Maison & Objet, the home accessories fair, opened on 8 September in Paris under the banner of a new language of color

The Parisian fair Maison & Objet (8-12 September 2022) is also confirmed in this latest edition as the main platform used by manufacturers from all over the world to present their novelties in terms of home accessories at an international audience.

The fair, which took place at Parc des Expositions in Villpinte, spreads throughout the downtown districts, from the Marais to Saint Germain, where, until 17 September, the dense and full program of events of the Paris Design Week will take place, involving the main showrooms and galleries of the city of lights.

For some seasons now, Maison et Objet has changed its format, dividing the salon into two main and distinct categories: objet (objects and accessories) and maison (home and interiors).

Cristina Celestino Designer of the year

With more than 500 new brands on display, the September edition offered many insights: from international actors, including the Italian designer Cristina Celestino, guest of honor nominated designer of the year, who created a site-specific café within the exhibition spaces to express his style and personal vision of interior design.

The Rising Talent Award dedicated to Holland

Also interesting is the section dedicated to promising young designers (The Rising Talent Award), dedicated this year to Countries Netherlands, based on the selection of an exceptional committee formed by Wieki Somers, Kiki Van Eijk, Hella Jongerius and Inke Hans who awarded hanna Koiistra, Atelier Fig, Théophile Blandet, Yoon Seok-Hyeon, Visser & amp; Meijwaard and Simone Post.

Curating in support of the commercial program

Making its way through the seemingly endless pavilions of the Parc des Expositions, the general atmosphere of the fair was quite lively and the quality of the thematic exhibitions undoubtedly reflected considerable attention and care for the development of cultural content to support of the commercial program, which remains the basis of any trade fair in the sector.

The program of conferences recorded live in one of the exhibition halls and then made available within a new digital platform, the Maison &  Objet Academy, an educational service aimed at professionals, available by subscription for digital users and accessible online.

Trends: the call to the exotic

Within this general framework, some style trends emerged clearly. Probably due to the forced closure that the pandemic has imposed on us in recent years, the reference to the exotic - starting with the Palais Exotique, the café conceived by Celestino to celebrate her appointment as designer of the year -, and to distant worlds - from North African fabrics to oriental tableware, from Japan to China, up to South Korea - yes it is outlined with a certain consistency between the exhibitors' stands.

On the level of materials, on the other hand, the use of glass for accessories, ceramic glazed for table accessories and rattan for both outdoor and indoor furnishings.

Trends: chromatic contrasts and bright colors

Undoubtedly, however, the most pronounced physiognomy of this latest edition of Maison et Objet, to which a thematic exhibition curated by Elizabeth Leriche was dedicated, can be traced in the color that is strongly manifested, from accessories to furnishings, through a new language made up of strong chromatic contrasts and bright colors.

"Color is imposed today as a powerful antidote to the incessant tide of crisis and the tendency towards uniformity of international aesthetic principles", writes Leriche in the introduction to the Color Power.

"The new language of color boldly asserts itself as a manifesto and identifies itself as a process of risk taking and shock therapy. It reflects a desire, a certain freedom and even an outlet for our emotions. The colors and the subtle combination of shades immediately ignite our imagination with their evocative power, but also thanks to the variety of cultural, historical and geographical references linked to them all over the world".

Whether used in blocks of color, in gradients, in monochrome or in a play of complementary or contrasting shades, there is no doubt that colors play an essential role in defining the 'tone' of our interiors.