But it’s not what you think. A tall, gorgeous French man with impeccable style and flowing locks didn’t sweep me off my feet. But a whole mix of European and international interiors brands certainly did. Not bad for 48 hours in Paris.
Here’s what I loved at Maison & Objet 2014.
It’s fair to say, 2015 will be packed with bright and bold fabrics and prints. Leading the way for me was digital god; Zuzunaga, whose work is dedicated to the pixel and inspired by super modern architecture and global megacities. Cristian Zuzunaga’s designs create a space for human vitality within a digital world. Oh and right now, he is up for an Elle Decoration Design Award with innovative British Carpet Manufacturer; Brintons – I have already voted here.
For all the ‘bright’ reasons, I also adored Australian brand KAS – the geometric patterns and bright bold prints were to die for. I took a couple of snaps and just love this Thunderbird pic from their website – try not to fall in love too. Oh and PS. KAS if you are reading, come to the UK immediately…please!
There are two trends that I am completely obsessed with at the moment, ‘Copper’ and ‘Ombre.’ I am ecstatic to report that my research suggests that both trends are here to stay for SS15. My copper hero (a Brit and ‘Designer of the Year’ no less); Tom Dixon actually went into my dreams and designed this look just for me *he possibly didn’t actually do this.* …His acccessories, such as this Hex bowl and Champagne bucket were also extraordinary and made to be treasured.
Speaking of ombre – Déchelette Malleval has this trend covered, such pretty hues…plus anything that reminds me of my travels is way up there for me.
In design, the juxtaposition of handmade/ manmade craftsmanship with objects from nature fascinates me, Danish brand www.muubs.com have this at their heart. Made from raw, recycled materials, such as warm teak, recycled glass and cool concrete; Muubs design furniture with innovative contrasts and a Nordic feel. I love that the table you are eating your breakfast from was once a boat or an old wine bottle is now your statement lighting piece. The below are my favourite pieces from the show.
Another collection that left me inspired was by Italian brand IVV952, called Sedimenti by Ilaria Marelli. Beautiful, individual branches are collected from the Tuscany countryside and interpreted by the designer before a master glass-worker delicately blows a mass of glass at high temperature on them, resulting in a vase that is unique in the most extreme sense of the word and beautiful, whilst still maintaining its functional element.
Sometimes at these shows, after 8 hours on your feet carrying a hefty bag full of brochures, you have a moment that takes your breath away. When I walked into hall 5B at the end of a very long first day I was taken aback at the pure level of peace and tranquillity on show by Portuguese brand; InterDesign. The colours, textures and curves shown below are a melting pot of the serene and beautiful. There is no question mark here for me, I love it! Available in the UK via Adore My Home, (366-368 King’s Road).
For me, a little bit of luxury, a tranquil design and a splash of innovation go a long way and it looks like the Portuguese brands were coming off on top in France. I am already a huge fan of Ginger and Jagger and they did not disappoint at all.
Their creative process is based on nature and the origins of the world, character and quality. To say I am completely obsessed with the neon ‘breathe’ sign is an understatement. It is not available in the UK yet. But I am working on it.
King of luxury and super yacht design; Roberto Cavalli’s unseen decadent table linen, crockery and lizard gold cutlery was a joy to be seen and adored, I would go as far as saying it was the most beautiful table display I have seen of his ever. Coming soon.
Sometimes, just sometimes I have to write about a piece because not only does it catch my eye as something functional yet beautiful, but the people behind the brand are just so god-damn nice! With French outdoor brand, Belanka and Designer Daniel Le Normand it was one of those times. The new Transamac outdoor bed has a unique swaying movement, giving a feeling of weightlessness and a real feeling of relaxation. Tried and tested by yours truly.
And last, but by no means least I was super impressed by Seletti this year, I love a neon sign and fairground letters are so on trend right now. Although these were my faves, they were just a fraction of what they had to offer as far as lighting goes, so watch this space. On the subject of space, I also loved their upcoming collaboration with Diesel Home ‘Cosmic Diner’ which showed the entire solar system in exquisite detail. Too good to eat off? Probably.
What were your favourites?