We Spotted These 7 Trends—From Rounded Rugs to Perforated Metal—In Paris
Bonjour, recycled plastic. Au revoir, terrazzo.
Published Apr 2, 2022 1:00 AM
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In the age of Instagram, inspiration is at your fingertips; there are countless brands to discover just by tapping your phone. But nothing beats being able to meet makers in real life and actually experience the touch and feel of their work. And when that’s at Maison et Objet, Paris’s biannual design fair, even better. To top it off, Deco Off, the annual textile and wallpaper show, took place simultaneously. So needless to say, I got on that plane back to New York with an iPhone camera full of design finds.
Mapped out below are the seven biggest trends that Domino style director Naomi deMañana and I scouted at the fair, from the sustainable material that’s about to be everywhere to the elegant textile styles everyone’s craving as the world eases out of the pandemic. Though many products are not yet available to shop, our forecast will give you a head start on what to look out for this season.
Round Your Rugs
Rounded edges have been a number-one trend in furniture design for some time now—just think about how many arches and soft curves we’ve featured in the past few years. And now your floors can enjoy those wavy, oblong shapes, too. But the fun doesn’t stop there—maximalist color-blocking makes them like art for your floor.
A Little Rusty
The term patina describes the way certain materials distress into something even more beautiful. And through the fair’s halls, the most eye-catching weathered goods were made of Corten steel. In WL Ceramics’s columns shelf, rusty surfaces are set between glossy porcelain stands, showcasing a truly unique pairing.
Stacks on Stacks
It’s a given that any design show will be filled with lighting, but the amount of layered, totem-like table lamps definitely caught my eye. Like candy for your nightstand, the rainbow-hued blocks that make up Marine Breynaert’s newest design were definitely a highlight (pun intended).
Recycled Composites Are the New Terrazzo
Similar in appearance to terrazzo, confetti-like recycled plastics, wood chips, and paper dominated the show. From Ecobirdy’s ecothylene chairs to My Kinto’s capiz-shell pulp vases, sustainability was a priority among many of the exhibitors.
Perforation Is Back
Perforated metals are back, and not just in industrial settings. If Kristina Dam’s new indoor-outdoor Bauhaus dining table isn’t proof enough, the aluminum wheels of Kann’s retro bar cart will surely sell you on the holey look.
Turn Your Living Room Into a Magazine Shop
Some will tell you print is dead, but not according to the countless magazine racks on offer at Maison et Objet. A sure way to get retail vibes at home: Use your monthly reading material as wall decor, which will probably make you read more, too.
Fancify Your Fabric
After far too many evenings doing puzzles in sweatpants, it’s time to glam it up—and the textile market is preaching this more than ever. In de Le Cuona’s new collection, Golden Age, a touch of sheen is added to its wool bouclés. Jim Thompson’s celebration of Tony Duquette’s Dawnridge House is anything but understated. And after a lap through Vincent Darré’s redesign of the de Gournay apartment, a more-is-more opulent wonderland, simplicity seems like a thing of the past.