Maison et Objet, Paris 2022 – Trends, colours and New Luxury

This week I had the pleasure of visiting the Maison et Objet Trade Fair in Paris. Held twice a year in Paris Nord Villepinte Exhibition Center, it brings together decorators, interior designers, art galleries, craftspeople, makers and stores all under one roof.

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What is Maison et Objet?

The event showcases 3000 brands and designers from across the interior design, home décor and lifestyle industries and is divided into two sections, Maison (home) and Objet (Object).

The 5-day fair is packed to the brim with installations by famous names and talented designers, sets big and small displaying decorative pieces, textiles, furniture and fragrances, talks by craftsmen, architects and artists and plenty of spaces to relax and eat.

If you love design and in particular, home décor, as much as I do then Maison et Objet is a must see!

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Located at the Paris Nord Villepinte Exhibition Center, Maison et Objet has something for everyone!

This year, Maison et Objet wanted to encourage people to (re)connect and have built the program around the inspiration theme “New Luxury”.

Uber Luxury

New technology and fine crafts come together to help develop fabrics that are adorned with silk and LED threads and furniture that can be cleverly integrated into smart technology.

Extremely realistic candles by Deluxe Homeart

The luxury sector is increasingly looking for ingenious ways to become more sustainable with their materials. Finding responsible ways to combine indulgence, comfort and aesthetics, luxury brands can play a central role in providing eco-friendly, local and artisan products and this was evident at Maison et Objet.

Lux Populis

Lux populis takes its inspiration from pop and street culture which has been driven by a generation that lives on reality TV, Instagram and TikTok. Social Media and reality TV can have a huge impact on people’s home décor choices (think that rug by La Redoute that has its own Instagram page!) and has the ability to make high end items fly off the shelves!

Maison et Objet has a dedicated zone called Signature which features exceptional items from design and creative brands such as Missoni Home, Maison Dada and Roberto Cavalli.

One of my favourite luxury brands, full with designs for the future, was The Invisible Collection. It is the first online platform to sell a curated selection of pieces by interior designers and handmade by talented craftsmen. Contemporary and beautiful, these bespoke furniture pieces really stood out and are key to future trends. 

Image credit: The Invisible Collection
Mawu Chair Bouclé X Dedar
Mia Armchair X Dedar

Continuing with the luxury theme, one of the most popular sets at Maison et Objet was the Eichholtz set. The Dutch brand is the epitome of exquisite elegant global lifestyle and has furnished thousands of hotels worldwide.

Theo Eichholtz started the brand in his parent’s garage 30 years ago and has grown into an ultra-luxurious design office that produces furniture, accessories, lighting and outdoor furniture.

Eichholtz is the essence of uber luxury. With its contemporary design, soft curves, boucle and natural materials, these beautifully crafted products combine comfort and sophistication.  

Uber luxury – Eichholtz
Simple colour palette – Eichholtz
Natural materials – Eichholtz
Beautiful Boucle and curves – Eichholtz
Sofa Tondo – Eichholtz

So much to see, so little time

When I arrived at Maison et Objet, I headed straight to the Home Accessories zone and it was clear that sustainability, biophilic and eco-friendly design was at the top of the agenda. Every corner you turned, there were plants, natural materials like bamboo and rattan, beautiful pottery and tableware design and tropical prints. 

If you want to find out more about biophilic design, check out my blog post here.

Maison et objet plan map. It covered a vast area at the Exhibition Center

Lighting

From paper made lanterns, to outdoor rattan lighting, lampshades and lights mimicked the natural world and had a strong bohemian influence.

These lanterns are made from paper – Nathanaelle Lobjoy
Hand woven outdoor light shades
Boho lanterns – Liv Interiors
Loupmana by Lovo Muriel
Lighting by Umage

Soft furnishings

House linen had its very own section, a wonderful exhibition of natural and neutral colours and all the colours of the rainbow in equal measures.

Soft furnishings are the cherry on top when it comes to designing a room, getting your colour scheme and textures right with house linen is just as important as choosing a sofa or bed. This is where your home décor personality can really shine and there was plenty of inspiration at Maison et Objet!

Plenty of tropical pieces to catch your eye! U10
Graphic woven rugs – Edito
Pinks, mustards and turmeric colours working well together. Liv Interiors

Some of the exhibitors in the Home Linen section included Passion for Linen, Kutnia and one of my favourite bed linen sets – Caterina Quartana from Italy.

Turkish design brand Kutnia
Olive velvets – Caterina Quartana
Embroidered bed linen
More tropical goodness from U10

Home accessories

I felt this Maison et Objet section was very much Scandi led with pottery in neutral colours and colourful candles taking centre stage. Many items mimicked the curves of nature with imperfect lines and texture. 

Colourful designs
A candle in every colour! Kunst Industrien
Kunst Industrien also excelled in monochrome design

For me, the stand out set had to be Deluxe Homeart with it’s remote control, real flame like candles! Definitely the most realistic candles I have seen and they are ideal for indoor and outdoor use!

Extremely realistic flames, it wasn’t until I got up closer that I realised they were faux!
Candles – Deluxe Homeart
This was an extremely popular set and I can see why!
Neutral tones – DBKD Sweden
Popular curves – DBKD Sweden
Wooden pots
Colourful candlesticks

Cookware

This is where eco-friendly and sustainable design really shone through! Materials like marble, stone and mango wood were in abundance and perfectly imperfect tableware drew you in. In the Cook & Share section, there was everything you need to prep and cook and entertain guests.

Marble and wood design
Cheese anyone?
Scalloped bowls and plates – Molde.pt
Molde
I loved this bowl, like it had just stepped off the pottery wheel
Beautiful chopping boards and tray design by Lynn & Lianna Designs

And finally…

I spent a good 6 hours walking around Maisons et Objet and probably only saw around a 1/3 of the Trade Fair. With over 3000 brands showcasing their products, you would have to spend at least a good 2 days there to take in all it has to offer.

Wire bra coat hanger light
Castelbel fragrances for the home
Biophilic design
Umage chair

Unfortunately, I had to get back to central Paris to catch my Eurostar to London, but you can’t go to Maison et Objet without a quick visit to Paris itself!

I spent a wonderful couple of hours on my own, walking around all the tourist sites on an unseasonably warm March afternoon. 

Looking back along the River Seine and towards Saint-Chapelle

Paris is a busy city with lots of traffic, so walking is a fabulous way to get around and discover the hidden gems down small alleys and parks.

I kept mainly to the River Seine, starting from Notre Dame, walking past the Pont Neuf, Pont des Arts and Pont Carousel, taking in the beautiful architecture of the Louvre and the Musee D’Orsay and down to the Eiffel Tower.

Notre Dame – you can visit, but cannot go inside whilst they are rebuilding it after the fire in 2019
Looking back up towards the Pont Neuf
Pont Neuf
Eiffel Tower
It’s so much bigger than it looks in photos!
Last look at Paris
Before heading back on the metro to go home

I thoroughly enjoyed my 24 hours in Paris and at Maison et Objet. The trade show itself was hugely inspirational with a lot of insight into designs for the future in our homes, gardens and at work. The stand out trends had to be lots of natural materials, curves and imperfections. It also showed how we can be a bit more mindful in the home in our ever-changing world.

I just know that next time I am lucky enough to go to Maison et Objet, I will plan a much longer trip!

Mel x

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