By Rhonda Wessel
I recently had the opportunity to travel to Paris, France in January and participated in Paris Design Week by attending the Maison & Objet Paris tradeshow. Did you know there is a Paris Design Week? No, not Fashion Week, which is typically one of the first things that comes to mind when one thinks of Paris. Yes, there is a whole week twice a year in Paris devoted to Interior Design.
Located in a convention center just outside of Paris, France located in Paris Nord Villepinte Exhibition Centre are eight contemporary buildings that house the Paris version of Neocon. Maison & Objet Paris is more focused on residential design, architecture, lifestyle, and culture. If you want to draw inspiration for new products you are designing or want to see the most current design trends this is the place to be. Plenty of room to roam and see what all Paris has to offer in the world of interior design. Everything from elaborate chandeliers that are meant to be hung in a great ballroom of a beautiful French castle to modern clean line furniture for the Millennials, to fun décor and toys for kids to linens, jewelry, handbags and other retail goods. Everywhere you look there are bold, vibrant colors in the furniture, housewares, wall décor, and etc. Fabric wallcovering in pinstripe covered the walls in one booth to help create a masculine look for a formal dining area. Who knew fabric wallcovering was making a comeback? Maybe it never really went away. Lots of use of woods and natural materials to create everyday things. The trending metal color was rose gold and gold. Each designer has their own unique style no one was trying to copy anyone else and I truly appreciated that. Quite an eclectic collection of items on display from France, Italy, Spain, India, and all over Europe.
If you plan a trip to Paris in January or September, I highly recommend checking out Maison & Objet Paris. It will be worth your while.
“MAISON&OBJET is the international authority for home decor, interior design, architecture and lifestyle culture and trends through its shows, events and its digital platform.”