Maison et Objet September 2008 Followup, Pt. 1

Perhaps it was Simple, the official trend theme, with emphasis on living equitably with nature, eco-awareness, etc., but I certainly felt there was a trend toward animal influences and a related “campfire chic” look in furniture and accessories.

What makes this new is that instead of straightforward animal prints, animal accents showed up in all types of different ways, from antique taxidermy line art to cutesy stuffed animals and nearly everything in between.

As for campfire chic, it marks a move away from the sleek polished look of much contemporary wood furnishings, and from the emphasis on added decorative details to rely on shapes and textures pretty much straight from nature. If interior design is supposed to follow fashion, what we’re seeing here is instead a convergence, because all the lumberjack prints and other outdoor woolens used for Winter 08 couture are perfect accessories for many of the rough-cut log pieces that serve as the basis for campfire chic.

From top left: Virebent porcelain bottles with antique animal illustrations; Ceramic crocodile skin tiles; Sea animal-inspired series in porcelain; Papier mache jellyfish lamp; Leopard skin pouf; Animal Farm bookends and paperweights ; Stone and foam crocodile skeleton head.

A new series of trays from IBride, that remind me a bit of the dog portraits Raymond Waites used to include in all his room set photography.

Truly fantastical creations from Galerie Omagh, created using antique horns, skins, fur as well as cleverly modified reproduction.

A collection of stainless steel and wool felt “skins” are part of the Moonlight Safari collection by Alex Davis . A zebra print leather tassel from British house Handsome Trimmings.

Frederique Morrel started her company by picking up vintage needlepoint pieces at flea markets and re-fashioning them into cushions, upholstery, etc. A life-sized needlepoint stag was the centerpiece of her stand.

Philipp Plein first made its mark at M&O with severely modernist chairs and sofas upholstered in gleaming silver leather. It was a sleek, chic, wildly expensive look they worked for several seasons. But this show the company had something really new: A collection of Louis chairs, many in pickled or limed finishes, upholstered in a weirdly cohesive selection of fabrics (including furs) most of which, in some way, demonstrated an animal influence, such as nieuw bambi here.

I can’t find my notes for these two images, but I took both shots as examples of some of the rusticity popping up at the show. What do you think of that Flintstone-esque tub with the log paneling and the moosehead?

Bleu Nature was one of the first companies to show this type of look starting three, four years ago, and the trend toward rough, unfinished wood seems to be growing. Here’s a Bleu Nature wood chip chandelier and a Frederique Morrel table lamp.

Combining unfinished, trimmed logs and an LED-infused glass tabletop, this coffee table is called Nature vs. Technology.

Contributed by Susan Schultz.

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xoxo Linda

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