Maison & Objet: Six brands doing the “smaller is better” trend beautifully

We always look forward to the trends we’ll spot at Maison & Objet – it’s the kind of fair where you can find everything for the home, from sofas to beds and wall art to kitchenware. In addition, Maison is not only is a good place to get inspired by gorgeous installations and directional brands but also to confirm trends and have a clear idea of what will hit the shops within a few months.

What caught our eye this time around? The small stuff. And these are the brands doing the trend really, really well…

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1. The new notebooks launched by Tom Dixon, who has been investing in smaller accessories for the home for a few seasons now, are divine. We love that, even in a small object like this, you can spot some of the designer’s trademarks – beautiful colour combinations, metallic surfaces and geometric forms.

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2. Vitra, a brand synonymous for iconic design that producing true objects of genius for interiors addicts, is diving into the “small is better” trend too and launched a series everyday items – think matches and napkins – decorated with Alexander Girard prints originally created in the 1950s and 1960s. We specially like the “Home Sweet Home” prints, as it taps into another trend spotted at the fair: warm and welcoming.


3. Here at WGSN Lifestyle & Interiors, we are big fans of Danish brand HAY, and – like Tom Dixon – it has mastered the art of transforming everyday objects into beautiful decorative accessories that really spruce up a composition or room. Just look at these pencils, casually arranged together – isn’t your desk crying out for such a cool pot of gorgeousness?

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4. San Francisco-based designer Tina Frey is always on our Maison radar, so it’s no surprise we’re obsessed with her resin homeware. So it was a nice surprise to see that she is translating her organic shapes into prints for greeting cards. Another great example of how to jump into a new product category without losing your style identity.


5. When we said you can find everything for the home at Maison & Objet, we meant it. Washi tape – the DIY bloggers’ best friend – was one of the highlights at Nomess Copenhagen, proving you can find good design no matter what the product.


6. These trinket boxes by German brand Litolff are smaller than everything in this blogpost  and the perfect way to summarise the trend. Smaller is better – case closed.

The full Maison & Objet coverage will be live on WGSN Lifestyle & Interiors this week – the best, the beautiful, the new. Stay tuned!

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