At the trend-setting trade fair in Paris, the rise of personal-luxury items spoke to how wellness has expanded in scope and extended its reach during the pandemic. One category in particular stood out: valets.
A new crop of valets offered more than elevated designs and flexible functionality. Importantly, these products were intended to appeal to women. Women have been largely ignored by this category over the years, but three upscale offerings seen in Paris confirmed that this is changing.
Elena, new from Pinetti Leather, was designed with Her in mind. One way in which this is obvious is its height. This elegant walnut structure is taller, so it can accommodate dresses. It also features a revolving mirror. Designed as an elongated oval, the mirror is backed with leather upholstery and detailed with a handy attached tray for jewelry. A leather base becomes a pedestal for heels.
Unopervolta’s Multipurpose valet is anchored by a rectangular walnut block. Three long rows of circular holes line the top. These holes are not just decorative. They also allow for customization, since each hole can accommodate a wooden rod. Rods of various heights (one tall enough for a dress) hold a coat hanger, a shelf, a ring or a mirror. Chose how many you want, place them into the block where you like and change their position when you want to customize this piece.
Meet Jules, created by 25-year-old Belgian, Sarah Willemart for Maison Dada. Designed for a modern lifestyle, Jules reimagines the traditional valet for everyday use in the 21st century. Jules is generous, soft and playful. While the bold form of this wood-and-fabric piece could be considered masculine, padded comfort and lots of curves suggest a feminine user. A thick upholstered back and wooden seat provide the comfort of a chair. At the same time, a clothes hanger, fabric pocket, opening through which to drape a scarf or belt, and a shelf below the seat make it the perfect valet.
Other standout categories at the fair included a surprising number of lamps with touch dimmers, well-designed mirrors (including the first mirror meant for outdoor use) and area rugs with dramatic, sculpted textures. Keep your eyes on this space for more details and lots of pictures of these trends.