Space, sunshine and serenity: Maison&Objet trends 2014

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014. Filed under: Art Entertainment Home & Garden
Landscape trend space Maison&Objet Jan 2014 ©La Forge

Landscape trend space Maison&Objet Jan 2014
©La Forge

(Relaxnews) – Crystallized forests, space robots and sun-drenched parties all had a hand in defining design salon Maison&Objet’s official three trend spaces for January 2014. Throughout the year, trend consultancy firms Elizabeth Leriche, Croisements and Nelly Rodi monitor emerging micro-trends within design. Representatives from these agencies have curated three dedicated exhibition spaces presenting these trends under the show’s umbrella theme of ‘Elsewhere’ during the salon. Here’s what’s in store.


An antidote to an increasingly virtualized and urbanized world, trendspotter Elizabeth Leriche’s vision of ‘Elsewhere’ is fully focused on nature. The designer’s exhibition will feature a crystallized forest built in situ by Japanese artist Yasuaki Onishi, as well as several works featuring ceramics and glass.

Francois Bernard's trend space for Maison&Objet January 2014 ©La Forge

Francois Bernard’s trend space for Maison&Objet January 2014
©La Forge

“It’s a very poetic aesthetic,” Leriche explained to Relaxnews. “It’s so important to have poetry, to reconnect with the elements of nature. Everything is becoming so standardized.”

The scenography of Leriche’s space has been based on a “travel diary” or an “emotions diary”, because as she herself explained: “I wanted to talk about a journey through nature, with the idea that ‘elsewhere’ is not necessarily exotic.”


Sun-drenched parties and vagabond travels were the inspiration for ‘Heliotropic’, Francois Bernard’s interpretation of ‘Elsewhere’, as well as a rejection of consumerism and a sense of conviviality. The main colors of the Director of trend consultancy firm Croisements’s exhibition will be a joyful yellow, juxtaposed with an adventurous red.

A counter-reaction to pessimism and what Bernard refers to as ‘a solitary modern society’, ‘Heliotropic’ is all about joyful abandon. “I think materialism and consumerism will soon be replaced by other values,” he told Relaxnews. “Like coming together and sharing in happiness.”

Vincent Grégoire's trend space for Maison&Objet January 2014 ©La Forge

Vincent Grégoire’s trend space for Maison&Objet January 2014
©La Forge


For Vincent Grégoire, ‘Elsewhere’ meant looking for entirely new ground and breaking down borders. From intergalactic minerals to the darkest depths of the ocean, his scenography will create “a feeling of immersion, luxury and confidentiality.”

“I wanted to oppose these two extremes, the futuristic and the ecologic,” explained Grégoire, a Director at trend consultancy firm Nelly Rodi, to Relaxnews. “There is a real trend at the moment for geological surrealist forms and textures, and at the same time for everything that is contemporary ‘space punk’. I wanted to show that there is still so much to discover.”

His space will combine high-tech futuristic design with vibrantly colored minerals and a Silverfish aquarium.

Maison&Objet Paris runs January 24-28.


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