Five Trends from Maison&Objet

Godot Sofa by Iskos-Berlin

The design fair of all design fairs, Maison&Objet showcases the latest in creativity and innovation in contemporary living; essentially, all the brands and all the trends you need to know for the upcoming season. There are two fairs in Paris each year, with 2017’s first edition taking place 20-24 January. As ever, there was a real mix but there were a few trends that came through time and again, leading the way in the best looks for 2017.

Wicker and Rattan

From relaxed baskets to sculptural chairs, home accessories and furniture made from wicker and rattan were a big feature at Maison&Objet. A ‘70s throwback, the natural shades and materials provide a soft, cosy addition to any space – plus their versatility means they can work with almost anything.

Dark Tones

That dark, Nordic vibe has been around for a while in interiors but some of the best offerings are still to come. This season it was all about dark tableware contrasted against softer textiles to create a homely yet statement-making look.

Bright Shades

After the clean starkness that has dominated interiors for the past few seasons, brands have started to use more colour – particularly in feature walls, printed textiles and homeware accessories. Use primary colours as your starting point and go bold.


We’ve already seen that green is going to be a big interior trend this year, with plants in particular being the decoration of choice. At Maison&Objet they were seen overflowing from hanging planters and indoor baskets, or stood in corners as a statement feature.

Velvet and Suede

At London Fashion Week Men’s, luxury velvet pieces were some of the standout of the season, and it seems it’s translating into homeware too. The best sofas and armchairs were found in soft, natural suede, rich velvet and dark jewel tones.

Words by Angharad Jones. Image property of Menu

Sarah Atkinson

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