The famous city of Paris, renowned for food and fashionable Europeans, hosted two must see design exhibitions: Paris Design Week (PDW) and Maison & Objet (M&O).
In its eighth year and spanning over 4 Parisian districts, Paris Design Week boasted a number of participants ready to open their doors to the public and reveal their design aspirations for the coming year. At the same time, Maison & Objet’s huge 8 hall display of the latest home, fashion and technological developments; to name but a few! Brought the international crowd, and we were lucky enough to attend and explore how we can bring back a bit of Paris to the world of Doors.
Thinking outside of the box
Day one saw us visit the districts of Paris in search of inspiration. Stumbling upon a collective of up and coming designers at ‘Le Off’, we were able to get a sneak peek into the future of interior design. Sustainable sourcing, the technology of comfort and providing balance; both literally and symbolically, were the finds that stood out.
Combining materials to create a ‘whole’ was something that has been popular at previous design events but at PDW we were enlightened to the meaning behind the physical. Take the table (pictured), made from natural materials this symbolised multifunctional home resources, it was where harmony met contrast, where practicality met design. The meeting of the oak and marble and even the detailing of the rounded yet narrow shape of the table, represented an everyday object that promoted harmonious conviviality and practicality – just one of the discoveries at PDW, the young designers were promoting a deeper meaning behind each object, tackling world issues through aesthetic creations – a social trend that is rearing its head more and more frequently through all sectors.
This was reflected via Maison & Objet’s overarching theme ‘virtuous’ relating to consumers becoming increasingly educated and realising, as Vincent Grégoire, the designer and scenographer of the Inspirations Forum at M&O explained, “that there are alternative and smarter ways to consume.”
The endurance of the Luxe and Art Deco
Day two began with our arrival at the opening of M&O. With a whole section dedicated to the ‘unique and eclectic’ it confirmed the luxe interior to be very much on trend. Dark woods, decadent golds and art deco shapes in the form of furniture and accessories were present across the exhibition. Lacquered ebony wood; which featured throughout Clerkenwell, was a popular component to the décor along with rich, plum velvets, glitzy drinks trollies and ostentatious glass tables, completing a reinvented homage to 1920s Paris.
The rise of Bedouin
Nomadic, Middle Eastern influences seemed to dominate M&O. Spiced reds, pinks and ochres mirrored the heat of the North African deserts with decorative pieces such as woven baskets – (with a stall dedicated to simply just this!), wicker furniture, threaded Ikat rugs, crafted dark wood tribal masks and earthernware making an appearance to cement the raw yet intricate beauty of the global experiential features of this interior trend.
Japandi state of mind
Penetrating the interminable popular Nordic trend is the influence of Japan. As the world gets ready for the autumnal and winter months, we are now seeing midnight blues and charcoal blacks teamed with brighter, natural tones to create a warm and cosy ambience to the room. Similar to the table seen at ‘Le Off’ and the symbolic representation of the mixing of materials, Japandi is very much a lifestyle choice. Celebrating the Scandi love of minimalism, clean lines and raw functionality to combine with the Japanese “wabi-sabi” expressive style of finding beauty within the natural and imperfect, handcrafted furniture, simple yet sophisticated decorations and an eye catching, standalone houseplant are essentials.
Whether it is your love of the simple and unique or the awareness of the environment and connection with the natural, interiors now more than ever are a medium of expression, whether that be of style, political inclination or simply as a place to feel at home, Paris opened the door to décor that commends exploration and thought provoking design.