Maison Et Objet is one of the world’s premiere events for luxury lighting and design. Each year the event hones in on a theme of inspiration, showcasing the very best of what is on offer within that setting. For 2018, that theme of inspiration has been unveiled as Show Room.
The event have made a statement explaining this theme to the luxury lighting and luxury design markets, and the world beyond. “In our digital times, a whole world of lifestyles is just a click away,” they state. “The well-honed online consumer becomes the artistic director and designer of his/her interior and social networks do the spadework, clearing the ground and only leaving objects of desire.”
“Homemakers indulge in a form of decorative exhibitionism,” they continue, “and, with transparency in every shape, size and form, showcase their significant objects in display cases or on shelves. Walls show off these new collectors’ juxtaposed accumulation of pictures or their modern-day take on decorative plates; still lifes are arranged as if posing to have their photo taken ready to be posted on Instagram; and light transforms volumes in a dramatic and theatrical approach to interiors that brings a touch of magic back into everyday life.”
Maison Et Objet interviewed the designer and scenographer of the Inspirations Forum and Bookshop Cafe, Vincent Grégoire, about this theme, it’s relevance, and it’s importance. He stated that “it is no longer the product that makes the consumer, but the consumer that makes the product.”
He continued to say that in contemporary culture, across the luxury markets, “consumers play the parts of art directors, designers, architects, merchandisers, visual communication experts or even sales ambassadors.”
The Maison Et Objet Observatoire has produced and published in a limited edition of 1000 copies a must-have inspirations book: a tool for all home and decoration professionals that is filled with interviews, trends, and cultural and sociological references.