The Maison & Objet Paris 2017 took place from 8 to 12 September. The trade show calls itself the leading home living culture fair in Europe and connects international interior design with the lifestyle community. The Maison & Objet not only showcases furniture for every room style, but also interior accessories, smart gift ideas, lifestyle products, carpets and lighting.
The weather was moderate in Paris, but it did not stop people from visiting the exhibition grounds. Nearly 2,800 exhibitors from almost 60 countries are attending the fair twice a year in Paris. The trade fair organization manages to divide the 111,000 m² in such a way that trade visitors can quickly find the products and exhibitors that are of interest to them despite the huge range of goods.
This time “Comfort Zone” was the trend theme at Maison & Objet Paris 2017.
The exhibition area illustrated this focus with a large number of products. But the inspiration book also explains the backstory to the topic and how it can be integrated as a dealer or manufacturer into one’s own product range – or for architects: how to implement the theme “Comfort Zone” in a project.
Marie-Jo Malait, co-ordinator for the Maison & Objet Paris 2017 and editor-in-chief of the book explains the background. In an unstable and uncertain world, the desire for more well-being at home grows. To bring body and soul to rest, we are looking for an interior that achieves this. This means shapes for furniture become rounder and enveloping. They pack us almost into a protective and comforting cocoon.
Soft materials are omnipresent throughout the autumn and winter. It is about the feeling of well-being and the focus on our personal comfort zone.
Armchairs, couches, poufs, carpets, blankets, pillows: they all seem like bubbles, nests or clouds that give us a sense of security. Colors are saturated but still light gray. Light or romantic colors such as rosé, gold and beige take away tension and exude a noble elegance as well as a new kind of serenity in the home. High-quality workmanship and innovative production processes are used in new designs, redefining comfort. The origin of the resources and the components also play an important role. Comfort is also defined as a good conscience, to support man and nature through his own consumption, and to own products whose design and production was done with passion and fascination.
However, our focus at the Parisian Maison & Objet was on lighting design.
Among the sounding hall names “Actuel”, “Complements”, “Design á Vivre” and “Smart Gift”, many of the countless exhibitors showed their novelties. Above all, we were able to find most of them in halls 5-7.
The Dutch label Silhouet Lighting showed simple design and technical finesse. The wall lights, optically only simple tubes of metal in different lengths, convince by a very directed LED light which sets the wall in the scene. Due to the unobtrusive indirect light, this lamp fits perfectly to the “Comfort Zone” theme. Also their table lights in circular and table lamp silhouettes are smart and funny models.
Lamps are becoming more and more individualized for our comfort zone. The same goes for the “Modu” lighting series by Timeless Everyday Objects, which was shown at the Paris fair.
The young label “TEO” was created by a cooperation between the Taiwanese manufacturer ETANO and the German designers Billmeier and Baur. They guide themselves by classical European forms and international traditions, but constantly interpret them in a new way. In order to make the most of the re-recognition effect, the designers stay with the tried and tested materials glass and metal and combine these in form and function again and again.
“Modu” amazes, because on the one hand there is a purely metallic series in 2-color optics and on the other hand a series consisting of glass and metal. The glass allows light to escape to the rear and creates a harmonious mood light in the surrounding room. Thanks to the many color and size variants, buyers are free to combine the lamps individually.
Tedzukuri offers a similar variety with resource-saving lamps made of paper and veneer.
“Hanahi” and “Hikari” are the striking names for the Orgami-look lights from Tedzukuri, which were presented in hall 6 at “Smart Gift”. Even if it sounds Asian, the label comes from Paris and sells not only lamps, but also vases and tea light holders in traditional origami optics. A wide range of colors and sizes is a matter of course, and lamps with a watercolor finish are also available.
RedCartel, also a French label stands for affordable and authentic interior design for all retro and industrial style fans.
Their furniture and lamps convince with an incredible design flair. All furniture and lighting designs look as if they came from past times and yet: thanks to slight modifications such as very thin lamp bases or filigree metal constructions lend the pieces a modern touch. We like this successful balancing act between authentic and modernly staged very well.
Hamilton Conte not only drew us into its spell. Their furniture and lighting, the complete setting that they stage, is extraordinary.
The label also stands for a rather classic ambience with retro flair. The very organic and round furniture, the harmonious color schemes and the harmonious composition of different materials in the individual pieces convinces. The materials and processing methods used are high-quality and professional, which you can see at every piece. We were fascinated, among other things, by combining metal, marble, wood and glass so harmoniously.
Yes, the elegant style that Hamilton Conte represented is not really new, but the quality with which they put their pieces perfectly into the picture is unparalleled. If you like a “James Bond look”, you will like Hamilton Conte. Their new lamps “Apollo” or “Ariane” remind us of hoop skirts. The filigree lighting design placed in groups, creates a very elegant and noble flair. They are available in a golden or copper finish and give each room that certain something.
So the Maison & Objet Paris 2017 offered an impressive supporting program.
With the absolutely striking theme “Comfort Zone”, many exhibitors found matching products in their assortments. This was certainly a success factor for this fair: the trade visitors quickly had the certainty that the trade fair was hitting the mark with their theme and the exhibitors had the right designs.
Also we want this plush chair, a good book and a cup of tea or coffee to cuddle us in our new comfort zone and look forward to further future inspirations from Maison & Objet in Paris. What is your favorite in terms of the theme “comfort zone”? Is the plush chair enough for you or will it be a king-size bed or the whole package: a coherent color concept, soft materials and matching lighting solutions?