Every year, Maison & Objet -- the trade fair for the interior design and decoration world -- flags up key trends in the industry. Here are some of the hottest trends spotted at the latest edition of the show, held September 2016 in Paris, France.

 

Pink still rides high

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Grapy by Kensaku Oshiro for Gan

After being named color of the year for 2016, pink was once again seen splashed on all kinds of objects at the Maison & Objet trade fair. It was -- unsurprisingly -- often seen on furniture designs with round, soft lines.

 

Pastels bowing out

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The new fall/winter collection from Gubi uses lots of dark colors, such as navy blue and a burgundy/old rose shade.

While pastel shades are still holding on in certain brands' ranges, they're likely to fade over the coming seasons -- especially since their longtime companion, Scandinavian style, is seeing its last days of glory. Stronger, brighter shades, like burgundy, could be set to gain ground.

 

Dark blue on the up

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The "Hélène" table by Hartô

Further proof of an upcoming trend for darker shades was seen with a noticeable smattering of dark blue pieces. The shade was spotted on several stands at the show, on velvet sofas, in touches, like on Hartô's table, and on accessories like the "Nuage" vases by the Bouroullec brothers.

 

Designers go crazy for kids

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"Gabrielle dans la savane" cup from the "A table!" collection from Non Sans Raison Kids, the new children's range by Non Sans Raison

This trend was already seen at the last Milan Furniture Fair, and was back in force at Maison & Objet. French china and ceramic designers Non Sans Raison outed a "Kids" collection, and Ionna Vautrin launched into the children's market with a range of toys for Danish brand EO.

 

The 1980s edge out Scandi style

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Cushion by Nomess Copenhagen

A growing 1980s influence is bringing bright, bold colors, gold finishes and rainbow effects to the world of interior design. The first signs of this upcoming trend were seen when pieces from the master of the Memphis movement, Ettore Sottsass, were rereleased. Pieces inspired by the decade spotted at Maison and Objet include cushions from Nomess Copenhagen.

 

Ongoing trends

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"Pebble" chopping boards by Normann

Marble still has plenty of staying power, seen at Normann Copenhagen in the form of stylish chopping boards. Copper colors were also hanging on, with Tom Dixon adding new pieces to his Tank collection. Finally, touches of cork are still on trend too, spotted, for example, on notebooks from Normann Copenhagen.

 

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