Maison et Objet 2011
Maison & Objet is the long expected international design industry event, setting the stage for the trends of the year to come. As always, this September the tradeshow offered unique opportunities to discuss the trends in decoration, furniture, home fittings and so forth.
Here are some of the main concepts of this year’s tradeshow, laid out by Trendease International:
What does remain private in an overexposed era that wavers between exhibitionism and discretion, transgression and a desire for serenity? The boundaries between public life and private life have become blurred. For some, the desire to recreate a territory for oneself alone, away from the bustle of the world, has proven to be essential. For others, a rebellious agitation stages the overexposure of our violent or obscene desires.
The home is unveiling our patches of shadow and light. Times of uncertainty reactivate the archaic desire to take shelter and find inner peace. An ultra-contemporary architecture of refugeness and comfort is responding to a need for privacy. Architecture is drawing inspiration from the primordial house and the nest in order to take the heights or gain distance.
From fragile to raw materials, from leather to stone, design is borrowing elements from nature in order to build neo-primitive retreats. Design is exploring paths that reanimate the inner life of the object, fitting spaces within spaces, imagining micro worlds and virtual walls.
In this search for serenity, comfort and discretion are recreating spaces for the self. Design is inventing new uses that are more artistic than functional, dominated by poetry. Materials and forms are shamelessly brutalized. Mistreated, dented, burned, bandaged or punctured objects are taking the stage.
In a time of tension, we want to live more and better. The home has fallen in line with the desire to benefit fully from life. New energies are paying tribute to heightened, sometimes extreme experiences, but also encouraging letting go and savoring the pleasure of living in 3D.
Motion, light and 3D effects are revitalizing spaces, revealing new perspectives. An angular, fractal geometry is reconfiguring a kinetic aesthetic. Complex, fragmented forms are mixing it up. Mirror reflections are heightening reality. Techno-sensitive engineering is programming a magical narrative that is reactivating emotions and intensifying everyday life.
Design is modulating between heavy and light, varying the intensity of light and colors, increasing the tactile effects of surprising materials. Scents and sounds are stimulating the sensorial and the sensitive.
The new luxury looks to simplified creature comforts. We are rediscovering a taste for the near and known and a local flavor. Period pieces are revitalizing the archives of folklore and archetypal forms.
Mass union is no longer unanimously approved. No one wants to be like everyone else in our age of globalization. We want to escape the ordinary. Each person aspires to affirm their own freedom of choice in matters of taste and lifestyle. Design is thus setting the standards of style to ‘unique’ mode. Each has its own specific signs in order to heighten diversity in the art of living, keeping it away from conformity.
In a world more full of solitary that solidarity, union is power and people are reinventing the world as couples. Such two-steps are producing two-fold offerings in which material and color combine. An aesthetics of encounter that is part of a unique harmony.
When indoor moves outdoor.
The contemporary nomad-like movement reverses the use of indoor and outdoor spaces. When designing for dual living, the shift brings with it the quest for new materials to face outside elements, while keeping the elegance typically reserved for interiors.