Maison & Objet, Paris, January 2016

What better way to banish the winter blues than with a jaunt to Maison & Objet in Paris? It’s one of the most influential international exhibitions for the home decoration sector, and we spent three glorious days working our way around eight exhibition halls bursting with visual delights from across the globe.

Rose quartz, Pantone’s Colour of the Year, was big news, bringing a touch of blush to just about everything. Predictably, geometric shapes and patterns were out in force too, as were decadent metallics, which worked magic when teamed with powdery pastel shades.

Organisers had opted for a natural theme, identifying the inspiration of the show as ‘wild’. Green showed up in all its many delicious shades, with soothing moss-tones taking our fancy when paired with brushed gold or copper. Must-have materials included leather, wool and rustic woods; bold tropical prints were the finishing flourish.

A firm Scandi favourite of ours is by Lassen, which won us over with its new series of table trivets (see below).

To give you a taste of what’s to come in 2016, here’s a selection of pieces that caught my eye at this year’s show.

Have an inspiring week!

DCW Editions

With its combination of aluminium, steel and glass, DCW Editions’ industrial-style In The Tube lamp would look at home in both contemporary and traditional settings.


The eye-catching Manta armchair, from ibride’s eclectic new collection, is made of a waterproof material, so you can relax inside or out.

Seletti for Diesel Living

Seletti and Diesel Living’s out-of-this-world Cosmic Diner collection is now available in brass.

Royal Crown Derby

Premiered in Paris, the striking Broadway tableware collection from Royal Crown Derby draws inspiration from 1920s Art Deco styling.


YOYWall from Innermost projects its own virtual lampshade onto the wall. Now that’s a bright idea!

Tom Dixon

It’s easy to see why my eyes were drawn to this particular piece. Reminiscent of the exotic glass of the Belle Époque era, the Oil Vase by British designer Tom Dixon has a light-refracting surface that creates a distinctive iridescent finish.

by Lassen

An original wall tile designed by Mogens Lassen was the inspiration for by Lassen’s new series of table trivets, Exes and Maze. The trivets are pictured with a flowerpot from by Lassen’s new Rimm collection.


Norm Architects’ Stone lamp recreates the atmospheric glow of candlelight. Designed for Menu, the lamp’s mouth-blown bulb sits on a ceramic base.