06 Oct Highlights from Paris Design Week 2014
Each September, the Maison & Objet Paris trade show brings the best of contemporary design to the attention of international style setters. Paris Design Week is the time to catch trends before they go big, discover new design talent, and find the gorgeous décor objects that will be turning heads the following year.
We were lucky enough to attend this year’s M&O: here are the M&O Paris highlights we predict will make the jump to fashion-forward Canadian interiors next year.
M&O PARIS HIGHLIGHT: Tom Dixon
Bringing his louche, London cool to the City of Lights, design legend Tom Dixon was honoured as M&O Paris’s Designer of the Year. The art director/interior designer/fashion designer/author unveiled his newest project at the show: the Scent Elements collection of giftware and scented candles.
M&O PARIS HIGHLIGHT: Heritage and luxury
M&O Paris showcased some of the most luxurious heritage textiles in a special display dedicated to the art of upholstery fabrics. From Italian textile house Loro Piana’s Mongolian cashmere, to Thevenon’s new-again Toiles de Jouy prints, the craftsmanship and artfulness of these Old World-inspired fabrics left show goers in awe (and planning their next design projects).
M&O PARIS HIGHLIGHT: Textile inspiration for walls
Bold colour and pattern aren’t new, but the next big thing for wallcoverings may be fabric-like textures. This isn’t the neutral, nature-inspired grasscloth or linen we’ve seen before: Omexco’s Brocade collection appears to embroidered using silky threads. An innovative printing technique, coupled with half-matte, half-shiny threads create a luxe, I-can’t-belive-it’s-not-real-brocade effect, perfect for show-stopping walls.
M&O PARIS HIGHLIGHT: Ethnic Chic
This year’s M&O Paris show tipped its hat to cross-cultural inspiration in the Ethnic Chic section. From Danish design house Aiayu’s Home’s cozy Bolivian llama wool throw cushions, to Zaida UK’s ethically sourced Kashmiri rugs and cushions, the show proved global designers see the world in fascinatingly different – yet complementary – ways.
M&O PARIS HIGHLIGHT: Photo Finishes
It’s back again: arty black and white photo prints: on window coverings (check out this Statue of Liberty drapery. On cushion covers like these ones by Swedish design firm Eightmood. Even bed linens like this snowy duvet cover from France’s Sylvie Thierez.
For more from this year’s M&O Paris show, visit their website here.