Maison & Objet is the first large design trade show of the year and like the New York International Gift Fair that I also missed, I’m green with envy not to have been there. So I’ll have to be content to live the experience vicariously through the eyes of others. Katie Triggiden, of Design Milk, began by saying it was huge with something for everyone. She saw a lot of the continuation and evolution of existing trends. Her observations include:
- ” Starting with colors; neons and pastels are still everywhere and looking fabulous together…”
- Being Pantone’s Color of the Year, orange was well-represented, but “if I’m honest, yellow was still dominating”
- “2012 in the UK will see the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics, so perhaps unsurprisingly, everyone’s gone Britain-mad. There’s an element of recessionary patriotism in there too I think, because the Brits weren’t the only ones celebrating their national heritage – there were plenty of American flags about too.”
- Lots of metallics
- Lots of multi-functional furniture
Read more at Design Milk: https://design-milk.com/trends-at-maison-objet-2012/#ixzz1lWRAabx
Jody Seivert of One by One, posted about new things, trends and unique merchandising and display ideas such as dancing girls painted in the same stone design as featured on a wall, ceramics that seem to float against a backdrop, and my favorite, lighting and art display replicating a small grove of trees from cardboard and ceiling lamps with shades of translucent green leaves. Humberto and Fernando Campana of Brazil won the designer of the year award for their creation.