paris design week

As the summer draws to a close in Europe, the City of Lights welcomes a host of new visitors with the 2018 Paris Design Week. Elle Decoration uncovers the highlights of the week-long craft, design and decor showcase.

A Virtuous and Restructured Maison & Objet Trade Fair

Maison & Objet, which runs from 7 – 11 September, is the cornerstone of Paris Design Week. Tapping into current global conversations about sustainability, this season’s theme is ‘Virtuous’ – as Vincent Grégoire, the designer and scenographer of the Inspirations Forum, explains: “Consumers are increasingly educated. Their expectations for the products they buy are a determining factor, but also one that is constantly changing. Consumers ‘ponder’ their purchases, they are realising that there are alternative and smarter ways to consume.”

Hoping to make the fair more efficient for trade visitors, organisers are dividing the fair into it’s two distinct hubs – ‘Maison’ and ‘Objet’. Maison has four sections: Unique & Eclectic, Today, Forever and Craft, while Objet has seven: Cook & Share, Smart Gift, Fashion, Accessories, Kids & Family, Home Accessories, Home Fragrance and Home Linen.

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Maison & Objet, Forever Hall

South African Design is well-represented in the Unique & Eclectic section with textile, furniture and accessory brands. Studio Julia Altas and Ronel Jordan Textiles are both new exhibitors included in the prestigious Signature subsection for premium and exclusive brands. 

Designer of the Year

The coveted Designer of the Year accolade goes to Parisian Ramy Fischler, a diverse designer strongly influenced by cinema. From private residencies to corporate workspaces he approaches his work with a focus on the value of function, rather than formal spacial aspects. His current projects include set design for the L’Opéra Comique in Paris and a soup kitchen for the homeless and refugees initiated by Italian chef Massimo Bottura.

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The National Café at The National Gallery London, Ramy Fischler
Rising Talent Awards

Lebanese design takes centre stage at the Rising Talents Awards with designers Carlo Massoud, Marc Dibeh, Carla Baz, Anastasia Nysten, Caramel Studio and Paola Sakr. While Lebanon does not have a long history of contemporary design practice, as previous generations tended to settle abroad, there is a new optimism and enthusiasm for the discipline which is reflected in this selection of work.

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Borgia Candelabras, Carla Baz
Emerging Talent at Le Off

Le Off, Paris Design Week’s emerging talent showcase, has found a vibrant new home in the Gare de Lyon neighborhood at a former rail depot turned arts and food hub named Ground Control. A selection of international young designers with less than seven years work experience will present prototypes and special editions which appeal to a wider audience.

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Brume lamp, Jean-Baptiste Durand 2018 RADO Star Prize Winner
It’s Turning Japanese

As part of the city-wide cultural event Japonismes 2018, Paris Design Week presents two tech-driven design experiences; The Eiffel Tower’s new lighting design will feature the Japanese rising sun by mother-and-daughter lighting gurus Motoko Ishii and Akari-Lisa Ishii and Japanese art collective TeamLab have created a responsive sensory installation called Les mes en Résonance. Displays change with the visitors’ movements and gestures to create an evolving digital organism.

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Les mes en Résonance, TeamLab
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Eiffel Tower with Japan Rising Sun, Motoko Ishii and Akari-Lisa Ishii

Paris Design Week runs from 6 – 15 September, visit the website here.