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April 2008


FEATURES

Trends
By Jami Supsic

MAISON ET OBJET

Twice a year the esteemed Maison et Objet trade show is held just outside of Paris. A mix of fabrics, furnishings, accessories and tabletop, the massive exhibition draws a diverse assortment of international designers, architects, press, shop owners, vendors and more—all of whom are eager to explore and discover the latest and greatest designs in the home market. I spent two days at Maison this past February scouring the stalls and noting trends for you, our readers. Of course I wasn't the only one representing our part of the world in France, Mis en Scene's Claire Maestroni and HB Home's Patricia Healing and Daniel Barsanti were also there faithfully bringing a little of Connecticut to Paris.

Listed here are our top 5 picks of what CTC&G readers should look out for this year as evidenced by the show.... And of course stay tuned to our monthly column where I'll highlight our favorite Maison finds as they become available right here in Connecticut.

1. The Human Form
As sure as a reflection in a mirror, the human figure kept appearing time and again in different designs throughout the show. Philippe Stark's booth contained everything from tooth-shaped to human-head stools. www.philippe-starck.com

2. Synthetic Materials
Plastics are in and in a major way. What was once considered a cheap material continues to find its way into the high-end home market in everything from home accessories to chairs.... Two stellar examples: Bloom's use of the material for brightly colored oversized planters and Memento's marriage of delicate silicone squiggles on top of exquisite vases. www.bloomholland.nl, www.mementoobjects.com

3. Metallics
What started in fashion continues to infiltrate the home market as more and more designers see a use for metallic finishes beyond traditional hardware and lighting design. A favorite standout from the show was a circular gold chair from Zanotta composed of a delicate web of metal cut along geometrical angles. Positioned all by itself against a stark black backdrop, this was a showstopper for sure. www.zanotta.it

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