Maison & Objet continues to be one of the most important design shows to attend in Europe, coupled with the fact that it takes place in one of the most dynamic cities in the world. Inspiration comes from experiencing Paris and the exhibition. Each year, M&O presents three lifestyle trends, reflected and narrated with product from vendors at the exhibition. Although somewhat ethereal, these trends do trickle down, as we have seen from seasons past.

One trend selected, the most literal of the three, referred to the influence of sports paraphernalia in all aspects of design. ironically, the United States has been witness to this trend for the longest time, so much so it is hardly a trend at all. With the branding of sports teams, and the fanaticism of fans, objects for the house abound in references to the equipment, uniforms, and environments related to the athletic endeavors of our heroes on the playing field.

“Coupling” was the second trend presented. Objects collected to reflect this trend were really a continuation of a trend that appeared last September, namely “Please Disturb”, which focused on the deconstruction of objects. More specifically, this trend focused on the interpretation of ordinary objects reconstructed with a dual appearance.

And lastly, “Private Obsessions” highlighted the most obvious visible trend- the collecting of objects, a passion of many designers and their clients. Throughout the show, objects are presented as collections but rarely make it to the home that way. But for the passionate few, collecting is a way of like.The focus on one object, in all its aspects, created visually stunning, graphic displays.

Beyond the formal trends presented, each attendee has the ability to form their own opinions and conclusions as to the next wave of influences. Most obvious was the lack of color shown by many vendors.

January 20th to the 24th, 2012 is the next exhibition when the show is even bigger! Fabric editors from across Europe and the world show their wares at Maison and introduce their latest collections. If you want a jump start on your inspiration, Paris in January is the best place to be.

This post was originally profiled by Kravet Inspired News