The Parisian trade fair dedicated to the aesthetics of living and home décor, is held twice a year at the Parc des Exposition of Paris-Villepinte (in September and January). This year it celebrated its 20th anniversary and two brand-new editions: Maison&Objet ASIA, launched in March 2014, and Maison&Objet AMERICAS, which will see the light of day in May 2015, inMiami. The essence of the trend in interior design for 2015 is connected to the marked use of the contrasts of nature-materials and technology-cosmos. You breathe it in at every stand and installation and as you weave your way through the visitors, posing for their selfies. You move from representations of natural ambients, achieved with the use of simple materials that almost look coarse, right through to visions of space with metalized and glittering colours. The aim is to harmonize science, nature, conceptual art and Arte Povero in the service of the domestic object.
The BIG BANG is portrayed by the collection COSMIC DINER by Diesel Living with Seletti, showcasing the design of an entire galaxy with a set of plates. The colours of space: gold and copper, and constellations of precious metals, which, as the good Tom Dixon teaches us, are to be found everywhere: from lamps to chairs, from vases to jars, right down to foosball tables and dog beds from Superfine. But the need to keep one’s feet on the ground takes us back to a palette of natural colours like terracotta, sage green, powder blue and all the pink tones. And, immediately, it is wood, ceramics and accessories where the material aspect is emphasised, like the collection presented by Paolo Paronetto, realised using the technique of paper clay.
The pairing of Technology and Nature is also placed centre stage by Maison&Objet in three exhibitions dedicated to the theme of MAKE. In homage to the upcoming American edition, the area TALENTS A’ LA CARTE, which every year the fair makes available to emerging young talents, this year will be dedicated to artists from Mexico. Among these I recommend that you keep an eye out for are FOAM E PERLA VALTIERRA, a young trio who use the materials of their homeland with seriousness and elegance, and the PAUL ROCO team, who stand out for the particular originality of their use of wood. To finish up, I cannot do other than mention the enchanting, and never boring, contrast between flowers and stripes from Missoni Home, and the CHOCOLATEXTURELOUNGE, the installation which draws its inspiration from the chocolate designed by Nendo, chosen by M&O as designer of the year.
Text and photo by Rossella Fantinato