Courtesy of Maison et Objet
September 02, 2015

Whether it’s due to a rise in social-media-fueled pride of home, fatigue from the ever-emptier spectacle of fashion, or just more people getting more ideas from wider travels, there’s no denying that interior design has become a big deal.

What more proof do we need that designers are becoming rock stars than the blog chatter that’s arisen around Rough, the pop band featuring Tom Dixon, the designer, and Bradford Shellhammer, founder of Fab.com an Bezar? A year into its existence, the group has been making the rounds at elite design fairs—even on the road there’s nothing like playing for the home team. Its latest gig will take place in Tom Dixon’s pop-up at Paris’s Centre Pompidou on September 5, day two of Maison et Objet—Paris’s major interior design show.  

Maison et Objet, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary, has a special place in the hearts of the trade and interested laypeople for its diversity. While it’s not as gargantuan as April’s Salone di Mobile in Milan, which is mostly a furniture fair, it’s strong on just about every facet of home design—featuring textiles to kitchenware to items designed for kids—making it more easily shoppable.

(Technically it’s not allowed but—wink, wink—a last-day tour around the stands asking if samples are for sale can scare up some great deals.) Big names like Bugatti, Christofle, and Meissen snuggle up next to rising talents, like Gilles Neveu and accessible goofballs like Pylones.

Maison et Objet also has the benefit of taking place twice a year, useful for a marketplace that is starting to release wares on something like a fashion schedule (if you can’t make it this week, it returns to Paris next January). The extra days don’t thin out attendance, either: there were more than 78,000 visitors last January, and similar numbers are expected for this week, when interior designer Dorothée Melichzon—the lady who gave all of the Experimental Cocktail Club’s venues their distinct boho pop—will join product designer Nendo as co-Designer of the Year.

Alexandra Marshall is a contributing editor and the Paris correspondent at Travel + Leisure. Food, design, architecture and fashion are her specialties, which means, living in Paris, that she is very busy. Follow her on Twitter and on Instagram.

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