January 2017

Last weekend FF&E designers Stephanie and Jill popped over to Paris to check out this year’s Maison et Objet.

Deemed the go-to for trend spotting and forecasting, M&O is a must on any designer’s list of shows. Split between the themes of Cosy and Eclectic, M&O showcased a plethora of accessories, fabrics, furniture and more. We caught up with Stephanie and Jill to find out what caught their eyes.

The range of accessories was impressive, from gnarly ceramic vases and Dolce & Gabbana-esque lamps to expressive mirror work and exotic taxidermy.

De Museum Winkel provided much entertainment with their range of taxidermy, from beautiful tropical birds to friendly lions. Their extensive range of animals and birds certainly caught our attention, urging us to explore the use of them more in upcoming projects.

Seletti Wears Toiletpaper displayed a cheeky stand, with graffiti-ed mirrors, bold patterns and statement fabrics, all made from recycled plastic whilst Sicily Home Collection nodded to the balmy prints seen on the D&G catwalks over the summer in their collection of eye-catching lamps and fabric lampshades.

The Asiatides stand was brimming with exquisite ceramics, all taking inspiration from traditional Chinese and Japanese designs but with a contemporary twist. From Jade greens to azure blues, the range of colours and designs really stood out. A revival of 70s ceramic ware was also spied at the Bordallo Pinheiro stand, a traditional Portuguese ceramic brand whose signature style of cabbage leaves are experiencing somewhat of a renaissance.

The semi-precious stone tables from Pinguard Diffusion were especially appealing with their unusual organic markings and additional manmade floral imprints.

Outside of the main M&O tent, interior shops had curated their own displays in celebration of the event. The pop-up display from Hope Swales was particularly impressive with its vibrant collection of furniture and furnishings, blending animal print, bold mirrors and interesting bronze furniture by Philippe Berry.  

All photography © MBDS