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Maison et Objet: this season’s interior trends

Maison et Objet 2016

Every September, the world of design and interiors gather in Paris for one of the world’s largest design fairs. Over the course of five days, trendsetters, manufacturers, producers, craftsmen and women, and everyone in between deck out the eight halls of the Paris Expo grounds to showcase the wares and wonts of the upcoming season.

And, as every season, we joined the fun and scouted for trends and new, obscure loves. While there’s (so very) much to see, with almost all design panaches catered for, there were a few pronounced themes that asserted themselves… Here’s what you can expect to see a lot of this Autumn/Winter. (You can sign up to our newsletter to find out when they land, and for £10 off your first purchase to boot).

RICH REDS, NEUTRAL GREYS

Nature’s most opulent colour plays a big role in décors this Autumn/Winter, bringing with it richness and strength. The reds this year, though, are dark and moody – think ruby red and Bordeaux. Greys – both with brown and green undertones – bring calmness to the palette, and provide an earthy, wholesome backdrop for the season’s more punchy shades.

ORGANIC FORMS

Pieces that retain the integrity and form of natural materials are having a big moment. Minerals, like agate and crystal, beautifully blend the season’s emphasis on naturalness with luxury and geometric form, both in their raw and polished states. Textural wood, as well as marble, introduce soft lines to the theme and bring the touch of warmth and cosiness that A/W needs.

WORLDLY ACCENTS

Textiles with an ethnic flair are big this season, with accessories that have a hand-worked or handmade quality particularly present. While geometric prints retain their standing, the emphasis is on blockwork and bolder patterns, rather than fine lines and graphic prints. Homewares that make a feature of visible handiwork, like tassels and basket weaves, fit right in this A/W.

VOLUPTUOUS VELVET

The natural, organic overtones this year are given a sophisticated edge with luxurious fibres like velvet. In dusty yet strong hues, expect to see this fabric far beyond upholstery and in much more design-friendly items, like throws, bedspreads and cushions. Its sumptuous texture especially compliments the emphasis on tactile, down-to-earth items, too.

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