Maison & Objet January 2016: A Walk On The Wild Side

By Oliver Burns

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January 29, 2016|Luxury Design

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  • riving change in consumer behaviour, Maison & Objet (M&O) set an inspirational theme for each of their international shows. With the Paris bi-annual shows being the jewel in the crown of M&O, January 2016’s show introduced WILD as the central theme to kick off their 20th anniversary. The aim was to inspire from the natural rhythm of the wilderness through to spatial design and interior architecture with the use of natural shapes and organic materials.
Image via CRAVT & ANNA New York

The combination of metal, marble and semiprecious stone was one of the most reoccurring material trends at the show with brass and gold remaining contemporary favourites as they have in previous years. The set of culinary inspired accessories made of alabaster and rose gold by ANNA New York, a luxury home and lifestyle brand from the USA is a good example of this and particularly stood out to us for their innovative use of both contemporary material and design.

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Architect Joana Santos Barbosa, Founder & Creative Director of INSIDHERLAND spoke to us about the two exciting new pieces she was launching at the show. After a year of development she was proud to unveil the sleek, two seater Figueroa sofa inspired by The Figueroa Mountains in Santa Barbara, California and the Alentejo table lamp, named after a city in Portugal renowned for its vineyards, natural landscape and botanic’s.

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Cravt certainly did not disappoint. Renowned for their traditional craftsmanship combined with eccentric designs, the brand stayed true to their core, which made their stand a memorable experience. The brands exclusive offering ranges from furniture and wall finishes to lighting and hand-crafted accessories. The use of semi-precious stone, shagreen, mother of pearl and seashell elegantly combined with wood, metal, and lacquer were well lent to this year’s theme.

Image via FENDI Casa

The collection at Fendi Casa presented a much bolder colour palette than we would have expected when looking at previous years.  Deep indigo, currently on trend, was chosen as their accent colour combined with gold, brass and a sophisticated shadowed bronze metallic finish. A combined use of modern and classic lines were used to achieve a timeless elegant look with a splash of modernity.

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For the first time, Fendi presented a rosewood finish. Statement pieces such as their Fleurette coffee table and Tolomeo side tables were enhanced with this newly introduced veneer to refresh classic and well-loved designs.


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With 1000sq metres, the Eichholtz stand was one of the grander scaled displays at this year’s exhibition. Each area of their expansive stand bloomed with the latest trends providing a landslide of inspiration. We particularly loved their dark moody scheme mixed with chrome finishes which has become a classic look.

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More neutral schemes featured natural textures and materials such as petrified wood and stone, a combination we adored. Waves of opulence concluded our experience at Eichholtz with soft edged organically inspired sofas, warmer metallic tones such as malachite and accents of indigo as seen at Fendi.

Image via MONSIEUR Paris

Geometrics were a repeated pattern at this year’s show. A marble coffee table by Fancy Home Collections made a bold modern statement whilst luxury furniture company, Rue Monsieurs, offered unique marble and wood marquetry pieces with an Art Deco feel. Their Tectonic Silence Beverage Cabinet would provide a chic investment piece.

Whilst exploring wonders from around the globe, we were delighted to discover additions to the collections from some of our favourite home grown brands such as Tom Dixon & Farrow & Ball (F&B)

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Demonstrating his innovative vision and ability to combine otherwise mismatched materials, Tom Dixon launched his new Oil Collection of scents and accessories in Paris. The range features an iridescent finish, a trend which has been heavily featured on fashion runways for AW 16/17, due to be gracing our stores in the second half of this year.

F&B unveiled their new colour series, which consisted of Salon Drab, Inchyra Blue, Vardo, Yeabridge Green, Peignoir, Cromarty, Shadow White, Drop Cloth and Worsted. The official UK launch of this collection is just a few days away and is set to hit stores on 1st February 2016.

Image via VOGUE Home

It would be almost rude to mention fashion and not mention the ‘Father of Fashion’, Karl Lagerfeld who has collaborated with perfumer John-Paul Welton to create the ‘Karl Kandle, limited to just 300 pieces.

Image via Sempre Belgium

When walking into the exhibit at Sempre, we felt we had been flown through Paris to a magical garden with a beautifully created area for hospitality and client entertainment. The brand has grown significantly since the 1980’s when it started as a humble Belgian flower boutique with big dreams and aspirations. The company still takes inspiration from nature’s beauty demonstrated in the high-end organic designs and pieces featured at this outstanding exhibit.

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Ibiza born Eugeni Quitllet was named Maison & Objets Designer of the Year 2016 whose exhibition “Machine Man, from one-off piece to infinity” showcased his latest designs and collaborations with brands such as Habitat and design brand Lexon. We were particularly impressed by his own collection developed with aluminium specialist Neal Feay Studio which consisted of homewares and select electronics.

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Rare, natural materials luxuriously combined with textiles of rich accent colours has been the common thread running through the stands of a large number of luxury brands at this edition of Maison. With inspiration from nature becoming more commonplace to achieve an elegant long-lasting design aesthetic, we look forward to the evolution of this trend. Once again and without fail, Maison introduced an impressive array of the latest designs. We thoroughly enjoyed our walk on the WILD side


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