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.

Landscape

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.”

Heliotropic

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

Beyond

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.

sm/cm

Share Button

Related posts

Pharrell Williams curates ‘This Is Not A Toy’ at Toronto design museumHow department stores are dressing up their windows this ChristmasWorld Architecture Festival kicks off in SingaporeDesign destination: LondonWantedDesign New York: the highlightsTimes Square transformed into a giant stage with New York vintage chair exhibition‘Baa’ stools are the latest in spring interiorsGufram designs by Marcel Wanders and Karim Rashid set to go on show at ICFF New YorkMoustache to set up breathing installation ‘Half Decade Beast’ at Milan Design WeekInstallations and live performances announced for Design Days DubaiSingapore heats up for second Maison&Objet AsiaMoMA PS1 unveils the winner of its Young Architects Program 2015San Francisco launches international summit for urban wearable techLargest European Frank Gehry retrospective to go on show in ParisLondon opens up its famous buildings for free architectural weekend tourWedding belles: a century of bridal fashion goes on show in ManchesterLove stories by Baccarat: luxury crystal house releases elegant film trilogyMercedes-Benz cars arc through the sky at the Goodwood Festival of SpeedHello Kitty turns 40 and stars in museum exhibitionPapier-mâché pandas to take on Hong Kong