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 … Read more

Maison et Objet September 2008 Trend – Simple

The official trend theme of the September 2008 edition of Maison&Objet was “Simple”. Thegoal, according to a press conference held with members of the Maison&Objet Observatoire,was to showcase “living with humble elegance.” While each trend stand showcased plenty ofproduct, each of the three presentations also raised questions about the complex issuesof access, sustainability and other … Read more

Introducing ::Surroundings:: Contributor Susan Schultz

I am very pleased to welcome Susan Schultz as a new contributing blogger on ::Surroundings! Susan is a principal in Space Downtown, a home furnishings design, product development and marketing firm based in New York City. Throughout her successful and diverse career as a design professional, Schultz has become known for her insightful observations and … Read more

Tour the Paris Fleas

Contributed by Susan Schultz When I first began traveling to Paris I was urged by both friends and the guidebooks to visit the famous French flea market, the Puces Saint-Ouen with its huge variety, multiple markets and permanent halls. My first visit to Saint-Ouen was just about learning to navigate the sometimes intimidating route from … Read more

IMM Cologne 2009 Trend Report

Contributed by Susan Schultz In September 2008, IMM Cologne unveiled its 2009 trend forecast. Developed by a team of five international design notables in conjunction with support from IMM Cologne staffers, the four trends for 2009 address some familiar design themes—recycling, vintage, technology, green, etc.—but mix them up in some surprising ways. Following are some … Read more