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Maison & Objet Paris 2016: 4 Important Changes

Running from September 2 to 6, Maison & Objet Paris promises a few updates to its calendar.

Aug 29, 2016 | By Vimi Haridasan

This coming week will see the biannual trade fair Maison & Objet Paris add a few new additions to its calendar later this year. The event, to be held at the Paris-Nord Villepinte, is expected to attract more than 70,000 visitors and 3,000 international brands over five days. We take a look at the four major changes that guests can look forward to.

Textiles join the Maison hub

While the textiles industry was the last to have its own Hall at the event, this year will see it join the home décor hub for a second year in a row. Decorative textile brands will, for the second year, join the home decor hub, with high-end linens and a selection of other textile brands joining together in two separate areas this season to promote visibility: the “Elegant” section (the entrance of Hall 4) and “Complements” (the center of Hall 5A).

Trend-setting through design

Focusing on trends, this section of the fair is one of the largest and will be located in the Objet hub. This section will now be expanding from Hall 6 into part of Hall 5A. The five hubs exhibiting the predicted design trends for the upcoming seasons are: Cook+Design, Easy Living, Kids, Fashion and Beloved (tech-oriented.)

The launch of a new hub: Influences

Taking up Halls 7 and 8, the new Influences hub will be celebrating its inauguration with a special focus on exclusivity for the new season. Brands from sectors such as Lighting, Bath & Wellness and Outdoors will showcase their expertise and ideas for creating unique, high-end and exclusive designs.

Collaboration and synergy

Also located in the new Influences hub, the “Now! Design à vivre” sector will be specializing in new design and eco-friendly products. The sector will run alongside the “Scènes d’interieure” gallery that features bespoke high-end decorative arts, the space is expected to create a dialogue between the two areas. Providing an overall vision of design today, the objective is to strengthen “the links between contemporary design and luxury. It also shows how both worlds mutually benefit from one another.”

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