We have just returned from a wonderful visit to Maison et Objet – otherwise known as the ‘the international authority for home decor, interior design, architecture and lifestyle culture and trends’– and are filled to the brim with ideas. Trade shows in the interior sphere are the perfect place to get inspired, and we can’t resist fully immersing ourselves in the experience whenever the opportunity arises. Maison et Objet holds a special place in our hearts, and always leaves us with the desire to share our observations. Below, we do just that…
Specifications for residential furnishings are changing
At the end of last year we started a project in Kuwait. With this majestic undertaking came the need to search for new brands and product types, such as accessories – something we hadn’t previously explored to its full potential. At Maison et Objet, we were able to journey through new and previously un-thought of accessories, highlighting the fact that specifications and needs in the residential arena are ever changing.
Brass and marble are enjoying the spotlight this year
Maison et Objet is a fantastic opportunity for brands to launch new products and designs. We spent many hours exploring these pieces – with a particular focus on Portuguese high-end craftsmanship design pieces and brands, as we were sourcing new luxury collections for the Kassavello portfolio – and in doing so concluded that brass and marble are the en vogue materials for interiors in 2018. The intricacy of furniture handles on display also came as a surprise, with many hinting at luxury in an accessory that is often kept simple, or else completely ignored.
Outdoor furniture is becoming more design-led
Accessible, high quality outdoor furniture – Portuguese or otherwise – has always been rather scarce. With new projects specifying a need for beautiful exteriors to match a stunning interior, we knew it was important to pay attention to this design element when exploring Maison et Objet. We weren’t disappointed – the show was the perfect place to find interesting new ranges, and to ignite hope within us that outdoor furniture is on its way to a thoroughly stylish revival.
Portuguese brands are evolving in the marketplace
In the last few years, we have noticed an increasingly fast paced evolution on the part of Portuguese design houses. A prime example of this came by the way of The Covet Group, who created two new brands for this year’s Maison et Objet – Rug Society and Pullcast
At Kassavello, we champion Portuguese design, and couldn’t be happier with this progression. We look forward to seeing how Portuguese design brands continue to develop, and to thrive in the coming year.