Be inspired by the hottest interior trends from Maison & Objet 2018…
Paris Design Week is upon us once again and the city has been bustling with interior designers, architects and home décor devotees flocking to the latest shows in over 200 locations across the city. Wendy Clark, Creative Director at Houseology and Heather MacMillan, Head Buyer, had the pleasure of attending the largest design exhibition in Paris, Maison & Objet 2018.
With thousands of exhibitors including some of our favourites such as Eichholtz – who have their biggest ever exhibition space at Maison – Normann Copenhagen, Bolia, Vincent Sheppard and special anniversary celebrations from Authentic Models, Maison & Object was certainly the place to be seen.
The theme of this year’s exhibition was “Maison & Objet Evolves with You” which reflected the structural redesign of the space and offered a clearer perspective of the two main areas – Maison, and Objet! The Maison area allowed for attendees to explore four different universes and discover the finest interior and home décor solutions organised by style categories. Objet was a little different, with seven sectors showcasing the most beautiful decorative home accessories arranged by product family.
A utopia of design, Maison & Objet 2018 delivered not only an awe-inspiring array of products, but showcased some of AW18 biggest trends, and we’ve rounded up some of our favourites…
Brass is back! Well, it never truly went away and has proven its popularity by staying firmly in place as one of the biggest trends for AW18. Featured predominantly in lighting at Maison & Objet, Houseology Head Buyer, Heather McMillan tells us just how inspiring the brass lighting was: “Striking brass lighting created a show stopping spectacle in the Maison halls, where gorgeous glass globes added an ambient glow to the NORR11 stand and dynamic geometric pendants and exposed bulb fixtures brought a touch of glamour to the industrial style designs of the Light and Living lounge.”
Brass wasn’t the only trend staying around for another stylish season. Marble is back in force for AW18, but in a subtler manner than last season. With small side tables and accessories, marble still showed its luxurious presence next to a richer palette of darker earthy tones such as deep terracotta and burnt Sienna.
Our Creative Director, Wendy Clark shares with us just how marble is being used this season: “Marble materials are still very much on trend, featuring prominently upon coffee tables and sculptural side tables accented with metal frames.”
Design Tip: Adding marble accents can elevate your minimalist design scheme and instantly inject some luxury into your space, try mixing dark marble with orange and red hues for the perfect Autumn décor.
Hues of inky indigo and deep blue dominated the showrooms at Maison & Objet this year. Delving into this ocean-inspired interior was Eichholtz with their blissfully blue bedroom that evoked a stylish sense of serenity and ultimate relaxation. A versatile colour that has the power to create calm yet still provide plenty of impact, navy is the perfect colourway to delve into the darker months in style.
“Navy was one of the most influential trends across the Maison halls featuring prominently upon velvet upholstery, textiles and lamp shades combined with glorious lashings of brass,” explains Heather. “The mysterious navy blue velvet of the Eichholtz Truman Headboard in their luxurious bedroom stand was one of our favourite looks – we had serious bedroom envy.”
Florals aren’t just for Spring. There was an ever-blossoming floral presence at Maison & Objet so expect to be seeing lots of beautiful blooms with a dark, dramatic twist this season. From cushions to wallpaper, this moody yet whimsical trend can add some grown up glamour to any space. With hues of violet, plum, magenta and burgundy overlaid with dark yet elegant botanical motifs, this revitalised botanical trend is one of our favourites.
“Oversized floral prints and arrangements of feminine foliage and seasonal blooms added a touch of whimsy to the Maison interiors,” explains Wendy. “Ideal for livening up interiors when the colder winter months set in, soft furnishings and floral bloomed textiles are our go-to trend to welcome the beauty of nature indoors all year round.”
Design Tip: When embracing the floral trend, keep it simple and include a scattering of floral inspired cushions, or if you’re feeling daring – a floral feature wall! But remember, if you’re going to have a floral wall, keep the rest of your design scheme quiet in pattern.
Velvet was one of the most classic and versatile of the trends at Maison & Objet 2018. Regardless of shade, furniture shape or textile style, velvet has long been a favourite of designers and it’s clear to understand why. From dark jewel tones, to blush pink and honey hues, velvet remains a formidable force in the design world, continuing to exude elegance, indulgence and luxury.
With Mid Century and contemporary designs featuring velvet in a plethora of irresistible colourways and various product types from subtle cushions to statement sofas, it’s safe to say the plush life is here to stay!
“Maison was dominated by sumptuous velvets in jewel shades and rich autumnal berry and rust tones,” explains Heather. “Retro revival furniture shapes are key this season, with Art Deco and Mid Century style furnishings being accented with refined metallic legs for a touch of Luxe allure.”