Textures of Maison et Objet 2016

I had a wonderful first-time visit to Maison et Objet this past January.  With over 3000 exhibitors spread across 8 halls, the show is a sweeping look at all that is happening in the home decor world.  My impressions of this dazzling array of style focused on texture and color.

Natural fibers and soft dimension for pillows and bedding.

Natural fibers and soft dimension for pillows and bedding.

Above: At Raga Designs, an array of hand-crafted pillows, throws and coverlets were beautifully executed and very understated, with great color accents against moody neutrals.

Delicately quilted silks in ethereal colors.

Above: Le Monde Sauvage is a French company with a beautiful assortment of bedding and pillows from across the globe.  Soft color and an air of bohemian luxe tie this irresistible collection together.

Fur and hides layer to create cozy texture.

Above: Fur and hides were everywhere and The Natures Collection has a wonderful array of soft and wooly options.

Knitted sisal is a delight underfoot.

Above: Based in Columbia, Valentina Hoyos brings a chic aesthetic to a collection built around natural dyes, indigenous handicrafts, and environmental stewardship. Meeting the creator of this refined collection was a real treat.

Heavy, rustic textures with plenty of organic variation were seen in rugs and baskets.

Cashmere and merino wool blankets in a variety of looks.

Layers of livable, sophisticated color were seen everywhere.

Ceramic offerings ranged from matte to crackle, with lovely hues and organic shapes.

Precious stone, leather and marbleized effects added decorative textures to many products.

Metallics from rustic to refined added their shine across the show.

It was an inspiring time, and the most inspiring aspect of the show was the drive and ingenuity of the small designers and craftspeople.  Their creativity was what stood out most. I left with a renewed respect for the power of design and the enduring importance of originality and authenticity in the work.  Many thanks to those intrepid authors and creators!