Special Newsletter MAISON&OBJET September 2015

Interior architects and designers, as well as architects and hoteliers from across the board are guaranteed inspiration at this autumn's edition of MAISON & OBJET in Paris. Beyond the fair, design takes centre-stage in a number of the city's quarters, all part of the fifth outing of Paris Design Week, which runs from 5 to 12 September. 

The Architonic team, as ever, will be on the ground, searching out the latest trends. Follow us live, so to speak, in the form of our Facebook photo tours. Or come and see us in person. Why not contact us now at info@architonic.com, to book a consultation regarding our range of services? Just let us know in advance what you'd like in particular to discuss and your desired appointment time, so we can respond to you in detail. 

Your Architonic Team

Zurich | Berlin | New York | Barcelona | Rome | Milan | Vienna | Munich | Hamburg | Brussels | Amsterdam | Copenhagen | Stockholm


Follow Architonic on:

Facebook | Twitter | Google+ | LinkedIn | Pinterest

Secure your free ticket for MAISON&OBJET Paris 2015!

In partnership with MAISON&OBJET – one of the leading international events in home styling, offering a complete overview of the market, from decorative items, furniture and accessories to textiles, fragrances and tableware – we are giving away 100 free tickets.


Preview of MAISON&OBJET September 2015


MAISON&OBJET is reinventing itself

A richer visit that is more fluid than ever—that is the goal of the upcoming MAISON&OBJET PARIS show. After several years of study and on the basis of evolving consumption patterns, the show has shifted towards grouping by lifestyle rather than by sector.

Three main poles have thus been reconfigured:

MAISON and its overarching decorative offer fills Halls 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5B with 4 sectors: ECLECTIC, COSY, ELEGANT and ACTUEL.

OBJET, the second major pole, occupies Halls 5A and 6. It is MAISON&OBJET’s “concept store", a distribution paradise with its 8 sectors: CRAFT MÉTIERS D’ART, FRAGRANCES, COOK+DESIGN, FRESH, COMPLEMENTS, KIDS, FASHION and BELOVED.

LUXE, DESIGN & ARCHITECTURE D’INTÉRIEUR and their exceptional offerings in Halls 7 and 8 bring together in one pole NOW! DESIGN À VIVRE, SCÈNES D’INTÉRIEUR gallery and MAISON&OBJET | PROJETS |.


For MAISON&OBJET PARIS, each of these two designers must fit within the profile of each of the Paris shows, that is, a more product design-oriented profile in January and a designer more closely related to the world of interior architecture or decor for September.

Dorothée Meilichzon: M&O PARIS designer of the year, September 2015

An industrial designer, Dorothée trained at Strate School of Design and at the Rhode Island School of Design, where she studied toy design. She worked in Paris for five years then decided, aged just 27, to set up her own design studio, carried by the momentum of her first project, the interior design for the Prescription Cocktail Club in Paris (Saint-Germain-des-Près).

The multipurpose agency CHZON opened in summer 2009. With a researcher’s mind, always seeking out new trends, Dorothée takes her inspiration from everything around her, especially from the great names in decor: Madeleine Castaing, Dorothy Draper, Fornasetti, David Hicks, Gio Ponti, Charles and Ray Eames and François-Xavier Lalanne.

She always wishes to work as closely as possible with craftsmen, to create unique pieces and to highlight hand-made creation. Decorators, joiners, marble masons, and their like have all the expertise that allows them to create a unique, timeless decor that everyone can make their own. Among the places she has designed in Paris, there is now the very fine Hôtel Paradis and the Café Pinson in the 10th arrondissement, and in the 1st, the Beef Club, the Ballroom and the Fish Club. In the 2nd, we have Mojo, in the 6th, the Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels. She has also designed interiors in London, New York and Ibiza. A hotel and numerous bars and restaurants that bear little resemblance, but which are all united by the same atmosphere.

She is currently finishing the design of Hôtel Panache and the Grand Pigalle Hôtel, both in the 9th arrondissement, and has also started working on the decor of the four-star Hôtel Bachaumont, located in the 2nd arrondissement of Paris, which is due to open in May 2015.


Each season, the MAISON&OBJET Observatoire de la Maison decodes our times and analyses new consumption behaviours to define a theme explored in the Inspirations book and staged at the show. The MAISON&OBJET Observatoire de la Maison invites you to sink your teeth into the PRECIOUS theme, by discovering the new Inspirations forum.

"PRECIOUS" INSPIRATIONS SPACE - Scenography Elizabeth Leriche
Artists, artisans and designers rewrite the rules of opulence. The paths to things precious are many and wondrous, with the beauty of rarity; they make us ponder the ultimate luxury. What is truly precious? 

THE POP-UP BOOKSHOP - Scenography Vincent Grégoire, NellyRodi
Peruse or purchase the latest Inspirations book and previous issues. Come discover a selection of books on new trends in the casual atmosphere of a café whose scenography echoes the PRECIOUS theme. Tasty. 

From hospitality to retail, from exceptional designers to advanced solutions for interior design and trend analyses, the Conference Room will host 5 lectures a day.


Two halls to inspire you with suggestions for design, interior architecture and exceptional creations. With MAISON&OBJET | PROJETS | (Hall 8), in a single space you can find a relevant, varied selection: layout solutions, materials, wellness, lighting solutions, floor and wall coverings, outdoor items, etc.

And for design, head to Hall 7, which this year brings to a single space exceptional pieces on the border of art and luxury, with SCÈNES D’INTÉRIEUR gallery, and the best designers and editors with NOW! DESIGN À VIVRE. This singular, high-end world will shine its bold light on specifiers and buyers from all over the world. Hall 7 truly is a launch pad for French and European editors while growing its international scope with no fewer than 15 national pavilions on hand, including Korea, Taiwan, Japan, Argentina, Holland and Thailand.


You're sure to love this workspace and hospitality area, which provides a venue for private meetings with your colleagues, your clients, your suppliers... away from the hustle and bustle of the show. There are computer terminals if you need to go online, and a dedicated team on hand to provide you with information on the know-how and innovation of the special ARCHI.DESIGNER exhibitors, all in a setting created by interior architect and designer Philippe Boisselier.

The Architonic App for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch puts the entire Architonic products and materials database in your hands, allowing you, as architect, interior architect, planner or, simply, design consumer, to carry out your professional research on www.architonic.com anytime, anywhere.

And all of this with breathtaking speed and brilliant picture quality – and, of course, always up to date. The intuitive navigation across product groups, manufacturers, designers or free-text searches allows you to locate the right products at the right time. 

Additional information on each product sheet and an extensive image gallery, which includes detail shots and images of the product in context, means you can form an up-to-date picture of (currently) more than 75,000 products. Additional services, like catalogue, price and specialist-retailer requests, and contact and recommendation functions, allow you to get in touch with the manufacturer directly, and to forward your favourites by email.


Material Tendencies: Philippe Starck

Rather than trying to create beautiful objects, the French designer and architect considers it his duty to invent things that make life better for the largest number of people possible. He believes that the existence of an object is only justified when it serves others – or in the best case – when it ends up leaving behind something for others to develop further.

Architonic asked Philippe Starck what material he would choose if he had to decide to work with just one for the next three years.

Philippe Starck; photo © Architonic

Starck: ‘The brain, intelligence and creativity. Because these are the real materials – these are the original materials. Before everything, you need a brain. When you know why you do it, when you have an ethical vision, when you try to give a better life to your friends and family, then any type of material is good. But I would always say plastic, because I’m a communist and I always want to make things more and more affordable. I want to reach the maximum I can, for everybody. Only mass-produced plastic objects can do this.’

Architonic Trend Analysis: Designers

What constitutes design? It’s an age-old question, which, in response, throws up a raft of terms, including product, process and, of course, designer.

On one fundamental level, design is anything that a designer produces. It’s no surprise then that active text searches on Architonic often include designer names – both the great and the good, and the lesser-known. Both the living and the dead.

Here are the top-20 designers, as searched for on architonic.com between 1 January and 30 November 2014.