Words by Devi De Veyra
Whimsy rules in this year’s edition of the prestigious fair, which is titled House of Games
Professionals in the lifestyle sector, which includes architects, decorators, designers as well as retailers, consider M&O Paris (maison-objet.com) as a major event. The international trade fair opens September 2 and runs up to the 6th at the Paris Nord Villepinte exhibition center. It offers not just products, services and insights about the latest style trends; M&O Paris has become a hub for dialogues between various agencies in the design and lifestyle milieu.
Italian brand Alessi (Hall 5A, Stand 054-P53) will showcase a diverse portfolio of objects for the home. In photo, Daniel Libeskind’s Time Maze wall clock. Photo courtesy of M&O Paris.
Paper products company Galison (Hall 6, Stand S90/T89) will be presenting their 2016 collections which include this incredible pop-up book from the Christian Lacroix Papier series.
There is much to be excited about with the fair announcing some changes. This September, M&O Paris will unveil a revised layout of the three main sections—Maison, Objet and Influences—to enhance the visitor experience. This edition also marks the launch of the Design Studio, a new space that encourages meetings and exchanges among visitors and exhibitors.
Wall & Deco has some of the most astonishing wallpaper designs (Hall 8, Stand F1/G2). Photo courtesy of Wall & Deco.
Retro fans can drop by Hamilton Conte Paris (Hall 5B, Stand J26/K16) for a preview of their 2016/2017 collection, a series inspired by Art Deco and the Orientalist movement. The brand’s exhibition includes the Helika table with burnt aluminum base and the Revolucion Industrielle divider which features prints of the Eiffel Tower.
Serious collectors will be delighted by the Habana glass cigar ashtray by Oscar Tusquets Blanca and the ORFEO goblets by Italian design legend Ettore Sottsass, both from Arnolfo di Cambio (Hall C, Booth 405). Photos courtesy of M&O Paris.
The fair’s digital platform called MOM (Maison&Object and More) is another new feature that provides an opportunity for participating brands to showcase their products and services to a new audience.
LCD Textile Edition’s (Hall 8, Stand C1/D2) fabrics adorn top luxury retail stores as well as upscale residences. Right: Porcelanosa (Hall 8, Stand C51-D52) is a premium resource for floor and wall tiles and claddings, as well as kitchen and bath products. Photos courtesy of M&O Paris (LCD Textile Edition), and Porcelanosa.
Maison Valentina in partnership with Boca de Lobo (Hall 7, G14, H13) will be presenting an array of sensuous bathroom designs, such as this striking Diamond Bathtub. Photo courtesy of Maison Valentina.
Original oil and acrylic paintings as well as limited edition photographs will be available at Ronen Art Vision (Hall 4, Stand E130). Photo courtesy of M&O Paris.
The theme for M&O Paris 2016, House of Games, suggests a less serious mood. It takes inspiration from the vivid colors, diverse forms and textures of objects from various games such as chess, domino, tarot and playing cards, etc. At the fair, visitors can expect dazzling surprises as manufacturers and designers present their interpretations of this edition’s provocative theme alongside their own in-house collections.