Exhibitors, industry professionals and other visitors keen to stay abreast of latest trends in home décor and design were able to enjoy an upgraded trade experience at the Maison&Objet Paris show in January. As part of their objective to “broaden the fair’s professional audience while continuing to meet exhibitors’ expectations”, the organisers introduced several new initiatives in tune with “the rise of multichannel marketing”. In addition to the Inspirations Forum, this year’s Maison&Objet offered an overview of the season’s highlights with a What’s New! Exhibit, greater integration of fabrics and home textile brands into the “Cosy & Elegant” sectors, a specific focus on the “Kids”  sector and enhanced synergy between the “Actuel” and “Influences” halls, as well as launching the Maison&Objet and More (MOM) platform: The Rising Talent Awards – which “reveal tomorrow’s star lifestyle designers in a curated space” – honoured the United Kingdom. Commenting on the initiative, Sir John Sorrell, founder of the London Design Festival, London Design Biennale and Saturday Night Club Trust, said, “All over the world, design is increasingly recognised for its power to bring social change and economic growth. Design plays a vital role in the success of the UK’s creative industries. In fact, the UK has the largest design sector in Europe and the second largest in the world. There is a global demand for British design. London’s design scene is unique and full of immensely talented people, from those already established to those starting out and growing in their creative professions. I have worked in the creative industries all my life – ever since I went to art school as a teenager – though I believe that everyone is born with creative instincts and that the opportunity to express your creativity should be a human right.”


The “Designer of the Year” at the January fair was Pierre Charpin, described by th organisers as an explorer at heart. “Whether he is designing a collection for Galerie Kréo, a line of vases for the Manufacture Nationale de Sèvres, a series of ottomans for Ligne Roset or lamps for Wrong. London, Pierre Charpin keeps his eye for plastic arts and stamps his unique style on every piece he designs: formal simplicity, softened by curved lines and often highlighted by distinctive chromatic choices. Clean and sensual, elegant and warm, his creations instantly elicit an emotional response.”

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