We spotted these 7 trends – from rounded rugs to perforated metal – in Paris
In the age of Instagram, inspiration is at your fingertips; there are countless brands to discover just by tapping on your phone. But nothing beats the chance to meet creators in real life and really experience the touch and feel of their work. And when it’s at Maison et Objet, the biannual design fair in Paris, it’s even better. To top it off, Deco Off, the annual textile and wallpaper fair, took place simultaneously. Needless to say, I got on that plane to New York with an iPhone camera full of design finds.
Below are the seven biggest trends that Domino’s Style Director Naomi deMañana and I spotted at the fair, from the durable material that’s about to be everywhere, to the sleek textile styles that everything world craves as the world emerges from the pandemic. Although many products are not yet available for sale, our predictions will give you a head start on what to look for this season.
Round your mats
Rounded edges have been a number one trend in furniture design for some time now – think of how many arches and gentle curves we’ve featured over the past few years. And now your floors can also benefit from these wavy and oblong shapes. But the fun doesn’t stop there: maximalist color blocking makes it art for your floor.
a little rusty
The term patina describes how certain materials turn into something even more beautiful. And in the halls of the fair, the most eye-catching weathered products were made of Corten steel. In the WL Ceramics column shelving unit, rusted surfaces are set between glossy porcelain supports, showcasing a truly unique pairing.
Batteries on batteries
It goes without saying that any design show will be filled with lighting, but the amount of stacked totem-like table lamps definitely caught my eye. Like candy for your nightstand, the rainbow-hued blocks that make up Marine Breynaert’s new design were definitely a highlight (pun intended).
Recycled composites are the new terrazzo
Similar in appearance to terrazzo, recycled plastics, wood chips and confetti-like paper dominated the show. From Ecobirdy’s ecoethylene chairs to My Kinto’s capiz pulp vases, sustainability was a priority for many exhibitors.
Punching is back
Perforated sheets are back, and not just in industrial settings. If Kristina Dam’s new Bauhaus indoor-outdoor dining table isn’t proof enough, the aluminum wheels of Kann’s retro bar cart will surely sell you on the holey look.
Turn your living room into a magazine store
Some will tell you that print is dead, but not according to the countless magazine racks offered by Maison et Objet. A sure way to get retail vibes at home: Use your monthly reading material as wall decor, which will likely inspire you to read more, too.
Fantasy your fabric
After far too many nights of puzzling in sweatpants, it’s time to be glamorous and the apparel market is preaching it more than ever. In Le Cuona’s new collection, Golden Age, a touch of shine is added to her wool curly. Jim Thompson’s celebration of Tony Duquette’s Dawnridge House is anything but understated. And after a spin through Vincent Darré’s redesign of the Gournay apartment, a more opulent wonderland, simplicity seems to be a thing of the past.