The interiors trends that dominated Maison & Objet Paris 2024

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2024 marks the 30th anniversary of the Parisian design festival

words Adrianne Webster

It’s all happening in Paris this month. The two biggest events in the interiors calendar — Maison & Objet and Paris Deco Off — have just been held, and H&IS got an exclusive look at the emerging trends for the year ahead.

Maison & Objet Paris 2024 entrance
Maison & Objet 2024’s first event of the year was held on Jan 18-22

Held twice a year, Maison & Objet serves as a global platform for professionals, enthusiasts, and industry leaders to explore the latest trends in interior design, home decor, and lifestyle products.

With its origins dating back to 1995, M&O has evolved into a pivotal meeting point for designers, manufacturers, and buyers from around the world to get a preview of the upcoming trends.

The first event of 2024, held from Jan 18-22, showcased the works of brands such as Pinto, Honore Deco and innovative new concrete designers Tosco Studio, alongside a host of other design leaders.

Maison & Objet 2024's exhibition

This year’s theme was ‘Tech Eden’, which aimed to celebrate burgeoning technologies such as 3D printing and AI in the interior design world. “Tech Eden conveys a dream-like optimism through shape and colour, focussing this time on a futuristic biophilia, a new world of well-being,” the event organisers announced. As with Pantone’s Colour of the Year for 2024, the focus is very much on a new era of wellness.

As well as the tech, here’s what caught our attention at the January event…

Reduce and reuse

Sustainability is at the front of most designers’ minds these days and this year’s event highlighted innovative repurposing and upcycling of disused materials.

 

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La Rochelle-based designer Bobaril showcased this best with their metal chair designs, a delightful rework of industrial barrels.

Under the sea

The coastal trend took on a maximalist makeover at Maison where items from the natural world — coral, rock crystals, fossils, starfish and intricate pottery from the likes of Objet de Curiosite — were set on a huge mural backdrop combining illustrations of underwater plants in shades of azure, turquoise and coral pink.

Maison & Objet Paris 2024 exhibition

The result? A surprisingly calming and stylish oasis in amongst the bustle of the festival. We’re not quite convinced it’d work as well in your typical tenement flat, but could provide inspiration for feature walls in bathrooms and hallways that need perking up.

To the tropics

The sea wasn’t the only inspiration for wall murals this year; the influence of tropical prints was clear too, and the lushness of the tropical colour palette was witnessed throughout the festival.

Maison & Objet 2024
Lush greens were a clear theme

French brand Santano displayed giant palm tree floor lights, at their space, and deep forest green, leafy plants were a feature of many exhibits.

Surrealist shapes

Surrealism with a capital S was on the cards this January, with brands like Polspotten showcasing decorations in the shape of giant human heads and fingers, blown up to mammoth proportions.

The trend continued throughout M&O with home decor designer Werner Voss displaying gold rabbit lamps and a hand-painted vase featuring what we can only describe as a ‘lemon lady’ — reminiscent of the testa di moro vases featured in season two of The White Lotus.

Yes, fun and over-the-top outlandishness was very much on show this year.

Mid-century tones

Fancy Home Collection showed everyone that orange is the colour for 2024 with mid-century-inspired wallpaper prints and velvet chairs in the sunny shade. The bold hue is hyper-effective, instantly injecting a large dose of fun and retro cool.

Maison & Objet Paris 2024
Fancy Home Collection’s exhibition at Maison & Objet
Amca Oval’s Aurora lamps

Also fans of orange were Amca Oval, with their Aurora lamps sporting the bright hue, and Italian design house Pedrali with some more orange chairs if you didn’t get your fix with Fancy Home Collection.

Mathieu Lehanneur won the Designer of the Year 2024 award

Maison & Objet
Mathieu Lehanneur swooped the top award of Designer of the Year 2024

M&O also celebrated their Designer of the Year 2024, French designer Mathieu Lehanneur, and hosted his project Outonomy at the festival, which he describes as an “ecosystem of life, both minimal and optimal. The history of civilisation and architecture is punctuated by attempts, solutions, and proposals for an isolated home: the igloo, the cabin, the hut, or the yurt. The challenge here is to combine our needs with current technologies. Far from being nostalgic or an attempt to return to the past, Outonomy aims to respond to the question: what do I really need?’”.

Mathieu Lehanneur's project at Maison & Objet
Mathieu Lehanneur’s project at Maison & Objet

If you missed out this time around you only have to wait until September until the next round of Maison de Objet. Autumn in Paris? See you there!


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