Some of the biggest names in the interior design world will be making their way to Paris this weekend for one of the trade’s biggest annual conventions. The Salon Maison & Objet, billed as a home-fashion showcase, draws furniture, fabric and homeware designers to the French capital twice a year in January and September.
This spring’s show starts on Friday, and is looking to be as busy as ever. Held just outside the city at the Villepinte Convention Centre, it’s actually a combination of several different trade shows rolled into one. The biggest—Maison & Objet itself—is divided across five different exhibition halls covering textiles, tableware, craft, decoration and accessories. Buyers, journalists and other professionals will be able to spend the whole week wandering across the vast site picking up key trends for next year.
Alongside the central show, other events cover contemporary furnishings, high-end design, manufacturing and collectors’ items. Just like the men’s and women’s fashion weeks that spring up in the French capital twice a year, the arrival of the trade show brings a whole new buzz to Paris, with designers and creatives flocking to the city. And if fashion week is a great way for mere mortals like us to get a peek at the upcoming trends of what to wear next season, then Maison & Objet does the same for what’s going to be hot to have inside your home in spring-summer 2012.
Creatives and Designers
Naturally, a lot of attention is devoted to the new items, fabrics, colours, patterns and trends that are on show at the fair itself, but most of the design professionals come into Paris to socialise at night. Spend any time wandering around in the evening and you’re bound to bump into somebody that’s been visiting the fair, whether that’s because they’re a one-man workshop come to meet new clients or because they’re one of the hordes of journalists that descend on the show every year. Many of them flock to the Marais to relax with a drink after a hard day’s work at the show, and the creative buzz is likely to be pulsing through the capital more than ever this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
If you’re lucky enough to be an industry insider, then enjoy the show. As the show is closed to the public, the rest of us will only hear the big news after the show has finished—unless we can convince somebody to sneak us in, of course!