// Photography by Will Taylor & individual brands
Hi, folks! Despite the heaviest snowfall Paris has seen in half a decade (and considerable amounts in London, too) I managed to make it back home without my flight being cancelled – even if we did spend more time taxiing/waiting for the plane to be de-iced than we did actually flying, I was grateful to be on one of the few planes that left! Now that I’m back from Paris I thought I’d pull together a post on the key trend I spotted at Maison et Objet – the pairing of wood with brightly coloured lacquered materials. Of course, there was the usual mix of brights and the whole pastel and neon trend is still going strong several seasons later but it was this combination of materials that kept catching my colour-loving eye. Shall we kick off with the first brand? Great, let’s go! The Hansen Family is a small furniture producer that uses ecologically grown wood selected by hand to create what they call ‘new Scandinavian design’. Their Remix collection, shown here, refers to the inspiration behind the collection: archived family sketches combined with the functional requirements of our times. My stand out piece was the Remix Desk for it’s playful additions of colour and inventive form, but the dining table was a close second. The trend is more than evident in Case Furniture’s new pieces, especially their Vitrina storage range that was debuted at Maison et Objet – I could bring both the tall bookcase and sideboard into my home without second need for second thought! I found both pieces intriguing in their use of materials; the way the wood – when paired with the glass – acted like a frame to the colourful interior. Not only tactile and aesthetically pleasing but on point when it comes to both form and function, I really admired the craftsmanship and design of this range. HAY is a popular Danish brand that I’ve admired since it launched in 2003, but their forthcoming New Order collection that was previewed at Maison et Objet might just be my favourite piece from the brand to date. Plus, it was yet further evidence that designers are gravitating towards a combination of wood with hotly hued colours used to accent the architecture of the design. No surprise to see their choice of neon for these pieces – not only is it a well established trend but it’s also the perfect accent to their core range of pastel pieces. A new find for me was Singularite, a relatively new furniture company that was founded last year that makes handcrafted products in a collaboration between emerging talents coming from design and contemporary art fields, and French and European craftsmen. I was immediately drawn to their interesting use of colour and the Scandinavian influences seen in their ‘Watching the ships roll in’ bench. However, it was the ‘Etagere Y’ shelving unit that won the key to my decor-loving heart. If I lived in an open plan studio I would love to use this piece as a room divider – wouldn’t that be great?! The designer, Marie Dessuant, explained that the ‘Y’ shape of the shelf reflects a seaside landscape lined with pine trees and the colourful lacquering is a nod to the pastel tones buildings. Seriously, this couldn’t be a more perfect piece for Mr. Bazaar! Tell me, which pieces from this Maison et Objet trend round up do you like?