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Mai­son & Ob­jet 2017 ex­plores com­fort and top global trends, and honours Tris­tan Auer, De­signer of the Year 2017

Septem­ber’s Mai­son Ob­jet 2017 ex­plores the elu­sive lux­ury of com­fort and top global trends, and honours Tris­tan Auer, De­signer of the Year 2017.

Once again, the world’s top de­sign afi­ciona­dos will soon head to Paris; be­tween 8 and 12 Septem­ber they will ex­plore the City of Light’s in­ter­na­tion­ally renowned show to discover hun­dreds of the lat­est prod­ucts, ac­ces­sories and pro­jects from top global de­sign­ers, man­u­fac­tur­ers and artists.

Coin­cid­ing with Paris De­sign Week (8-16 Septem­ber), this year’s show has the theme of ‘Com­fort Zone’, and is in di­a­logue with trends de­vel­oped from North­ern Euro­pean con­cepts that have gained a broader au­di­ence in re­cent years, such as hygge. Mem­bers of Mai­son’s ‘Ob­ser­va­tory’ col­lec­tive (founded in 2002) de­cided upon the theme, and François Bernard will take over the In­spi­ra­tions Space to present a se­lec­tion of ob­jects by ex­hibit­ing brands; the Book­shop-Café with a va­ri­ety of sources will il­lus­trate the theme; and the Con­fer­ence Space will pro­vide an op­por­tu­nity to fur­ther ex­plore the no­tion of ‘com­fort’, with a five-day pro­gramme of de­bates on cur­rent re­lated trends.

Marie-Jo Malait, Co­or­di­na­tor for the Mai­son & Ob­ject Ob­ser­va­tory and Ed­i­tor-in-Chief of the In­spi­ra­tions Book, says: “Join us on this jour­ney away from the dis­com­fort zones of an un­sta­ble and in­se­cure world. It is about time we shifted to a new par­a­digm of well-be­ing at home… In­no­va­tive tech­nol­ogy is be­ing used to foster well-be­ing. Both warm and ca­sual, con­tem­po­rary com­fort meets com­fort­ing de­sign. 100% feel good life­style.”

The show will also fea­ture Mai­son et Ob­jet’s De­signer of the Year, in­te­rior ar­chi­tect and de­signer Tris­tan Auer. Af­ter train­ing with the great­est names in in­te­rior and prod­uct de­sign (in­clud­ing Chris­tian Li­ai­gre and Philippe Starck), Auer has de­vel­oped his own style: be­spoke cre­ations fea­tur­ing a bold com­bi­na­tion of clas­si­cal ref­er­ences and avant-garde de­sign.

In 2002, Auer es­tab­lished his own firm – Izeu. He has trans­formed and ren­o­vated ex­clu­sive ho­tels, in­clud­ing Les Bains and the Hô­tel de Cril­lon in Paris; he has de­signed pri­vate vil­las and apart­ments in Paris, New York, Lon­don, on the is­land of Mus­tique and in Oman; he has imag­ined show­rooms and stands for pres­ti­gious brands such as Cartier; and he has col­lab­o­rated with de­sign brands Poue­nat, Con­tardi, Holly Hunt, Tail­lar­dat, Christophe Del­court, Ozone and many oth­ers.

Up-and-com­ing tal­ent will also be given a price­less plat­form. All grad­u­ates of the pres­ti­gious École Na­tionale Supérieure de Créa­tion In­dus­trielle (ENSCI) – Les Ate­liers, the ‘ris­ing tal­ents’ at the show will be: Claire Lavabre, Alexan­dre Échas­se­riau, Julien Phedya­eff & Christo­pher San­terre, Luce Couil­let, Lysan­dre Grae­bling, Samy Rio, Raphaël Pluvinage & Mar­ion Pi­naffo, and Jean-Baptiste Fas­trez.

The Sun­set wall­pa­per by Papier Ti­gre

Chat Loop by Des­na­hem­is­fera for Donar

Tris­tan Auer - credit please

Torus tea in­fuser by An­drea Ponti for Ommo

Sher­wood bath­room by Sani­jura

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