The three themes that I noticed consistently in Paris during design week were birds, foliage and metallics.
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 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
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.
Our Napoleon III ostrich egg sits on three life-like legs
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.
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!
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.
This elegant bronze mirror, designed by Alex Papachristidis is inspired by Louis XV and Napoleon III style mirrors.
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 created a beautifully sculptural sunburst mirror, a nod to this iconic mid-century design.
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.
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