The international home, design, décor and art exhibition road show continues this northern hemisphere autumn with the second annual edition of Maison & Objet (Paris, 5-9 September) and Paris Design Week (6-13 September); London Design Festival (London, 13-21 September), 100% Design (London, 17-20 September) and Decorex (London, 21-24 September); and Feria del Mueble (Zaragoza, 24-27 September).
Panorama of Creativity in Paris
It is now nearly 20 years since the first Maison & Objet show in Paris. Organised by SAFI, a subsidiary of Ateliers d’Art de France and Reed Expositions France, the pacesetting exhibition is now considered by many as the leading international assembly for professionals in the décor industries.
The next exhibition (5-9 September) is once again scheduled to be held in parallel with Paris Design Week in the nine halls of Parc des Expositions-Paris Nord Villepinte, and is accompanied by a new advertising campaign that returns the event to its roots and promotes its development on two new continents.
Maison & Objet now comprises four annual shows: Paris in September and January; Maison & Objet Asia, introduced in Singapore in March 2014; and Maison & Objet Americas, scheduled for Miami Beach in May 2015. The four exhibitions share a common objective of uniting the many sectors of home décor, while also offering their own identities.
Extending over 250,000 square metres of stands, with 3,000 exhibitors, Maison & Objet Paris remains the most comprehensive, providing “real-time readings of the changes in home décor and lifestyle”. The two annual events are distinguished by alternating special exhibitions: Maison & Objet “projets”, which lends a more architectural dimension to September’s show; and Maison & Objet “éditeurs”, which heightens January’s decorating dynamic.
Presented in new scenography orchestrated by architect and designer Philippe Boisselier, this year’s Maison & Objet “projets” is aimed at architects and interior designers who are seeking “rare expertise, custom fittings or finishing solutions that offer differentiation”, while also providing a contract-and hospitality-focused platform throughout Halls 7 and 8, where the “scènes d’intérieur” and “now! design à vivre” shows co-exist.
The September show features the theme of “sharing”. The Maison & Objet Observatoire “clicks on the Share icon to track the latest influences impacting original décor and design; the show’s new Inspiration Book explores the “dynamics of creative sharing, pre-paving the future of a caring world”; and a movement examined in Hall 7 features spaces designed by Vincent Grégoire for NellyRodi, Élizabeth Leriche and François Bernard.
These three perspectives on “new uses and values that are reconfiguring ways of living together, exchanging information, goods, services and experiences” have been developed with the objective of resonating with the organisers’ intention of uniting visitors and exhibitors into a global community, connected throughout the year through Maison & Objet shows in Paris, Singapore and Miami Beach, on social networks and via special services offered to Club members.
According to the organisers, for Maison & Objet, “’Sharing’ also means the determination to go beyond commercial confines by offering exhibition, presentation and mingling spaces within the show itself, making it easy for visitors to stay connected to – and at – the forefront of creation.”