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15 April 2022
The Parisian fair has reinterpreted exclusivity, through the lenses of high craftsmanship, technology and pop culture
Maison & Objet was held in Paris from 24 to 28 March, the fair more than any other marks the interior styles to come. Here, in particular, the decorative trends, the materials, the color palettes and the details that complete the domestic scenario are outlined. A broad look at architecture and furnishings but also on the lifestyle understood as an attitude to take care of every aspect of the space in which we live and with which we interact. The recurring invitation of this edition was “re-connect”, an encouragement to reactivate all those fruitful contaminations and creative exchanges from which design innovations and new styles are born. An invitation to meet in person and put energy and ideas back into circulation. Here are some of them that emerged at the fair and in collateral events throughout the city.
The theme of the 2022 edition: From uber luxury to lux populi
Maison & Objet brings the concept of luxury back to the center of the discussion, as the maximum expression of design perfection. “Uber luxury” is a luxury that goes beyond everything we are used to, it is absolute luxury that translates into an unprecedented combination of past and future. The first can be read in the rediscovery of high craftsmanship, the second in the use of the most advanced technologies to enhance it. An image of this trend are, for example, the collections of the Eicholtz and Magic Circus brand.
At the same time, “lux populi” is a declination of luxury rethought tailored to the new generations whose aesthetic formation passes through realities such as Instagram, Tik tok and gaming culture. The result is a mix of icons of the past and new glamor, irony and boldness. The image of which, for example, are the imaginary characters from the Baile collection by Jaime Hayon for Bosa, the bearer of an adult but playful, exclusive and kaleidoscopic taste.
“Glamping” style for the outdoors
The English expression glamping is a crasis of glamor + camping and indicates a luxurious version of the classic camping. Hence the trend that follows its name and atmosphere, designed to transform the outdoor space into an informal bohochic oasis but with attention to the smallest details. An image of this trend, intended for gardens and terraces, is the Cartagenas collection by Sebastian Herkner for Ames presented inside Le Bon Marché in a pop-up installation called “Summer camp”. High manufacturing, bright colors, armchairs with high and enveloping backs are the recurring themes of this precious but informal collection.
Pastel or earth-inspired palette
The fair is always a forerunner of the color trends that this year seem to be at least two: pastel tones and colors inspired by the earth. The first is the common thread of the latest Pedrali collections, present at the fair with a stand designed by the Calvi Brambilla studio: light blue, orange, yellow in pastel shades catch the eye. The second, on the other hand, can be read in the Paulette sessions by Marie Michielssen for Serax (on the cover).
Elements of nature
“Elements of nature” is the title of the exhibition conceived and curated by trend forecaster Elizabeth Leriche within the fair. A sensory escape to discover three characteristics, in particular, of nature: contemplative, sculptural and essential. Furniture and accessories with organic shapes, porous and transparent textures invite you to reunite with it. Among the brands selected for the exhibition there is also Emu, and in particular the Heaven collection whose elements with soft shapes fit naturally into outdoor environments.
Franklin Azzi designer of the year
Every year Maison & Objet awards the designer of the year: Franklin Azzi, nominated in 2020, due to the pandemic had to postpone his installation entitled “Retro Futur” to this year, a reflection on his professional career and creative process. The structure that houses the installation is made of felt, a renewable material: a choice / manifesto made by Azzi to highlight his sustainable approach to design.
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