Reporting on the latest interior design trends from Paris's Maison et Objet...

So, I have returned onto UK soil after a fabulous Paris Expo, Maison et Objet, that boasts to be the international authority for home decor, interior design, architecture and lifestyle culture and trends.

Ruler Interior Design Paris Expo, Maison de Objet map

I pounded every inch of the 8 exhibition halls (excluding fragrances!); I soaked up the current vibe in the interiors world, and I wasn’t disappointed… whilst I am no David Bailey, I took some snapshots to share some my favourites, and hope that this blog somehow helps you along a little with your own interior projects.

As Maison et Objet is predominantly a trade only expo, you may not be able to order products directly, but for further info on any particular pieces of interest you may come across, don’t hesitate to get in touch with me! Some have online shops but for discounted prices, get in touch, I’ve bagged my very own delicious piece of artwork from my most favoured company there, Sugarboo, with their stunning collection of whimsical and unique art and gifts, all with charming and uplifting messages that put a little goodness into the world. All prints are made to order but worth the wait … I just can’t wait for the postman to arrive!  

So, this year was very much about upcycling industrial style materials and mixing textures, reinventing the past and adapting it to contemporary urban living. For me, Chehoma & Mario Collection did retro vintage effortlessly, mixing steel, brass and copper with distressed woods & leather.

Ruler Interior Design up cycled tables
Ruler Interior Design up cycled chest of drawers

Raw and sumptuous natural materials were visible throughout, linens for the perfect night’s sleep (Love Beatrice Laval), rope pendant lighting, cork tables, seating and cushions, there was even furniture made from bales of hay for something a little more edgy, but not sure how that would hold up at home with my dogs around!

Ruler Interior Design cushions and sofa
Ruler Interior Design cushions

Soft pink velvets and tropical greens heavily dominated the scene, (and I was happy to see lots of Navy Blue coming through more, which i’m proud to say i predicted some time ago!

For inspiring and classic, luxury furniture, lighting and accessories, Eichholtz got my vote, bringing their vision to life with extensive and exquisitely decorated rooms. R V Astley get a shout out from me too, for beautifully designed and crafted luxury.


Flamant, the iconic Belgian lifestyle brand, offer a multitude of styles, from classic, country and Gustavian, to modern vintage and contemporary urban design. With their vast and diverse collection of furniture, tableware, lighting, accessories, and even paint, you can be sure in one simple stop, to come home to a warm and familiar home, and sink into the most comfortable of sofas; that feeling of coming home is the quintessence of Flamant. I have to say they got my thumbs up for having their own private bar at the show, and i was only too delighted to gratefully accept a glass of cold white wine after 7 hours trampling the floors..!

Lighting was heavily represented at this season’s show, there were some beauties.  Vintage retro pendants, wire frame designs, blown glass pendants and bare bulbs aren’t disappearing any time soon; and with so much competition, prices seemed to be more realistic this year; I’ve placed my orders for my latest project and can’t wait to turn the lights on…

Ruler Interior Design retro pendants
Ruler Interior Design pendant lights

Giant pop art from the 50s & 60s continues to own its place on walls; Blondie, Marilyn, Elvis, Steve, Faye & Sophia (to name but a few) are all still deservedly holding strong, next to stunning contemporary pieces that graced the red carpet!

Thank you Maison et Objet for a wonderful show… I will be back in January for the next one!

For more info or just a chat, just pick up the phone, I love to talk interiors.



Lisa Gershinson