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Design, mon amour: A Paris Design Week preview

Each year, the French capital plays host to Paris Design Week. The vast programme of events and exhibits taking place in the city during Paris Design Week provide a platform for established and emerging artists to showcase their latest creations. The nine-day programme is split into two main events: “Le Off” and “Maison & Objet”.

A space for emerging artists: Le Off

On 5 September, 40 up-and-coming designers from all over the world will kick off the event by showcasing their latest works at “Le Off”, hosted at Ground Control in Paris. A varied programme of talks and presentations by the young designers, moderated by Chantal Hamaide, Editor-in-Chief of French interiors and design magazine Intramuros, promises to provide insight and background on the exhibits and the artists themselves.

Maison & Objet – Paradise for design aficionados

The second part of Paris Design Week, which commences on 7 September, is dedicated to the established names in the world of interior design. “Maison & Objet” – France’s premier professional trade fair for household goods and interior decoration – takes place twice a year at the Paris Nord Villepinte exhibition centre. With Alessi, Broste and Pulpo all on the list of exhibitors, this event brings together all the big names under one roof. The 3000 brands attending from over 65 countries, including 600 new exhibitors, will ensure that there is plenty to see and do for the 90,000 people expected to pass through the trade fair doors. The Paris fair has also become a major date in the industry calendar for all design enthusiasts: The talks are a great opportunity to network and forge connections with design peers.

Maison & Objet is divided into two main areas: “Maison” and “Objet”. For September’s exhibition, the “Maison” section incorporates four large “universes”, named “Today”, “Forever”, “Unique” and “Craft”, each of which will showcase themed interiors, furniture and decorative objects.

“Objet” is sub-divided into seven individual sections based on functions such as “Cook & Share”, “Smart Gift” and “Kids & Family”. Each area will focus on stylish design elements that can easily be integrated into the home.

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