Which highlights we particularly noticed at the Maison & Objet 2016 in Paris.
The Maison & Objet trade fair takes place every six months in Paris and is one of the most important international fairs for interior design and decoration. For more than 25 years now, the latest trend developments in the interior sector have been presented at the Villepint Exhibition Center. Each season, the Maison & Objet chooses a motto that reflects our time and the new consumer behavior. This time it’s “House of Games”.
The scenography was taken over by Grégoire-Agence NellyRodi and François Bernard, who decorated a large room and a café in hall 7. In the café, for example, a gigantic red / white chessboard with hanging chairs was used to make the visitors start playing. But there were many other interesting installations at the show!
The highlight of these hotspots was certainly the “Forest of Resonating Lamps” from TeamLab in hall 7.
Which is currently going so viral in social media such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram that the real theme “House of Games” almost vanishes in the background. The many lamps that that could be seen were representing a large forest that responded to movements. When a person approached a lamp, it brightened up and a sound got triggered. The light of this lamp then became the starting point and spread to the next two lamps.
The light color transmitted the same sound continuously to other lamps. So when a light shone from the other side of the room, it meant someone was entering the room. This way visitors were informed about the presence of other people in the same room. The lampshade is made of Venetian Murano glass which makes the LED light particularly beautiful.
The French label “Blackbody” had another impressive installation in the same hall at booth A194.
The designers simply call this a “ring of fire”, which also turned out to be a visitor magnet. Another highlight of Blackbody called “St OLED” was placed in Hall 8. The integrated lamps responded to the people as they moved under it. The company is mainly designing installations in objects and was also attending the fair in 2015. Their installations can be seen in New York City and London. More information is available on the website of the company!
Artemide visited the Maison & Objet for the first time as an exhibitor.
The Italian label had its stand in Hall 8 and showed its already known lamps “Ameluna” and “Chlorophilia 2”, which we have already seen at this year’s Light+Building in Frankfurt. In cooperation with Mercedes-Benz, the “Ameluna” luminaire was once again presented to the public at a conference in Hall 7. You can read more about the history of Artemide here: Artemide – a lighting manufacturer with profile
The companies BRABBU, DelightFull, Boca do Lobo and Essential Home were particularly glamorous.
Even the exhibition stands were shining in gold and silver combinations. The product specialist from the Portuguese design label BRABBU told us that especially their new products made them successfully finish the fair. The “Naicca” pendant lamp, the wall lights “Shaka” and “Calla” and the “Vellum” lamp, which is also available as floor lamps. The combination of luxury materials with organic forms is nothing new for BRABBU. In the following link, we have already published an interview with the company management: Interview with CEO Sara Lança of BRABBU
In order to offer buyers, exhibitors and visitors a more fluid walk through the halls, they were restructured and a new center called “INFLUENCES” was designed, in which all exclusive designs were shown. This development was mainly due to buyers, who were now able to focus on specific products regarding their purchasing targets.
The “DESIGNERS ‘STUDIO” was also positioned in Hall 8 for the first time.
Here, journalists and exhibitors could meet for business meetings. Ilse Crawford, who has been chosen as the Designer of the Year, has created this area as a retreat to fuel strength and to reflect on what has been seen. The furniture and lighting of the studio were made by renowned labels such as Studioilse (the label of Ilse Crawford), George Smith, Home St Paul, IKEA, Kalmar, TwentyTwentyOne, Wastberg and Zanat.
Since a trade fair mainly involves the further development of the contact network for an exhibitor, this change is, of course, more than just practical and facilitates the exhibition stay for every designer.
In Hall 7 at the “Talents à la carte”, promising artists were awarded. The show has selected 6 French winners, who are current and former residents of the Atelier de Paris and have launched particularly promising creative initiatives. At the following links you can also check out the designers on their websites: AC / AL Studio, Charlotte Juillard, Pierre Charrie, Studio Monsieur, Desormeaux / Carrette, Julien Vermeulen
All in all, this was again a very interesting Paris fair with further tendencies to organic forms and the use of more gold tones in the interior. We look forward to January 2017, when the next Maison & Objet will be held in Paris!