Best Design Conferences at Maison et Objet Paris 2016

Taking place in the Parc des Expositions Villepinte from January 22 through January 26 2016, the home and interior design fair Maison et Objet Paris promises to be a chic, elegant affair. And it will offer plenty of firsts: the new Isabella Collection by Kenneth Cobonpue, Stellar Works’ contemporary take on Ming furniture with wooden stacking chairs and aluminum tables, or paint-splashed Fleka tables by Jovana Zhang for Chinese design studio Yuhang Rong Design Library.

As this wasn’t enough, the tradeshow will invade Paris Nord Villepinte with scented candles with Karl Lagerfeld’s fashionable imprint for Welton, the new bed linen by Gianfranco Ferre Home and unique furniture pieces designed by Rosita Missoni for Missoni Home. The January edition of Maison et Objet Paris also brings us Jonas Edvard and Troels Flensted from Denmark, Katriina Nuutinen from Finland, Kjartan Oskarsson from Iceland, Kneip from Norway, and Färg & Blanche from Sweden showcasing their designs.

Also the show will offer a variety, as it is usual already, of conferences with the most promissing speakers of the design field. So in this article will show you the best design conferences at Maison&Objet Paris.

Friday 01.22 — 11:00 – 11:45am
L’ESPACE CONFERENCES — Hall 7
Wild : the MAISON&OBJET Observatoire theme
François Bernard, Agence Croisements
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The leopard can not change its spots… Between threat of disappearance and hope for revival, nature takes over, expressing itself in all its first states, from the wild to the sacred. Confronted with a world formatted by technology, urbanization and excessive domestication, the imaginary gets wilder off the beaten tracks, and finds refuge in the innocence of an essential, preserved landscape, untouched. Contemporary creation convenes wild spirits. We return to the forest to reset. Forms and materials reconnect with elements to be in line with Mother Earth.The wild poetic gleans the elementary, the raw, the misshapen, the corroded, the burnt , the scarified. We reinject some nature into the urban space, in search of new wastelands. As shamans, designers call upon the magic of spirits and supernatural forces. ReWild Yourself.

Friday 01.22 — 12:00 – 12:45pm
L’ESPACE CONFERENCES — Hall 7
Re-store: Strategies for a new retail landscape
Cristiano Benzoni, Director and founder & Sophie Thuillier, Co-founder, REV • Moderated by Richard Cook, Managing Editor, Wallpaper
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Farewell to style, recycled ideas, and decoration. Make way for an impassioned telling of your clients’ vision, obsessions and desires by transforming each brand’s culture into an urban landscape. Each one different.

In retail design, REV works with international luxury brands on the definition and the development of their new store concepts in France and abroad.
Considered as a Champs-Elysées district specialist for retail, REV completed in 2012 the new Champs-Elysées LEVI’S flagship store new concept, the MARIONNAUD Champs-Elysées Flagship Store new concept, the new architectural identity for Canal+ Broadcasting network.

Friday 01.22 — 02:00 – 02:45pm
L’ESPACE CONFERENCES — Hall 7
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Guerlain combines history and design in its unique shops, a true experience maker
Patricia Grosdemange, Artistic Director Architecture and Design LVMH • Moderated by Astrid Vitols, Journalist

Whether the exceptional historic shop at 68 Avenue des Champs Elysees in Paris or the one in the Court of Scents in Versailles, Guerlain designs and develops its venues into “singular spaces” of refinement and excellence. Interior design, design and artworks express its values, its cultural heritage and a bespoke approach to retail that suits the space. What the prestigious brand calls its “boutique spirit.” Combining a historic heritage full of style, symbols, objects, polished products and personalized offers with the specific identity of a space and its environment, come discover the secrets of the Guerlain Champs Elysees and Versailles shops through an interview with Patricia Grosdemange, LVMH’s Artistic Director of Architecture and Design.

Friday 01.22 — 04:00 – 04:45pm
L’ESPACE CONFERENCES — Hall 7
Eugeni Quitllet reveals himself
M&O PARIS designer of the year, January 2016
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Catalan designer Eugeni Quitllet was born on 17th April 1972. He graduated from Llotja Art School in Barcelona. He readily describes himself as a ‘Disoñador,’ a Spanish contraction of designer and dreamer. His invented future is gravity-free, with incredible aesthetics summarised in a combination of digital precision and flowing curves. This Ibiza-born industrial dreamer first witnessed a rural stretch of the beach become an informal hub for ultra-modern electronic music, before growing up in Barcelona, a place of architectural divide where Gaudi’s organic outbursts fraternise with the Pavilion designed by Mies van der Rohe, a rationalist marmoreal jewel installed in Catalonia before taking root in the United States. Eugeni Quitllet hence lives and works in Barcelona. Keep your finger on the pulse of our ever-changing paradoxical period by keeping your eye on this pioneer.

Friday 01.22 — 03:00 – 03:30pm
L’ESPACE RETAIL — Hall 6
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Modular design and Cocooning, the two new flooring trends to tap into
Béatrice Mange, Design Director EMEA, Tarkett

Flooring is a real source of creativity in retail decor. The modular design of new solutions and the desire for cozy comfort allow you to tap into its full potential: “Flooring, a new field of play!”. A designer by training, with more than 20 years’ experience at Tarkett, worldwide specialist in floor coverings, Béatrice Mange now heads up the Design department. She has, in particular, been the creator within the firm of the Trends and Forecasting – Color Expertise unit.

Saturday 01.23 — 12:00 – 12:45pm
L’ESPACE CONFERENCES — Hall 7
How luxury brands should be marketing online
Justyna Sowa, CEO and Creative Director, Decorum • Nicolas Topiol, CEO, Christian Lacroix • Moderated by Grant Pierrus, Strategic Digital Marketing Consultant
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Replicating your offline luxury brand online is a real challenge. Through our discussion we are going to explore ways that luxury brands are using digital marketing and social media to tell their stories and create awareness and find new clients online.

Saturday 01.23 — 02:00 – 02:45pm
L’ESPACE CONFERENCES — Hall 7
André Fu: A World of Modern Asian Sensibilities
Interview by Suzy Annetta, Editor in Chief, Design Anthology
André Fu, M&O ASIA Designer of the Year 2016
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André Fu’s approach to interior architecture and design is a combination of his rigorous pursuit of new Asian sensitivities and clarity in space planning. Paying critical attention to the details of everyday life, Fu and his studio have applied its vision of design to the fundamental categories of space, proportion, light, and luxurious materials, creating indulgent and inspirational hospitality spaces throughout the world. Fu will showcase a visual narrative of his recent creations, including the Opus Suite at The Berkeley London, Northern Europe’s highest bar GONG, the Upper House Hotel in Hong Kong, as well as the vision behind his latest lifestyle offering André Fu Living.

Sunday 01.24 — 12:00 – 12:45pm
L’ESPACE CONFERENCES — Hall 7
A world tour of design local made
Kenneth Cobonpue, Designer • Sergio Matos, Designer • Gael Manes, Designer • Moderated by Alexandre Ferreira, Editor in Chief of Casa Claudia
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From Asia to America through Europe, the local made in the design world is coming back. With Kenneth Cobonpue from Philippines, Sergio Matos from Brazil and Gaël Manes from France, discover the creation process of these great designers, their cultural differences and what they have in common Why making this choice ? What advantages and inconvenient it imply ? Come and join us to this world tour of design local made.

Monday 01.25 — 12:00 – 12:45pm
L’ESPACE CONFERENCES — Hall 7
Roundtable to discover secrets of Scandinavian design by our Rising Talents
Jonas Edvard • Katriina Nuutinen •Troels Flensted • Färg & Blanche • Kjartan Oskarsson • Moderated by Marion Vignal, Journalist
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What is Scandinavian design ? Why and how does it differ from other universes ? Discovery of young designers and their inspirations, a true creative breath of fresh air.

Tuesday 01.26 — 11:00 – 12:30pm
L’ESPACE CONFERENCES — Hall 7
Generation Y and housing, new challenges!
Vincent Grégoire, Lifestyle director, NellyRodi agency
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The NellyRodi Agency and its Director of the Lifestyle department Vincent Grégoire, offers a decryption of the “Y Generation” to understand the Y relation to the home and identify key success to connect to that target.

Vincent Grégoire

His piercing gaze, paired with a sense for analysis and pithy turns of phrase, is a precious aid in deciphering fashion and society phenomena. His unflagging curiosity enlightens companies and brands that consult with the Agence NellyRodi, where he is in charge of the art of living. From Korea to the Marais, not to mention London and New York, nothing escapes his attention. This agent provocateur likes nothing so much as shaking up mental habits. When everyone’s busy organizing today, it’s already tomorrow for Vincent Grégoire. When this juggler of words and concepts puts down his rolling travel bag, he undertakes to eliminate “all visual pollution”. “When you’re permanently chasing trends, you need to break away from the anecdotic, calm things down.”

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