Vivant At The Parisian Maison and Objet Fair

The Parisian Maison and Objet trade fair offers a look into what interior design will look like in 2103. And, it’s all good. Not to be unexpected, there is emphasis on pastel themes and environmentally friendly products.

The show was the place to be if your interest are in colorful patterns and sleek styles.

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The theme for this year’s event was “Vivant.” Designers did a spectacular job presenting intriguing designs that were vibrant and alive. At the Verde Profilo display, some furniture pieces were covered in white moss. The moss requires no watering and does not grow and is expected to lure the gardening crowd.

The Verde Profilo display will not apply to all but it represents the sustainable nature today’s interior designers will implement in new designs. Another example of this commitment to sustainability was evidenced at Elizabeth Leriche’s “First Food” exhibit.

Vegetable Chandelier

Leriche’s centerpiece was a vegetable chandelier. Vegetable colors from parsnips and carrots were dyed in the wall fabrics. The purpose was to show that raw food can be used in design.

vegetable chandelier

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The most noticeable difference in this year’s design schemes was the abundant use of recyclables across all areas of interior design. Stands, tables, lamps and more all used recyclable components. The proposition is that furniture and fabric need not be of plastic or wood compositions.

Citylight’s 100 percent biodegradable eco pendant was made from all natural products, including bamboo powder and peanut shells was one of the most popular items in the exhibit.

Another theme consistent throughout the show was the use of creative lighting. The products ranged from extremely practical to quirky. Lighting fixtures in futuristic shapes were on display as well as lights that emitted pastel colors. The consensus seemed to be that frivolity was in the air and will soon surface in homes around you.

Scandinavian designers were aglow with striking wooden furniture designs. The Scandinavians used both natural wood and colored. Just about the entire Normann Copengagen items were wood. Muuto and Menu were two other Scandinavian designers that hosted booths.

Dutch, German and Italian designers also participated in the show. There was debate as to whether the 1950’s pastel colors would be in demand this year. The Scandinavians said no but the German and Dutch designers embraced these vibrant colors.

Dutch designer Thomas Van Eyck striking collections of cups, bowls and candleholders that were primarily in a number of  marshmallow hues.

Overall, one could not leave the show without thinking that yellow is in this year and may be for some time.


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