Bed
Insidherland's Arches and Utopia Dining Collection at Maison & Objet
Munna's scalloped Daisy Bed

Gatsby Greats

We've seen a resurgence in the art-deco style over recent months, this was noticeable in Munna's launch of the Luke sofa and Gran Torino armchair. The entire Reflections Copenhagen stand was a homage to the era, the stand out products being the South Beach Vase and the entire Cabinet range.

Munna's Luke sofa is an Art-Deco masterpiece.
Munna's Luke sofa is an Art-Deco masterpiece.

Mother Nature

From the earthy colour palettes previously discussed, to the organic forms cast in brass by Boca do Lobo, nature stole the show. We asked four of our favourite designers to take over our eporta Instagram for the duration of the fair, and every one of them noted the prevalence of nature at the show. The use of authentic materials and earthenware by Casafina Gifts and Domani alongside Imperfetto Lab's handcrafted vases and Serip's lighting showcase all highlight the importance of artisanal craftsmanship and minimal human interference with natures resources.

Earthenware by Cassafina Gifts. Photo taken by Sarah Mailer Design.
Domani Planters. Photo by Brian Woulfe, Founder of Designed by Woulfe.
Earthenware by Cassafina Gifts. Photo taken by Sarah Mailer Design.
Domani Planters. Photo by Brian Woulfe, Founder of Designed by Woulfe.
Imperfetto Lab's stand at M&O. Photo taken by No.12 Studio
Heerenhuis Manufactuur's nature inspired tables. Photo by Sarah Mailer Design.
Imperfetto Lab's stand at M&O. Photo taken by No.12 Studio
Heerenhuis Manufactuur's nature inspired tables. Photo by Sarah Mailer Design.

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