Maison Hits the Mark
Robbie Sumberg -- Home Textiles Today, 2/11/2013 2:00:00 AM
PARIS - Maison & Objet doesn't have a great knack for organizing the throngs of people that crowd the venue, but it well makes up for it with beautiful designs and products.
This year's household textiles sector featured 170 exhibitors (57% from outside France) in over 8,500 net square meters presenting their latest collections of bedroom, bathroom, table and household linens as well as homewear.
In terms of style, there are two aspects to the 2013 spring-summer season. The first celebrates the past through vintage geometric patterns, in some cases kinetic, as well as tartan, stripes and checks. This nostalgia is emphasized by washed-out effects and faded colors, as well as a focus on lace, embroidery, pleats and over-stitching.
The second movement is more forward-looking, with choices of finishes and glossy and iridescent effects evoking the future.
Environmental preservation and sustainable development principles were two of the greatest creative influences on designers. The products they offer are supported by strong ethical values and are part of a comprehensive approach to well-being, encompassing the physical, spiritual, individual and collective.
Meanwhile, the most cherished materials, such as mohair, cashmere and alpaca, are the leading choice in the luxury and comfort ranges.
A few highlights from Show-Offs more than 500 photos of the January show appear on pages 10 and 11.
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