Last weekend I was in Paris to visit Maison et Objet, one of the largest and most important interior trade shows in the world. Eight grand halls are packed to the brim with brands and designers showing their latest collections and newest products. It is the major event for professionals working in the field of furnishings & design. And it is here where every brand want to be! With many exhibition stands there is a lot of ground to cover so it can be overwhelming . The best strategy is, especially when you have limited time, to plan ahead and use the available floor plan. My favorite halls were Hall 1 ECLECTIC where you can find an eclectic mix of design and decoration from all over the world, and Hall 8 where the new generation of designers is playing with forms and mixing styles with talent and inventiveness. Below you can see some of the highlights of my trip!
My heart was beating faster by seeing all these natural materials and handmade items! The beautiful pendant lights are from Ay Illuminate. Image 1 and 3 are from Cinq Etoiles. The African baskets that are used as wall art (image below) ar from AS’ART l’Afrique d’Est en Ouest.
The String shelving system (which is shown in the two images below) is a component shelving system designed by the Swedish architect Nils Strinning. Although it was created in 1949, the design is still timeless. Strinning was one of the leading mid-twentieth century designers who built the foundation of what is now called ‘Scandinavian design’.
Accor kindly offered me to stay in their Novotel Convention and Wellness Roissy CDG Hotel during my trip, which is conveniently located not far from the exhibition grounds (and the airport Charles de Gaulle). The hotel has a beautiful swimming pool and a wellness centre, which was great as after a long day of walking at the fair I could do with a massage and a refreshing swim!