Belle Maison Objet
Editor shares some finds from the Paris design fair where the ambience was painterly, organic and handcrafted.
DECORATORS REJOICE! While the January Maison et Objet is bigger, September’s incarnation is a must for passionate interioristas. This year there were many chic objets for the stylish home, from lighting and porcelain and giant candles in beautiful vessels to rustic linens for the table and hand nished rugs for the sofa, oor or wall. Trays were de rigueur in all shapes and sizes, with leather beauties from Giobagnara to neat porcelain dining trays from the Merci for Serax collection. There was a de nite artistic, handmade and bespoke vibe. Even the larger out ts like Marimekko exhibited pieces with a handpainted feel. Blues, greens, monochrome and earthy, tactile nishes dominated everything from rugs to upholstery. Leather details and accessories were prominent. Stone carved its own niche in tables, accessories and lighting designs. Young Lebanese designers were highlighted as part of the Rising Talent Award, including Studio Caramel with the bar trolley and cabinet , Carla Baz and her elegantly minimal pieces [6&7], Carlo Massoud for his contemporary woven chair , Marc Dibeh  for lighting and other designs, and Anastasia Nysten for her ‘Troll’ chair .
go searching. Your family (or pal) will be touched at your thoughtfulness. And that is what present giving is all about. SEEK TREATS that the recipient would never buy for themselves. An indulgent perfume. Or a well-designed pepper grinder or a marble chopping board that will give a lifetime of pleasure. IT’S NOT ALL ABOUT YOU Give things they would like, not things that you would like to own. DON’T ASK ‘What do you want for Christmas?’ People often forget to mention the one thing they really want. DON’T GIVE ANYTHING from the discount bin. Buy gifts on sale only if they are in top-notch shape. Any imperfection is magni ed in a gift. DON’T GIVE KNICK KNACKS Everyone is ghting a war for uncluttered surfaces. Gifts should be given lightly.