Paris coolest tradeshows: Who's Next and Maison & Objet
It's been a very exciting "rentrée" for me. I've been setting up my new studio and enjoying my new work routine. September is the beginning of the year (for someone coming from the South Hemisphere it sounds weird!) and there are huge events here in Paris, like Who's Next and Maison & Objet. Fortunately, I had the chance to see them both and get really inspired.
Who's Next/Prêt-à-Porter is the most important Fashion Trade Show in the world. There are more than 2000 exhibitors and you can see from established big brands to fresh new creators coming out of the schools and exposing themselves to the market. All next year trends are there. They have two editions that lasts 3 days, one in January (Autumn/Winter season) and the other one in September (Summer/Spring).
Maison & Objet, which means House and Object, is sooooo big (8 pavilions) that lasts 5 days! It's all about Home Décor and they reorganised everything this year. I only saw one (huge) pavilion, and, in my opinion, the most interesting, the one called Now!. It has all kinds of products, furniture, lamps, textiles, stationery... displaying what's coming next in Home Déc. Every year they choose a country to promote their best designers. Taiwan was the chosen one this year, they have interesting things but I'm always, always amazed by the Scandinavian designs. Denmark, Sweden, Finland are the best.
The next interesting shows are Première Vision, everything in textiles you can imagine and FIAC, the International Contemporary Art Fair, when the world best galleries get together in the Grand Palais.
Tonight I'll be visiting another show Now! Le Off, part of the Paris Design Week that getting better every year. So now it's time to digest and think about all the information I gathered and keep working.
See you soon!