Since 1995, MAISON&OBJET has been the world’s go to event for lifestyle, interior design and design industry professionals.
From September 6-10, 2019, MAISON&OBJET will be turning the spotlight on a brand new theme: WORK! This season’s theme is all about the workplace revolution: new living spaces. Our changing connection with work, compelled by social change, is re-structuring our offices. Work is now nomadic and an integrated formula has led to the growth of co-working spaces, which offer a more relaxed and flexible schedule.
ln the age of social media, employees are now personalising their workspace. Coming to terms with these new obstacles, manufacturers, distributors, space planners are turning to residential design to give workspaces more flare, making them more friendly, comfortable and creative, in turn aiding companies to draw in and secure talent.
The theme’s rousing new discoveries (furnishings, items and accessories that can help add personality to a new workspace) will be curated by Chantal Hamaide and staged by Philippe Boisselier and will be featured in one of the “What’s New” zones.
A lighting designer, a product designer inspired by his industrial Midwestern roots and a pair of artistic cousins who make sculptural metal furnishings – these are a few of the innovative Americans to look forward to, selected for the 2019 Rising Talent Awards.The Rising Talent Awards train a spotlight on up and coming design excellence in specific parts of the globe. Previous honourees included the United Kingdom, Italy, Lebanon and China. And now a prominent jury has scrutinised American design and selected six individual practitioners or firms with outstanding skills and promise.
At 37, architect Laura Gonzalez is a well known name across Paris, and for the past two years has been expanding her operations overseas, marking her “reworked classical” chic on a vast majority of restaurants, bars, hotels and stores. MASON&OBJET is delighted to be giving this extraordinarily talented and inventive the Designer of the Year accolade.
“I feel that spaces need to have their own soul.” The architect, who trained at the ParisMalaquais School of Architecture, has been employing that mentality with great aplomb to all her space since launching her firm in 2008.
Some of those spaces she has re-designed are the Alcazar, Hotel Christine, the Brasserie La Lorraine, whilst others she has designed from the beginning, giving her creative flair no boundaries are the Manko, the Noto, the Louboutin stores in Barcelona and Amsterdam and Cartier in Stockholm, Zurich and London. The architect has transformed all these projects with her novel genius, updating classical references with boundless imagination.
Laura Gonzalez is currently working on a brand new project that echoes her Latin sense of exuberance, inherited from her Spanish mother: renovating a mansion in the Vexin to create what she calls a “living showroom.” It’s a place where she intends to welcome clients, craftsmen, chefs, journalists, etc. Where she will display vintage finds, alongside her brand new furniture and lighting ranges.
Nowadays, anyone who walks into a café, hotel or restaurant is looking for so much more than just food or a comfortable bed. Today’s customers are demanding, well informed and acutely aware of good design, even if they’re just there to grab a quick cuppa! They’re often on the lookout for “Instagrammable” venues, offering one-of-a-kind experiences that don’t just satisfy their taste buds but stimulate every single sense.
MAISON&OBJET showcases a range of solutions to help hospitality professionals give the 2.0 customer exactly what they want. Structured around key themes, the event displays a myriad of brands. The “Forever” (timeless classics), “Unique & Eclectic” (championing global creativity), and “Today” (a distillation of the spirit of our times) zones notably attract café owners, hoteliers and restaurateurs, enticing them to a selection of the latest furnishings and design solutions from international designers.
Over at the ‘What’s New?’ zone, two exhibits curated by MAISON&OBJET’s trend hunters will decode the most innovative trends in the restaurant and hospitality sector.
At “Share,” François Delclaux will showcase his up-to-the-minute take on dining, sociable spaces and restaurants. At “Care,”meanwhile, Elizabeth Leriche will explore the modern day approach to entertaining and hosting.
Launched in September 2016, the digital platform MOM (MAISON&OBJET AND MORE) offers a thorough look at the latest news from exhibiting labels, manufacturers, artisans, craftspeople and designers. An irreplaceable guide of inspiration, it also lets visitors establish direct contact with thousands of brands all year round.
MAISON&OBJET brings together some 3,000 exhibitors and over 75,000 unique visitors twice a year, initiating connections and unveiling new talent. Have you booked your ticket yet?
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