Bold prints and vivid colours spotted at Maison et Objet


During my visit to Maison et Objet I saw a lot of vivid colours, colorful accents, bold patterns, and bright prints.  Here’s a round up of some brands whose designs turn up the vibrant colour volume for fall and winter.

(Please note that some photos may be of less quality as they were taken with my phone due to the fact that photographing was officially prohibited. However, I personally got permission from the featured exhibitors to take these pictures)

La Cerise sur le gâteau

We can always trust on la cerise sur le gateau to come up with another quirky or fun design for their tea towels, bedding and pillows. Their new collection entails: neon dots, photographing Olga, french kiss, childlike doodles of funny guys and houses, and a contemporary interpretation of toile de jouy in pink and grey. (available in a variety of Dutch (web)shops)

Mariska Meijers

I love Mariska Meijers designs, and whenever I’m in Amsterdam I always try to drop by to see what’s new in her store.  Her new collection ‘Jungle Fever’ was inspired by neon lights and is more graphic and abstract than her earlier work. I instantly fell in love with her wall paper, which is very bold, but also very city chic.

Miho Designs

Miho has been a major hit the past year with its deer heads and bird houses. I could hardly flip open a home decor magazine without seeing the MDF do-it-yourself accessories sprucing up a wall. It looks like their popularity isn’t a flash in the pan. (available at a variety of Dutch (web)shops)

Chhatwal & Jonsson

I’ve got a thing for ikat patterns so I was very taken by the designs of Cchatwal & Jonsson. Their inspiration is India’s decorative heritage with a Scandinavian sense of colours and style.

Marimekko

Fabrics and accessories from Marimekko are and will always be colorful. And still they stay innovative and manage to surprise us with something new.

Pantone Universe

New in the pantone universe collection are the gift boxes with 4 cups, the tray table, and the tea set. Like we are used of Pantone, they come in the pantone colour of your choice.

HK Living

Dutch brand HK Living stays true to their reputation: ethnic chic with an industrial vibe. They combine greys and neutrals with blue hues and neon pink, but I also saw pops of purple, green and orange.

Mariska Meijers Designs


Last week I visited the chic flagship store from Dutch designer and artist Mariska Meijers. If her name does not ring a bell, her stationery line definitely will. It has been on the market since 2009, with new collections created each year. Mariska is known for her brightly coloured art and designs, which is also one of the reasons I was drawn to her work. But what also intrigued me is her story. A few years ago she decided to quit her job as a lawyer in the corporate world and pursue her dreams, and that is something I admire in people, especially women. Mariska Meijers pushes the envelope, and charts her own course. [continue reading after picture]

Her newly opened flagship store is ideally located in the center of Amsterdam in an old canal house. The bright colours immediately draw people in, and Mariska pays great attention to every customer crossing the treshold, giving detailed product information and telling her vintage products’ story. Her passion and love for the products were immediately very evident. [continue reading after picture]

Mariska first paints her designs in oil on canvas, and then has it digitally reproduced on textiles, birchwood, as screen prints (giclee on German etching paper) and as stationery. All textiles are produced in the Netherlands by a Dutch company that specializes in fashion prints and also works for brands like Dior, Paul Smith and Dolce and Gabbana. She prefers to work with silk which enhances the vibrant hues and captures light to then playfully reflect it. [continue reading after pictures]

Her designs differ, but they are all with an eclectic vibe, fresh approach and with bold colour combinations. She gets her inspiration from traveling and being exposed to different scenes, but also simply from a walk in the park. [continue reading after pictures]

I was especially taken by her SFC certified birch veneer trays and tray tables made in Scandanavia, her patchwork pillows, and a lovely and soft mohair and cotton throw from her 2009 collection woven by the Dutch textile museum, with a depiction of an owl. [continue reading after pictures]

The store also carries hand-picked reupholsterd vintage chairs in bright yellow and black, vintage furniture, lampshades and accessories that complement her designs, a beautiful art piece from Elizabeth Kleinveld, and copper wire bird cage lamps with multi-coloured birds from French designer Mathieu Challieres. [continue reading after pictures]

And as if her designs aren’t inspiring enough, she also has a floor to ceiling mood board in her store, full of gorgeous photographs, postcards and inspirational quotes.

The Mariska Meijers collections are sold in 15 countries around the world, including Neiman Marcus in the US. To find out more about Mariska Meijer, her store, webstore and sales locations, visit her website.

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