Maison & Objet – January 2013 Trend Tour – part 1

Maison et Objet Logo

I think I’ve made it clear in the course of writing this blog that in my mind, Maison & Objet – the famed bi-annual exhibition in Paris – is without rival. Simply put, it’s the best, most inspiring trade fair in the world. Maison plays host to a bounty of amazing work by some of today’s most extraordinary designers, curated in a magnificent fashion. It’s a bounty of eye candy for creative thinkers, not to be missed. But alas, sometimes you just can’t attend. Fear not, today’s video (part one of two) provides an edited taste of the invigorating sights at the most recent show.

Interested in watching part 2? Click HERE

Oh, You Silly Goose.


One of my fav finds at the New York Gift Show has to be Uncle Goose, a Grand Rapids-based hand-manufacturer of “classic” wooden alphabet blocks. Oh, but they’re so much more than that! With an impeccable design eye and playful innovative spirit, they offer an eclectic assortment that includes a variety of different languages, special needs products and specialty items – all with a typographer’s sophistication and contemporary aesthetic. Oh, and yes; they do make the classic version as well. It’s beautiful! (As always, click to shop!)

Uppercase Lowercase 14-block set, $22
Uppercase Lowercase 14-block set, $22
Alphablanks 14-block set, $14
Alphablanks 14-block set, $14
Nursery Rhyme 28-block set, $39
Nursery Rhyme 28-block set, $39
Nursery Rhyme (detail)
Nursery Rhyme (detail)
Groovie Math Blocks set of 28, $43
Groovie Math Blocks set of 28, $43
Groovie (detail)
Groovie (detail)
Māori Block set, $43
Māori Block set, $43
Braille with Sign Language Blocks, $39
Braille with Sign Language Blocks, $39
Egyptian Hieroglyphic Blocks, $50
Egyptian Hieroglyphic Blocks, $50
House Industries Factory Blocks, $70
House Industries Factory Blocks, $70
Canvas Storage Bag, $6
Canvas Storage Bag, $6

Color on the Floor

Hi all! It’s Mari from Arcadian Home blog, a wonderful place to find beautiful home decor inspirations. I’m so excited to be visiting here at Blue Bergitt today. Sonjia, thanks for having me.

Today, my guest post is about the beauty of color on the floor. With seemingly endless possibilities, it was difficult to choose just a few, but here are eight clever ways to give interior spaces a boost with color underfoot. Please enjoy!

Colorful Floor

This first room seems to fit right into our topic with three large area rugs laid down in an open living space. Though totally different in pattern, this trio looks quit charming together.

Colorful Floor

The rusty hues of a speckled cowhide on the floor coordinate beautifully with those of the wall art and carved wood sculptures. A feather pendant light adds an appealing contrast to the design.

Colorful Floor

For a lovely cottage look, a hand-painted or stenciled wood floor can be perfect underfoot. This one goes decidedly feminine with a soft pink background.

Colorful Floor

A single solid paint color can be used to add a more formal look. A minty hue on both floor and ceiling brings unity to this living room.

Colorful Floor

Here, a glossy jewel tone blue adds a happy vibe to a tiny under-the-stairs dining space. I’m intrigued by the clever way the light fixture is hung.

Colorful Floor

Color doesn’t always have to be bright or high contrast to be beautiful on the floor. This area rug is lovely with a pale calligraphy pattern that mimics the graffiti†wall art.

Colorful Floor

Black and white squares are exceptionally versatile on the floor. The pattern and color is gorgeous in marble for an elegant entry or in rugged tiles or paint for a hard-working laundry room as seen here.

Colorful Floor

In the image above, black and white stripped rugs bring color interest and texture to dark wood floors. A splash of orange paint on one wall adds a cheerful touch.†Images 1 | 2 | 3 | 4†|†5 |†6†| 7 | 8

What do you think of these colorful floors? Leave us comments below, and visit our website for more on home decor, lighting fixtures, and interior inspirations!



Ever stayed at an Ace Hotel? If not, fix that. I mean, I’ve relished the times I’ve booked a room there, despite lacking the proper hipster quotient and being among the “olds” (those who are far too “mature” to pull it off properly. Conveniently, one of the perks of being middle-aged is that you no longer can be bothered care about that.). The brand’s irreverent attitude, uncommon aesthetic and overwhelming sense that no one’s taking things too seriously is entirely refreshing. Another perk? It’s a haven for us type nuts who adore the cheeky use of words…

Ace Hotel NYC Everything is going to be alright

Every EXIT is an Entrance Somewhere Else my favorite wall quote at the Ace Hotel hidden off the Lobby in an non descript area

Ace Artwork

Mod Canvas Wall Hanging over the best bed I've ever slept in

Ace Friend

Ace Hotel Bathroom Mirror

Ace Hotel NY Dream

Ace Hotel NYC Inside

Ace Hotel NYC Towels

Ace Hotel You could already be a winner

DON'T EVEN GO THERE Private Entry next to Gym on lower level of Ace Hotel.

Ace Words Sign

LET'S GET PHYSICAL written backwards in the excersize ball room

acehotel Alright

ACE Love Me

Aces Hand drawn text



The Painted Pumpkin Patch

I’ve started noticing a wide-spread trend towards “design-y” pumpkin art. Me – I’m a traditionalist. I like to get messy and carve them all up; creating silly, but simple, faces that glow from my front stoop, inviting in the urban trick-or-treaters. Still, some of these are really quite stunning, so I thought I’d share. NOTE: If you’ve been reading for a while, you’re likely aware that DIY is not exactly my forté. Meaning, if you’re looking for coaching on HOW to do this stuff; you’ve got the wrong gal. I just happen to think it’s kinda cool.

The 2013 Trendscape – a Vision by Maison et Objet

A heady, high-level look ahead at the key directional forces forecast for 2013 – through the eyes and imaginations of the astute trend contributors to Maison et Objet, the acclaimed trade fair held in Paris each January and September.  In French with English subtitles.

Making a Grand Entrance

I must say, folks are becoming pretty comfortable with color these days. Case and point:  a trend toward painting one’s front door a brightly saturated (and unexpected) hue. I just love the fact people are abandoning the builder’s standards and tastefully coordinated paint chip books to take a bold risk – Bravo! Here’s a peek at a few adventurous triumphs that provide a bit of inspiration to the rest of us…

A Pinch of Folly – S/S 2012-13 Trends

In just a couple weeks, the spring 2012 Maison et Object trade fair opens its doors in Paris. Arguably the best show for trend forecasting across categories, Maison presents a balance of forward yet accessible retail products and heady design thinking. This clip represents the latter. It illustrates a few of the over-arching concepts buyers may discover in the months to come, including a personal favorite: “Now is the time for sweet delirium and highly euphoric abnormality”. What’s not to love about that? As it’s in French, you might consider watching widescreen, so you can actually read the English subtitles.

Laced with Cement

This week I’ll be featuring a few of my favorite products from the September 2011 Maison et Objet Trade Fair in Paris.

The stunning juxtaposition of delicate, old world patterns and industrial materials like concrete and steel cable makes for one incredibly unconventional room divider. “Concrete Lace” was created by Doreen Whestphal, a German designer living in the Netherlands, by casting suspensions within the concrete tiles. Each screen is individually made, and can be customized to suit any space.

Ciao 10 Corso Como

Walking along the street in Milan, you’ll find a dark, unassuming doorway marked 10 Corso Como. There’s no outward clue as to what lies within. I had heard it was like Collette in Paris, so was thrilled to make the pilgrimage, yet was totally unprepared for what I would discover inside. Once through the dimly lit entry, you emerge into a vast, open air courtyard that begins the sublime experience. Part greenhouse, part warehouse, and part haute couture house –  the ambiance stirred my designer’s sensibility to the core. This mecca for the well-heeled, artsy crowd is home to shops, galleries, a cafe, bar, rooftop terrace and a 3-room hotel. “Promenade through art, design and fashion in a single space. Stroll the crossroad between desire and culture.” While the store is extravagantly pretentious (the salespeople have perfected the art of haughty disdain), overall, 10 Corso Como manages to feel accessible and inviting. I came away inspired, awed and exquisitely gratified.

Fair warning: the video below is 8 minutes long. (Of course it is. Would a place like this be concerned that generally people lose interest after 3 minutes? Ah, no.) Still, watch what you can to soak up the flavor of this exceptional little gem.

The Worst Hotel in the World

I’m in Amsterdam today, so I thought it fitting to mention the irreverent branding of what has come to be known as The Worst Hotel in the World, the Hans Brinker Budget Hotel“Proudly disappointing travelers for over 40 years”.  It would be a gross understatement to say that this Dutch institution has embraced the concept of truth in advertising (though as I considered more accurate metaphors I thought better of actually publishing them here). Developed by Amsterdam-based agency Kessels Kramer, these raunchy, rediculous, hilarious campaigns have been making people want to take a shower since 1996. Slow work day? I strongly suggest whittling it away by exploring the Hans Brinker web site. (Need more? Get the book.)

A Beautiful Strange

Do not be tempted. Crackle nails are a bad idea of colossal scale. (You’ll notice the image below is very small, as I could hardly bear to include it. I also have shamelessly neglected to provide a link because, well, I just can’t have that.) 

If I might suggest an alternative for those of you determined to deviate from the common nail, yet who prefer to keep your dignity in tact? Consider the Strangebeautiful library of provocatively colored polishes. Designed by Rhode Island School of Design Alum, Jane Schub, who takes a somewhat subversive approach to selecting her unconventional yet urbane hues.  Her rather eccentric sources of inspiration and understated packaging provide the line’s high hip factor.

For example, peruse the inspirations for the shades included in Volume #3:

  • The veins of green mold running through Roquefort
  • The artist Sean Scully
  • The rich black olive-green color of Loden cloth
  • Aged Armagnac
  • The dull brown red of Red Rope files
  • The saturated rusty iron color of an Irish bog caused by the reaction between tannin, wood and iron.
  • Raymond Loewy
  • The belly of a pigeon
  • The dreadfully wonderful dirty almond color used on kitchen appliances.
Volume #5 was released this summer, just in case you’ve been searching for a shade that mimics “the profile of a gray-blue Heron scooping fish against a background of gooey river runoff”. And who wouldn’t be? Not ready to commit $79 bucks to a full set of 8? A small assortment of individual bottles are available at Anthropologie.

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