It’s the huge industry show that sets the bar for the trends that all interior designers flock to, magazine editors write about and boutiques buy from. From the colour of your walls you paint to the shape of the leg of the restaurant table you dine on, it all starts here.
So what’s going to be big news for the next six months? We’ve got your essential guide…
Whether the Danish ‘hygge’ obsession has now sunk itself into our collective consciousness or we’re all in the mood for hibernating, glamorous versions of duvet days are high on our design agenda. There was a mix of brass, leather and natural furs and wools that give a more nature-centric idea of what it means to be spoilt. It’s become increasingly important to use these special materials sparingly and with close attention; luxury is no longer about taking more than we need as excess, but as an enjoyment of the qualities of a few key pieces and treating them as items to be treasured. We predict this approach is here to stay.
80s Good / Bad Taste
The candy colours and awkward forms of the design group Memphis dominated the design scene of the 80s, from the time they showcased in 1981. Those pieces weren’t always easy to live with but shook up the idea of good taste, and those jarring colours and shapes have made it back into the design fairs and ultimately, into our homes. At Masion L’Objet 2017 these forms were back but with a little more glitz, and in forms that also had a practical edge like these show-off shelves from Atelier Bruce Cecere from Paris.
Pink and green were the last big colour stories to grace our homes, with the green often taking its form in the introduction of houseplants. A welcome addition to most homes for their air purifying and calming qualities, they also break up the rigid lines of plain walls or modern rooms with the naturally occurring random and free forms. If you’re not green fingered then try more a low maintenance version in printed wallpaper, fabrics with leaves rather than florals or cute miniature dioramas. The natural world contained.
The Connected Home
We’re rapidly heading towards a connected home with no signs of slowing ahead. The future house will not just respond to demands as we make them, but will also understand the seasons and make the most of the natural ebb and flow of thermal gain, sunrise and length of day, making it more energy efficient as well as able to remove the day to day responsibilities of being comfortable and keeping an eye on cutting bills. The Luxaflex Powerview system is the first of its kind to work with your integrated existing home technology such as Nest or through an app or pebble-shaped controller. These can operate your blinds individually as timed or on a whim from your phone or tablet, keeping your home relaxed and fuss-free.
If you want more ideas on how your home will change, read up with our Guide to Home Automation.