When September came around this year, we got jazzed about Paris Design Week and attending Maison & Objet 2014. Design enthusiasts from around the world flock to Paris for this event. We make the trip to make contacts and source product and observe trends from the most upcoming and newest creative talent in the home furnishings industry.

We want to share the companies whose products/presentation caught our eye. We noticed a trend in unconventional materials for seating and accessories beginning with Essent’ial…

Paper & Cardboard

Trending this market was the use of unconventional materials for seating and accessories. In particular, we loved this chair made out of paper and the retail counter made of cardboard by Essent’ial.

Cork Fabric & Materials

Cork fabric and materials lends itself to beautiful, natural and elegant shapes as can been seen here in XLBoom’s cork baskets.

Wire and Wood

Kenneth Cobonpue, designer of the year for Maison & Objet 2014, mixed it up with unique seating shapes and these stunning wire chairs. But, the jolly of them all were stools made with wood polls set on foam, like sitting on thick chop sticks that molded to your bum – very comfortable!

Deep Dark Colors

Colors were definitely “dark” this season with rich deep-toned metals, ceramics and textiles as seen here at Broste.

Bold Color

The very popular Spanish fashion label Desigual presented its home accessories offering at Maison & Objet. From bedding to pillows to bath towels, the showroom was colorful, lively and rockin’ with a DJ for music and a fresh orange juice and refreshment bar – They know how to throw a party!

 Curious Shapes & Installations

A sculptor’s take on lighting, Geraldine Gonzales brought her unique take on lighting and shape and subject.

Textiles – Moody

Valombreuse’s French Home textiles displayed thick textured neutral linens. Colors were deep and dark.


Libeco Linens from Belgium focused on a home-made urban feel combining wools, linens and hemp for rich texture.

– Nathan Anthony, mom & dad #Selfie by the River Seine, Paris –

Come visit us at High Point Market October 18 – 23, I.H.F.C. Interhall suite 207 and see how we were inspired!