The two design trends in September 2020, one warm and extroverted (on the left) with the enamels of India Madhavi, the other more refined and introverted, like this interior signed Muuto -


  • The Paris Design Week, which is presented as a route through a set of showrooms and galleries in the capital, is maintained in September, unlike the Maison et objet fair.

  • This is the opportunity to take stock of the style at home.

  • As a result of the health crisis, two trends are opposed: one minimalist and introverted, the other more warm and extroverted.

How about we come home?

Protective matrix during confinement, sealed bubble in the face of danger from the outside ... the house was also seen as the place from which to escape as soon as the sun pointed the tip of its nose.

To feel better there, to feel good there, changes have been made, trends have appeared, others have been reinforced, which we can get a glimpse at Paris Design Week (from September 3 to 12) .

Its 250 participants offer the public free to discover ephemeral installations created by designers in heritage places, launches of new furniture collections in galleries and showrooms that highlight the major trends in the house.

The world after is not for today

Vincent Grégoire, style director at Nelly Rodi, flushed them out for

20 Minutes a

few hours before the opening of the event.

While remaining careful.

"We all dream of a new world, of the world after, but we are still stuck in the context, in a kind of world from before, and worse, with its selfishness, its outbursts of violence, its incivility ... So that, during confinement, there was more benevolence because we had perhaps visualized our finitude… ”

According to him, the confinement has amplified two opposing attitudes.

But which sometimes, too, come together and grow rich.

"The decoration today, it must above all make sense", underlines Vincent Grégoire, who warns that "the diktat of colors is much less strong than before".

Home as a retreat

"Cocooning", "nesting", "bunkering".

These notions which refer to the cocoon, the nest, even the bunker, are very conceptual, but they have the merit of being imaged to illustrate what Vincent Grégoire points to as a withdrawal into oneself.

"In times of crisis, there are those who see the glass half full, or the glass half empty", laughs the analyst.

Those for whom the glass is half empty do not hide their fear of what comes from outside.

“They tend to transform their interior into a protective bubble, sterilized, detoxified”.

They favor a minimalist decor, pure shapes, light woods, natural materials, everything that filters air and light.

In color, it is a palette of whites, ecrus, mineral tints, apricot, almond green….

Overall, “Scandinavian design suits them perfectly”.

The house as an invitation to travel

Conversely, those for whom the glass is half full prefer rare and precious materials and strong colors.

“It's a whole range of yellows, oranges, reds, turquoise blues like Sarah Lavoine, underlines Vincent Grégoire.

These are people who used to go out a lot before confinement and want to bring what they consider to be the best of the outside world into their interiors.


They see the decor as an invitation to travel, a place of creativity.

They will favor unique pieces unearthed in flea markets or antique shops, even do it yourself for the more resourceful or broke.

On the rise, objects related to tableware

Is this an effect of video conference aperitifs?

“During confinement, we took care of the decor of the dining room.

"Aperitifs set on particularly neat tables, with pretty tablecloths, candlesticks ..." It was a way of re-enchanting these daily meetings, even virtual ones.

“Also on the rise, no doubt thanks to tutorials on YouTube, items linked to household or DIY: Dyson vacuum cleaners in particular, but also brushes and brooms.

Which, thanks to the designers, take on the air of unique pieces that we no longer hide.

Down, the coffee tables

The large coffee table in the living room, in front of the TV, it's over.

Because TV, sometimes, has disappeared in favor of screens.

“We are rather witnessing a proliferation of small modular tables”, one for each member of the family, where he can put his smartphone, tablet, e-reader or laptop.

As for televisions, there again, two tendencies are opposed: "there are those who want to highlight it, because they are proud of it (or because it was expensive), and those who want to make it disappear. By hiding it in a cabinet or giving it the appearance of a painting.


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