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Top Trends at Maison et Objet 2014

Our global design gurus are always keep up to date with the very latest design developments and trends around the globe so they can come up with some creative ideas for how our kitchens could look in the future.  This year, our European Design Manager, Eva Hoernisch  visited the Maison et Objet Trade Show in Paris and  IMM cologne, across the border in Germany to suss out key colours, textures and themes.  Here are her  highlights of some of the long term trends we’ve  been tracking, with some examples that they spotted at the shows.

For more information visit http://www.maison-objet.com/en/paris .

1.       Muted Colours

We are going through a colourful period, no doubt. In fashion, we see neons, juicy oranges and pinks and clear pastels in summer, deep earthy colours, terracotta, moss and mustard alongside nudes and shades of grey in winter. There‘s one colour family that stands out in the interior decoration world, and that is the MUTED COLOURS. One could describe these as greyed pastels – they are not the clear and light pastels but seem to be greyed, muted. Their lightness value is mid-range.


They range from jade to olive greens, light terracotta, peach to nude and mustard.


From L to R: Formica Bud, Sunflower, Energise, Antique Wiluna White

The muted mid-tones are the calming background for brighter accents or patterns.


From L to R: Formica Warm White, Pomegranate, Ink, Char Blue



The big trend topics of blue and mint tones are also represented.


From L to R: Formica Bud, Just Blue, Cappuccino, Café Crema Gloss Plus

2.       Eclectic Style Mix

There was a sense of eclecticism around many of the displays at Maison & Objet. Various style directions meet and merge into a colourful basket of options and a very happy mix of things: gypsy meets dandy, hippie meets zen, punk meets rock! Neutral grey colour schemes meet neon brights, shiny plastic kitsch meets textured elegance and eco materials. The positive economic mood plays a role in this and probably also the many influences today‘s consumer is exposed to. Also, there are a million ways to shop: we buy mass product and tailored, made in China and locally, in the shop around the corner and via the web, new and second-hand, industrial and hand-made – it is clear, that this is having an effect on style!



The colour palette is tropical, florals and fruits are everywhere, animals are our best friend, patterns and colours mix creatively rather than harmoniously.

Vintage and kitsch in classic patterns and nostalgic colours.


From L to R: Formica Pomegranate, Memphis Blue, Bud, Maple Woodline, Just Blue

3.     Ash, Elm and Beech

In most European countries oak was the leading trend for over 10 years. Oak was presented in every version one could think of, from elegant limed versions to very rustic with sawcut features or in vintage looks, from the natural colour to bleached to smoked and blackened. The wood colour spectrum went from very dark in the early 2000’s to very natural mid-tones in the last 5 years. At Maison & Objet we saw many lighter wood grains and species: ash, elm and even beech, the big trend from the 90’s, are the new trend woods from Paris. Manufacturers showing this trend were French, Italian and Scandinavian.



From L to R: Formica Pomegranate, Cherry, Maple Woodline, Nordic Birch



Light, natural rotary veneers at Elisabeth Leriche’s trend booth – a very plain look.


From L to R: Formica Maple Woodline, Fini Blonde, Natural Oak

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