Straight From Paris: 5 Design Trends We Discovered at Maison et Objet
Rugs that double as art, edited living, and more.
Updated Sep 9, 2019 2:18 PM
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Each year, creatives from around the world gather in Paris in honor of the bi-annual interior design and lifestyle trend show, Maison et Objet. Fueled by the creative and innovative decor collections of interior designers and studios alike, the show offers an insider preview of the trends that will gain momentum in years to come.
Last month, four Domino editors headed to Paris to uncover the major highlights and emerging design trends the show had to offer. From reinvented versions of everyday staples to the resurgence of the ’70s, read on for the best design trends to come out of Maison et Objet 2019.
Rugs that double as art
Rugs play an integral role within the decorative identity of a home, but far too often they’re relegated as a utilitarian mainstay, earmarked for the high-traffic areas such as the kitchen or entry. Through the thoughtful use of color, pattern, and shape, designers are blurring the boundaries of traditional form, offering a fresh and innovative perspective on the household staple. Symmetry and monochrome finishes are retired in favor of multi-textural combinations, high-contrast color pairings, and avant-garde dimensions that challenge traditional shapes.
Most of us may be hard-pressed to splurge on a design-forward version of a household staple, but truth be told, we might feel more inclined to clean if we had something stylish to do with it. Just saying.
At Maison, we saw an influx of brands and designers who brought forth a new wave of everyday essentials reimagined with simplicity and modern minimalism. Think a waste bin that’s no more of an eyesore than a piece of furniture or lidded containers that trump all preconceived notions of what the pantry mainstay should look like.
A new way to sit
If there’s one thing we’ve learned from this season at Maison, it’s to ditch the expected for the nontraditional: a concept that has readily aligned itself with how we approach seating. From the resurgence of sunken living rooms—a hallmark of the ’70s that’s made quite the modern revival—to the new wave of statement seats, this trend redefines abstract design.
Presented in an eclectic array of vibrant colors, plush textures, and comprising nontraditional materials (think stone or resin), these seats are one surefire way to steal a spotlight.
Brutalism through a minimalist lens
Yet another iconic design style making its way back from the ’60s and ’70s, the rebirth of Brutalism now has a minimalist focus. Designer Philippe Malouin’s rendition of the concept made its debut in a collection for British furniture brand SCP, featuring a line of furnishings inspired by the wooden slabs of oak barrels.
Block vessels, stone vases, and multidimensional structures—Tom Dixon’s swirl multi candelabra being a prime example—were among the other notable pieces that took on the old-school aesthetic.
In the past few years, we’ve collectively toggled between maximalist and minimalist living, embracing an exclusively all-white interior one year, and then trading that in for a pattern-filled, Memphis-inspired scheme the next. If this year is any indication, it seems as if designers are looking back toward a pared-down approach, albeit one that certainly does not compromise on color, pattern, or style. In lieu of skewing toward one extreme or another, it’s all about finding the middle ground—think a vibrant sofa or lounge that invites interest through a captivating combination of color and shape.