Throughout the year, the members of the MAISON&OBJET Observatory identify and analyze micro-signals heralding changing influences. Each session, the board’s trend forecast is embodied in the design of three trends areas created by trends consultancy firms Croisements, Elizabeth Leriche and the Nelly Rodi agency. Design Confidential is privy to this year’s trends that will unveiled at the January 2014 edition of M&O. The Observatory has coined this session’s forecast Elsewhere.
Elsewhere is an invitation to distant inner journeys. A desire to get away and a wish for openness to the world are animating design and the art of living. A Cool travel itinerary is about looking for new lands, unseen vistas, far-off spots where adventure and wonder are at hand. Globetrotters and nomads, amblers and bushwhackers are heading out to discover the Other and sketching the shifting cartography of a mobile, fluid, cosmopolitan and more human world. Guaranteed disorientation.
Elsewhere in Nature
Landscape by Elizabeth Leriche
The soothing contemplation of landscapes feeds our gaze and our mind. A quest for getaways, for higher ground is opening the doors of creativity. We are transcribing the reverie of a poetic, sensitive nature. Between the force of material things and evanescent lightness, between immenseness and microcosms, a physical and spiritual escape is teleporting our imaginations toward new horizons. Travel logs in lands of feeling.
Elsewhere under the Sun
Heliotrope by Francois Bernard
A solar art of living is wandering through enclaves that are festive or quiet, transgressive or meditative, in an often somber time. Hotly blazing suns are like the metal of a blade taken from the embers. Midnight suns, white nights, cold suns gleaming like mercury. The heavenly body that is the sun is irradiating creation. It is divine, artsy, sexy, sometimes kitschy and eccentric, luxurious and joyful. Irresistibly hot.
Elsewhere in Abysses and Space
Beyond by Vincente Gregoire for Nelly Rodi
Immediate boarding for the most final distant lands. At the edges of space or in oceanic depths, we are diving into the unknown. A contemporary cabinet of curiosities is bringing together sea-punks and mermaids in mid- water, robots and astronauts searching for new frontiers. The infinitely far is opening up new vistas for creation. A bizarre beauty, strange and mysterious, stellar and astonishing