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Maison & Objet 2016

Every January, the global design industry congregates in Paris for one of the top interiors trade shows, Maison & Objet. This show brings together all things design; from furniture and lighting, to textiles and decoration. Maison & Objet is the place to celebrate all of the finest products on offer for the coming year. It’s a also a place for inspiration and finding out what trends are going to continue throughout the year and beyond.

With so many innovative pieces on display, let me share my highlights with you.

Pure opulence was on display at Maison & Objet with an abundance of stone, brass, bronze and timber – a clear indication that these materials will continue to at the forefront of interior design in the years to come. It is wonderful to see these materials used in new ways.

Bethan Gray’s ‘Band Collection’ pairs the beauty of coloured marble with with warm brushed brass to create a luxurious range of tables. Handmade in London, the thick European marble is lined with a brass edge, and sits atop fine legs with brass ferrules – a clever contrast against the heaviness of the natural stone. Bethan transforms a material associated with solidity and substance, into something fine and delicate.

Lighting is always a key category for Maison & Objet and Tom Dixon hasn’t disappointed here. His collection labelled ‘Stone Lights’ features soft curved silhouettes of marble, glass and brass that feature in refined pendants and wall sconces. The unexpected opulent cherry on top is the gold-dipped light bulbs – leave it to Dixon to make lightbulbs sexy.

Making his debut in 2016, Dan Yeffet showcased his range of statement hand-blown glass lights in various sizes and colours. Yeffet’s collection taps into another continuing trend for this year – a focus on hand made. Aptly named ‘Hollow’ the collection features hand blown glass attached to a crafted aluminium ring and offers a new take on the traditional floor lamp.

See below for our gallery of best in show.

Anthony Spon-Smith

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