November 13, 2009,
Editor's note: This year HFN sent designer Sherri Mojica and photographer Richard Toonkel of the creative studio Go Figure to Maison Objet in Paris to report from perhaps the most influential home furnishings trend show in the world.
Paris, the City of Lights, did its best this season to tell the world that design is alive and well and living in the collective conscious of the world's creative minds and manufacturers.
The halls at Maison were filled with illuminating and innovative product displays and a global sigh was almost palpable in reaction to the spirit and creativity that energized established brands and first-time exhibitors.
oColor trends went hand in hand with fabrications and material usage and a prevalence for gray tonalities continued. Black and white with pops of red energized both soft and hard goods, while berry tones captured the textile categories. Neutrals were influenced by rustic woods with natural fiber shades of hemp, flax and linen. A smoky, sunset palette colored glass and carpet collections.
oThe steady hum of eco-friendly, sustainable and recycled callouts in vendor presentations addressed the demand for more earth-friendly and conscious-living designs. Repurposing of materials from driftwood, plastics, rubber and metals was prevalent.
oMultipurpose and multifunction products were strong in the housewares and outdoor living presentations. Bold renditions of old formulas and materials for wall decor and flooring were standouts.
oOther important looks: Asymmetry, '50s geometry, slanted forms, laser cuts, rose motifs and human, plant and animal forms.
Paris this fall showed the world that thoughtful enterprise and good design can still energize retail shelves and light the way.--Sherri Mojica. Photography: Richard Toonkel
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