At Christmasworld and Ambiente in Frankfurt, and at Maison & Objet, paper demonstrated its trend-worthiness. There was a dramatic increase in not only the variety of paper techniques used, but also the kinds of products that had come into paper’s orbit.
• Papier maché and its look were surging for bowls, vessels like urns and vases, and sculptures. A handmade look helped drive the popularity of this material, which had more visibility than any other kind of paper.
• Pleated paper also showed up quite often. A handful of decorative items made to mimic life-sized topiaries felt whimsical and fun. Pleated-paper ornaments were on-trend.
• Also on trend: Christmas trees made with the same pleated-paper technique. These lightweight trees are neither artificial, nor do they get pitched to the curb after the Holidays have passed. Instead, these earth-friendly forms with a modern look can be folded up and saved for future years. Watch for paper trees of all sizes to become key items.
• Recycled paper pulp was made into decorative objects with a textural, earthy personality.
• Thin strips of dyed cellulose paper were wrapped around metal frames, creating paper lampshades.
Check out the gallery of paper images below, all snapped at European trade fairs in January.