On January 18th, Paris’ annual home décor and interior design trade fair launches again in the City of Lights. For the uninitiated, the festival offers a week-long feast for the eyes, giving aesthetes from across the globe full license to indulge. In anticipation of the upcoming show, take a look at some of the top trends you can expect to find this year at Maison&Objet.
Despite its tongue-in-cheek tone, this year’s theme “Excuse My French” is right on the nose when it comes to celebrating the effortless chic aesthetic that can only be described as French. From first lady Brigitte Macron to fashion darling Olivier Rousteing, French style is experiencing something of a global renaissance. According to Vincent Grégoire of the Paris-based forecasting agency NellyRodi (designers of this year’s show), “When I’m abroad, I’m always told that we have a certain je ne sais quoi, an effortless chic, something you don’t find anywhere else. There’s a renewed curiosity about the French, a sort of fascination at the moment. French style is all about playing with opposites and exploiting the art of paradox”. From the ornate trompe-l’œil wallpaper at Delphine Nény to the industrial-influence lighting at LMF, the tension of opposing design philosophies on display perfectly encapsulate the right mix of French style.
If the exhibitors scheduled for January’s show are any indication, 2019 is all about looking ahead. As nostalgia reached its saturation point in 2018 with mid-century everything, 2019 ushers in a wave of forward-thinkers to launch us into the future. Whether you’re passing the architectural home accessories at Zaha Hadid Designs or the sculptural lighting at Valérie Colas des Francs, in the halls at the 2019 show, you are less likely to see a form-follows-function approach and rather objets d’art with plenty of avant-garde appeal.
Bohemianism has always been a fixture, but 2019 is all about taking a lighter-handed approach. For an updated take on bohemian décor, it’s best to freshen things up with lighter fabrics that layer together well to achieve a more authentic look. La Cabane de Stella and Soul Kitchen get it right, offering unique, storied pieces that can add a touch of well-traveled, Bohemian whimsy without creating a look that feels one dimensional.
As more and more come to practice the art of slow living, you’ll find no shortage of métiers d’artat the 2019 show offering sustainably produced, handmade products that will make you want to sip slower and savor longer. In everything from the upcycled luxury leather goods at Bandit Manchot to the ethically-produced Korean brand Kimsunghun Ceramics, you’ll find thoughtfully-designed pieces for closet, kitchen, and everywhere in between.
Often imitated, never duplicated, the 2019 show is the place to be for those looking to take home an authentic piece with a Made-In-France label. From contemporary sofas with outstanding craftsmanship at Duvivier Canapés to the famous café chairs lining Paris terraces from Drucker Paris, this year visitors are able to peruse a collection of locally-made furniture in a curated collection titled “My Furniture is French”.
As we welcome the arrival of a new year, there’s no better time to get a head start on 2019’s design trends. And if the exhibitors at Maison&Objet are any indication, we can’t wait to see what else the new year has in store.
Article originally appeared in the Extraordinary Living Blog, Sotheby’s International Realty