Paris, design with a new set of eyes (and head)

Distinctive signs mark the 2021 edition of Maison&Objet: a return to the physical exhibition and the analysis of possible solutions for “desirable development”. In Paris from 9th to 13th September in the Paris Design Week circuit

Paris Design Week, Campus des Métiers d’Art & Design @ Sorbonne
Paris Design Week, Campus des Métiers d’Art & Design @ Sorbonne

Rethinking our normal routines with enthusiasm and open-mindedness. These are the premises for the opening of the upcoming edition of Maison&Objet in Paris, from 9th to 13th September, once more in attendance, and determined to investigate the role of design in the context of a global situation without precedent. The health crisis has called into question the day-to-day routines of society in terms of use, transport, consumption, work, and even leisure. It has become essential to focus on “desirable development” – this year’s theme – redesigning a lifestyle in harmony with nature, which can also leverage technology to bring people closer, without altering their nature, drawing on traditions handed down over the generations.

Paris Design Week, which embraces the exhibition and continues until 18th September, acts as a sounding board with numerous events scattered all throughout the city, demonstrating the high level of resourcefulness, resilience, and determination in continuing to create, invent, and inspire. A stage that brings together the entire design community, keen to generously share new ideas in an effort to contribute to a healthier world, respectful of the environment and life in general.

Paris Design Week, Pierre Gonalons, L'Orangerie © DR
Paris Design Week, Pierre Gonalons, L’Orangerie © DR

More than 200 locations will be hosting the iconic trademarks of design, museums, newly launched brands, artisans and designer-makers, and above all emerging talents. Identifying new names and helping to kick-start their career has forever been the true vocation of this initiative, which this year sees them grouped under the Paris Week factory, concentrated in the Galerie Joseph in rue Froissart, Galerie Joseph in 116 rue de Turenne, and l’Espace Commines, in partnership with the online auction house Catawiki for the online sale of prototypes.

Console table Bon Domo © DR
Console table Bon Domo © DR

“With the return of Maison&Objet in Paris-Nord Villepinte, and with the Paris Design Week in the heart of the capital,” stated Philippe Brocart, General Director of Maison&Objet, “we are able to offer professionals and enthusiasts of design and decoration the opportunity to connect, and once more interact in person. Something we all sorely lost in the past months. Driven by enthusiasm, passion, and energy, our teams are more determined than ever to bring you the best of design in Paris.”