I've been checking out the very latest trends at all the major trade shows, discovering new colours, new shapes, new concepts, new style gurus and the latest revivals, from the niche IMM in Cologne to the unmissable Maison & Objet trade show (as far as I'm concerned, it's the place to be in terms of interior design).
I've also been scouring stores and magazines to find the very latest interior design trends... and now I'm going to tell you all about it!
It's all about motifs!
Whether it's liberty, baroque, vintage or graphics, motifs are everywhere these days, on wallpaper, panoramic pictures, oilcloths, armchairs, table settings, etc. I've been really impressed by what I've seen!
Knitting is "in"...
Knit stitch, purl stitch, garter stitch, jersey stitch, moss stitch... knitting is "in" at the moment... and on an enormous scale! With knitting needles the size of tree trunks to boot!
Knitwear is soft, warm and comforting. It reminds us of our childhood, when granny used to knit us scarves for Christmas. It's a trend that plays on the emotions! Of particular interest is the knitted pouf from Ferm Living.
A return to traditional arts and crafts
One trend that seems to be here to stay is the revival of arts and crafts and objets d'art, hand-crafted rather than mass-produced items, items that are timeless rather than consumer goods. And I'm all for this revival, as many of these items are produced in France!
The great diversion!
This year, design is deliberately over-sized, mixing a variety of styles and employing unusual materials, gently carrying us away into dreamland. Examples include a bouquet of rakes, a Bambi side table, a toadstool-shaped pouf, a high-heel bed, a Bambi snow globe and a mushroom-shaped light fitting.
The result : we must be seeing things!
Retro... a style with a cult following!
Retro revival is in vogue right now, with items from the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s appearing at Maison & Objet and in fashionable interior design magazines. Great works by well-known designers such as Jacobsen, Volther and Mendes da Rocha are taking centre stage once again, delighting vintage design lovers everywhere... myself included! Increasingly, brands are re-releasing cult items designed by the biggest names of the 20th century. Now is the ideal time to get hold of these design icons at vastly reduced prices!
My favourite items from Cologne to Villepinte
A cuckoo key ring, candlesticks in trendy colours (ELAS - Royal VKB) and the garden lamp designed by Fatboy. Perfect indoors or outdoors, the EDISON (the petit and the grand - the names of the lamps) has a refined appearance and a quirky, dream-like aspect. I also love the size of the lamps (16 to 60 cm in diameter), which bring a touch of "Alice in Wonderland" to the garden. Finally, there's a superb leather-covered, saddle-shaped stool from Frei.Frau... with a snap hook under the high version where I can hang my hand bag!