When in Paris: Design Week & Maison & Objet, September 2018


As passionate design-lovers here at LRR, the prospect of visiting one of the world’s most inspirational and renowned shows fills us with bags of excitement! This year, it was Emma’s turn to take on the show and all the wonders the interiors world has to offer, along with Vic, a seasoned Maison expert.



We took the chance this year to pound the streets of Paris and experience all that its resident Design Week had to offer. We hit the Saint Germain design district, visiting a number of high-end bathroom and kitchen brands. Notably, it seems that matte-black accents and finishes will remain constant features in our homes this year. Boffi had combined a range of stunning marble kitchens with matte black details to dramatic effect.



It seemed these would also continue on into the bathroom, as also spotted in the showrooms at Boffi and Design & Bain.



Over at Maison & Objet, the show offered one remarkably big change this year. The organisers decided to move the big brands – the ‘TODAY’ hall – to Hall 6, moving the niche brands to Halls 7 and 8. Having all of these brands grouped together under roof made it much easier to navigate and improved the flow of the room.



Liveliness, playfulness and spirit was the overarching theme in the bold and bright prints that dominated the stands of many of the home furnishings and furniture brands. We loved the psychedelic ambiance of the JNL stand, who threw together bold patterns for a mash-up that reminded us much of an LRR favourite, The HamYard.  Over at Papermint, its mural-style wallpaper had us swooning. On the STOF stand, we saw this trend trickle into linen and bedding.



On the other hand, monochrome tones were also rife, with Marimeko debuting its brand-new tableware pieces, spanning from bowls, cups, saucers and tablecloths to form a seamlessly styled range. Over at Shelfmate, its extraordinarily simple-to-set-up shelving caught our attention with its perfectly asymmetrical units offset by the classic black tones which bring the whole display perfectly together.




Brands also appeared to be using a range of different textures in their displays this year, playing around with different tactile feels to create a stand-out aesthetic. French brand, Zago, used swatches of velvet throughout its pieces to create a luxurious feel to its spaces. Meanwhile Boila favoured suede designs to add a twist to its Scandi set-ups.


Maison & Objet


After a long day – 31,000 steps! – it was time to wave goodbye to Maison for the final time this year and head back to Twyford. We discovered several new brands that we’ve fallen in love with, so watch this space! Until next time, Maison!

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