Written by Rebekah Hutchinson

29 January 2019

Left to right: Ames, HK Living, LRNCE

As one of the most important international trade shows for home, interiors and lifestyle, Maison & Objet attracts around 80,000 visitors a year. Our researchers attend the show every year to spot new influences and emerging trends as well as monitoring how the trends we forecast are being reflected in product design.

This year we saw strong evidence of our Spring Summer 2019 trend ‘Grounded’, published two years ago. This trend is driven by a desire to reconnect with the earth and a longing for a sense of place. Design for the home takes on a natural approach where objects have a real focus on rustic aesthetics and craftsmanship. Natural materials, imperfect finishes and hand-made effects were seen throughout the show spanning from furniture to decorative accessories, tableware and textiles.

Sebastian Herkner

Left to right: Studio Sebastian Herkner, Sebastian Herkner for Pulpo, Sebastian Herkner for Ames

Designer of the Year 2019, Sebastian Herkner, showcased a range of his studio’s products and collaborations with other interior design houses. The baked tones and cool shades of his stand created an engaging backdrop. On show was his latest piece, the ‘Marak’ lounge chair for Ames; inspired by Columbian hammocks, the colour blocked fabric drapes over a simple yet gracefully shaped metal structure. A wider selection of Herkner’s work was seen throughout the show. One of our favourites was the new Stellar Grape floor lamp at Pulpo’s stand, a beautiful composition combining frosted glass with texture.

New Shapes

Left to right: Pulpo, Cinna

The most surprising highlight of the show was an array of new shapes. Designers were experimental with lines, creating intriguing new products; folded and pinched details were seen across the show.

Natural Fibres & Cork

Left to right: Llot Llov, Sugo Rugs, Vi Ve Re, Ames

As sustainability continues to grow in importance, more and more designers are striving for working with alternatives to plastics. Natural fibres such as sisal, raffia and cane, as well as cork, made a strong comeback in contemporary design ranges.

Baked Hues

Left to right: Rina Menardi, Objekto, Paola Paronetto

Baked nuances were key throughout the show from furniture to decorative accessories. Earthy colours ranging from terracotta to umber tones add warmth and a natural feel to interiors.

Architecture Inspired

Left to right: Tom Dixon, Korridor Design, DOIY Design, Stephane Parmentier & Giobagnara

Interior design draws inspiration from architecture; furniture and decorative accessories incorporate stacked shapes resembling floorplans and architectural details.

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