This emerald green evokes the richness of the stone it is named for. From left: Hand-painted Bahamian Beach wallpaper by de Gournay; Nouvelle Vagues velvet by Dedar; and Favo printed cotton by Fortuny.
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Artwork by Serena Dugan at Ancien et Moderne over a couch with Beacon Hill pillows.
Twice a year, Paris hosts Maison et Objet, a dedicated home and lifestyle trade show outside the city limits. The best part of the show, though, is found outside the fair grounds: Every January, the city of Paris joins in with a fabric show called Déco Off. AD hit the ground running in the City of Light to cover as much as possible; these are the exhibitions we thought were the best.
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Passementerie is so not passé. Instead, it’s all about unusual materials and fun shapes this year. From bottom left: Matelassé collection; pleated borders and Carolina Ombré holdbacks by Lori Weitzner; and Pom Pom fringe, all available from Samuel & Sons.
Each year, Paris Déco Off showcases the best new fabrics from manufacturers around the world. This year was no exception. With hundreds of companies releasing thousands of new patterns and textures, there’s lots to look forward to in 2018. AD Market Director Parker Bowie Larson, fresh off a trip to the textile show, breaks down the themes she’s excited for this year.
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Known for its focus on craftsmanship, Hermés aptly turned its Rue de Sevres location into a workshop for its La Quincaillerie exhibit of Petit h hardware. It is a whimsical world of the most beautiful hardware you have ever seen, items that can be used to make multifunctional objects like a picnic box on a stool that looks like a kelly bag or trays with umbrella handles. Petit h is all about reusing leftovers so that nothing goes to waste, and La Quincaillerie is an excellent example.
Beth Dempsey of Images and Details has a knack for bringing together the design world. For the third year running, she has curated a home-design pop-up off Rue Guénégaud called Ancien et Moderne, where she takes visitors back in time to iconic interiors of the past. This year, she decided to go with Jean Cocteau’s Villa Santo Sospir in Cap Ferrat and the French seaside. Calling on Fromental’s collage techniques, Dempsey re-created Cocteau’s fresco walls with the firm’s new Braque pattern and mixed lighting, garden accessories, and cabinetry from the masters of wicker, Atelier Vime (my favorite was the custom screen they created especially for her), with McKinnon & Harris’s aluminum outdoor furniture in varying hues of blue. The icing on the cake was the set of beautiful coral artwork by Serena Dugan and the Cocteau-inspired plates by designers Beata Heuman, Luke Edward Hall, Matthew Patrick Smyth, Pierre Frey, and Zoia Skorapadenko.
To no one’s surprise, millennial pink isn’t going anywhere. Rose Quartz may have been the color of the year back in 2016, but don’t put it away yet: This dusty pink hue is still going strong. From left: Bermuda Hemp 5521 wallpaper by Phillip Jeffries; Morny in Peche cotton-silk by Manuel Canovas; Moresco printed cotton by Fortuny; Curiosa Lotus wallpaper by Arte, and pillow upholstered in Country Flamingo jacquard by Pierre Frey.
History lives on, and this year, the design world looked to the archives of the 17th century for inspiration. Roche Bobois’ Reine lamps are an interpretation of Elizabethan collars; Dedar reinvented the textiles of the aristocracy in modern-day colors with the Delicious Manners and Say Goodbye Flora lamps, and de Gournay introduced a luxurious hand-embroidered velvet called Chatsworth chinoiserie.
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This chic reddish orange adds the perfect pop of color without overpowering a room. Clockwise from top left: an assortment of textures from Loro Piana Interiors; Takara Crane embroidered wallpaper by Arte; Cosmos Mars linen blend by de le Cuona; and (center) Goldfinger Corallo silk brocade by Rubelli.
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Richard Ginori 1735, the iconic porcelain maker based in Florence, fittingly decided this year to show in a church at Kering’s headquarters instead of at the fair. Along with showcasing dinner collections on the altar and along the walls throughout, the height of the exhibition was the dedication to the company’s craftsmanship, with a table showcasing the art of hand-painting that it is known for.
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Ever wondered what a world without gravity would be like? Dutch designer Maarten Baas explores this phenomenon in his Close Parity exhibition at Carpenters Workshop in Paris. Showcasing five off-kilter cabinets, he brings to life a world where rules don’t apply as some cabinets stand on just two legs and instead of handles have holes to put your finger through to pull the drawer out. Don’t worry, though: Everything is carefully balanced with hidden counterweights so the furniture doesn’t topple!
The design world is looking to cities for inspiration, from overhead aerial views like Tai Ping’s new Polis I rug to close-up building details in Dimore Studio’s new Palazzo collection. Clockwise from top left: Palazzo 03 and 01 fabrics for light upholstery and decorative use by DIMORESTUDIO; Block Party embroidery applique by Donghia; and Polis I rug by Ed Ng & Terence Ngan for Tai Ping.