Paris will be busy this January as Maison&Objet returns on 19-23 with a full programme. The city will also be alive with design events for Maison&Objet In The City plus Paris Déco Off and Paris Déco Home. Here are 8 must know facts about the M&O show, which begins tomorrow.
The theme of the January 2023 show is ‘Take Care’, which aims to help you ‘refocus, regroup, indulge your senses, reconnect with your inner self, with others and with the environment’. This not only reflects peoples’ needs post pandemic but also a larger movement within design for sustainable products and ethical production.
While many brands are taking an ethical approach to design, the fair organisers also have responsible practices in mind. They recycle 50% of their waste, use LEDs, reuse signage, donate unsold food to the Red Cross, source water locally and have turned down the heating
Parisian-based Raphael Navot has been named as M&O’s designer of the year. At the fair, he will showcase immersive installation The Apothem Lounge, which is designed to ‘portray a visual emotion’, through the use of light and texture.
Spanish design is having a moment and M&O will celebrate this with a special section dedicated to young Spanish talent, chosen by a jury including Jaime Hayon. On display will be the work of six designers from Spain.
This year’s Rising Talent Craft Award goes to Barcelona-based Josep Safont, whose woven works are ethereal and experimental. His display will comprise a range of textile including carpets, and cotton and felt pieces with black ink embroidery.
The Art of Resilience is a show of Ukrainian design that will also feature at M&O this January. Founder of the brand Mapiсo, Mariia Puliaieva is a designer who uses ‘lizhnik’ weaving to upholster furniture.
The Talks by Maison&Objet Academy will offer a daily programme of talks in Hall 7. Bethan Laura Wood will talk about designing on Thursday.