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Home Textiles Trends from Maison & Objet

September 11, 2012

Just when I thought I had observed somewhat slower traffic at this season's show, I found myself engulfed by a titanic wave of bodies at the local RER train headed for the Maison & Objet exposition. Either, I concluded, all of Paris returned from vacation on the same day, or, more likely, fair-attendees decided they would rather cover this show after the weekend than on the weekend. A torrent of M&O traffic incurred.

I want to return to the state of the economy here, which, for the moment at least, seems just fine. The possibility exists, of course, that France, along with other Euro united countries, will feel the consequences of the crisis and the overall slowdown six months to a year from now. But for now, the attitude seems to be "apres moi, le deluge" as business continues to move right along.

  • As far as home textiles are concerned, the trends that have come into clear focus are as follows:
  • A divided direction - one favoring haute luxury - expressed with highly embellished luxury linens, as embroidered with pearls, glittering crystals and trimmed with lots of lace, ostrich feathers, treated to cashmere by Cecchi & Cecchi and Poalo Masserand, velvet accessories and laden with furs, such as at Bluemarine, Valeron and Roberto Cavalli, or...
  • Those representing a simpler lifestyle focused on a treasure trove of new looks in prints: a"needlepoint" floral at Schlossberg, impressionistic washed florals at Hugo Boss and Somma, the previously mentioned digital pattern experiments by Anne de Solene and pattern layering of foulards at Kenzo and at Essix Home collection.
  • Color is focused specifically on the purple and fuchsia families with absinth green the most often used accent. However, darker tones are advancing in the way of midnight blues, teals, near black aubergines at Alexandre Turpault, very deep burgundies, espresso browns, lots of dark anthracite gray and black used even by retailer Blanc d'Ivoire (which translates into white and ivory) but has gone dark for sheets and bed covers, not just as accents.
  • One color that stands out as the freshest face in the crowd is a soft dusty pink/rose. It not only commands attention all its own but is infusing other tonals with a rosy glow. It's warming up gray lampshades at Frato, Murano Glass and casts its rosy spell on metals. The newer cousin to copper is rosegold. Rose should be on your trend watch list.
  • Texture - real as achieved in many throws, pillows and interesting textile objects - is heavy, thick and high profile, including the boiled wool knit seating pillows and rope tambours at Thomas Eyck in newly fashionable mustard and two shades of gray. "Texture" also appears simulated in prints where backgrounds are covered in tiny sub prints supporting a larger, grander motif.
  • Velvets are crowding out linens this time, signaling a less austere more luxurious turn in decoration. Fine leathers, hand-stitched as at mouthwatering Fendi, quilted suedes, in melting caramel and cognac tones echo the luxury direction toward more traditional furniture designs.
  • Currency of Color was stated perhaps most succinctly in three settings just inside Hall 5B where the publisher of Cote Magazines (South, West, East and North) displayed: one entirely drenched in fuchsia, another in turquoise/teal, and a third in absinth green paired with dark and golden browns. Fabrics were by Designers Guild, paints by Tollens, a company which offers its own trend palettes for now and beyond: Tender tints for delicate fabrics including the above mentioned rose, a Cosmopolitan range of neutrals trending toward the greenish khaki side, a Luxury range especially targeting leathers including more moss greens and brown, a Couture range including matte finished black, mustard and olive, one Neon bright range and another of Luminous brights especially aimed at vacation homes, and lastly a more off-beat palette of rich and fully saturated colors, such as aubergine, a deep brown, lacquer red and metallic bronze.

 

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