Look back of Maison & Objet September 2018 and Paris Design Week 2018, France

MAISON & OBJET is the international reference for home decor, interior design, architecture and lifestyle culture and new trends, which ran from September 7 – 11, 2018, at the Villepinte Exhibition Centre in Paris. The show marked by dynamic international business, confirming the attractiveness of inspiring events.

Maison&Objet’s capacity to attract the crowds is primarily down to its outstanding ability to scout and showcase the sector’s up-and-coming trends, coupled with its capacity to drive forward promising business tendencies. Industry professionals from the home decor, design, crafts and lifestyle sectors were able to get together, meet at Maison&Objet to exchange ideas, make discoveries and sense market trends.

It was in a positive business climate once again that the doors of the decor, design and lifestyle fair, located at the Paris Nord Villepinte Exhibition Centre. The strategy adopted over the course of the past year: that of organising the offer into two separate hubs, ‘Maison’ and ‘Objet’, in the aim of making the event clearer and more intuitive than ever.

For the September 2018 edition, MAISON&OBJET’s layout was entirely revamped. This change was implemented in order to simplify the structure of the fair’s offering, improve visitor experience and encourage chance discoveries. While some adjustments are still needed and will be made as early as the January 2019 event, – initial feedback confirms the positive impact of these changes. This year’s Maison&Objet will feature a new layout, comprising two hubs to simplify visitors’ experience.

For the “Maison” hub that offers decoration and home interior solutions, four different universes have been organized according to style, namely Unique and Eclectic, Today, Forever and Craft. Meanwhile, the “Objet” hub, highly regarded by French and international buyers for novelty shops, concept stores and online shops, are divided into seven sectors according to product typology. They are: Cook and Share, Smart Gift, Fashion Accessories, Kids and Family, Home Accessories, Home Fragrance and Home Linen.

Another highly anticipate feature of Maison&Objet is Designer of the Year. This honor goes to Belgium designer Ramy Fischler. Among his notable projects is a commission for Refettorio Paris, a soup kitchen for the homeless and refugees initiated by Italy’s most prominent chef, Massimo Bottura. The venue is established inside the Foyer de la Madeleine in Paris, styled with bespoke décor made from recycled building materials. Ramy was also commissioned by Twitter France to investigate the many ways in which work environments are changing and question the value of information. His findings are then applied to spatial planning and office design.

In order to help visitors gain insight into emerging trends, MAISON&OBJET has scaled up the ‘What’s New?’ exhibitions. For the first time this season, the inspirational displays starring new products by exhibitors expanded to four locations. Complementing the Trends Forum titled Virtuous, their approach offers a chance to get a quick read of the season’s innovations. A wonderful opportunity for 500 of the 3,000 exhibiting brands to enjoy additional exposure for their most exciting products.

MAISON&OBJET introduced four ‘What’s New?’ exhibitions, featuring the season’s most memorable new products presented in themed displays. Be it for their innovative quality, their materials or the know-how they exemplified, these absolutely outstanding pieces contributed to illustrating, at a glance, the wealth of new concepts on show at the fair!

Curated and designed by Élizabeth Leriche, Founder of the studio of the same name, François Bernard, founder of trend forecasting agency Croisements and François Delclaux, founder of Un Nouvel Air, these new exhibitions provided an overview of the show’s most exciting new products at a glance.

Since 1995, MAISON&OBJET has been the world’s foremost event for professionals of the lifestyle, interior and design industries. Every edition brings together some 3,000 exhibitors and more than 80,000 unique visitors. A lifestyle that is in harmony with nature, that leverages technology to bring people together, whilst drawing on traditional expertise that is handed down from generation to generation, bearing witness to the passing of time. Desirable Development helps strike that subtle and much longed for balance that sets us on the path of uninhibited revival.

Rising talents and iconic design brands, young graduates and museum institutions, freshly launched design houses, artisans and designermakers with inspired and inspiring hands all flock to Paris to invent and showcase their vision of a desirable lifestyle. Promoting new contacts and emerging talents, MAISON&OBJET presents twice a year the latest sources of inspiration by shedding insight into current and future trends. As a result, the event has become an effective catalyst for brand development and business growth.

The desire and inclination to reconnect in person were palpable, ranging from the most promising rising talents to the most highly acclaimed interior designers. It’s crucial for anyone working in the decoration and design sector to be able to discover and actually touch and feel new collections, Whilst clients were finally able to get up close and personal with products.

The achievementof the September edition was also down to the choice of the WORK! theme, which delivered on every level, attracting exhibitors and new visitors alike. For a number of yearsthe lines between our working and leisure environments have gradually been becoming blurred, forcing furniture makers and manufacturers to adopt the codes of home decor and develop ranges that meet a demand for mobility, sociability, comfort, personalisation and flexibility.

For 24 years, Maison&Objet, organised by SAFI (a subsidiary of Ateliers d’Art de France and RX France), has been engaging with and bringing together the international design, home decor and lifestyle communities. Maison&Objet’s trademark? Its unique ability to generate connections and accelerate business, both during trade fairs and via its digital platform, but also through its unique talent for highlighting trends that will excite and inspire the home decor world.

Maison&Objet’s mission is to reveal talent, spark connections and provide inspiration, both on- and off-line, thereby helping businesses grow. Through two yearly trade fairs for industry professionals and Paris Design Week, a public event in September that brings the creative energy of designers and brands together in the City of Light, Maison&Objet is the go-to platform for the entire interior design sector.

Launched in September 2016, the digital platform MOM (Maison&Objet and More) offers a comprehensive overview of up-to-date news and products from the manufacturers, artisans and designers who exhibit at the fair. The digital platform enables buyers and brands to continue their conversations all year round, launch collections and create connections beyond physical meetings. The weekly roundup of exciting new finds constantly stimulates business across the sector. A bottomless source of inspiration, it also provides a tool for visitors to communicate directly with thousands of brands throughout the year.

To take things even further, the Maison&Objet Academy now provides industry professionals with an exclusive web channel that broadcasts monthly content focusing on training and on deciphering market trends. Our social media platforms, meanwhile, keep all those design discoveries going by engaging daily with an active community of almost one million members on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, Xing, WeChat and TiKTok. As the spearhead of Paris as the capital of creativity, Maison&Objet is a catalyst for positioning Paris as one of the world’s leading design centres.

Paris Design Week Paris Design Week 2018
The eighth edition of PARIS DESIGN WEEK, scheduled to overlap with MAISON & OBJET PARIS, will take place from Thursday 6 to Saturday 15 September 2018. For ten days, the event invites French and international professionals and the general public to discover the best expositions of design in Paris, while the leading talents in the discipline gather in the LE OFF exhibition.

PARIS DESIGN WEEK is an itinerary uniting 250 participants that all proudly promote first-rate design in Paris. At a time when new collections are popping up in stores and the new concepts for the autumn season are being launched, the event brings together the talents and forces of retailers, galleries, showrooms, hotels and restaurants for eight days to share their experience in design and creation with the public.

Besides Maison et Objet, Paris Design Week boosts a wide variety of events, exhibitions and special locations that seek to promote design and creativity from all over the world. These take place around the city, especially within Paris’ most vibrant districts: Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Les Halles-Marais-Bastille, Opéra-Concorde-Étoile and Barbès-Stalingrad-Saint Ouen. Paris Design Week show you several design experiences you ought to visit in order to have the complete package when it comes to this influential design week.

This year, Paris Design Week doubled down on our media partnership with the fair. For this new edition, MAISON&OBJET’s layout was entirely revamped to simplify the fair’s structure, offering a revitalised way for guests to experience the thousands of design brands exhibiting at the fair. MAISON&OBJET September also took place alongside Paris Design Week, making for a unique opportunity to soak up even more design inspiration and ideas from all over the world, at the usual cracking pace needed to explore the wealth of work on show.

With their restrained and deliberatively rustic emphasis on natural materials and timeless shapes, Belgian brand When Objects Work were a welcome reprieve for any minimalist attending MAISON&OBJET. Showcasing collaborative works with leading designers like Vincent Van Duysen, John Pawson and Nicholas Schuybroek, When Objects Work unites design talent with authentic materials and craftsmanship, offering pieces that are as useful as they are beautiful. With an evolving roster of architects and designers to work with, we can imagine their pieces are quickly becoming ubiquitous in Australia – for all the right reasons.

The Covet Group opened last year a new luxury design space/showroom,Covet Paris. This is the fourth luxury design space of its kind, following similar projects of the Covet Group in New York, London and Oporto. This is an opulent palace of curated design that’s home to several high-end brands, such as Boca do Lobo, LUXXU, BRABBU, Essential Home, DelightFull, Circu and Maison Valentina. The showroom is open for visits and it is located at 154 Rue des Rosiers, 93400 Saint-Ouen, Paris-France.

With an emphasis on wellness, the natural environment and multipurpose spaces, Fischler illustrated the diversity of his projects and his daily studio practice through a communal space that offered everything from amphitheatre seating space for talks to massage and meditation spaces, a bar and a workspace-like area that explored his visionary and holistic approach.

During Paris Design Week, visitors can experience the Japonismes 2018, a series of exclusive events dedicated to Japan. The high point of the event will be the Eiffel Tower’s new lighting designed by mother-and-daughter lighting gurus Motoko Ishii and Akari-Lisa Ishii to evoke the radiance of the rising sun. Exploring both traditional arts and Japan’s new technology.

Lebanon’s booming creative scene was highlighted by MAISON&OBJET September with the six young designers showcased in the Rising Talents program. The fresh, thoughtful works on show from this group of young designers made a strong impact on the MAISON&OBJET audience, bolstered by further exhibitions in partnership with Paris Design Week and a celebration event at Hotel Prince de Galles.

Les Ateliers de Paris open up their Rue du Faubourg Saint Antoine headquarters to Céline Pelcé, who has created an experimental space artfully combining a gallery and a dining hall. The exhibition will question dining rituals and confront them with the rituals observed during a vernissage. An experience of togetherness where people meet up and interact according to strict pre-established rules. Les Ateliers de Paris is deeply committed to the promotion of young creative professionals.

Australian designer Nick Rennie in collaboration with Made by Pen. The lamp’s silicone, steel and carbon road frame lend it a gently modern style, but it really catches your attention when in motion; its name is taken from the distinctive ‘swaying’ motion it makes when knocked or moved. Chargeable, cordless and easily mobile, it’s no surprise this piece is as child-friendly as it is striking in its design.

Designed by Yaël Halberthal and Philippe Zagouri as a 21st-century salon, Salon H is a place where people come to show their work and engage in conversation. At Salon H, visitors will find a highly stimulating new concept, a hub that concentrates on unique experiences and backgrounds. It’s a place you need to visit during this Design Week. Starting 6 September, the Triode Design gallery in Rue Jacob will host Allied Maker for their very first exhibition in Paris.

The Allied Maker lighting design studi made its debut for Paris Design Week, with over 20 pieces on view. Bringing on celebrated Parisian decorator Dorothée Meilichzon to bring the exhibition to life, the collection showcased a retro-chic sensibility with simple geometric shapes and decorative details. Founded by Ryden and Lynette Rizzo, Allied Maker continues to make waves in the international design community, and this collection celebrates their creative urgency and craftsmanship in a perfectly Parisian manner.

During Paris Design Week, Italian brand De Padova, which has recently opened a showroom in Rue de la Chaise, in the former Boffi Bains showroom, will present its new products. This year, the brand has chosen to focus on sofas, with two distinct new propositions Blendy and Erei, respectively designed by Omi Tahara and Elisa Ossino. Using round enveloping lines to counterbalance the thinness of the structure, Tahara and Ossino have successfully translated the spirit of the brand’s late founders, Magdalena De Padova and Vico Magistretti.

FEST AMSTERSDAM are making affordable yet covetable Dutch design, with a collection characterised by its modern sense of form and playful pops of colour. FEST pieces are created completely in Europe, with the majority crafted in the Netherlands. While many exhibitors at MAISON&OBJET explored bright colours, geometric shapes and an almost-80s aesthetic sensibility, FEST have managed to weave in these design trends without being defined by them.

Danish brand Muubs’ impeccable collection of artisanal furniture, objects and accessories at MAISON&OBJET. The brand’s vision to explore the ‘beauty in imperfection’ was nicely realised at the fair, from the raw natural materials and wabi sabi craftsmanship in even the smallest of accessories to standout pieces like the Dakota Chair and incredible Mano Dining Table, made from a single piece of timber.