Regarded as a platform that is quite rapidly become a definitive cultural counterpoint, Paris Design Week thrillingly returns to Paris from 6-15 September. One of the biggest events that take place during this week is without a shadow of a doubt, the prestigious Maison et Objet that gathers the most influential creators and opinion leaders all over the world. Today, Luxury Bathrooms will be talking about this design week as a whole as well as M&O, small events that occur throughout the city as well as the best luxury hotels and restaurants to experience.
Let’s start with Paris Design Week. This crucial event in the industry seeks to share the love of design outside the walls of Maison et Objet Paris in a way to educate a larger number of people about the functionality and beauty of design.
The regular LE OFF exhibition will return to a new location (Ground Control) and will give the spotlight to forty of the most promising designers around the world. The Rado Prize contest will also make a comeback and this year’s theme will be all about nature, which according to the representatives of Rado is “transversal and polysemic theme: which involves a search for materials, textures and forms inspired by the world of nature. But also, a sensitivity to the sustainability of materials, in order to transmit to future generations, durability, emotion, the fight against planned obsolescence and an awareness of alternative consumption.”
Maison et Objet, as we said before, is the leading event of the design week and is actually regarded as the leading lifestyle and design trade show in the world. Taking place at Paris Nord Villepinte from 7-11 September, this time around, the exclusive event returns with a new perspective as it has accepted a new challenge, to completely overhaul of its structure, going back to its basics, regarding its sectors, Maison and Objet.
The most extraordinary thing about Maison & Objet Paris that it is constantly reinventing itself, year and year, bringing new ideas and inspirations throughout. By regularly reexamining its positioning in relation to the shifts in the market, the event is able to meet the needs of lifestyle industry professionals.
Belgium designer Ramy Fischler has been selected as the Designer of the Year for the September edition of M&O. Fischler enjoys questioning the value of a function, he follows various steps in his creative process to achieve the final result, including anticipating tomorrow’s behavior, defining the reason and use of each project and visualising the environment where a piece would be effective. At M&O, the designer will give the spotlight to the diversity of his studio’s activities and projects from day to day, offering visitors a chance to grasp his visionary and holistic approach.
Each year, Maison et Objet selects six rising talents that are a representation of the future of design. For the next edition, M&O has gone to Lebanon and chosen its brightest stars when it comes to design and creativity. The chosen ones are Anastasia Nysten, Carla Baz, Carlo Massoud, Marc Dibeh, Paola Sakr and Studio Caramel, a new generation that has followed the footsteps of their ancestors by putting their international experience to the service of local, usually little-known manufacturing techniques.
The Inspirations space will have the theme of “Virtuous” which will be overseen by the leading trend forecasting agency, NellyRodi. Virtuous will be all about educating consumers, focusing on ‘makers’ and thinkers, craftsmanship and environmental awareness, making discoveries and exchanging ideas and appealing design concepts that are actually virtuous and better our world.
In regards to luxury brands, one can expect to see a wide variety of luxury exhibitions, including the prestigious brands of Covet House (Hall 7 – Stand B52 – C51). Brabbu (Hall 6 – Stand H38 – I37) will showcase its phenomenal pieces inspired by nature while mid-century modern brands, DelightFull and Essential Home (Hall 6 | Stand N112 – O111) are also ready to showcase their most iconic pieces, including Ike Suspension Lamp and the Major Wall Lamps and the Collins Bar Chair and the Monocle Cabinet, respectively.
More than 3000 Exhibitors will be featured at this event! If you are looking to find the latest trends and news in the bathroom sector, then you should consider visiting the stands of the following brands: Maison Valentina (Hall 7 – Stand B52 – C51), Porcelanosa Group (Hall 6 – Stand P38 / Q37), Joseph Joseph (Hall 2 — Stand D6 / E5), Tina Frey Designs (Hall 6 – Stand K22 / L21), Sopha Industries (Hall 6 – Stand P47), Geberit (Hall 6 – Stand P112 / Q111), Lefèvre Paris (Hall 7 – Stand C27), Pinetti (Hall 7 – Stand B90 / C89)
There will be plenty of events occurring around the city. Four of the city’s most vibrant districts will celebrate the creative industry: Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Les Halles-Marais-Bastille, Opéra-Concorde-Étoile and Barbès-Stalingrad-Saint Ouen.
During Paris Design Week, visitors can experience the Japonismes 2018, a series of exclusive events dedicated to Japan. The high point of the event will be the Eiffel Tower’s new lighting designed by mother-and-daughter lighting gurus Motoko Ishii and Akari-Lisa Ishii to evoke the radiance of the rising sun. Exploring both traditional arts and Japan’s new technology, it will be an event to remember! The Eiffel Tower, lit up in white, adorned with a red rising sun.
Les Ateliers de Paris open up their Rue du Faubourg Saint Antoine headquarters to Céline Pelcé, who has created an experimental space artfully combining a gallery and a dining hall. The exhibition will question dining rituals and confront them with the rituals observed during a vernissage. An experience of togetherness where people meet up and interact according to strict pre-established rules. Les Ateliers de Paris is deeply committed to the promotion of young creative professionals.
Designed by Yaël Halberthal and Philippe Zagouri as a 21st-century salon, Salon H is a place where people come to show their work and engage in conversation. At Salon H, visitors will find a highly stimulating new concept, a hub that concentrates on unique experiences and backgrounds. It’s a place you need to visit during this Design Week. Starting 6 September, the Triode Design gallery in Rue Jacob will host Allied Maker for their very first exhibition in Paris.
During Paris Design Week, Italian brand De Padova, which has recently opened a showroom in Rue de la Chaise, in the former Boffi Bains showroom, will present its new products. This year, the brand has chosen to focus on sofas, with two distinct new propositions Blendy and Erei, respectively designed by Omi Tahara and Elisa Ossino. Using round enveloping lines to counterbalance the thinness of the structure, Tahara and Ossino have successfully translated the spirit of the brand’s late founders, Magdalena De Padova and Vico Magistretti.
Boffi Paris continues its transformation and expands its showroom to include a dedicated bathroom space. The two contiguous showrooms – 232 and 234 Boulevard Saint-Germain – provide an 8-metre-long window display opening onto the street. Paris Design Week visitors will have a chance to discover designs created by Piero Lissoni, Keiji Takeuchi and Mikal Harrsen of MA/U Studio for Boffi.
When it comes to mastering the art of color, Atelier Mériguet-Carrère truly becomes the top reference. Labelled Enterprise du Patrimoine Vivant by the French Ministry for the Economy, the brand has delved into its archives and pulled out a palette of 144 colors that you should definitely check out.
A similar approach was taken by the Disderot showroom in Passage Saint-Paul. The exhibition will honor the brand’s models, including some never shown before, from the postwar years. A time that today’s generations have not experienced, but that still sparks a lot of interest from antique lovers. (Re)discover the works of Abraham & Rol, RenéJean Caillette, Pierre Disderot, Roger Fatus, Michel Mortier, Joseph-André Motte, Pierre Paulin, Alain Richard, Olivier Mourgue and Pierre Guariche, that continue to be produced today with the greatest respect for the originals and the savoir-faire of Ateliers Pierre Diderot.
The Covet Group opened last year a new luxury design space/showroom in Paris– This is the fourth luxury design space of its kind, following similar projects of the Covet Group in New York, London and Oporto. This is an opulent palace of curated design that’s home to several high-end brands, such as Boca do Lobo, LUXXU, BRABBU, Essential Home, DelightFull, Circu and Maison Valentina. The showroom is open for visits and it is located at 154 Rue des Rosiers, 93400 Saint-Ouen, Paris-France. Durig the Paris Design Week it will have plenty of activities so book a visit!
Based in the Parc des Expositions, Maison et Objet 2018 is almost upon us. Now, take a look a selection of the finest luxury hotels one certainly needs to experience if they are looking for the ultimate luxury and comfort experience. A couple of good examples of luxury hotels for your stay are the Four Seasons Hotel George V Paris (Address: 31 Avenue George V, 75008 Paris, France), the Hotel de Crillon (10 Place de la Concorde, 75008 Paris, France) or the Hôtel Le Royal Monceau Raffles Paris (Address: 25 Avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris). But our favorite is the splendid five-star Hotel Plaza Athenée Paris (Address: 25 Avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris, France).
When it comes to restaurants, the iconic and illustrious Le Jules Verne is a must. It is located on the second floor of the Eiffel Tower, offering sublime views of Paris. (Adress – Avenue Gustave Eiffel, Tour Eiffel, 2ème étage – Pilier Sud, 75007 Paris.). Alain Ducasse at Plaza Athénée is also another phenomenal choice as this Michelin-starred restaurant will offer the most exquisite food. Its interiors are also stellar, featuring astonishing crystal chandeliers (Adress – 25 Avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris)
As a whole, Paris Design Week & Maison et Objet reunite the motivation and knowledge of people from all kinds of sectors, from retail to galleries, to showrooms, to hotels and restaurants, in order to conceive the ultimate design experience to its visitors. These events definitely intensify the bonds and value of the Parisian design scene.
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