While Paris was cloaked in heavy gray skies, the halls of were alive with color. The January 2018 edition did not disappoint, with over 3,000 exhibitors showcasing the latest international home wares, furniture, accessories, and lighting. For the 91% of visitors who state that they come to Maison & Objet to discover new products, there were plenty of new-to-market pieces that wowed.
The honor was awarded to Danish designer . The show celebrated her versatility and talent in "Objects," an exhibition that brought together existing and previously unseen pieces including those she designed for brands such as , , and .
In contrast to 's mantra of functionality and simplicity, the "" inspiration space created by Vincent Grégoire from was a maximalist adventure. It highlighted how consumers now take on the role of curators, styling and staging products to share on their social media channels in a form of decorative exhibitionism. The multilayered vignettes included technical camera lighting and reflectors to create the perfect picture.
The show had an altogether Italian flavor. Partnering with the , this was a bumper edition for Italian design with 327 Italian companies exhibiting and talks by, , Nina Yashar of ,, and .
This year, the Maison & Objet Rising Talents Awards winners all belong to Italy’s newest generation of designers. Orlandi selected , whom she met at his design show in Eindhoven. Another Rising Talent Award winner, , chose to celebrate the excellence of Italian artisanship in her design exhibition, which included her work for , and. also championed young and dynamic Italian designers, with new creations by , and Domenico Rocca & Alberto Nespoli of .