HL is counting the days till our trip to Maison & Objet in Paris, the premier design show of the season. Here’s a peek at what’s in store at this international celebration of the hottest decor trends… Imagine eight mega-sized halls (each being the equivalent of, say, the CTICC) crammed wall to wall with so much fabulous stuff you just know you won’t get to experience half of it unless you approach the whole thing military style, armed with floor plans, flat shoes, and with plenty of time for dreamy browsing factored in. That’s Maison & Objet for you… This brilliant international home-fashion fair takes place twice a year at the Paris Nord Villepinte Exposition Centre, with more than 3,000 exhibitors from across the globe showcasing contemporary furniture, fabrics, ceramics, kitchenware, craft, and so much cool, edgy design you feel positively overwhelmed. The myriad exhibition hubs are interspersed with superbly curated spaces by some of the luminaries of the design world. We’re counting the days until our visit to Paris at the start of Europe’s autumn when the French capital comes alive with visitors from all over the world, all converged there for a serious design fix – September’s Maison & Objet (9-13 September) precedes the first ever Paris Design Week (12-18 September), which boasts an exciting itinerary of cocktail events, design store and gallery exhibitions, studio visits and more spread across the City of Light. And even if you can’t make it to Paris yourself, be sure to keep an eye on the pages of House and Leisure – we’ll be scouring both events to bring you all the highlights: the latest trends, the best designs and the freshest inspiration. Watch this space…and bon voyage!
Maison & Objet Highlights
Scènes d’intérieur: A showcase of the best international home-decoration labels. Cutting-edge designers and major international brands converge, under a set design devised by architect and designer Paola Navone. Now! design à vivre: A panoramic glimpse of design innovation at work in the everyday, from the low-tech trend and its designer-led research on traditional know-how or back to the future with that of high tech, where design’s newest kids on the block take centre stage. Outdoor_indoor: This exhibition is devoted to the art of indoor/outdoor living. Furnishings, accessories, spa solutions, garden sheds and pool enclosures: the home-fashion industry is quickly gaining ground in the great outdoors. Talents à la carte: Maison & Objet has brought young Japanese creation into the spotlight with a selection of six emerging talents who have been hand-picked by internationally acclaimed Japanese artists. Edouard François Exhibit: Pioneering architect in green architecture and creator of Maison & Objet 2011, he has begun to lay the groundwork for an evolving, recycled and recyclable pop-up exhibit at the upcoming session. L’espace Retail: With an innovative, educational and forward-thinking approach, this specially designed space presents 16 different suggestions relating to the layout of retail space, combining technical solutions and new technologies. Moving: Off-the-beaten path and creative objects in a contemporary setting. Objet du monde: Handmade or traditional, cultural influences flock from around the world. Ethnic chic: Mixed or ethnic, vintage or industrial, ethnic chic plunges into faraway worlds of inspiration to trigger decorating inspiration. Home textiles: Whether table linens, bath linens, bed linens or homeware, home textiles are making the decorating fibre vibrate with fashionable colours, patterns and materials. Tableware: The culinary realm is in constant motion day after day. In the everyday, table decoration accompanies the graceful return of culinary customs. Home Accessories: Essential objects that lend that personal touch to atmosphere and mood. Objet de Mode: A very feminine, poetic, ethnic and glamorous world, representing the latest creative energy in home-fashion. Univers de l’Enfant: From children’s fashion to bedroom decoration accessories, not to mention furnishings and toys… Maison & Objet, maison-objet.com. Paris Design Week, parisdesignweek.fr.