Karol Niemi, of Interior Design firm Karol Niemi Associates, recently travelled to Paris for the Maison Objet Trade Show. Here is her response regarding the experience and current design trends.
“As unprecedented snow blanketed Paris, trains, planes and autos cancelled schedules and left a decidedly diminished crowd of attendees at the 2013 January Maison Objet. Undeterred by weather or world uncertainty, the following are my comments on design times.
• Expanded lines at Asiatides and Pols Potten cover the accessories market with exquisite cloisonné and porcelain vessels and plated or enameled furnishings.
• “Kafka Goes Pink” brings pierced, calligraphic lanterns and expertly finished bowls from Lebanon just down the hall from Pendleton, yes that one from Oregon, and African suppliers of furniture fabricated of recycled sheet metal street signs.
• Ethnic Chic continues to be outstanding with DK Home offering twists on earlier themes. Aqua shagreen, mother of pearl, macassar ebony and dyed wood with metallic fill are available in furniture, accessories or architectural surfaces sold by the meter.
• Furniture of mid-century modern design rehash and raw boards were in plentiful supply as manufacturers capitalize on a design aesthetic of mid-20th century origins. Though I appreciate the attempt, my preference is for the original classics done in their time with continued reproduction as they remain compelling.”
– Karol Niemi, Karol Niemi Associates, email@example.com