Maison & Objet, Paris, January 2015

For many, January is the month of restraint. After the excesses of December, it is a time to rein in unhealthy eating and resurrect the exercise regime that fell by the wayside during the previous year.

For the team at Mary Gannon Design, however, January means Paris: a few days spent soaking up the splendour of the capital’s outstanding design showrooms – not to mention dropping by a few of our favourite restaurants – before heading over to Nord Villepinte exhibition centre, where Maison & Objet has been drawing the crowds for the past 20 years.

As always, there were discernible trends, but more interesting were a crop of brands that stood head and shoulders above the rest, not because they ticked the box for the must-have hue or material of the season, but because their offerings transcend trends and tap into something deeper.

We hope you will be inspired.

The punk-inspired Rebel collection by Jo Sampson for Waterford Crystal.

Simon Legald’s new Form chair and table for Normann Copenhagen.

The 73 pendant by Vancouver-based design brand Bocci is made by blowing glass into heat-resistant fabric, which contorts to create a unique shape.

Dutch designer Marcel Wanders has applied a decorative pattern to a complete breakfast range for Alessi, including a handful of wooden pieces.

We love the glamour of Jonathan Adler's seventies-inspired Brigitte chair in on-trend blue.

The new Nest sofa is a collaboration between Italian designer Paola Navone and much-loved British furniture brand ercol.

Nichetto is one of five brands manufactured by De La Espada. Presenting seven new products at Maison & Objet, our favourite was the fabulous Dubois bed.

The quirky Whistle is a new, hand-blown glass pendant by Czech brand Brokis.

By Lassen owns the rights to designs by Modernist Danish architect Flemming Lassen. For Maison & Objet, it resurrected Lassen’s iconic The Tired Man chair.

Stealing the show was Patricia Urquiola’s Luna cabinet for French brand Coediton.

To celebrate its 10th birthday, Pinch presented its Noelle sofa in Timorous Beasties’ dramatic Graffito Velvet fabric.

Top marks to this hand-printed tea towel and brass spoons from Ferm Living.