Roundhouse Trends Maison et Objet

Twice a year, everyone interiors obsessed looks to Paris. Here, at Maison et Objet ( design fair where thousands of brands show their latest collections, is the opportunity to see what the best dressed interiors will be wearing in the months ahead. From technically advanced new materials, key colours and shapes and right through to the social movements influencing production and purchasing, it’s the ultimate forum for understanding the design what next. In case you didn’t get the chance to visit, we’ve created a taste of the trends you need to know.
Rattan Luxe
Along with it’s natural pairing cane, rattan has made its way back into the home after many years in the style wilderness. Its latest incarnation pairs the quiet refinement of the woven materials with glamorous details such as this decorative cabinet from Dooq ( Rattan also makes a pleasing detail in chair backs and pendant shades. It can add a subtle interest to an otherwise minimal scheme, as in this Urbo matt lacquer and Crown Cut Random oak veneer Roundhouse Bespoke kitchen with a long sleek bank of matt lacquer cabinetry.  It can also add an earthiness to very luxe materials, such as burnished brass handless doors that require some contrasting details to bring out their beauty, it’s the perfect addition for creating some welcome design tension. It’s one of the interior design trends for 2018 that will keep going strong into 2019 and beyond.

Daring Dining 
Tables that elevate the dining experience are back on the menu. Marble paired with bold metals, brass edged dark woods and highly polished concrete drew the eye to luxuriant and sumptuous spaces that are purely about entertaining, rather than everyday tasks.   Whether teamed with a banquette, bench or plush, comfortable velvet dining chairs, these tables are more thoroughbred than workhorse. Adding in some well considered pendant light or spotlights that draw the eye to the table top will enhance the sensation that some special meal times are sacred. Here this Roundhouse Classic matt lacquer, hand painted, bespoke kitchen in Farrow & Ball Pitch Black with Statuario Marble worktops create an elegant space for cooking and chatting, but also lead into a dedicated dining area.  The Nightingale glazed cabinet also in Farrow & Ball Pitch Black, form a connection between the two spaces, but when the kitchen spotlights are lowered and the decorative pendant glows over the formal area, the dining table takes centre stage.  Let the games begin.

Being good is no longer good enough; today’s consumer wants to actively engage with products and materials that do no harm and where possible, create a positive impact. The latest incarnation of this is the ‘Cradle to cradle’ approach, the latest manufacturing buzzwords, where a product is conceived with the product it may well become next already in mind.  This means using materials with a potential lifecycle, rather than a limited use. The best place to start is by working with ethically sourced and materials. All Roundhouse timbers adhere to the highest accreditation and FSC standards, and have supported the Woodland Trust since 2011 through their tree-planting scheme, putting back for tomorrow what is taken out today.  The Malvern factory is heated by a Biomass system, which brings it very close to carbon neutrality:  All wood waste is burnt to heat the factory, which eliminates waste from extraction by using it as fuel for the boiler.  Longevity in both materials and style are also a big part of the Roundhouse aesthetic, both of which are designed to age beautifully, such as this Urbo bespoke kitchen island in horizontal grain rough sawn Oak.

Transparent success
No longer prepared to be invisible, glass took centre stage at Maison et Objet A/W 2018.  Cut glass objets d’arts, a mix of sleek shapes and vivid, bold colours graced the stand of Reflections Copenhagen, ( which was busy with designers keen to study the bowls, jewellery boxes and mirrors that managed to strike just the right balance between elegant and edgy.  Popular UK lighting brand BTC ( created a hand painted pendant that combined the subtle glow of a Classic French bistro light with a soft yet graphic update that also throws out a flattering light in through the soft toned milk glass.  This glassware clearly demands attention and this Nightingale cabinet in Farrow & Ball Studio Green with Antique mirror back, glazed shelves and Smoked Bronze handles allows this coloured glass wear to take centre stage, highlighted with these inbuilt spots.

Fake it ‘til you make it
Natural materials are always a welcome addition in any home, bringing a sense of comfort and familiarity.  However, there are great ways to get the look but with a higher level of performance too. Elastron ( upholstery have created a butter-smooth faux leather in on trend deep tones, ideal for family friendly banquette covering New designs from Concrete LCDA ( bring together the beauty of cast concrete with the grain of woods and or classical mouldings of Haussman’s Parisienne style in lightweight panels that can be affixed to interior walls. Geometric and linear designs complete the range and look work beautifully to zone a dining area in a broken plan kitchen.  Using the same material on both counter top, walls and floors can bring a unity to a small are that would feel crowded with too many mixed components, achieved here using with concrete wall panels with Roundhouse Urbo in matt lacquer, Oak and polished concrete surfaces.

Back to Memphis
For most, Elvis comes to mind but for designers and architects the iconic design group know as Memphis, founded by Italian Ettore Sottsass, means Pop Art and Art Deco inspired bright colours, moulded plastics and geometrics. The look changed the design scene between 1981 and 1988 and it’s influence was seen in architecture and fashion for years. And its back in a big way, with pastels jarring against black, moulded forms and grids. Ran by two sisters, Copenhagen brand Ikon Kobenhavn ( lead the charge with their graphic furniture that adds a touch of whimsy but also serious design points to any scheme. Making a statement of joins and edges, this smart use of under stair space mirrors this graphic style by Roundhouse delivers a standout feature of this storage expanding solution.

Halo Effect
Lighting has always been an essential part of making any scheme work. But this year it’s also making an appearance as wall decoration, combined with pattern and used as a way to create drama. These wall sconces from Market Set ( used delicate patterns in complimentary shades to and textures to create a warm haze of light. Other products in the range brought together terrazzo, cane and Memphis black edges, bringing several trends in one.  Using lighting as part of the texture and colour palette of a scheme from the conception rather than an after thought is essential; the dulled stainless steel of these domed factory lights add a shimmer against the muted tones of the natural plaster wall finish and wooden roof. Tonally from a similar family but given added interest with tougher metal edge. Special but simple all at once. Another concept that will long outlast 2018 interior design scheme and give your home an timeless quality. The best type of trend.