Each year, trade show Maison et Objet Paris dictates the interiors trends for the season ahead?
September is here and with it Maison et Objet Paris - the trade show that sets the tone for autumn/winter interior trends. This enormously influential exhibition has been running all weekend and will wind up tomorrow. Last year saw monochrome and geometrics dominate, so much so that they still linger. But given the vastness that is Maison et Objet, who are we looking to and what are our predictions for the seasons ahead?
The first exhibitor to grab our attention was Studio Mikabarr. Known for their trademark graphic patterns and folded textiles, they have been showing cushions and throws in their latest collection - strongly influenced by the relationship between geometrics and organics, and using a unique folding technique that gives the textiles an innovative 3D structural element. It looks as if the geometric trend is here to stay but evolving with the introduction of new patterns, scale and origami techniques.
The other heavyweight designer that will bring his influence to bear in a big way this season is Tom Dixon (who is also celebrating his coronation as Maison et Objet designer of the year). We've been watching craft slowly work its way back into the mainstream in recent years, returning the focus to the manufacturing process. Dixon has taken this spark and is making it come alive with The Factory, an installation that has been putting the entire production line in full view of visitors at Maison et Objet. Made of brick and materials from London, the products further cement the relationship between maker, materials and manufacturing.
So, quick trend recap: geometrics show no signs of slowing down but will continue to evolve with nature as a major muse, and in the form of more sculptured 3D pieces. The manufacturing process is coming back into focus, inherently bound up with the maker and materials, so handmades are hot property once again.
To see the work of exquisitely skilled international makers, don't miss this week's ceramics extravaganza in Dublin.
Sheenagh Green for @image_interiors