By Pauline King (Business Development Advisor for California Market)
Januarys are usually a bitterly cold time in New England filled with days of reflection on the past year as well as resolutions for the year to come. So I jumped on the advice of an industry friend who told me to pack my bags in January to get inspired in Paris! There was no better way to start 2013 than spending time abroad with designer clients and the fabulous ladies of Merida, Catherine Connolly (C.E.O.) and Roxanne Hanna (Director of Business Development) on a trip to Maison & Objet.
As a newcomer to Europe’s largest design exhibition, I was quick to learn why the city of love is the choice venue. To start, the monuments, architecture and parks were serene blanketed in January snow. High fashion boutiques lured us in with gorgeous window displays and unbelievable January sales. Brasseries on the streets of St. Germaine offered the best in French cuisine and a cozy place to sit and people watch.
It was educational and inspiring to step out of my day-to-day world of textile manufacturing and take in upcoming trends in everything home décor. Spending our nights mingling with our favorite designer clients at Deco Off’s fabulous array of parties was just icing on the cake!
The exhibition was of a size and scale beyond what I had ever seen to date, so we strategically planned our day in the exhibit halls to make time for our “must sees.” I witnessed so much creativity, beauty and innovation during my days there that my mind was racing with ideas to bring to our Merida design team. When I returned, I knew I had to share the eye-catching trends that we noticed from the show!
Missoni was a stand out with their unique chevrons and a bold mix of floral and color. Love!
We had a great time with wonderful designer Tim Campbell in Paris, and got a few of his thoughts on inspirational Maison trends:
“The most memorable trend I noticed at Maison this year, in contrast to years past, was the use of color and specifically color blocking. This trend repeats itself in the fashion world but less often in interiors. This year we saw color blocking in furniture, accessories and textiles. I have to say, I loved it.
Color is an interesting barometer of the social climate. If that is true, I’d guess we are all feeling more chipper this year than in years past. I’m not sure where this leads but it is good to see a fresh take on color in interiors. You can bet you’ll see some color blocking in one or two of our upcoming projects.”
More bold florals. I can envision this trend in a custom wool rug (I always have rugs on the brain!)
Designers were fearless with the mixing of color, pattern, and accessories.
During our trip we also met up with the lovely Jean Larette and Ellis Hepburn. I caught up with Jean and asked about her key Maison & Objet trends:
“I thought the Maison show was definitely inspirational. I agree the trend is towards hand-crafted and imperfect. I found the use of raw wood planks with metal was particularly appealing. Loved the updated mid century feel with hand stitched leather details. My favorite vendors were the PH Collection out of Belgium, Monpas of Spain, and Elitis is doing amazing wallpaper. Croc with a hand stitched detail…gorgeous. And the amazing SDA out of France with the wall of teak injected with resin. Stunning.”
With the show focused on the influence of nature on design, the SDA Booth was refreshing with beautiful teak injected with resin.
More teak & resin.
We at Merida have always prided ourselves in the story of our products - so we were enthralled to see manufacturers using visuals of looms to do the same!
Let’s hope Maison & Objet in Paris becomes a yearly tradition!
What trends inspire you this year?