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Maison&Objet Paris, a new floor plan by spirit for renewed energy

In January, MAISON&OBJET PARIS is repeating the new floor plan applied at the last show, as well as its strengthened appeal to high-end specifier markets. Breaking tradition with the standard presentation by sector, the organisation by “spirit” paves the way for new discoveries and brings renewed energy. It was designed to respond to developments in the decor markets, now with global prospects, but also to ensure better distribution between retail and contract. Here is an overview of the highlights of the next show, organised into three new hubs: Luxury, Design and Interior Decoration, Maison, and Objet. The Luxury, Design and Interior Decoration Hub (Halls 7 & 8) Paris: an international luxury showcase In January, MAISON&OBJET PARIS celebrates the most upscale French and international brands. Spanning all of Hall 8, SCÈNES D’INTÉRIEUR PARIS presents the latest collections from major manufacturers and retailers. From Christofle to Moissonnier, from Ralph Lauren Home to Fendi Casa, some fifty exhibitors will share this very selective environment, with the additional bonus of the Club and the Designers’ Studio. Designer Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance was asked to do the scenography, and he also worked on Hall 7 for SCÈNES D’INTÉRIEUR GALLERY, reserved for the most exclusive names in luxury, and NOW! DESIGN À VIVRE, with scenography by Philippe Boisselier, which continues to gain ground. Lighting in the spotlight In NOW! DESIGN À VIVRE, creation in the realm of light could be an environment all of its own. Show after show, the options on display become ever more numerous, illustrating a great multiplicity of styles. Two new exhibitors set the tone for this diversity so sought-after by those in the specifier market. First, lighting from Serge Mouille presents authentic reproductions of lights by the famous artist-silversmith. Then Sammode, an expert in technical lighting since 1927, brilliantly expresses the language of industrial style. They join other exhibitors that are well-known at the show: some embody designs of the past, like rerelease expert DCW or Italy’s Martinelli Luce. Some focus on contemporary design, like Blackbody, Le Deun, Arpel Lighting or Designheure. Still others demonstrate interesting work with raw materials, like the Czech company Brokis, which works glass with modern flair, Japan’s Bunaco, which turns wooden ribbons into poetic objects, or the Italian maker Caino, a master in the art of metallic openwork. Behind all this is a sense of strong market expectations for originality and performance, as lighting is one of the keys to success in most architectural undertakings. The “Home Working” Trend The advent of new technologies means the working population is increasingly mobile. Today, it is not uncommon to have a second office at home or even to work full-time directly from home. Conversely, service companies are redefining the contours of their environment, no longer just to improve brand image, but also to encourage collaborative work and creativity among their employees. It’s a short distance between “home office” and “office just like home,” and several exhibitors at NOW! DESIGN À VIVRE help visitors bridge that gap. Among them, office specialist Bulo is exhibiting for the first time at the show. Another one to watch: Tabisso, which, in January, will display a new chrome finish on its collection of Ciel! armchairs designed by Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance, and which elegantly decorated the headquarters of the California company Procore. Tabisso will also present its Typographia chair, chosen by French start-up BlaBlaCar for its reception area. Or Muuto and the British brand Ercol, with extensive collections that let any company create a very trendy “third space”. The Maison Hub (Halls 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5B) TeamLab in ACTUEL Japanese studio TeamLab will have a dedicated space in Hall 5B, where they will present the exhibition What A Loving and Beautiful World. Textile and home linens out to win over new markets The process of integrating Textile into the COSY and ELEGANT decoration environments continues. As was the case in September, the sector’s exhibitors, traditionally all in Hall 2, are now also in Hall 3 in a “boutique” environment, and in Hall 4, in a setting with greater focus on the contract markets. Now that they are better integrated into the broader decoration concepts, they are able to find new markets and demonstrate their ability to offer décor concepts with significant added value. This strategy appeals to both visitors and exhibitors, as demonstrated by the return of brands such as Jacquard Français, presented in the ELEGANT sector, or Garnier Thiébaut. ACTUEL Contract: a new environment of architectural solutions for specifiers ACTUEL is a dynamic sector driven by the passion for contemporary style. In January, the ACTUEL Contract environment will become central to this sector, featuring new exhibitors like Gautier. It brings together fifty brands, all dedicated to architectural solutions. Among them are the textile producers previously in Hall 7, materials experts, and specialists in custom furniture, coverings and lighting. Twenty five Italian high-end tile companies will also be exhibiting there for the first time, gathered by their confederation for the occasion. In addition to this offer, specifiers can explore the materiO’ stand and take advantage of the services provided by a contract meeting area at their disposal. The Objet Hub (Halls 5A & 6) CRAFT, MÉTIERS D'ART: an extraordinary laboratory CRAFT, MÉTIERS D’ART is a wonderland of discoveries. The line-up illustrates the incredible vitality of specialised crafts in France. This sector astonishes visitors with a ceaseless capacity for reinvention, finding new creative paths that push the boundaries of traditional techniques. No material escapes this trend, which is steering crafts toward the future and is of particular interest to architects and interior designers looking for exclusivity. Among the new exhibitors at the show, be sure to see the wire sculptures and designs by Anna Golicz-Cottet, the embroidery and collage work of Aurélie Wozniak, whose palissades, a form of decorative boarding, have true architectural dimensions, or the works of ceramist Pascale Klingelschmitt. Visitors should also note Suzanne Philidet’s arrival at the show, an artist whose glass pane creations are meant specifically for interior designers. Many other craftspersons in attendance offer original, custom designs with structural function. L’Atelier Passage Secret, for example, is presenting impressive porcelain curtains. Lastly, in this realm of one-of-a-kind, there are more glass creations from the Andrighetto-Miot workshop and delicate wooden carvings from turner Alain Mailland, all of which perfectly illustrate the artistic focus of the craftspersons selected for the show. Abecedarium of fine craft by Elizabeth Leriche The trend forum of Ateliers d’Art de France explores into this extraordinary repertoire of fine craft, a comprehensive inventory of all its wealth thanks to a variable-geometry exhibition area, midway between educational installation and poetic abecedarium. FRESH becomes EASY LIVING In the middle of Hall 6 – the show’s ‘concept store’ –, FRESH becomes EASY LIVING. This name change makes it easier to identify the offer found in that sector. Affordable, youthful and trendy, it encompasses small everyday items that pep up interiors. From the kitchen to the living room and the bathroom, visitors will find a potent and inspiring palette of bold, colourful creations that are perfect for playing mix-and-match with home décor.

MAISON&OBJET PARIS 22-26 January 2016

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