Maison et Objet: Trends of the Day
One of the few highlights of cold January is the luxury interior design trade show in Paris, Maison & Objet...
Typically one wouldn’t find the words “trade show” and “luxury” grouped together in the same sentence, however as far as trade shows go, this is one of the best. The first time I went was over 10 years ago when I was a buyer for Saks Fifth Avenue and I remember loving the "hunt" for new and exciting brands. For the start of 2018, I’m working on a new project (more to come soon!) so I was excited to have the excuse to browse through the fair once again.
The complex itself is massive so I specifically walked through the “objet” halls (home products, gifts and accessories) and not the “maison” halls (interiors and decor). There were a lot of products to see but some overriding themes that I saw consistently…
1. RETRO REDUX
Remember record players and rotary phones? Well they’re back with a super cool new look that’s reminiscent of the 80’s but with more of a hipster, “I live in Brooklyn” vibe. The company, GPO Retro Design, was one of my favorite purveyors of this new feeling, old-school trend. British companies Suck UK and Luckies of London also had some super fun retro items such as a screen magnifier for your iPhone which makes a great gift for your tech-obsessed friend who has everything!
2. BRING ON THE NEON
Not just for dive bars anymore, neon signs have hit it big thanks, in part, to super cool artists like Tracy Emin and creative artisans like Locomocean by Bergers Belgium! Now you can hang one on your wall for fun, stand one on your desk for inspiration or bring it out for that extra special party decor. I mean, really, who doesn’t want this in their life?!
3. FUNCTIONAL ART ATTACK
Art, design and functionality were everywhere throughout the show. There were a few standout companies that took this idea to a whole new level. Skateroom, is a social entrepreneurship whose main purpose is to help empower underprivileged youth through the combination of art and skateboarding. Collaborating with contemporary artists to create affordable editions on the medium of skateboards, a portion of the proceeds go back to financing social projects chosen by the artist they’ve collaborated with, or the NGO Skateistan. Art, functionality and social consciousness is a trifecta not to be ignored!
Despite its overwhelming size, one of the most wonderful aspects of Maison & Objet is that you have an equal balance of “undiscovered" brands alongside more established brands such as Assouline, Tom Dixon, Claus Porto, Christian Lacroix and Jonathan Adler. It is truly an inspirational experience for retail buyers and interior designers alike, as well as a fun way to see what trends will be filling your favorite stores and interiors in 2018!
Shop some of my favorite Maison & Objet products below. Enjoy!