Maison & Objet 18

January 31, 2018

Mixing styles and influences, the home and lifestyle trade show Maison & Objet gathered in Paris the players of the interior design industry, coming from all over the world. While the eclectic selection could easily become overwhelming, the Danish and Japanese design brands, that came in large numbers this year, softened the atmosphere. With their minimalist aesthetics, they caught our attention, taking us back to beautiful basics!

Wicker, terrazzo, ceramic or metal, materials stand at the forefront! Highlighted by clean lines, they are crafted with care and expertise. No frills, yet a primitive instinct that enhances the essential!


101 CPH x NORR 11 joined forces to exhibit their latest design pieces. Same timeless style, natural colour palette and quality craftsmanship, they master the material-focused approach, may it be wicker, leather, brass or ceramic.

Nendo unveiled its Kanji-inspired furniture collection designed for Chinese brand Zens. Carrying the minimalist signature style of the Japanese studio, it consists of a side table, a stool, a small shelf, and a container. Each piece features a metallic triangle pedestal, but with a different top according to its function.

Taking part in the Parisian fair for the first time, Japanese company Yamakawa showcased its beautiful rattan furniture line, that combines balanced sobriety with an ecological soul. This Japanese contemporary design has already aroused attention at the show “Feels so Natural”, presented at Palazzo Litta in Milan, during last Fuorisalone.

Primates, the ceramic collection created by Italian product designer and artist Elena Salmistraro for Bosa Ceramiche, recalls the delicate and fascinating relationship between man and ape.


As pieces of art, rugs and tapestries took over all the walls, bringing thus a delicate and soft touch into our homes, while warm and elegant velvet makes a comeback. Fabric of choice for statement soft furnishing!

Shaped like masks, Armes Nudo rugs designed by Sebastian Herkner are manufactured in Colombia according to traditional arts and crafts, as the Circo chairs collection.

Ecologically and socially conscious furniture brand, Iota presents its line of rugs and home accessories as well as a limited collection of swings, all hand-knit with bespoke yarns.

Softly rounded, the Paipaï sofa designed Lucidi Pevere for Ligne Roset, here in forest green velvet, folds and unfolds in a simple gesture in order to create a comfortable cocoon.


This 2018 edition of Maison & Objet pays tribute to the modern minimalism of Danish Designer Cecilie Manz. While giving the appearance of simplicity, she masters details that make the difference. Designing pieces for Fritz Hansen, Bang & Olfusen or Muuto among others, she combines functionality with aesthetics, always using the best of each material.

My work has always revolved around simplicity, the process of working toward a pure, aesthetic and narrative object.” mentionned Cecilie Manz.

More design trends to come very soon with Stockholm Furniture Fair, stay tuned!

Photography and texts: ©Geraldine Morand /
Except for Nendo collection picture by ©Akihiro Yoshida

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