The key themes from Paris design week - January 2017

Huge fabric lanterns line the streets of Paris Deco off on the left bank and right bank in Paris

The three themes that I noticed consistently in Paris during design week were birds, foliage and metallics. 

Feather lampshade floral foliage wall paper antique sofa luxury bedroom ideas

This image (via MyDomaine) epitomizes these three themes, with a real 'more is more' style in terms of colour and eclectic decoration. A mixture of antiques and modern furnishings with a backdrop of floral wall paper bring this room to life. 

Alhambra fabrics at Paris deco off 2017 antique furniture upholstered with luxurious fabrics

Alhambra showcases their stunning florals with classic Louis XV sofas and armchairs. 

A strong undercurrent exists - top quality craftsmanship and design is forcefully challenging fast fashion and mass produced homewares. 

This was evident at both Maison et Objet and throughout the boutiques on the left and right banks (under the fabric lanterns) at Paris Deco Off. 

1. Birds & Feathers

Chandelier, antique furniture wallpaper living room ideas

Eggs and legs, feathers and plumes - the theme of birds is being broadly interpreted inspiring everything from lighting to table legs and fabrics to decorative accents. DeGournay are at the forefront with their exquisite wallpapers. 

19th century Napoleon III Ostrich egg on legs

Our Napoleon III ostrich egg sits on three life-like legs

1960's Mauro Manetti Penguin Ice bucket rare silver

This exquisite Mauro Manetti ice bucket is in the rare shape of a penguin

2. Foliage - a return to Art Nouveau 

Art Nouveau was a design style in the late 19th century which was characterized by "intricate linear designs and flowing curves based on natural forms"It is incredible how many objects and finishes at Maison et Objet fit this description.

Paris Metro Hector Guimard Bastille station Art Nouveau design late 19th century French

The Paris metro embodies everything that is Art Nouveau, designed by Hector Guimard in the late 19th century - it is always a breathtaking sight to see!

Fondica wall light gilded bronze leaf 2001 Paris French

Our gilded bronze Fondica wall light is an organic leaf shape

3. Metallic finishes

Table legs, furniture hardware, frames and even cladding materials were glistening with metallic finishes in gold, silver and brass. A visit to Stacey Bewkes' pop-up store Ancien et Modern showcased a creative collaboration inspired by natural and historic themes. 

Quintessence Ancien et Modern mirror silk wall paper natural elements Paris interior design 

This elegant bronze mirror, designed by Alex Papachristidis is inspired by Louis XV and Napoleon III style mirrors. 

Napoleon III French pressed metal gold finish mirror

Our Napoleon III mirror retains its original glass, and has an exquisite decorative pressed metal frame. 

It is always a joy to be inspired by trends, (nothing is ever 'new') - all of these themes have of course inspired design for centuries.

Timothy Corrigan sunburst mirror - quintessence Ancien et Modern Paris silk wallpaper

Timothy Corrigan created a beautifully sculptural sunburst mirror, a nod to this iconic mid-century design.

1960's French sunburst mirror gold frame

Our sunburst mirrors date to the 1950's and 60's and are both French (Chaty Vallauris) and Italian. 

It's wonderful to see unanimously that there is a need in all interiors for vintage and antique pieces. (I bumped in to Kendall Jenner at the Paris flea markets - it's fabulous to see that someone of her fame is passionate about beautiful objects with a rich provenance.)

Classic design is always on trend - it is timeless and fundamental to the success of every space.

Explore the Chez Pluie Collection.


1 comment

Thank you so much for sharing the trends and beautiful photos. So inspiring

Anncha February 01, 2017

Leave a comment

All comments are moderated before being published