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The “What’s New?” spaces present the season’s most remarkable new products organised by theme, items that stand out from the crowd because they are innovative, or because of the materials and know-how used to make them. There’s no better place to get an idea of the wealth of what’s on offer at the trade show.
To analyse the latest arrivals in terms of decoration, Elizabeth Leriche has organised her “What’s New?” space into 3 contrasting atmospheres. Minimal Brutalist is natural and minimal, Luxury Graphic is luxurious and dramatic, whereas colourful Ethnic Arty combines different cultures. Each has its key materials and asserts its own unique style.
|It’s a zone that showcases small furnishings, textiles, vases, boxes... all those little touches that bring a certain something to a room, that reflect current fashions and are key to giving the home a real sense of personality.|
I told myself three stories based on three different themes: “Minimal Brutalist”, which refers to almost monastic minimalism, offering variations on pared-back pieces and raw materials and lines; a “Luxury Graphic” theme, inspired by the decorative arts of the 1930s to ‘70s, featuring relatively luxurious pieces and noble materials such as marble, brass and velvet; and lastly an “Ethnic Arty” theme, which celebrates the fusion of cultures, the blending of traditional savoir faire revisited by contemporary designers. Diverse and, at times, opposing themes, which bear witness to the fact that we live in a society full of paradox where absolutely anything goes.
We’re seeing a lot more concrete being used, both the actual material and imitation versions in wallpaper, paint, lights and even seating.
Then there’s a brand new approach to decorating walls using rugs that double-up as wallpaper, felt wallcoverings (from Ghislaine Garcin) and graphic panels.
And in terms of colour, electric blue is making a comeback. In fact Ressource has just brought out a Klein blue!
The suede, almost sculptural, wall hangings by Stéphane Parmentier for Giobagnara, both for the choice of material and for the overtly graphic feel; Rosa Maria Kulzer’s handcrafted ceramics, which really stand out because of the unique way in which she works the clay. They fulfil our need to reconnect with the land in the face of homogenization and dematerialization; and Ma Poésie’s graphic cushions, for their motifs, colours and the embroidery technique used.
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