Paris’s bi-annual Maison et Objet Design Show is a cornucopia of visual delights –some are beautiful, some exotic and some just plain weird, but together they create a spectacularly show-stopping event.
Housed in over eight massive halls in a quiet Paris suburb, thousands of exhibitors showcase their designs and products, which will influence interiors and stores around the world.
For five days, designers and retailers flock to the show, to absorb cutting edge design and awe inspiring displays.
In fact in some cases the visual displays are almost more important than the merchandise they are promoting. A large upside down tree was suspended from the ceiling, encased in a giant lampshade with the words Jardins Secrets emblazoned on it, while a wall of fluttering sheets of illuminated wafer thin paper created the effect of melting ice. A highlight was an artisan creating a huge terracotta pot in front of a captivated audience.
Cutting edge wall papers were showcased, along with luxurious rugs, dramatic lighting and innovative furniture. Contemporary, classic, conventional or chaotic, there was something for every taste. Here are a few that captured my imagination.