5 design trends you need to know

Above: The new Blume Chair by Sebastian Herkner from the Italian manufacturer Pedrali.

After staying close to home for two years, it was a thrill to fly across the Atlantic to attend the Maison & Objet fair in Paris – and also a salve for the eye and soul. Held outside the city center in the Villepinte Exhibition Centre, the biannual trade fair is the go-to place for buyers, specifiers and designers seeking the latest in home decor, focusing on furniture, lighting, table tops and linens, all represented by 1,800 international brands. The latest iteration of Paris Déco Off, where fabric and accessory companies launch new goods, was held simultaneously in the Rive Droite and Rive Gauche showrooms, while Maison & Objet’s new initiative, In the City, invited visitors to 87 outposts to experience the discover the essence of French. design. All this energy, including the debut of new galleries, boutiques, hotels and museums, brought out a Parisian spirit of joie de vivre. Through that lens, here are some of the standout themes and trends we spotted in Paris this spring.

Saturated colors were everywhere

Geometric prints by Élitis Milano pay tribute to Ettore Sottsass.

Courtesy Elitis

All week long, the color trembled on the walls—and on the streets. The Samaritaine department store, which was renovated by SANAA, featured large floral prints and tie-dyed fashions, along with sorbet-toned oranges, bright pinks and mint greens. According to London-based interior designer Linda Boronkay, a deep Yves Klein blue was also ubiquitous, while an eclectic range of textiles for the home included the inescapable animal patterns Gattopardo and Thaiger from Tony Duquette’s Dawnridge line for Jim Thompson, as well as a classic camouflage rug from Dedar called Erbaluce. . New York fabric showroom Studio Four presented the Paris Elemental collection by artist and textile designer Wayne Pate, whose geometric cubist shapes on natural linen hark back to the bohemian Paris of Braque and Cezanne. “Years of simplicity have led to a new opulence where color, pattern and layering dominate,” says New York designer Danielle Colding of the decor she encountered in the city.

Rattan is back

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A rattan cocktail table from Popus Editions.


History indeed repeats itself. Case in point: the old and the new iterations of rattan furniture that were all over Paris. Rattan was woven on consoles, on hangers and on tables and chairs and produced by a wide range of international brands. Historic companies such as the Parisian Maison Drucker have been making stylish bistro chairs since 1885, but have recently switched to the more contemporary rainbow-woven style. Denmark-based Sika-Design has created furniture for iconic Italian designers such as Franco Albini and also for the national Danish hero Arne Jacobsen, whose lounge chairs from Paris and 1937 in Charlottenborg are still in production and available in outdoor versions. A more modern take on the cane was presented by Popus Editions, a French company whose cocktail table features bright orange leather panels and details, making it a real sex appeal. And on Rue de Beaune, museum-worthy 19th-century wicker pieces were displayed in a pop-up at Galerie Vauclair curated by Lizzie Deshayes, one half of British wallpaper company Fromental; here she placed the rare monsters next to Japan’s own flower-patterned Kiku paper.

Extensive place settings are back

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Laura Gonzalez’ new showroom in Paris.

Thanks to Waww La Table

Across the city, this year’s product previews involved cocktails and often seated dinners, some of which were served in the most unlikely of spaces. From the former residence of French intellectual François Sagan to the Twenty-Two Club, a private residence overlooking the Palais Royal, design firms have created intimate environments for socializing and dining. A formal table setting was de rigueur for French designer Laura Gonzalez, who hosted friends and the press in her new showroom on Rue de Lille, which was installed with her signature furniture upholstered in Schumacher fabrics; the Japanese-inspired meal was served on a table created in collaboration with Waww La Table. Founded by French decorator Alberto Pinto, Pinto offered a line of tableware called Jaipur in a wide variety of shades, while ABCDior plates, designed by Dior creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri as a nod to a toile de Jouy of the four seasons, were showcased in the brand’s flagship on Avenue Montaigne. Finally, the French brand Gien presented La Favorite, a tribute to the Ottoman Empire and Iznik, presented Turkish ceramics designed by Yaz Bukey.

Get ready for not-so-soft yellows

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India Mahdavi’s new Oedipe sofa and Jardin Interior carpet from Cogolin.

Greg Sevazo

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the ubiquitous smiley, the Art Nouveau Galerie Lafayette flagship was plastered with neon yellow grins in the windows and on the clothing itself. The optimistic yellow hue was also dominant on fabrics, furniture and lighting. The new Blume Chair by designer Sebastian Herkner of the Italian manufacturer Pedrali was upholstered in yellow, while a reissue of the 1968 Ruspa lamp by Martinelli Luce by Italian designer Gae Aulenti comes in a sunny finish as a single luminaire or grouped in four. In her Saint-Germain showroom, French designer India Mahdavi showed both her Oedipe sofa and Jardin Intérieur rug by Cogolin, in versions of the same bright, cheerful hue. Or ask New York interior designer Rayman Boozer what he thought of the “decadent yellow velvet” he explored at Pierre Frey: “They got me in the mood to party!”

Art Deco is having another moment

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Rinck’s heavenly collaboration with Fromental.

Gaspard Hermach

Designer Ghislaine Viñas was struck by the plethora of periods, from Art Deco to Memphis, she saw in showrooms and at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs. “If you didn’t think Memphis would have a lasting second round, you might be wrong,” she says. “Not only do I still pay attention to the original Memphis designers, but it strikes me how much color is being drawn from that movement.” The 1930s were also represented, from large-scale Bauhaus-patterned carpets and fabrics by Jean Paul Gaultier at Lelièvre to Rinck’s collaboration with Fromental, with his Ornements capsule collection highlighting the blood-red petit point handicraft Elysée chair with a cushion and backrest in a sunburst pattern. More Deco inspiration was showcased in the century-old Féau Boiseries workshop, featuring an Oitoemponto armchair lined in black lacquer and upholstered in Dedar’s Tiger Mountain. And at Élitis, a tribute to the legendary Italian architect and designer Ettore Sottsass was presented in a printed velvet from the Milano Collection.

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