Held at the end of January, Maison et Objet is the first major furniture fair of the year. Although not quite as spectacularly huge as Milan’s Salone del Mobile at the beginning of April, you can still clock up a good few kilometers trekking round the Paris based show, and it’s a great place to get a first glimpse at emerging trends and smart new products. However, from a shopping point of view, as it’s primarily aimed at trade and press many of those products aren’t available to buy for several months – but fret not. Here is an edit of the best, most uplifting and most glorious pieces you can get your hands on right now, all guaranteed to give your home a welcome pre-Spring boost.
Collections from Cole & Son never disappoint, and the latest range is most certainly no exception. A collaboration with South African company Ardmore Ceramic Art, the wallpapers and borders celebrate African traditions and culture and feature a whole host of magnificent creatures from colourful birds, elephants, rhinos and monkeys to exotic plants and flowers, as well as Zulu beadwork and woven basket ware. When I Instagrammed the Leopard Walk design with its prowling big cats, I’ve never watched the likes rack up so fast.
From £80 per roll, cole-and-son.com
A favourite with in-the-know interiors types, Danish company Ferm Living have a knack of making simple products that are infinitely stylish. Forget overhyped hygge, these are well-crafted, contemporary pieces that you’ll use forever. A highlight from their latest offering is a new collection of cushions that take their cue from glamorous French salons. Invest in a pile and jazz up even the most tired of sofas.
From £75, fermliving.com
The undefeated king of irreverent luxury, Jonathan Adler showed a huge collection of new products including beaded artwork, trademark Lucite sculptures and a sofa shaped like a cloud (yes really). One of the coolest things that you can bag right now is his Antibes furniture range, which includes lounge chairs, an ottoman, a cocktail table, a mirror, a console, a side table and this glorious four drawer chest, all crafted from beautiful honeyed oak rubber wood.
If a two and half grand chest of drawers is a little out of your budget then treat yourself to some every day luxury via Tom Dixon’s latest product launch. The man who brought you the iconic Mirror Ball light not to mention one of London’s sleekest hotels, The Mondrian, is now pimping your chores with his own brand washing up liquid. Part of a new range of bath and body products that also includes hand washes and balms, plus bathroom friendly copper lights and multifunctional marble accessories, it’s a more affordable way to get a Dixon fix.
Blue is the Colour
Award-winning Dutch designer Marcel Wanders is renowned for his playful and innovative pieces, and his designs for historic Portuguese porcelain manufacturer Vista Allegre continues in that vein. An ingenious take on classic Dutch delftware, Blue Ming brings together influences from two very different cultures to create a brilliantly unique collection of very useable serveware.
From £16, vistaalegre.com