From Norwich to Paris

Guest blog by Design House Norwich

For the interior design trade, Maison et Objet in Paris is one of the biggest events in the calendar.

The exhibition is huge – 3,000 exhibitors from 60 countries and 80,000 visitors. Running alongside the show are a series of talks and workshops involving some of the best know names in the industry.

This year, the exhibition took as its theme, Silence. This might seem an odd choice for a design show but when you think of the stress of our busy and loud world, a desire for serenity makes a lot of sense. In interior design terms, Silence translates into simple, uncluttered styles with an absence of superfluous ornamentation. Transparency and the use of light and materials and pale colours all help to restore our inner peace.

For those of us who work in the Interior Design business, a visit to Maison et Objet is the ideal start to the year. Here we can spot emerging themes and trends and select the products and colours that we will present in our showrooms later in the year.

During the period of the exhibition the trade showrooms of Paris’s many fabric suppliers also open their doors to visitors.

The showrooms are mainly on La Rive Gauche (the left bank of the Seine) around the Boulevard Saint-Germain.

In many of the new collections on show we could see the return of bold colours and prints. With Pantone announcing their colour of the year to be green, it was no surprise that this colour – from lime to emerald – was everywhere, sometimes just as an accent, sometimes totally dominant.

Continuing on from last year’s trends were both blue and blush pink, looking particularly good  with soft mint green.  Another clear trend was the use, especially in kitchens and bathrooms, of brass, especially when combined with marble.


By Georgie Potter

Interior Designer, Design House Norwich