Fairs & Exhibitions
The international home, design, décor and art exhibition road show continued in the northern hemisphere autumn with Maison & Objet’s second show of the year in Paris, and the London Design Festival and associated events in the UK capital. It resumes in 2015 with IMM Cologne (19-25 January), Maison & Objet in Paris (23-27 January), Stockholm Design Week (2-8 February), Ambiente in Frankfurt (13-17 February) and Feria Hábitat Valencia/Cevisama (9-13 February).
Sharing Ideas and Connecting in Paris
Featuring the theme of “sharing”, the September edition of Maison & Objet embodied an era of connectivity, highlighted by social networks and multi-channel commerce. Home & Lifestyle was on hand to witness the “open nature” of the exhibition, as outlined by the Maison & Objet Observatory in its choice of theme. “Openness to Paris, where the show’s energy extended through Paris Design Week, openness to the growth markets of interior design and contract… (and) openness to the rest of the world, where the show is exporting its expertise (Asia and the Americas).”
For the September show (Maison & Objet also organises a January exhibition in Paris), 53 per cent of exhibitors came from international locations (up seven per cent) and 50 per cent of visitors were also visiting from outside France.
These visitors were able to discover new designers, brands and companies offering “a springboard that, through its environment-based organisation, offers tremendous international visibility for both small designers and the biggest brand names”.
Devised specifically to meet the needs of architects, interior designers and contractors, the new version of Maison & Objet’s “projets” highlighted a record number of exhibitors “offering technical solutions with high decorative and creative added value”.
One of the key objectives of the show – in addition to facilitating contacts and helping exhibitors to develop networks and connect with a targeted audience – is to provide “a medium for conveying all the latest developments in the décor, crafts and design markets”. This is achieved via “a complete palette of presentations, events and awards demonstrating changes in the industry, helping professionals stay on the leading edges of their trades”.
Among the top-shelf designers gaining an expressive platform in September was Tom Dixon, named Designer of the Year 2014.
Maison & Objet comprises four annual shows: Paris in September and January; Maison & Objet Asia, to be introduced in Singapore in March 2014; and Maison & Objet Americas, scheduled for Miami Beach in May 2015.