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MAR-APR 2019

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François Bernard, director of Paris-based trend consultancy agency Croisements, used tastes—savory, sweet, bitter, acidic, and spicy—for the starting point of his top trends in the Share Zone, which focused on tableware. Sweet celebrated pastel tones. Savory embraced whites, greys, blacks and sometimes bluish blacks like volcanic salt. "It is all about rough materials, creating a warm and contemporary rustic feel," he explained. Bitter turned the spotlight on the green color palate, offering a fresh take on traditions. Acidic showcased yellows and yellowy-greens in all their glory, perpetuating the vintage trends of the 1950s and 1960s. Spicy brought about a riot of red and terracotta. "It's all about embracing the outdoors, street food, global cultures." Bernard singled out the commingling of contemporary design with 18th century aesthetics; a rise in popularity of the color red; an increasing use of burnt wood; marbled effects on crockery and platters; and, the "molten" trend, with mirrors and lights flaunting oozing, drip-like silhouettes. In the Leisure Zone, which showcased travel and fashion accessories, stationery, games, connected objects and souvenir gifts, stylist François Delclaux focused on the concept of travel, and the notion of whisking visitors off to three fictitious countries. Wood Land celebrated wood and all things hipster and natural; Ice Land turned the spotlight on shiny and metallic pieces; and, in Sun Land, all the items exuded a summery vibe and a colorful punch. "ese themes also allowed me to make the whole space revolve around nature, which is an extremely vibrant subject," explained Delclaux. Delclaux pointed out that wood has started popping up in the most unexpected places, including iPhone covers, perfumed candle holders, spectacles, and even technological devices. He noted that nautical motifs can be found in abundance, adorning trays, jewelry, coasters, embroidered patches and even snowballs. "A very 1950s Miami-esque vibe puts coral pink center stage – Living Coral has even been elected color of the year by Pantone," he added. For each session of Maison+Objet, Paris-based forecasting agency NellyRodi analyses the latest consumer trends and sociological phenomena, and groups them into a theme. e topic chosen for 2019 was Excuse My French!. "ere's a renewed curiosity about the French abroad, a sort of fascination at the moment," said Vincent Grégoire of NellyRodi. For Grégoire, the movement is linked to globalization: "In a world where things are becoming standardized, people are looking for something different." sl Patrick Pham s/s 2019 Photo by Salvatore Dragone/ Alin Le Kal s/s 2019 Photo by Carlo Scarpato/ 49

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