Surprising us with everything from kitchen-less homes to a revival of tropical-style, the first two home décor fairs of 2018 have come to an end.
The whole of Europe has got a clearer picture of the design trends for 2018 and especially of the way every brand has interpreted them in its unique fashion.
In Cologne, it’s time for unexpected encounters. As usual, the inaugural fair of the year has shown us the most important trends for 2018 with colours, materials and styles for every taste.
If you want to know the main rule or key theme for 2018: it is, don’t be afraid to use a varied range of materials. You should push this and try to take everybody by surprise: would you have ever thought that the cushions you bought in Morocco could have looked so good on your leather sofa?
More than ever, 2018 is the year of mixing-and-matching and IMM Cologne has a precise term for it:
It might still be a lit early to understand how Ultra Violet will affect home décor, so IMM Cologne puts Greenery on display, the Pantone Colour for 2017, even if in a paler toned down shade.
I bet you could have guessed what the main materials will be: timber and marble will stay with you all through this year.
Paris confirms another key trend: tropical-style won’t be leaving us soon. Proof is the Seletti stand that was awarded the prize for the best display at this year’s edition of Maison&Objet.
Like IMM Cologne, Maison&Objet’s colours too become paler and dustier - apart from Ultra Violet which finally makes an appearance.
Each stand at the fairs was crammed with inviting textures, to delight both the eye and the touch. The gentle silhouettes of the furniture and the accessories are enhanced by velvet, leather, prints and embellishments, in such a way that
Your sense of smell is appeased too: delicate perfumes and home fragrances waft through the Parisian scene, towards the captivating new spring and summer shades.
Technology however, was the real key player of Maison&Objet 2018. The video installations projected onto fabric were especially devised to enchant visitors, but there were interactive shop windows too, designed to provide information to potential customers: the main idea of this edition was a wonderful and never-ending showroom.
Kathrin Charlotte Bohr
Morten & Jonas
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