A Londoner in Paris: Maison & Objet, Paris, January 2014

15:27 10 February in News, Uncategorized

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Following on from his intoxicating adventures in Paris a fortnight ago which started with Paris Déco Off, A-Gent of Style would like to share with you his first MAISON&OBJET. Some of you might think it is sacrilegious to hear that

A-Gent had never been before to this arguably biggest trade fair in the design world. But in A-Gent of Style‘s defence, firstly the opportunity to visit the fair had never risen and secondly the opinions about it were very mixed, dare I say it, almost off-putting essentially because of the sheer size and amplitude of it all (two to three days are apparently necessary to cover the whole fair).

So with some preconceptions, A-Gent went out to Villepinte on the Sunday, forty minutes north of Paris from Les Jardins du Luxembourg, to see and experiment for himself what the fuss and attraction were all about – last year, just under 80,000 visitors were reported to have attended the fair over the five days MAISON&OBJET was on.
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MAISON&OBJET Paris is a complete showcase for all aspects of design, decoration and the art of living, highlighting current and future trends, which mobilises and brings together the interior design sector under one roof from all over the world. Held in September and January each year in Paris and also recently in Asia and the Americas, retail buyers, influencers, European and global export companies gather at Paris Nord Villepinte to see the latest design developments, find out about emerging trends and plan the next step for their business.

A-Gent of Style had decided to concentrate for the first time to Les Editeurs, regrouped under Hall 7 (there are eight halls together) created for fans of Haute creation and unique and exclusive pieces from the best of the decorative world in a profusion of beautiful brands.

Additionally, Scènes d’Intérieur brought together for the first time the talents of extraordinary creators, at the crossroads of craft, art and design

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A-Gent of Style was ultimately very pleasantly surprised by what he saw and some of the wonderful discoveries he made; he even made it to Hall 8! And all under four hours! All very much worth the visit and ploughing your way through the crowds.

Here is his story in pictures:

Entrance: installation and scenography by Noe Duchaufour Lawrance

Entrance: installation and scenography by Noe Duchaufour Lawrance

The interior designer connected three basins of tinted water under a controlled symphony of light and sound which transforms them into so many mirrors. "A living surface that moves and is moved at the whim of sound and light vibrations"
The interior designer connected three basins of tinted water under a controlled symphony
of light and sound which transforms them into so many mirrors. “A living surface that moves
and is moved at the whim of sound and light vibrations”
Stunning sculptural lights 'Flow' by Nao Tamura

 

Fabricut/Stroheim

 

Fantastic range of wallpapers
Fantastic range of wallpapers

 

 

and great, colourful installation by our own Farrow & Ball

 

Loved the Christian Berard-esque, trompe l'oeil doors at Sandberg
Loved the Christian Berard-esque, trompe l’oeil doors at Sandberg
Incredible: bendy marble!!! from a flat disc to a curved-up one

 

Spectacular: Yasuaki Onishi's 'Vertical Emptiness'. Tree branches, hot glue and urea were used for this crystallised Narnia forest
Spectacular: Yasuaki Onishi’s ‘Vertical Emptiness’.
Tree branches, hot glue and urea were used for this crystallised Narnia forest
Ad infinitum installation reminiscent of Michael Inchbald's entrance hall at Stanley House
Infinitum installation reminiscent of Michael Inchbald’s entrance hall at Stanley House
The Missoni stand: loungey...
The Missoni stand: loungey…

 

...and retro

 

Rue Monsieur Paris: surrealist, Italian, 1950s, eclectic, bold.

 

Edition Limitee Paris: another fabulous scenography. Olivier Gagnere objects in an eclectic, inter-war, Jacques Adnet-esque salon. Timeless and elegant
Edition Limitee Paris: another fabulous scenography. Olivier Gagnere objects in an eclectic, inter-war,
Jacques Adnet-esque salon. Timeless and elegant
Tondelli's stand: very Armand-Albert Rateau's salon for Jeanne Lanvin, 1920s. Same bluey purple as The Berkeley's Blue Bar by David Collins. STUNNING
Tondelli’s stand: very Armand-Albert Rateau’s salon for Jeanne Lanvin, 1920s.
Same bluey purple as The Berkeley’s Blue Bar by David Collins.
Modernist & looks like it was designed by a French inter-war ensemblier
Modernist. Looks like it was designed by a French inter-war ensemblier
Fabulous wall…
…and great detail

 

Grillo by Elise Fouin. Tres Mathieu Mategot. J'aime!
Grillo by Elise Fouin. Tres Mathieu Mategot. J’aime!
Lovely repdouctions by Gubi of 1950s designers: Jacques Adnet, Mathieu Mategot, Serge Mouille...
Lovely repdouctions by Gubi of 1950s designers:
Jacques Adnet, Mathieu Mategot, Serge Mouille…
Author: French Interior Designer Fabrice Bana, founder and editor of A-Gent of Style


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