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Sharing Design Ideas, Concepts and Innovations

[caption id="attachment_1887" align="alignright" width="300"] Splinter Works are unveiling several new pieces during Paris Design Week, including a Bodice Rocker tailored in red leather.[/caption] One year ago, Maison & Objet invited exhibitors and visitors to recharge their batteries and harness creative “Energies” (the show’s main theme) in their home decoration and design projects. After “liberating the imagination” and “electrifying the status quo”, organisers of the trend-setting biannual show in Paris were in a more dreamy mood in January, entreating people to embark on distant inner journeys in tune with the new theme of “Elsewhere”, reflecting what they said was an enhanced openness to the world that is animating design and the art of living. Now, as the Maison & Objet show celebrates its 20th anniversary (5-9 September), once again held in conjunction with Paris Design Week (6-13 September), the theme returns somewhat to earth with a less ethereal “Sharing” concept. [caption id="attachment_1891" align="alignright" width="300"] A Vessel hammock bathtub embellished in hand-applied gold leaf will be showcased by Splinter Works at Paris Design Week (www.splinterworks.co.uk).[/caption] Essentially, this comprises three perspectives on “new uses and values that are reconfiguring ways of living together, exchanging information, goods, services and experiences”. First of all, the Maison & Objet Observatoire “clicks on the Share icon” to track latest influences impacting original décor and design. Second, the show’s new Inspiration Book explores the “dynamics of creative sharing, pre-paving the future of a caring world”. And finally, a movement examined in Hall 7 features spaces designed by Vincent Grégoire for NellyRodi, Élizabeth Leriche and François Bernard. One of the complementary objectives is to unite visitors and exhibitors into a global community as part of Maison & Objet’s expanding international reach. There are now four annual shows scheduled around the world: Paris in September and January; Maison & Objet Asia, introduced in Singapore in March 2014; and Maison & Objet Americas, scheduled for Miami Beach in May 2015. The four exhibitions “share a common objective of uniting the many sectors of home décor, while also offering their own identities”. [caption id="attachment_1895" align="alignleft" width="300"] McCann Erickson New York at Maison & Objet, created by Tom Dixon (Peer Lindgreen)[/caption] Organised by SAFI, a subsidiary of Ateliers d’Art de France and Reed Expositions France, the exhibition was first held in Paris in 1994, and it has since become recognised as one of – if not the – leading international assembly for professionals in the décor industries. Extending over 250,000 square metres of stands, with 3,000 exhibitors, Maison & Objet Paris provides “real-time readings of the changes in home décor and lifestyle”. Beginning one day later, Paris Design Week acts as a bridge between the world of professionals and the general public. Its goal is to “make design more accessible, steering clear of intellectualism and preconceived notions, while enhancing the international reputation of Parisian creativity”. [caption id="attachment_1899" align="alignleft" width="300"] Bottega Veneta Salone Del Mobile at Maison & Objet, created by J14 Dimore Studio (Steve Harries)[/caption] To that end, it includes: • Pop-up scenographies and events in more than 200 Paris venues. • The work of 100 emerging designers from 15 countries presented on the stage of now! le Off at Les Docks-Cité de la Mode et du Design. • Parties and evening events in the showrooms and participating venues. • A panorama of international design in Paris and new partnerships with design weeks in Berlin, Tokyo, Mexico, Singapore and elsewhere. [caption id="attachment_1883" align="alignleft" width="300"] "Beverly Hills" luxury in Marbella[/caption] So now, once suitably imbued and enriched with new creative ideas from Paris (either as a visitor to the exhibition or checking out the Maison & Objet website), it’s time to put them into practice by buying a home on the Costa del Sol. Located in Sierra Blanca – popularly known as Marbella’s Beverly Hills – this superbly designed villa provides the ideal framework in which to let those creative juices flow in a rich contemporary style. Click here to see more.