Maison & Objet - Paris

23rd January 2017

Morning Everyone! Last weekend I visited Paris to attend Masion & Objet - one of the largest Interior Design Exhibitions in Europe. Maison et Objet attracts high end vendors from around the world showcasing home décor, furniture, lighting, tabletop, outdoor furnishings, home textiles and more. It’s absolutely huge – filling eight halls. To give you an idea of the scale, see the image below of just one hall, and below also a map.

This was my 5th visit to this particular show - it is an extensive resource for any astute interior designer to search out suppliers and craftsmen who are constantly evolving their ideas and designs. This brings interior designers innovative and exciting ways to offer our clients truly unique designs.

Through attending shows such as these I am able to bring awareness to my clients here in Beaconsfield, and surrounding areas, to the limitless capabilities Interior Design has to offer.

I concentrated my visit on 3 of the halls - 8,7 & 5b; I find these to be most relevant. Walking through each of the stands offers an opportunity to discuss the details of the products on offer with each of the suppliers, and collecting brochures and information on, well - as much as I can carry!

The variety of information I gathered is enormous - however I would like to share with you a selection of furniture, lighting, finishes and materials featured at the show.

Let's begin with this stunning Console Table created in the Studio of husband and wife team - Ria & Yiouri Augousti. This couple combine their travel inspirations for their love of the 1930s art deco period. This beautifully portioned console, inlaid with shagreen and brass - would make an stunning entrance piece for those seeking a refined finish.

The stand also presented this beautiful arrangement of coffee tables. I loved the organic shapes and clever use of materials.

Moving onto a more contemporary stand, that of Insidherland, I loved the style and proportions of these wall lights. The elegant shapes the light produces would create for some glamourous lighting in a Guest W/C.

Insidherland also exhibited this contemporary coffee table, where they have continued the brass table legs into the marble table-top, offering an inlay appearance. A great example of how the parameters of design can be used to enhance the furniture aesthetic.

Always in search of statement lighting, I was delighted to find this chandelier, and matching wall/ceiling pendants by Luxxu. This beautiful chandelier is inspired by one of the most irreverent designers of all time, Alexander McQueen. He is known for his dramatic designs and fashion shows. Made with gold plated hammered brass, handmade butterflies and majestic flowers ending with the touch of beautiful Swarovski crystals. Bold and feminine, this is an elegant yet sculptural design - perfect as a focal point above a circular entrance or dining table.

Last year I was invited to a wedding at Aynhoe Park. Anyone that has been fortunate to visit this stunning country house will know if the eclectic interiors featuring a huge array of furniture, lighting, art, sculpture and taxidermy – that have been expertly brought together to create an awe-inspiring backdrop for events and weddings. Aynhoe have now launched it's own shop, "A Grand Tour", enabling those interested to invest into this design aesthetic. One of my favourite pieces, and for me the most iconic of the house is the Feather Lamp. Whilst walking through the halls of Maison & Objet I was delighted to stumble upon Aynhoe's stall - exhibiting this floor lamp, along with many of it's other treasures.

Moving onto textiles - Luc Druez presented his LCD Collection. These are handmade textiles made out of a mixtures of fibres such as fishing lines, raffia, rubber, copper and horse hair. The finishes product can be used for a number of purposes including screening, wall-paneling and even roman blinds. I am delighted to say I have a project where we will be using this product for the electric motored roman blinds - and I look forward to showing you all the finished result!

This brings me to the end of this blog entry on our visit to Maison & Objet. For more information on any of the products featured, please do not hesitate to contact our studio. We have many more treasures now stored in our design library from the show, and look forward to sharing those with our Clients.