Thoughts on Maison & Objet 2012Feb 17, 2012

Maison & Objet is the ultimate homeware show: from drapery and upholstery textiles to furniture, tableware, lighting, bedding, installations and so on. It's a great place to see which emerging trends work across this broad context.

As with last year Andrew Martin's exhibit space was the best in show, with their signature mash-up of vintage curios, gorgeous textiles and furniture. This year they worked a carnival/circus theme using the wallcoverings and fabrics from Compass, their most recent release. It was eclectic, chaotic and lots of fun.

Here are some other Maison & Objet highlights and observations...

Predominant colours of the show: white, cream, white, ivory, white and more white! White really was the colour of the show. For accent colours there was a lot of acid yellow, a muted turquoise, charcoal and some lovely blues.

Maison objet

Fabric and yarns: Velvet and linen were again top of the pops, particularly figured velvet and embroidered linens. The latter often sported botanical/floral designs. There were plenty of washed cottons on show too. Our new collection Not Too Shabby is right on point with this trend.

Patterns: Ethnic designs predominated. We saw ikats, suzanis, kelims, batiks, aztec designs; all manner of tribal motifs translated into gorgeous drapery and upholstery textiles.

A growing number of designs were digitally printed.

We also saw a lot of craft-inspired design. Whether it was chunky crochet and knitted pieces or cross-stitched patterns, the influence of handcraft techniques was certainly a trend.

Furniture: Last year's preference for pale and natural timber continued. The finish was very matte, oiled and waxed rather than lacquered. Many pieces were very refined and elegant with clean lines - รก la Finn Juhl and Hans Wegner; very Scandinavian inspired.

The Shabby Chic look was also prevalent, with plenty of rolled arms, loose covers and damask weaves. These pieces were often over-sized and very comfortable - perfect for sinking into at the end of a long day traipsing round the vast exhibition halls of Maison & Objet.

Carol and Angelina

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