Ideas to steal from the Maison & Objet Fair in Paris!

Ideas to steal from the Maison & Objet Fair in Paris!

Turn a corridor into a club with flashy neon

@M&O

Or create an abyssal decoration

@M&O

Unpair your chairs to breathe life back into your dining table

@Vincent Sheppard

Create a luminous view in a blind room 

@Flamant

 Brighten your room with a total white look

@Baxter

Mesmerize your guests

@JNL collection

Create a room divider that call to voyeurism

@Emanuel Ungaro

Seat on your canvas

@innermost

Wall Painting & Optical Effects

No need to do much for enlarging a room or create perspective. You just have to know how to use paint to transform your interior. Here are some ideas for using optical effects properly:

Light Colored Walls & Floors

Light colored walls and floor would have an enlarging effect and would also enlighten the room. You’d better chose one color only from floor to ceiling: it won’t draw attention to the corners, the room will then seem larger. Light teints (wood, white, light brawn) would also perfectly match with colorful furniture. 

Dark floor, light walls

A dark floor would make an enlarging effect and give more character to your interior. That is the reason why it is mainly advised to have a floor slightly darker than walls. Grey or black floors can be very elegant but they would also draw attention on the floor only, overlooking the rest of the room. What’s more, pay attention to colorful floor, your eyes might get tired of it very quickly! 

Light floor and dark walls

Dark walls – with light floor and ceiling – would seem higher and deeper but also very tight. You should also have a very bright room if you want to use a dark painting, so that your interior doesn’t seem too dark – pretty much like a shady basement. 

Light floor and walls, dark ceiling

A dark ceiling would make the room lower. Nevertheless, if you have a high ceiling, painting it might be a good idea, it will give the space some colorful energy and transmit light from the different ceiling lights. 

Colorful niche

Painting a niche will allow gaze to escape the room and create the illusion of an open space. Use of a colorful canvas or mirror would have basically the same effect. 

Paint one wall only

Paint one or two walls instead of all of them modify the organization of space and contribute to make it larger and more open. Paint the wall at the back with a strong color will enlarge the room. For example use it at the end of a tight corridor. Be careful if you decide to paint lateral walls, it will make the room longer but tighter.

 Play with lines

Horizontal lines will open the room in its width. Vertical lines will extend the space to the back of the room. Then, it is strongly advised to use line perpendicularly to the longest walls in order to enlarge the room. 



Vertical lines on the walls (or curtains) will stretch the wall to the ceiling, whereas horizontal lines will make the walls wider.
  

Pay attention not to select too big lines in small interiors. It will make the room smaller. 

A Bright Zoo

From hunting trophy made of paper to Chinese lanterns through artistic nightlights, who said that animal lamps were only for children?
Paper Lanterns Petit Pan, between 45 and 100 euros.

Rabbit Lamp by Moooi, 404 € at Made in design.
Paper Lamps by Zoolight, starting at 65 € at Pop Line.
A kitsch Bambi Lamp by Pakhuis Oost, 43 € at Bubblemag.
Rabbit and Jelly Teddy Bear by Egmont Toys, starting at 48 € at Pop Line.

Paper lamps by artist Frank Gehry, currently presented in Gagosian Gallery in Hong Kong.

Home Decor Shopping in Bali

If you’re going to Bali soon, don’t forget to stop in Seminyak for some shopping! You can find all kinds of home décor and furniture at a bargain price, and you can ship everything everywhere in the world.

Before moving to practical details, let’s see some examples of what you can find in Bali.

Home Decor & Lightings in Bali

Axioo* shop

A photographic calendar @axioo 
Magnetic frames

You can change the pics anytime

Bar stools covered with printed fabrics at Hobo*
Ligthings in fabric, wood and wicker at Purnama*

A lamp I bought for a little more than 10USD
Wicker baskets and bathroom accessories at Dini Art Store* and lightings and home decor items at Sands Bali*.

Furniture in Bali

A crush on Bagatelle* shop and its rattan chairs

Original creations of Bagatelle
You’ll find absolutely everything at Warisan* but the prices are a bit higher.

Balinese and colonial style furniture can be bought at Kenny Furniture* and Christy furniture*.

Traditional Balinese door

For more classic furniture you can go to Valore*, they have modern indoor and outdoor furniture.

Art

Glass creations of Focus Design*.

Sold with the wooden base for about 50USD

Gigantic stainless steel sculptures of Chenergy* gallery.

Another sculpture made by Chen 

Practical details & Delivery

Where to go?

If you don’t have much time, just go to Kerokoban Street (Jalan Kerokoban) which stretches from Seminyak to Kuta. It’s 5 min away from the center of Seminyak (30.000 Rp), 10 minutes from the center of Kuta, and 20 minutes from the airport. But you’ll find home décor shops all over the place in Bali ! You can also customize and personalize your furniture for a very reasonable price.

Shipping furniture from Bali

Furniture can be shipped everywhere in the world. I asked in 2 shops and it’s around USD200 to ship 1 cubic meter to Paris and the same price for 2 cubic meters to New York, whatever the weight of your container. Don’t forget to ask about applicable taxes and/or VAT in your home country.

If you buy from several different shops you can hire an export agent (such as Lys Trading, Bali Export Asia ou Permata International Cargo). They’ll collect everything from the different shops and will send it for you.

Good to Know…

Balinese woods are used to humidity. When you ship them to a drier country, the wood might crack if it hasn’t been properly dried or if it’s of a poor quality. Better spend a few dollars more to avoid that kind of bad surprises.

When you buy brand new furniture, check the Forest Stewardship Council label to make sure it promotes a responsible management of forests.

And don’t forget to bargain!

More Home Decor in Indonesia…

Home Décor addicts : go to Java Island ! Furniture and delivery are cheaper than in Bali and it’s a real paradise for Home Décor and furniture. Java is also a very interesting destination for tourism : less tourists but a lot to see !

Addresses:

  • Axioo, Jl. Raya Kerokoban Br. Taman, Seminyak (+62 878 6280 1950)
  • Bagatelle, Jl.Kunti No. 4C Seminyak Bali 80361,
  • Chenergy, Jl. Raya Kerokoban Br. Taman, Kuta, Bali (+62 361 721 638)
  • Christy Furniture & Art Gallery, Jl. Raya Kerokoban Br. Taman No.98, Kuta (+62 361 735 502)
  • Dini Art Shop, Jl. Raya Kerokoban Br. Taman No. 93 (+62 361 734 995)
  • Focus Design, Jl. Raya Kerokoban Kelod Br. Tama No.1, Kuta (+62 361 847 6154)
  • Hobo Store, Jl. Raya Kerokoban Br. Taman No. 105, Seminyak (+62 361 733 369) + Denpasar : Jl Muding Indah 13/3
  • Kenny Furniture & Antique, Jl. Raya Kerokoban Br. TamanNo. 96, Kuta (+62 361 730 636)
  • Purnama, Jl. Raya Kerokoban Br. Taman, Kuta (+62 081 999 011 941) + Denpasar : Jl. Iman Bonjol Gg 100
  • Valore, Jl. Raya Kerokoban Br. Taman No. 86a, Kuta, (+62 361 742 3505)

If you have any recommendation, please post your tips in the comments section below or send us an email (with pictures) so that we can update this article.

Enjoy your Holidays ! 🙂

A Dynamic Sculpture

Entering Dider Legros’ world is a unique experience! You can spend hours staring at his dynamic sculptures, trying to understand the very complex mechanism of his amazing artworks.

Here is a video of his work ‘Reflect’, which really grabbed my attention. It is the perfect combination between art, technique and design!