Design gone wild at Maison & Objet Paris
With some 3,000 exhibitors spanning seven halls in categories ranging from furniture and fabrics to lighting and floor covering, French design show welcomed 700 new names
All sectors of the decoration world turned out for the latest Maison&Objet Paris show, from the finest French craftsmen to the well-established international brands in luxury and design.
A total of 2,978 exhibitors from 59 countries, including nearly 700 new names, took part in this year’s exhibition. This diverse display positioned the show as a major specifier for future trends.
Beyond the traditional players in distribution, architects, interior designers, stylists, as well as representatives from hospitality and real estate groups actively contributed to the positive Inspiration Forum designed by Francois Bernard.
Every edition of Maison&Objet, the Observatoire de la Maison defines a theme to be explored, according to consumption behaviours and trends. This year, the theme chosen was “Wild”, a topic that aims to return to nature through contemporary designs and creations that use forms and materials reconnected with natural elements.
Every year, Maison&Objet Paris spotlights the most outstanding names in the international design and decor scene today. Catalan designer Eugeni Quitllet received the Designer of the Year award and had the opportunity to showcase his work on a space entirely dedicated to him.
Born in 1972, Quitllet, defines himself a bit of a dreamer and a bit of a designer. Kartell, Lexon and Designer Box are just some of the brands with which Quitllet collaborated for international projects.
When it comes to visitors, according to the organisers, French buyers’ attendance has increased by 4%. As for international visitors, the drop in numbers was limited to 8%, due in great part to the steadfast support of European visitors, with significant increases in visitors from Belgium, up 14%, the Netherlands, up 4%, and Spain, up 1%. Though professionals were expecting a substantial decrease in visitors from abroad, November’s terrorist attacks in Paris most impacted attendance from a few overseas export countries, such as Japan.