Maison et Objet | Cologne | January 2015 | Trends

With the Cologne Fair and Maison et Objet right at the beginning of the year, this was a perfect opportunity to walk off the added wait of Christmas! With many design halls to cover and trends to scout out.

Below are the key trends I spotted across colour and materials; still with an Autumn Winter vibe, but sprouts of spring colour coming through. 

 Dirty pastels and complimentary shades of peach and turquoise are still very prevalent. Slightly bolder hues now being used as accent colours.

Dirty pastels and complimentary shades of peach and turquoise are still very prevalent. Slightly bolder hues now being used as accent colours.

 Where midnight blue and oxblood have previously been segregated to christmas; they now seem to be here for the full season! With contrasting neighbours of PINK/RED and NAVY/MUSTARD.

Where midnight blue and oxblood have previously been segregated to christmas; they now seem to be here for the full season! With contrasting neighbours of PINK/RED and NAVY/MUSTARD.

 Petrol and peacock blue will stay right until AW15 and beyond, especially in velvets and metabolised finishes. The colour has been given texture and depth and can be easily refreshed for SS16.

Petrol and peacock blue will stay right until AW15 and beyond, especially in velvets and metabolised finishes. The colour has been given texture and depth and can be easily refreshed for SS16.

 Lots of contrasting tactile textures displayed next to each other. Cold concrete with warm walnut. Luxurious bright velvet with soft matt mid tone leather. Shine powder coated metal rod and natural tan leather.

Lots of contrasting tactile textures displayed next to each other. Cold concrete with warm walnut. Luxurious bright velvet with soft matt mid tone leather. Shine powder coated metal rod and natural tan leather.

 Marble is not going anywhere! Still plenty of tabletops and accessories. But no longer just black and white, deep greens are making their way though. Also marble effect, from marbled paper to digitally printed marble patterns, used on tabletops and walls.

Marble is not going anywhere! Still plenty of tabletops and accessories. But no longer just black and white, deep greens are making their way though. Also marble effect, from marbled paper to digitally printed marble patterns, used on tabletops and walls.

 Lots of brass and copper, used in conjunction with ceramics, leather, cork and timber. More zinc passivated sheet and hot dipped galvanised finishes.

Lots of brass and copper, used in conjunction with ceramics, leather, cork and timber. More zinc passivated sheet and hot dipped galvanised finishes.

 The hand crafted and 'perfect inperfections' still a main draw to visitors; some elements could be used commercially.  Architectural inspired ceramics & strangely I noticed allot of infinity mirrors. 

The hand crafted and 'perfect inperfections' still a main draw to visitors; some elements could be used commercially.

Architectural inspired ceramics & strangely I noticed allot of infinity mirrors. 

It was interesting to see the core colours remaining, but some evolution to application and execution. Plenty of elements to take on to SS16/AW16.

Introducing - Ready Wall Hook for Normann Copenhagen

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Kirsty Whyte_blog_Ready Wall Hook_Normann Copenhagen (12) As you may have seen on my website product pages and Facebook page; 2013 kicked off brilliantly with the launch of my Ready Wall Hook for Danish design brand Normann Copenhagen. They launched ‘Ready’ as part of their new season launch at Maison et Objet in January.

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Here are a few photos of their stand during the fair and me looking pretty pleased with myself next to them! Normann Copenhagen were also kind enough to add a post about me popping by their stand on their blog.

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I initially came up with the idea in my studio while sketching and playing around with cones of cardboard, trying to find the perfect angle to hang coats on. I really like having multiple/flexible usages in my designs so I wanted to design a hook that looked good, even when it isn’t in use. Adding the round mirror in the centre means you can quickly check your appearance before you go out.

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The curved frame of ‘Ready’ means that as well as being suitable to hang bags and scarves you can also drape your coat over it; perfect for expensive jackets you want to keep their shape or coats without a sewn-in loop.

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Ready is made from one continuous piece or powder coated steel, with a cleaver little keyhole fitting, so there is little to no material wastage.

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My Copenhagen spy (and close friend) Rebecca from The Green Suitcase, has spotted the Red and Pink 'Ready' in the window display of the Normann Copenhagen flagship store. (Images above).

 

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If you didn’t get a chance to see them at Maison et Object, don’t worry they will also be at this years Milan Furniture Fair in April; Hall 16, Stand E46. Or if you just love them and want to buy a few for your home they are £33 and can be bought direct on the Normann Copenhagen website.

Maison Et Objet January 2013

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kirsty_whyte_Maison et Objet_2013 (7) On a sub zero early Friday morning I made my way on the Eurostar to Paris to check out new trends and talent at Maison et Objet.

kirsty_whyte_Maison et Objet_2013 (10) With under 3 days to cover all 8 halls and see some of the design shops in the City centre I prioritised with the 'Now' hall which is the primary destination for all visitors who want to see the leaders in contemporary furniture (& all homewares) alongside smaller independent creatives like on the BEDG stands.

With the continued trends of: hand crafted techniques/modern processes True and honest to materials Mixed materials Quirky humor Graphic patterns Brass/bronze Juxtaposition of fluro brights and muted neutrals.

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There are allot of strong Scandinavian brands represented at Mason; the & tradition stand was no exception. I really liked the SW1 and SW2 tables by Samuel Wilkinson. Their new catalogue was so nice it made its way into my heavily laden bag (only the best catalogues make it in).

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GAN rugs, with work by the prolific Patricia Urquiola.

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The Functionals stand had its usual impactful monochrome look.

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After her success with ‘Circus’ at Innermost Corinna Warm has now launched ‘Glaze’ with them; you may remember me admiring her originals at the Milan furniture Fair in 2010.

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HAY can do no wrong in my eyes and yes again launched an impeccable new accessory range; I want all of it!

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Day 2 was spend in Paris city centre frequenting some cool design boutiques and high-street retailers; thanks to the handy Interni guide.

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Epice Scarves had amazing products beautifully displayed.

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Time for a Vin Chaud to keep the snow at bay.

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Above is Les Deaux Plateaux a 1986 art instillation at Palais-Royal by Daniel Buren.

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Clever sugar cubes.

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There was plenty of beautifully crafted design to catch my eye on the Discipline Stand, the ethos of being true to material is very true to my heart. Below the Roule Tray in polished brass and copper; lovely. You should also follow their Instagram to see the adventures of Bob, their well travelled wooden bird friend.

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Colonel had a great collection of new products I really liked these Dowood Lights.

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The Japan Handmade stand had some exquisitely executed pieces of design; above is a collaboration between Danish design studio OeO and KAIKADO.

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In the BEDG Tomas Eyck had some interesting new ceramics.

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Vitamin have made a dramatic move away from their quite dated white ceramics; to these two really interesting ranges. The Element vessels (above) which use a mixture of modern machine produced sections right next to hand crafted natural materials.

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Luckyboysunday's quirky knitware brought a smile to my face, from the more commercial geometric cushions and throws to the full of character Fancy Nulle (below).

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Normann Copenhagen had a large selection of new season products in a breadth of zingy colours. Their catalogue photography is well worth checking out, really strong branding and eye catching.

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One very exciting thing for me was that Normann Copenhagen launched the 'Ready' Wall hook and Mirror that I designed (more photos to follow in a new blog).

It was great to see the hooks featured in every 'colour zone' of their stand.

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Japanese company Karimoku New Standard  had a collection from Scholten & Baijings . I really loved the use of material colour and pattern on each piece.

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Artecnica above.

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The Pinch stand had its usual collection of beautifully crafted and designed products above the new Holland Park chair.

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New storage units on the Case Furniture were following the trend, of mixing textures and colours. I also liked the way they displayed nick-nacks below.

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Some lovely new brass accessories on the Matthew Hilton/ De La Espada stand.

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Soren Rose Studio  had individually numbered and hand made business cards; one way to ensure you didn't loose it.

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Malmö Collection by Michele Cazzaniga, Simone Mandelli and  Antonio Pagliarulo for Pedrali, very tactile.

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Branca Lisboa had quite a few interesting products on their small stand but their WR02 Chair with colour blocking caught my eye first. The paint is rubberised following the mixed materials and colour trend too..

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The above stools by Foundry, were interesting and a step away from their wooden/softer looking products; the hammered stool came in several finishes.

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Is also had a few hours to skim through the other halls, there were a few brief diamonds in the rough (between fury sofas, golden Buddha's and cooking paraphernalia).

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Textile canopy Frondesco Statue - made by La Fabrique Grande De Coloeur.

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Tipy a French art agent had this eye catching neon piece on display.

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Rory Dobners black and white ceramics pull you in for a closer look;

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Always a fan of Miss Print's textiles and wall papers; a retro twist for modern times.

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Tracy Kendall Wallpaper (above); adds a 3d bespoke look to walls.

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The Orla Keily stand had a huge selection of new furniture and home products.

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Time for lunch.

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..and then it was time to get the Eurostar back home, in time for a flight to China the next day!

Maison et Objet Jan 2010 - Designers in detail

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Below are a selection of my neighbours during Maison et Objet this January.
We were all part of the BEDG stand in Hall 7A as part of theNOW! Design a Vivre exhibition.
Peter Ibruegger with his rather dapper MOUSTACHE MUGS.
Nick Fraser and his newly developed FORK LIGHT.
Rebecca Chitty of Productofyourenvironment and her Alternative I love NY T-shirts.
Rachael Dormor (on the left) and her beautiful hand thrown ceramics.
Solenne Morigeaud, surface designer with her recent work Smoke and Mirrors.
Tina Tsang of Undergrowth Design with her newly launched Alphabet glasses.
Chunwei Liao of Paperself Showing his Transformer furniture and exquisite paper eyelashes; I want some!
Denise O'Sullivan with a selection of her tableware creations.
Duncan and Alun of Mode with their new product Earl which was launched at this years Maison.
6 designers ranges for The New English.
5 of the recent graduates from the Ceramic Design School at Staffordshire University ,
Evelyn Grant, Sarah-Louise Ceramics, Jenny Gibbs and Ipek Kotan.
Mudae London showing this amazing Butterfly Dream Wallpaper; Hand Painted Silk Screen with Silk Embroidery.
Ceramics by Lowri Davies; metal bowls and accessories by Jonathan Krawczuk of DesignedMade,ceramics by jeweller and ceramicist Julie Spurgeon, and Monica Tsang Ka Ki.
The multidisciplinary work of Andere Monjo.
And to be fair on all the other designers a photo of me grinning at my stand too, with the Warp Clocks and Limpet coat hooks.
It was a great experience to meet so many other designers; after 6 days of standing from 9-7pm, I hope many of us will remain in contact as part of my ever increasing network of professional acquaintances.

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From Friday 22nd to Tuesday 26th Purewhyte will be exhibiting at Maison et Objet, Paris, as part of the British European Design Group (BEDG) stand.

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So if you are planning on visiting the show come over to say hi!



I'll be alongside fifteen other designers, makers, craftsmen, including:
and many other creative people/companies.


Purewhyte will be exhibiting the Limpet Wall Hook launched during the London Design festival 2009, which now also includes a new prototype including a wall mount made from the same off-cuts be means you need fewer holes and screws if preferred foe the less Handy of us.


The Warp Wall Clocks in gold and Silver finishes will also be exhibited.

Au revoir for now!

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Valentinas Fundraiser

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One of my friends that I met through showing in Milan is Valentina Glez. Wohlers ( you can read more about her chairs on the Core 77 website link).
She has been invited (as have I) to show at another international fair called Maison & Objet the is an awesome opportunity but it costs loads to show, so Valentina got a few of her buddies together for a fundraiser (great idea me thinks).
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Chairs at the event; which was at Lati Ri, in Shoreditch, it was a great little bar and i thought the chairs looked ace against the graffiti wall.
Guests enjoying beer and making balloon animals! 

 

Valentina enjoying more than one complimentary tequila! 

 

Everyone enjoying the music after the tequila!
Piers, Rory and Bud from Designersblock gave their support and cut some shapes on the dance floor

 

Bud mashing it up on the desks.
Great fun idea; might have to have my own Purewhyte fundraiser soon!