Seeking inspiration and innovation, Sunpan attended Maison et Objet in Paris to explore European design, taking notes on the trends that will influence our designs for the upcoming season. After hours and hours of exploring eight different design halls, here is our list of the top trends at Maison et Objet Winter 2018.
Elevating the senses
Permission has been granted for emotions to run high after seeing a number of sensual statements on display.
The sense of touch was experienced throughout many categories of furniture and design. We felt extremely luxurious velvet upholstery throughout the show. Hands were summoned to feel the softness of occasional chairs, sit and lounge in day beds and decompress after many hours exploring the show.
In addition to soft velvets, we also noticed the influx of ruching on upholstery -- a subtle yet elevated detail that caught our eye. In a poll we took on our Sunpan Insta Story, 85% of our followers thought ruching “adds that extra flair!” and we could not agree more. It is the perfect combination of femininity and elegance.
Emotions were also elevated through the use of stunning, statement wallpaper -- a design trend that is truly taking the world by storm. Unique, colourful, quirky, and textured wallpapers were displayed throughout the show. Vendors used wallpapers to pull a look together, create drama and add an extra layer of depth to vignettes. In a world overwhelmed by monochromatic walls, designers are jumping at the opportunity to add a dynamic wall of personality and flair.
Designers are creating an escape from the everyday routine by sourcing inspiration from nature. Similar to the previous trend, there is an evident hunger to take a break from reality.
A simple way to bring this trend into your own home is by incorporating the colour green. Upholstered seating in green velvets were displayed throughout the entire show along with plant printed wallpaper. Of course, don’t forget about floral and plant inspired lighting.
Wildlife décor was also a hot trend throughout the show, applied through figurines and textiles. Popular motifs, other than palm trees and pineapples, were flamingos and fish. But according to an Instagram Story poll Sunpan took while walking the show, our followers voted 74% that fish décor was “not my cup of tea.”
Nod to nostalgia
The retro influence has found new ways to inject itself into design and décor. In a desire to feel the simplicity of days past, comforting and casual settings were also highlighted throughout the show.
For example, mid-century modern designs were given a distinct twist with added contrast piping. The lines created through piping are reminiscent of 2-dimensional drawings that evoke a comfortable, simpler time.
Another trend we spotted that was a reminder of the 70s, and made a bright impression, was the colour yellow. Found on walls, upholstery, and accessories, these tones ranged across a wide scale of soft pastels, warm caramels and vibrant lemons. We asked our Instagram followers what they thought about the eye-catching colour and 65% responded that they were indeed, a fan of yellow.
Paired closely with mid-century modern designs and caramel tones, was the use of distressed, vintage-like leather. Instead of glossy smooth leather, the wrinkles and imperfections created an aged impression, allowing visitors to breathe easily and take a seat with comfort. A number of designs also incorporated brushed, warm-toned metals for an added layer of sophistication.
Sunpan is so excited to return home from Maison et Objet with a large portfolio of design inspiration as we continue to elevate our product offering. While it is rewarding to see that many of our new designs already incorporate European trends and elegance, we are always looking for new and innovative ways to bring that to you!