Maison & Objet: A Precious Experience

By Oliver Burns

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September 17, 2015|Luxury Design

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  • he start of September welcomed the fifth annual Paris Design Week with Maison & Objet remaining at the heart of the festivities. This year saw Maison celebrate its 20th anniversary and the City of Lights was illuminated by stars of the design world with the likes of Tom Dixon, Insane Luxury Design and Elitis providing much of the glamour and excitement. The trade show invited design insiders to experience and view some of the most impressive collections from around the world with nearly a thousand exhibitors and seventy five thousand visitors. Paris design week celebrated the theme of ‘Precious,’ inviting artists and designers to reinvent the rules of luxury and the role of rarity within the luxury industry. This year’s theme of preciousness was very exciting and fitting for Oliver Burns as we work in super-prime homes, and Thoughtful Luxury sits at the core of what we do. We always look forward to Maison as it showcases the best global talent in interiors suitable for the world’s finest homes.            
Image via Tom Dixon

The theme evoked creations involving gemstones, delicate and fine fabrics, finely crafted natural materials and beautiful metallic finishes. Copper was, once again, a key look for a number of designers with brass and gold also making appearances. The Tom Dixon stand was a real showstopper. It was filled with statement lighting and artefacts that really exuded a feeling of luxury inspired by London, our home and the British capital with a scent edition named after our wonderful city.

Images via Dome Decor

Key colour trends included indigo and cobalt blue, pale duck egg shades and vibrant teals particularly prominent in soft furnishings providing a modern trans seasonal aesthetic especially when paired with metallic finishes.

Image via unna Design & Ginger & Jagger

Creams, nudes and hued pinks were another recurring theme amongst the likes of Munna Design and Ginger & Jagger who pride themselves in being inspired by nature, working with natural materials and shapes. The softness of this palette is often considered more spring but the chalkiness of this shade especially if used in rich and heavier materials can feel cosy and stylish for the autumn and winter.

Image via Insane Designs PT

Part trade show, part exhibition, the nine halls showcased pieces for every room in the home with a change in navigation to reflect specific tastes and lifestyles. Two halls were specifically designed for luxury design pieces and interior architecture spawning creative and luxury innovation.

With Maison et Objet often remaining one of the highlights for many designers and architects calendars, exhibits of 2015 most definitely did not disappoint. From clocks and couches to textiles and teapots, Maison showcased pieces and designs for every room and every home.

Image via Maison & Objet

It was interesting to note that many of the stands had placed a real emphasis on creating a full sensory experience. Experiences included floors covered in sand to 2300 beautiful scented flowers suspended from the ceiling in the ‘Floating Flower Garden’ installation created by TeamLab, Japan.

All in all – our time at Maison et Objet was a truly precious and thought provoking experience.

Composed by RS

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