Maison & Objet Fall 2014 Trends
Metal made a strong showing throughout the huge furniture and design halls at the September 2014 edition of Maison & Objet—steel, iron, aluminum and copper in many forms and finishes, alone or combined with wood, plastics, cork or fabric upholstery. And vivid color exploded almost everywhere, from Droog’s striking new striped wallpaper collection by graphic designer Irma Boom, based on famous paintings in the Rijksmuseum, to the rainbow hues of handles on high-end Cristal cookware and Cookut’s whimsical kitchen accessories.
Among other large and small highlights: new daffodil-yellow Kintbury garden furniture by Terence Conran in his first collaboration with Fermob; Danish designer Simon Legald’s new Form chairs for Normann, in satiny molded plastic on wood or lacquered steel frames; Viennese glassmaker Lobmeyr’s new Ripple lights with slowly rotating crystal spheres; and a splash of playful construction fun with new French manufacturer Meccano Home’s erector-set toy elements enlarged to life size. Unlike the originals, even the nuts and bolts come in many colors.
Notable reissues also tracked the metal mood of the moment, including BuzziSpace’s new Legends line, launched at M&O with classic mid-20th century works by British designer Ernest Race, who used post-WWII salvaged steel rods and aircraft aluminum for streamlined tables and chairs. France’s new LabelEdition has re-released the iconic 1948 enameled-steel and beechwood 501 chair that was officially used in all French public schools for many years. And Danish design company & Tradition has reissued Verner Panton’s 1968 Flowerpot pendant lamp in many colors, including privileged versions in copper, brass, chrome and brushed steel that are still handmade in Denmark.
In the small section devoted to artisans and handcrafts, standouts included French wood turner and sculptor Pascal Oudet’s unique, elegant and lacy decorative objects; ceramist Patricia Vieljeux’s timeless dark stoneware; and glassblower/sculptor Fernando Agostinho wacky, surrealist cartoon critters.