Maison & Objet 2022 – vintage and fish and humour

The trendhunting from Paris continue. Here we look at three chapters – vintage, fishes and humour.


Elegant proportions and a bit moody. The design industry is finding inspiration in the 70s. It is a decade with elegance but also democratic values. Both 70s glam actress Faye Dunaway and activist Jane Fonda. Retro and vintage was huge at the design fair Maison & Objet.

Walking around the among the almost 2000 exhibitors at the fair in Paris, I could clearly see that a lot of the furniture producers started doing generic upholstered chairs like the one above. It has nothing “extra”. But a bit vintage. Not too much, but just enough.

I would say this the 2022 version of the plastic chair with metal wire legs we have seen for the last 5-10 years. Everyone is doing their version of an upholstered generic chair.

There we of course versions of chairs like this.

And a few swivel chairs with strong inspiration from the tulip chair by Saarinen.

More generic swivel chairs.

Relaunch from Editions Disderot

But everything is not “too inspirered”, on the verge of being a copy. There were some real fun design too. Like the easy chairs above. It has a chunky aesthetic like you could have seen in a teenage room in the 70s.

It’s like a teenage design. Chunky and democratic. You could see this being sold at a warehouse on the countryside 1973.

I have this chair on the report yesterday because I like the green yellow colour. But the aesthetic is sooooo much fun. Here French brand Honore. To me, this is a vintage Mediterranean style – but newly produced.

These woody easy chairs. Love. Also with leather or even canvas. From La Caja.

Is it a 70s Wegner chair or something newly produced??

This whole decade was a lot about pine and wood. Large pieces. Here a mirror from Danish brand Broste Copenhagen.


But again – of course there is elegance in this era. Like this table lamp.

The low coffee table with metal and glass. Rounded edges. I saw at least two versions of it. Both at Eichholtz and Red Edition.


A few years back we talked about inspiration from life under water. There were jellyfish, corals and even mermaids. In Paris I didn’t find so much of water life but more shapes of fish. Kind of like a nostalgic pattern. Not realistic.

Fishes from the 50s?

At Merci Shop

Fish on towels and napkins.

Decorations on walls.

More patters.

I think this is my third picture from the collection of Honore. I guess you can tell I really liked their things… 🙂

Cookie jar fish.

Patterns. Portuguese brand Duro.

More from Duro.


Last chapter today. Humour. All department stores addressed humour in one way or another. Galleries Lafayette focused on the Smiley icon that turned 50, and Bon Marche hade this artist doing cute, fun cartoon men act all over the store.

Humour is a tool to work with during tough times. I think we need this to break free from the pandemic restrictions. And perhaps it’s just a way to make us smile and talk to eachother.

Artist Philippe Katerine at Bon Marche.

Besides the pink cartoon characters he also had an art exhibition with pictures like this.

Smiley at Galeries Lafayette.

Traffic cones at Conran Shop. They were all over the shop.

Seagull or an otter as a vase?? At British Quail.

Alien vase at Haas Brothers.

Watchdog vase?

There were a growing number of products with text on it. Pretty provocative. I think it’s fun and it makes me smile.

Swedish brand Jamida. Instead of coffee at the office?

And finaly a scented candle for anti-assholes…

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