PARIS, Sept 8 — The Maison & Objet tradeshow ending today is one of France's biggest events for decoration and design professionals. The fair not only presents the latest in trends and designs but also some unique installations and exhibits.
This year's Maison & Objet theme is “Precious.” Trend-watcher Elizabeth Leriche hoped that this year's installation theme would inspire visitors to question themselves on the notion of what is precious today. The exhibit's starting point is raw material and the treasures it can be transformed into.
The second part of the exhibit focuses more on the poetic and immaterial aspects of preciousness as well as elements like air and water that in today's world are becoming more and more precious. A pop-up bookstore, designed by stylist Vincent Grégoire of the NellyRodi agency is also found in the inspiration space.
Floating Flower Garden
Combining art and technology, the Japanese teamLab come back this year to present a very different kind of garden. For their installation, the artists displayed 2,300 flowers in mid-air. The flowers elevate when a spectator approaches and form a dome over his or her head.
The exhibit is a Kôan Zen metaphor — Buddhist enigmas between fable and poetry. The one chosen by teamLab explains that in the 13th century, a Zen priest pointed at a flower with his finger and said “people today see it as though it were a dream. The sky and I come from the same root. Everything that surrounds me including myself is made from the same substance.”
Nature and Light
In the “Ateliers d'Art de France” trends forum, Elizabeth Lerciche has created the “Supernatural” exhibit that portrays the relationship between man and nature. This exhibit shows a “nature (that) is dreamed of, magnified and transformed into a four-part dialogue.”
Visitors are presented with another world composed by light designers Akari-Lisa Ishii and Motoko Ishii. The designers created an itinerary called "Light & Happiness" composed of seven pieces. The installation will illustrate through its exploration of lighting of the future the power of light on happiness.
Fans of Dorothée Meilichzon's work will have to check out the Elle Decoration café, designed and created by her. Her installation includes a giant 3D table on which colorful cutouts are laid, neon outlines and several alcoves.
Other cafés like café Marie Claire Maison and café Milk feature new creations by other big-name designers like Paola Navone and Andrea Marcane.
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