The Maison & Objet international trade show is one of the premier interiors events in the world and a personal favorite of mine. Each year, new products are introduced and our job, as trend and color experts, is to detect the subtle – and sometimes not so subtle – direction that color and design are moving so we can share this information with you.
I also found gray tones in wood and saw much less of the "Belgian" style of pale bleached wood that's been popular in the U.S. during the past two years. Almost absent was the artful dissonance depicted by the Rough Luxe trend, as well as bold-hued, high-gloss painted furniture that's been very evident in years past. Finishes were more satin, more subtle and more real.
This, of course, is not to say that there was no color – I encountered some amazing new textile collections that included palettes of almost neon-bright intensity. Yet, at the same time, I saw a high-contrast, black-and-white pattern in a wall covering display in the Editeurs Hall that tells me black and white will reign forever in both classic and contemporary design.