Andrea GarutiAbove – Sebastian Herkner’s Blume Chair, made by Pedrali in Italy
After two years of living close to home, it was a joy to fly across the Atlantic to Paris to attend Maison & Objet’s fair. It also provided a relief for the eyes and soul. The semi-annual trade fair, held outside of the Villepinte exhibition centre, is the go-to place for specifiers and buyers looking for the latest home decor. It features 1,800 international brands and highlights furniture, lighting and tabletop. Paris Deco Off was the latest edition. This is where accessory and fabric companies launched new products. Maison & Objet’s new initiative In the City invited visitors to 87 locations to experience the essence of French design. This energy, along with the opening of new boutiques, hotels and museums, brought out a Parisian spirit de joie de vivre. Here are some of the top trends and themes we saw in Paris this spring through that lens.
Saturated colors were everywhere
Elitis Milano’s geometric prints pay tribute to Ettore SOTTSASS. Courtesy Elitis. Color was everywhere this week. The Samaritaine department store was renovated by SANAA. It featured large floral prints and tie-dyed fashions. Linda Boronkay, a London-based interior designer, said that a deep Yves Klein Blue was also present. An eclectic selection of textiles for home included the inescapable animal designs Gattopardo, Thaiger, and a classic Camouflage tapestry by Dedar, called Erbaluce. Studio Four in New York presented Wayne Pate’s Paris Elemental collection. His geometric cubist shapes on natural linen are reminiscent of the bohemian Paris that Braque and Cezanne created. New York designer Danielle Colding says that the years of simplicity have brought a new level of opulence to decor she saw around the city.
Rattan Has Returned
A rattan cocktail table from Popus Editions.OctavHistory does indeed repeat itself. This is a case in point: Both the old and new rattan furniture styles that were all over Paris. Rattan was used in a variety of ways, including on consoles, pendants, tables, and chairs. It was also used to make a number of international brands. Parisian Maison Drucker, a historic company that has been making stylish bistro chairs since 1885. However, they recently switched to a more modern rainbow-woven style. Sika-Design, located in Denmark, has produced furniture for famous Italian designers such as Franco Albini. They also made furniture for Arne Jacobsen (the Danish national hero). The lounge chairs from 1929 Paris and 1937 Charlottenborg are still available and can be purchased in outdoor versions. Popus Editions presented a more modern take on the reed. This French company’s cocktail table features bright orange leather panels and details, giving it sex appeal. On Rue de Beaune were museum-worthy 19th century wicker pieces. This pop-up was curated by Lizzie Deshayes of Fromental, the British wallpaper company. She compared the rare samples to the brand’s Japanese Kiku floral-patterned papers.
Elaborate Place Settings are Back
Laura Gonzalez’s Paris showroom. Courtesy Waww La Table. This year’s product previews were held in various locations around the city. They were accompanied with cocktails and seated dinners. Designers created intimate spaces for socializing and dining, from the former residence of Francois Sagan, a French intellectual, to the Twenty-Two Club overlooking the Palais Royal. French designer Laura Gonzalez hosted friends and journalists in her new showroom at Rue de Lille. Her signature Schumacher fabric furniture was used. The Japanese-inspired meal was served on a Waww La Table table. Pinto was founded in France by Alberto Pinto. A dinnerware line called Jaipur was on display at their flagship store on Avenue Montaigne. ABCDior plates were designed by Maria Grazia Chiuri, Dior’s creative director. Gien, a French brand, presented La Favorite as a tribute to the Ottoman Empire’s Iznik Turkish ceramics by Yaz Bukey.
Be prepared for not-so-mellow yellows
India Mahdavi’s Oedipe sofa by Cogolin and Jardin Interieur rug from Cogolin.Greg SevazTo commemorate the 50th anniversary, the Art Nouveau Galerie Lafayette flagship was decorated with neon-yellow smiles on its windows and clothes. It was also predominant on fabrics, furniture, lighting, and other fixtures. Sebastian Herkner, designer of the Blume Chair by Italian manufacturer Pedrali, was upholstered in yellow. A reissue from Gae Aulenti’s 1968 Ruspa Lamp by Martinelli Luce is available in a sunny finish and can be used as a single fixture. India Mahdavi, a French designer, displayed her Oedipe sofa as well as her Jardin Interieur rug from Cogolin in her Saint-Germain showroom. Both were made in the same bright, cheerful hue. Ask Rayman Boozer, a New York interior designer, what he thought about the “decadent yellow Velvets” he found at Pierre Frey.
rt Deco is Having Another Moment
Rinck’s celestial partnership With Fromental.Gaspard HermachDesigner Ghislaine Vias was struck at the variety of periods, Art Deco to Memphis she saw in showrooms and at Musee des Arts Decoratifs. She says, “If you thought Memphis wouldn’t have a lasting 2nd round, you might be wrong.” “Not only am i still paying attention to Memphis’ original designers, but I’m also struck how much color is being pulled out of that movement.” Rinck’s partnership was with Fromental and featured its Ornements capsule collection. This highlights the blood-red Petit Point needlework Elysee Chair with cushion and back in a sunburst design. An armchair designed by Oitoemponto and upholstered with Dedar’s Tiger Mountain was displayed at Feau Boiseries, a centuries-old workshop. Elitis also featured a tribute to Ettore Sottsass, the famous Italian architect and designer. The velvet was printed from the Milano Collection.