The trends to know about at Maison & Objet Paris 2017

Maison & Objet Paris is in full swing, as over 3000 leading international brands of the interiors market have gathered to present their new collections. Here, we present the 5 top trends we spotted, on our trip to the fair.

Tropical Grandeur

Yes, the tropical trend is here to stay but it’s taking a sophisticated, classical turn this season. Rich tassels are added to brightly patterned upholstery, flamingos and palm leaves embrace faded hand-painted looks. Motifs from historic archives are updated with vivid tones. Even Ferm-Living, the Danish brand known for its graphic Scandinavian style, launches a collection of exotic cushions, embroidered with metallic yarns.

Artisan Design

Handmade techniques drive designs as brands adopt an artisanal style. From woven fibers to leather-laminated metals, the concept of global craftsmanship is ever present. Sebastian Cox presents a series of furniture made from woven wood strips, pairing traditional techniques with contemporary aesthetics.

Elegant Past

Retro silhouettes and chic materials inform an elegant style that draws inspiration from a new classicism. Soft velvets and rich, lacquered woods are key, as are button-backs and diamond shapes. Warm metallic details are also important, translated into golden studs or brass highlights. Alfredo Häberli’s new porcelain collection for Fürstenberg combines the curved shapes and muted tones of the 1970s with graphic plated inserts.


Colour- and material-blocking evolve into a softer direction as tactile textures are arranged next to one another. Velvets, leathers, wools or woods; solid, grainy, smooth or raised; all sorts of materials and finishes are playfully but exquisitely juxtaposed on a unique object, from furniture items to decorative accessories.

Feel Good Furniture

Cozy and snug seating furniture play the inviting card. Surfaces have a downy, extra-padded feel, like extensions of our beds. XXL geometric patterns create contemporary quilting for stylish yet ultra-comfortable pieces that are fit to welcome the TV-series binge of a wintry afternoon.

Text & pictures by Laurence Pasquier

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