The organisers of Maison&Objet Paris presented the autumn edition of their iconic show from the 4th to 9th of September 2014 hosting more than 110,000 visitors. The five days of exhibition revolved around the concept of sharing. Retail consumers, manufacturers and retailers assembled together in Paris to observe rising talent, creativity and changing trends. All this knowledge is brought together to bring expansion of business ideas.
Over the years, Maison&Objet has transformed the basic layout to provide a complete, transparent and strategic plan, allowing visits, organisation and contacts. This has made it one of the three most prominent events in Europe for interior design, offering creativity and innovation under a single roof.
This year the fair well represented an era of connectivity, controlled by social network and development of multichannel commerce. The central concept of ‘sharing’ explored the dynamics of creative exchange, pre-paving the bright future of the compassionate world. The event blended design and trade, redefining ways of living together, exchanging thoughts, products, services and information.
A spirit of unity was instilled by forming a global community which remains connected all around the year with several Maison&Objet shows in different places all around the world and also through social networking. It worked effectively as a one-of-a-kind platform for premium designers like Tom Dixon who was awarded the Designer of the Year 2014, to share their priceless ideas.
Maison&Objet has developed services like the L’Espace Retail where retail experts can learn about unusual commerce tactics and the MY M&O which is instrumental at helping anyone put together a well customised visitor experience.
Several designers made their presence felt strongly with exemplary designs. The old techniques are being ventured into and are utilised to create bespoke pieces of timeless art. Carlos Fernandez Ardavin is one such designer who works at manufacturing clocks that are identical and work exactly the same way as antique gothic clocks did.
Certain design oriented companies have their belief strongly embedded in the principle of minimalistic design. BMIX is one such company that displayed cutting edge pieces like the Oclock and Pure Mold lamps at the Maison&Objet 2014.
Designer of the Year Tom Dixon presented two stunning collections of luxury accessories for the modern home at the fair. The range included candle holders, tea light holders, containers, candelabrums and desk studies in offbeat materials like copper. He also displayed a collection of fragrances specially designed for the home named Scent Elements.
A piece of art that definitely stood out at the design event was the Mini Lampe designed by Matheiu Challières. The handcrafted, cage shaped lamps houses delicate birds in varied colours. The spectacular piece adds a pretty touch with simplicity.
A British company that definitely deserves a mention is Pinch. The design studio is run by husband and wife team Russell Pinch and Oona Bannon. The couple launched the company in 2004 with the intention of designing furniture they would love to live with. The quiet simplicity of every design justifies all the success they have achieved.
Maison&Objet Paris 2014 fulfilled its ambition of successfully bridging the distance between the many dynamic designers and visitors hoping to decrypt latest design trends. It worked perfectly as the medium to showcase many new developments in decor, artistries and markets through a complete package of presentations, exhibitions and awards.
Text By Shibani Punekar