Years ago, when I discovered the Maison et Objet, I knew I’d found Mecca.
Even today, so many years later and with all the trade shows in the world, none quite compare to the thrill of heading to this collection of talent and innovation all in one place. It’s truly one of the great events in modern day Paris, staggering both in size and bewilderment of the unique treasures laid before you, new and creative and fresh each year.
A veritable wonderland of design with miles of eye candy from all over Europe, the venue is enormous and takes a minute to figure out. Your best bet is to know what you’re looking for and plot out a course.
It’s set in the Parc des Expositions and it’s a bit of a trek to get there, but well worth the trip if you’re a buyer or lover of all things for the home. And who isn’t?
Over the years its expansion has been vast and it was always held in five halls. This year it looks like they’ve added three more areas to make it eight different sections. What used to be satellite events via shuttle will now be under one roof. Okay, eight roofs!
If you’re going, you’ll want to get your pass online before the show. You’ll need to have your business credentials, so have them handy when you’re filling it out. There is a gigantic book listing all the vendors, and that’s for sale both at the show and online. I rarely get it cause it’s massive and heavy, and unless you’re looking for someone in particular, just cumbersome. That said, if you do manage to lug one home, you’ll have an encyclopedia of vendors from around the world with all of their websites and business descriptions.
Fall: Sept. 03 – 07, 2010
Winter: Jan. 21 – 25, 2011
Parc des Expositions (aka Paris Nord Villepinte Exhibition Centre)
95970 Roissy Cedex
Entree: This is a really tight ship. This is from their website:
Shows are strictly reserved for professionals and Press. Professional identification (business card for international visitors) must be presented in order to obtain an entrance badge for the show. You will not be allowed to access the show without any professional I.D. Access to the show is not open to children.
Cost:56 € (for the 5 day show)
Friday to Monday : 09:30am to 07:00pm. Tuesday: 09:30am to 06:00pm
Getting There: From Paris, take the RER B in the direction Roissy Charles de Gaulle and get off at “Parc des Expositions”.
Take Chatelet or Gare du Nord (both are RER stations) for direct routes.
Hall 1: Ethnic Chic
Hall 2: Textiles (Linens, Pillows)
Hall 3: Tablewear
Hall 4: Hand Crafts and Artwork
Hall 4 and 5A: Country French and Outdoor
Hall: 5A and 6: Home Accessories
Hall: 5B and 5C: Furniture
Hall 7: International companies and designers
Hall: 8A and 8B: Outdoor Living
If you just can’t get enough, check out the MO Blog which is filled with events and sort of behind the scenes looks into what’s going on: http://blog.maison-objet.com/en
Claudia Strasser is the author of The Paris Apartment: Romantic Decor on a Flea Market Budget. She moved her famed New York City Boutique, also called The Paris Apartment, online and just recently released her iPhone app, Keys to the Fleas, on iTunes. And on top of managing a thriving business, writing another book (or two) and planning her frequent trips to Paris, Claudia still finds time to keep her blog—also called The Paris Apartment—constantly updated. Claudia’s followers—and there are many—have learned how to bring Paris style to their homes in the U.S.