Material Trends to Remember!
A trend dictated by our need for nature and authenticity and the popularity of Scandinavian and industrial styles
Here are the material trends to remember:
Of all the materials, light and raw wood remains the favorite. Light oak, multi-birch, poplar or okoumé panels are popular essences. Furniture and structures decorate and dress the whole house, in a Scandinavian spirit with clean and functional forms. Matte raw wood is suitable for combination with glossy, white or colored lacquer. Impossible to escape the small coffee table mixing compass legs raw wood and lacquered tray for example.
Coming from the Far North, a sure bet for the Scandinavian style, sheepskin is a must have of winter. Countless were the stands that paid tribute to this warm accessory, declined to all the sauces – chair, stool, bench, descent of bed, etc. – and in all colors. It is nevertheless natural that it wins all votes. Mixed with a Hay or Eames armchair, it’s the comforter decorative accessory par excellence that makes us all crack.
Thick or waxed concrete, decorative objects, floors, showers or kitchen worktops, concrete remains one of the sure values of our interiors. Its anthracite color, always at the forefront of the trend elsewhere, continues to emulate. Its smooth and matte texture, its resistance or its rough and irregular appearance make it one of the stars of the industrial style.
Many booths have bet on a real branch of birch to create a clothes rail, a suspension over a dining table, a lamp base, a semi-partition between two spaces or a wall decoration. The raw bark-free wood and the black-and-white surface make it an element that fits perfectly into a Scandinavian-inspired interior. Trunks cut as side tables or petrified wood have also been identified as popular variants.
The openwork metal
Lamps, bookcases, shelves, coffee tables, mirrors or seats are lightened by their “wire” structure in lacquered black metal or copper. Very geometric shapes, these objects let the light and bring a contemporary industrial touch that is not without filiation with the work of Eiffel. The Parisian lofts will appreciate.
This ancestral material – worked since the Neolithic – and made from baked clay has come a long way, but remains one of the favorite creators who work to modernize the forms. If it remains on the table (plates, cups …), it also conquers the other living spaces. Luminaires, vases, planters and decorative objects are available in solid, colored or patterned ceramics in very contemporary, clean forms.
This particular type of ceramic, inherited from a Japanese know-how dating back to the sixteenth century, was particularly represented this autumn on Maison & Objets. Raku uses a refractory earth that withstands intense thermal shocks. The ceramics are taken out of the incandescent furnace and immersed in straw or sawdust entering combustion. The resulting smoke seeps into the enamel, which tends to crack under heat, hence the blackened veining, unique for each room.
Wicker and vegetable fibers
Our desire for nature is strongly felt in the vogue of “garden” interiors. This Maison & Objet session proved particularly rich in new plant containers. In the same vein, wicker or braided plant fibers were on the front of the stage. Emmanuelle armchairs, baskets or Moroccan baskets in braided palm, doum are essential of the eclectic style this year.
The blown glass
Impossible to escape the objects of decoration in blown glass. To be in the trend, opt for cabinet style bells, suspensions similar to big soap bubbles, table lamps that evoke funny balloons or get a demijohn to transform it into a vase. The glass objects are white or colored but still XXL this year. A lot of lightness and fantasy at the key.
The marble does not leave the top of the stage. Containing delicate small objects or trays of coffee tables, the marble is distilled by small touches in the house. Carrara with immaculate white, Calacatta with its gray veins and black marble are the most popular. The shapes are very simple to first put forward this material that alone is enough to evoke luxury and timelessness.
Like wood, wool, natural material, ecological, warm and warm, is welcome in our interiors. Plaids plain or plaid “tartan”, the tops of sofas or some accessories (ottomans, lampshade lamps to ask …) have bloomed on the stands of this edition. Note that the felt was also present, especially through decorative panels both thermal and acoustic or screens to break the reverberation of sound in open rooms.
Shou-sugi-ban’s ancestral Japanese technique consists of charring the surface of the cedar wood and then scraping it to obtain different shades of black or textures. It is originally an architectural technique: houses with wooden panels treated with this type of re-resistance are more resistant to the weather and the attacks of xylophagous insects. The beauty of this material now attracts French architects and decorators and furniture or decorative objects in charred pine then oiled emerging. A new material to follow closely! To conclude, we will retain this edition a great return to the craft or objects that are inspired by it. Tree trunks, burnt wood, braided fibers, ceramics or blown glass lend themselves subtly to the “handmade” style and bring extra soul into our interiors in search of authenticity.