See the Ultimate Paris Design and City Guide for Maison et Objet 2019 ⇒ The ultimate lifestyle and design platform, Maison et Objet Paris is on the heels of returning to Paris Nord Villepinte. The upcoming edition is set to occur from 18-22 January 2019 and it will be an event full of surprises for industry professionals and design enthusiasts alike. The world’s most beloved tradeshow is the perfect stage to discover new interior design ideas, trends and expressions in a multitude of sectors. Each year, Maison et Objet promises and delivers a creative and diverse space replete with uniqueness and business opportunities. Today, CovetED will uncover a complete design and city guide that will help you discover the best features of the event, including top designers and brands to keep an eye on as well as the best luxury hotels, restaurants and other thrilling ventures/locations that embody the Parisian spirit to the fullest!
Written by Patricia Pinho
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Let’s start off by introducing some key notes about the event. Decoration, interior design, design, furniture, accessories, textiles, fragrances, the world of children and tableware some of the main sectors explored at the event. Offing a wide variety of styles and expressions, the event delivers highly curated spaces that are in accordance with the needs of global markets. With each session, the great lifestyle platform, at the intersection of business and creativity, reveals solutions to visitors from around the world in search of uniqueness.
Moving on to schedules, the event will be opened from Friday to Monday, beginning at 9:30 am and ending at 07:00 pm with the exception of Tuesday, which ends a bit earlier (6:00 pm). Below, you can find a map of the layout of M&O that will be of great assistance. The map features the several areas of the event, including its two main sectors: MAISON and OBJET. The former one is dedicated mostly to interior decoration whereas the latter is basically a concept store idyllic for retailers.
Now, let’s discover some of the event’s trademark features, including the inspirations theme, the designer of the year and the rising talents.
Inspirations Theme: “Excuse My French”
“Excuse My French” will be the inspirations theme for Maison et Objet January 2019. A 250 sq metre space in Hall 7 will be dedicated to this theme where a wide range of products that embody the essence of the new French scene will be on display. This space will have a more theatrical decor as it was inspired by the Hall of Mirrors seen at Versailles.
Vincent Grégoire from NellyRodi will once again oversee this highly inspiring space. The designer has analysed the latest consumer trends and sociological phenomena and has encapsulated them in a theme, it may seem that it has a humorous character but it actually looks seriously upon the re-emergence of the country of Molière on the international scene.
“There’s a renewed curiosity about the French abroad, a sort of fascination at the moment. In a world where things are becoming standardized, people are looking for something different. When I’m abroad, I’m always told that we have a certain je ne sais quoi, an effortless chic, something you don’t find anywhere else,” discloses Vincent Grégoire, and in regards to what one can expect to see at the event, Grégoire promises that “There will be disruptive, dissonant elements and a spirit of contradiction. They’re an integral part of that je ne sais quoi”.
Designer of the Year: Sebastian Herkner
© Gaby Gerster
Herkner graduated from the Offenbach University of Art and Design and, since then, he has collaborated with some of the biggest international design brands, including Moroso, Thonet and Lintello. Due to his innovative and traditional approach to design, he has received plenty of recognition, so it comes as no surprise that Maison et Objet has awarded Herkner as the designer of the year. Every single source of inspiration is perfectly in tune with his quest for authenticity, his desire to use sustainable materials, and his sense of respect for the time it takes to create a truly stunning piece.
Lamp in Glass for Pulp ©Studio Sebastian Herkner
In 2006, Sebastian Herkner opened up his own design studio in Offenbach. The German designer has completely blurred all boundaries between modernity and traditionality in his creations, adapting new technologies with craftsmanship. Some of his most impressive designs are the Bell tables, the 118 chair for Thonet and the Oda floor lamps.
Bell series © Studio Sebastian Herkner
118 Chair for Thonet © Studio Sebastian Herkner
The German designer is always seeking new challenges and explore new things. Besides furniture and accessories, he has actually come to create design glasses, bicycles, perfume bottles, among others. He also did an internship with a fashion icon, Stella McCartney. Here, he honed a special care for the combination of colours, a characteristic that can now be seen in many of his work, as he explains “Colour is often the very last thing designers think about. For me, it’s always the starting point for the whole design process.”
Grace for Schoenbuch © Studio Sebastian Herkner
Rising Talent Awards: China Presented by Designchain
In regards to the Rising Talents awards, this year, Maison et Objet has chosen six emerging talents from China: Frank Chou, Chen Furong, Mario Tsai, Hongjie Yang, Ximi Li and Bentu. These skilled designers bring innovation and energy to their work, creating creative pieces that have emotional depth. Some prefer a China-centric approach, others have absorbed multicultural influences by studying, working and living abroad. Nevertheless, all of these designers are committed to introducing a new Chinese language of design.
Bentu ©Cao Haochang
Pin, Wall Light ©BENTU
“With the rapid growth of the Chinese economy and the need for a cultural expression of its own, we see a large number of emerging designers that have started to create their own voice that deals with issue of heritage and identity,” explains jury member Lyndon Neri, one of the principals of the renowned architecture and design practice, Neri&Hu.
Chen Furong ©WUU
Frank Chou ©Frank Chou Design Studio
Combo Sofa ©Frank Chou Design Studio
This year, the jury will be comprised by experts in the fields of art, design and architecture who are quite knowledgeable about contemporary Chinese design, including Liu Xu (Chairman of China National Interior Decoration Association); Xing Tong He (Former Chief Architect of Shanghai Xian Dai Architectural Design Co. Ltd); Qu Guangci (founder and artistic director of design brand, X+Q Art); Tom Dixon (London-based industrial designer whose global presence is rather strong); Lyndon Neri & Rossana Hu (founders of inter-disciplinary architecture and design practice, Neri&Hu) and Luca Nichetto (Italian industrial designer that operates both in the international and Chinese marketplaces)
Hongjie Yang ©ANNEMARIJNE BAX
Coffee Table ©PimTop
Mario Tsai ©Liu Hang
Pig side table for mx object ©Mario Tsai
As a whole, the six designers are keen on setting new standards of design and living while balancing creativity with commercial demands.
Ximi Li ©Ximi Li Design ©URBANCRAFT
©Ximi Li Design ©URBANCRAFT
Top Luxury Exhibitors to Visit
Luxury brands play a huge part in the development of the show. Some of the world’s most renowned references come together to present and discuss the past, the present and the future of the industry, by showcasing innovative solutions, from original furnishings, lighting designs and decorative accessories as well as projects and curated spaces. Now, CovetED will show you a series of brands and designers that you ought to visit during the occasion of M&O Paris.
Location: Signature – Forever (Hall 8 – Stand C37)
Agresti manufactures, from 1949, jewellery boxes, armoires with safe, watch and game boxes in precious woods and high-quality workmanship.
Location: Signature – Today (Hall 6 – Stand J112)
The Tuscan-based brand Antoniolupi is considered one of the best luxury brands in the bathroom sector. The brand offers a comprehensive range of sinks, mirrors, showerheads, bathtubs and accessories distinguished by great elegance, innovation and a lot of research on materials.
Location: Signature – Today (Hall 6 – Stand K32 / L31)
Atelier Swarovski Home is the ultimate expression of the Swarovski brand, a stunning showcase of the art of crystal cutting and design innovation.
Location: Signature – Forever (Hall 8 – Stand A65 / B66)
Baccarat La Maison’s is a natural extension of the Baccarat universe and offers statement furniture and home accessories with a timeless style, at the highest standards of the art of living industry.
Location: Today (Hall 6 – Stand I61)
This Italian luxury living atelier produces incredibly sophisticated sofas, armchairs and other home complements that are handcrafted by skilled master craftsmen who have the maximum attention to detail.
Location: Signature – Forever (Hall 8 – Stand C3)
Boca do Lobo’s furniture is an exclusive emotional experience, a sense of belonging and a state of mind. The brands strive to encourage sensational experiences by creating beautiful pieces which are passionately inspired and handcrafted in Portugal by a team that loves what they do.
Location: Signature – Unique & Eclectic (Hall 5A — Stand R10 / S9)
BOSA’s firm is 40 years old. BOSA presents precious objects designed by artists from all over the world, revisiting ceramic from a fresh perspective.
Location: Today (Hall 6 – Stand H38 / I37)
BRABBU is a design brand that reflects an intense way of living, bringing fierceness, strength and power into an urban lifestyle. With a diverse range of furniture, casegoods, upholstery, lighting and rugs, and through sensory design, the brand delivers a unique experience in every piece that they design and produce.
Location: Signature – Today (Hall 6 – Stand M38 / N37)
Brokis produces exclusive glass lighting born of the skill of outstanding artisans continuing the age-old Bohemian glassblowing tradition.
Location: Signature – Unique & Eclectic (Hall 5A – Stand N / N63)
BYFLY creates the most exquisite design and decorative items that are both modern and desirable, from ceramics to lamps and even vases.
Location: Smart Gift (Hall 3 – Stand D60)
In collaboration with Galison and Abrams, Christian Lacroix presents the incredible luxury stationery collection, a design series that is directly inspired by the house’s graphical and pictorial looks. Extraordinary creatures and fantastic designs come to life through cutting-edge techniques and refined finishings.
Location: Signature – Forever (Hall 8 – Stand C15)
Covet House consists of a place where designers, architects, press, bloggers, and field experts come together for a design celebration. It takes you on a journey where innovation meets comfort and Luxury. At this brand’s stand, you’ll be able to find pieces for all tastes and from all the major design brands in the world, namely, Boca do Lobo, DelightFull, Brabbu, Maison Valentina, Luxxu, Essential Home, Rug’Society, Pullcast, Monsyeur and Foogo.
Location: Signature – Today (Hall 6 – Stand 092 / P91)
DELIGHTFULL’s lighting design reflects a personality, a frame of mind and strong emotions are present in each detail. Inspired by jazz music, the brand’s mission is to conquer the world through unique lamps!
Location: Signature – Today (Hall 6)
Designheure is a French brand of decorative contemporary lighting, representing the French chic elegance on high-end contract and commercial projects.
Location: Forever (Hall 7 – Stand A196/B195)
Eichholtz’s broad collection includes timeless classics, statement pieces and signature interiors. The brand distinguishes itself through its high quality, high availability in stock and premium service.
Location: Signature – Today (Hall 6)
The design house draws its inspiration from a dreamlike world and provides a sensitive vision of design. Both soft and pure, the aesthetics of ENOstudio allows the freedom to propose a certain vision of a lifestyle, uninhibited and curious.
Location: Signature – Today
Ethimo is an Italian company specialized in high-quality outdoor furniture and decor. The brand draws inspiration from the warm and inviting colours of the Mediterranean as well as the charm of authentic places.
Location: Signature – Today (Hall 6 – Stand 0102 / P101)
Essential Home is the epitome of bohemian retro design. Its mid-century modern lines merge from important historical references from the ‘30s and 60’s. The harmony of masculine and feminine, classic and contemporary, high and low, is integral to the brand’s sense of style.
Location: Signature – Today (Hall 6 – Stand P102)
EX.T is an Italian design brand for bathroom furniture, accessories and lighting, based in Florence. EX.T mixes the international vision of its designers with the Italian expertise in the use of techniques and materials.
Location: Signature – Forever (Hall 8 – Stand A66)
The brand is known as one of the best brands when it comes to the production of outdoor furniture of very high cabinetry and design. Exteta uses an innovative system designed to dress and decorate outdoor spaces in the most singular manner.
Location: Signature – Forever (Hall 8 – Stand A66)
The Fendi Casa collection was founded upon a strong intuition of Alberto Vignatelli in 1988 with the vocation to decorate rooms the same way Fendi dressed generations of women with clothes and accessories. Today, Fendi Casa offers an elegant and cosmopolitan lifestyle, with a collection that ranges from contemporary to modern or classic.
Location: Signature – Today (Hall 6 – Stand P64)
FORMAGENDA’s lamps stand for emotion and association. They resist the purely functional and fashionable. The brand creates lamps that matter.
Location: Signature – Unique & Eclectic (Hall 5A – Stand M34)
Fos produces porcelain objects that reflect the constant balance between art, craft and design. The genesis and philosophy of a product by FOS Ceramiche encapsulate creative thinking, innovative challenge, constant research and quality control.
Location: Signature – Today (Hall 6)
Gervasoni produces high-level furniture for indoor and outdoor use supplying the residential and contract market. The renowned designer Paola Navone is the artistic director of the design company.
Location: Signature – Today (Hall 6 — Stand O132 / P131)
Glamora is an Italian company that creates tailor-made wall coverings for architecture and interior design. The brand was founded in 2010, in response to the new suggestions from the world of interior decoration.
Location: Signature – Today (Hall 6 – Stand L/L12)