In truth, I’m not sure what to expect from Maison & Object 2018 as this will be my very first visit to the renowned design fair. What I do know is that it’s happening on January 19th to 23rd and it is one the highlights of the interior design calendar. It’s the place to discover new trends and inspiring new concepts in residential, commercial, hotel, and restaurant design. Basically, it’s Disneyland for design lovers.
250,000 sqm approx of the Paris Nord Villepinte exhibition centre makes way for the latest in home decor, design, furniture, fragrances, textiles and tableware. With over 3,000 exhibiting brands and more inspirational talks than you can shake your decorative feather at, prepare to be enthralled!
Navigation through this design labyrinth is done through three main ‘worlds’; Maison, Objet and Influences. MAISON is the home (pun intended) of #interiorinspo and features a number of themes including Eclectic, Elegant, Cosy, Fragrances, Complements and Actuel (be in the here and now). OBJET is the department store portion of the show where you can find every manner of unique object from home accessories to smart kitchen gadgets. Finally, Influences is where you will find serious examples of creative expression.
After trawling through the exhibitor lists, here are my top 5 must sees!
Purveyor of Modern American Glamour, Jonathan Adler is an iconic brand famed for flawlessly chic and uber elegant interior design. What began with the designer’s pursuit of his love of pottery has led to a full service interior design company with over 25 stores worldwide.
Portuguese design emporium LUXXU, as the name might suggest, is all about luxury. Brands include Boca Do Lobo, DelightFULL, Brabbu, Essential Home, Maison Valentina, Circu, Koket and Covet. Each brand has it’s own stand but make your way to LUXXU Home and go from there.
Named after Dadaism, the avant-garde art movement of the early 20th century, Maison Dada is the creation of French designers Delphine Moreau and Thomas Dariel. Its bold but beautiful range of furniture, lighting, rugs and accessories epitomises the logic-defying designs of the Dadaist movement.
Magic Circus Éditions
Returning to M&O two years after the launch of her ‘Collection 01’ is French lighting design house, Magic Circus Éditions, led by designer Marie-Lise Féry. Using Asian influences and Art Nouveau references, ‘Collection 02’ features ultra modern designs, handmade with blown glass and metal crafted in its traditional workshop.
A favourite of mine is Danish design house, Bloomingville. Showcasing the best in Nordic style and living, Bloomingville’s collections of seating, lighting and decorative accessories are all about living up to their mission; .Delivering happy changes to everyday designers’.
Needless to say, I’m just a little bit excited about the trip. Follow my Instagram (@selene.alford) on the day for updates!