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A chilly Paris greeted the design world last week as visitors arrived hoping to be warmed by the vibrancy of colour and form at Maison et Objet and Deco Off.
Maison et Objet is a vast exhibition with eight individual halls, however the Decorex team of Brand Director, Simone du Bois, and Creative Director, Andy Bishop, chose to spend the majority of their time in Hall 7, a familiar environment of luxury fabrics, furniture, lighting and wall coverings.
Many familiar Decorex faces were present from exhibiting companies, including Fromental, Front London, Timorous Beasties and Moissonnier, and a long day was had with much walking and even more talking.
The entrance to Hall 7 featured a stunning installation by Japan's team-lab entitled World Unleashed and then Connecting, a futuristic interior space vision where patterns of vintage Japanese plates come to life via intelligent projection. Elsewhere in hall 7, MADE by Humans included traditional processes to create new products in wood, clay and natural materials (think men with hand tools and a potter’s wheel).
We loved these cups Richard Brendon had made to bring back life to gorgeous antqiue saucers.
Missoni chose to wall mount their tableware in a really striking display.
Coinciding with Maison et Objet is Deco Off, an open house tour of Paris’ design showrooms on both left and right banks. With such a concentration of good design in close proximity, Deco Off makes great sense for the showrooms located there, and it was indeed very well attended on the day we chose. From fabric launches by Hermes, and designer brunch with De Gournay, to new products from Elitis and Arte, Deco Off gives visitors plenty to see and do. We even managed a quick inspirational trip to Jeff Koons' exhibition.
Paris in January, all in all, is well worth trip.