So. We’re back from Paris, bursting with ideas about how we’re going to style (and physically fit) all of our wonderful new collections in the shop! Here’s a little trip report, sneak peak at our new finds for 2019, and a forecast of interiors trends for 2019/20.
Leaving on a Jet Plane . . .
We flew eye-wateringly early from Birmingham to Charles De Gaulle and dashed straight from the airport to Parc Des Expositions which is just 10 minutes by train. We soon arrived at Maison Et Objet.
A quick coffee later (and a swift one for the road for MC) we dived straight in and walked the halls marvelling and sniffing beautiful candles, soaps and fragrances.
Dip Dip Hooray
Our first purchase was these stunning candles from Ester & Erik, who have been making candles in Denmark since 1987 using a centuries old method of dipping on a frame, ensuring the candles are of the highest quality. We fell in love with these candles at first sight, and painstakingly narrowed their 100s of colours down to just 9 gorgeous seasonal shades to take home.
Over the following few days, we walked the halls taking in all the décor and styling inspiration, making purchases along the way; we re-visited one of our all-time favourite suppliers, Madam Stoltz, whose stand, every single year is like a bohemian beach house dream. The way she puts together her collections is inspirational, and this year soft earthy tones ruled. Velvets in pinks, rusts, ochres and monochromes, curated artfully with brass, coloured glass, bamboo and wicker.
Crafts featured large this year; Macramé, weaving and basketwork adorn the walls, and botanicals hang from the ceilingLiv on Madam Stoltz
It was simply gorgeous, and physical restraint was all I could muster to stop Liv moving in! … And consequently, lots of lovely new stock is on it’s way from Madam Stoltz.
A Few of our Favourite Things . . .
Along the way, we also bought: some fabulous lighting from one of our favourite Dutch brands, velvet dining chairs in a selection of opulent jewel shades, and a deco inspired brass shelving unit. We found even more plant pots with faces on, vases that hang from the ceiling, and a collection of utilitarian water and wine glasses that are super on trend.
This years trends were clear to see, rich earthy hues and desert shades. Raw cottons juxtaposed with luxurious velvets, and oversize everything! Enormous vases, opulent chandeliers, Art Deco inspired lighting, and botanicals, botanicals botanicals! There seems to be a real authenticity among interiors trends at the moment, ceramics feel handmade and linens are raw and honest.Kate – on 2019 trends
Music is the Answer
The music on all of the stands at the Exhibition is well curated, with a heavy pulsing beat which gives a sort of heartbeat to the experience as you wander the stands. I have created a playlist of the music we found along the way. We’ve been playing it in the shop too, so do listen out when you’re next in store.
My personal highlight of Maison Et Objet is the Future Trends arena, where trend forecasters showcase interiors trends for the coming year. Trends are forecast based on all sorts of influences from fashion to cultural and economic. (read more about Trend Forecasting here). In this years case it’s a historical milestone; 2019 marks 50 years since the moon landings, and we will see reference to this throughout trends in 2019/20. Opulent iridescents, futuristic metallics, dark galactic shades and in the case of Seletti, a collection of solar system inspired tableware.
There is a clear African influence that is prevalent throughout almost every collection, translated in one way or another. Bold monochrome tribal prints, and brightly coloured basket work, intricate beading and handicrafts sit alongside naive ceramics. This is interpreted differently from stand to stand, there is colonial antique style furniture, and a travellers curiosity collection, sat alongside taxidermy and finds from around the world. Collections feel like they are put together because each individual item is loved, and the authenticity is felt throughout the trends here too.
It is clear to see that opulence is here to stay. I think we will be enjoying velvets and brights for a good while yet. The feeling is very much More-is-More – And that’s absolutely fine by me!
So having bought what felt like the whole of Paris, we dashed off with our suitcases to the airport to catch a late flight home! Phew – What a weekend!
When in Paris . . .
I think it’s important to mention just a couple of the places we ate and drank at over the course of the weekend (because everybody likes to be in the know if there’s a hidden gem to be found – right?)
We popped in to see the lovely people at Lou Lou’s Diner, which is a gorgeous Australian style diner which serves delicious healthy food and even better cocktails. We discovered it last year as it’s stumbling distance from our little Parisian hotel, and is stylish, well priced and the vibe in there is super chilled. If you like cocktails, you’ll LOVE Lou Lou’s ‘Roses are Pink’
We were also lucky enough to get a table at the incredible Chez Fernand, which describes itself as ‘French Cuisine for Wine Lovers’.
Tucked down a little back street behind Notre Dame, it is a total Hidden Gem – there were customers queuing in the cold down the street waiting to be seated in the tiny authentic restaurant.Kate – on Chez Fernand
We had such a lovely evening there – you simply must check it out when you’re next in Paris, but do book ahead!