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Maison&Objet Paris, January 2019

18.01.19 - 22.01.19

Since its beginnings in 1955, Maison&Objet has been one of the world’s foremost events in interior design and decoration worldwide. This biannual trade fair attracts the most prominent firms on today’s international design and decoration scene to present the latest novelties in decoration, furniture, lighting, textiles, kitchenware and accessories for the home. Each edition features around 3,000 exhibitors and receives more than 90,000 visitors in its 115,000-sqm site.

Seeking to promote new contacts and emerging talent, twice a year the organisers present the latest novelties as well as future trends. But in addition the MOM (Maison&Objet and More) digital platform, launched in September 2016, provides the opportunity of finding online a broad selection of the trade fair’s products (more than 17,000) not only during the staging of the event but also during the rest of the year. Making the physical fair, a presence on social media and the digital platform complement each other has the purpose of creating an ecosystem for generating business, interactions and permanent contacts.

Since 2015, Maison&Objet chooses a “Designer of the Year” associated with the session’s theme: a “product designer” profile in January and an “interior decorator” profile in September. For the upcoming event early next year, the chosen designer is Sebastian Herkner. At the age of 37, this German designer can boast collaborations with a line-up of international design firms (no less than 21 projects in 2018 for Moroso, Dedon, Thonet and Lintello, to mention just a few), and in the course of the past decade he has won around 30 awards recognising his creative yet traditional work. The goal of the trade fair’s organisers is to honour designers whose originality and excellence makes an impact on their generation, and Herkner’s impressive career has put him in the crosshairs of the trade fair, sealing its decision to focus all its attention in January 2019 on this emerging star.

We retain two of Herkner’s statements that describe his attitude to design: “Colour is often the very last thing designers think about. For me, it’s always the starting point for the whole design process”. “Different cultures, skills and lifestyles all fuel my inspiration”.

Lastly, another item to highlight about the next edition: given that the French are known for their effortless allure and chic and for harbouring a distinctive sense of style and design, the Trend Forum space will echo these characteristics that define the French character. In a 250-sqm space of Hall 7, visitors can view a selection of products embodying the essence of the new French scene. Its theatrical décor will be inspired in the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles but with a little “French-style” impertinence mixed in, which is why the inspirational theme of the upcoming edition of Maison&Objet Paris will be the English phrase “Excuse my French!”. “There will be disruptive, dissonant elements and a spirit of contradiction”, promises Vincent Grégoire of the Parisian trends forecasting agency NellyRodi. “They are an integral part of that Gallic ‘je ne sais quoi’”.


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