Maison & Objet 2016 Preview: Top 4 Trends
January's edition of Maison & Objet (January 22-26) is set to encompass an ever-expanding breadth of lifestyle products. Originally an interiors and homewares event, the biannual fair now consolidates traditional craft know-how, technology and modern design trends as it evolves into a holistic lifestyle showcase. Here, we highlight the top four trends we'll be looking out for as we navigate the halls.
- Scandinavian Sensibilities: High-quality craftsmanship and sober sensibilities are nothing less than expected from the Nordic brands at Maison & Objet. Aside from the trend-driving behemoths of Hay, Menu and &tradition, we're looking forward to spotting up-and-coming talent. Among the six designers highlighted in the fair's Talents a la Carte section are Norwegian duo Kneip, whose more experimental sculptures were featured in our Explorer A/W 17-18 Colour Spectrum.
- Soft-Touch Tech: The growing number of consumer electronics brands will bring a flurry of compact, on-the-go accessories for charging technology or enjoying audio experiences. We'll be looking for (and touching) the materials and fabrics that are heightening the sense of tactility in this segment and further disguising technology – thoughts echoed in our Look Ahead 2016.
- Majestic Materials: Maison & Objet continually proves to be a highlight show for directional colour and material in the interiors realm. British brand Tom Dixon will explore the mysterious and light-reflecting qualities of iridescent finishes via a range of decorative vessels. We're also excited about Bethan Gray's new Band collection of tables, with Rosa marble adding a feminine touch to the British designer's oeuvre.
- Easy Greening: Greening hit the commercial market last season, and we can expect it to continue this year. Sophisticated horticultural products for the home – such as self-watering devices for the easy maintenance of plants – will grow in popularity. We're looking forward to seeing Italian research agency Fabrica's conceptual impression of a collection of plant frames for French brand EnoStudio.
Look out for full coverage of Maison & Objet, coming soon. In the meantime, take a look at last season's reporting.