Design in Paris: Maison & Objet Celebrates 20 Years

Design in Paris: Maison & Objet Celebrates 20 Years
As Maison & Objet-– the major French trade show– celebrates its 20th anniversary, what’s new in design this Autumn? Running from September 4-8 this year, the Maison & Objet event is the go-to platform for emerging trends. A veritable goldmine of furniture, fabrics, kitchenware, restaurant, spa, and household design, as well as architecture. This season the enormous halls at the Paris Nord Villepinte exhibition center are grouped by lifestyle themes. The “Maison” space is divided into four sectors where themes vary from eclectic to cosy, current to elegant– and feature hundreds of inspirational brands like House Doctor, Jonathan Adler, and Manbo Unlimited. The “Objet” area is designed as a concept store featuring crafts, métiers d’art, fragrances, cook + design, and more. Look for brands like Souffleur de Rêve, Tomuko Tokuda, Vivienne Maun, and 727 Sailbag. The “Luxe, Design & Architecture” area celebrates the “exceptional” with exhibitors such as Sigebene, Acra Design, Bricard, Bodo Sperlein and Solitair. Even fun finds a place here with games from Geoffrey Parker and furnishings for wine cellars and bars from ELITE TO BE. The year 2015 has seen a new chapter for MAISON&OBJET, which is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Fair, the second MAISON&OBJET ASIA (10-13 March) in Singapore and the launch of MAISON&OBJET AMERICAS (12-15 May) Miami Beach. “What I like about Maison & Objet is that it allows young designers to get a foot in the door, it’s a breeding ground for young talent,” says Philippe Starck.    

Lead photo credit : Maison & Objet/ Francis Amiand

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Born in Hampton, Middlesex, UK, Margaret Kemp is a lifestyle journalist, based between London, Paris and the world. Intensive cookery courses at The Cordon Bleu, London, a wedding gift from a very astute ex-husband, gave her the base that would take her travelling (leaving the astute one behind) in search of rare food and wine experiences, such as the vineyards of Thailand, 'gator hunting in South Florida, learning to make eye-watering spicy food in Kerala;pasta making in a tiny Tuscany trattoria. She has contributed to The Guardian, The Financial Times Weekend and FT. How To Spend, The Spectator, Condé Nast Traveller, Food & Travel, and Luxos Magazine. She also advises as consultant to luxury hotels and restaurants. Over the years, Kemp has amassed a faithful following on BonjourParis. If she were a dish she'd be Alain Passard's Millefeuille “Caprice d'Enfant”, as a painting: Manet’s Dejeuner sur l’herbe !