‘A LONDONER IN PARIS’: MAISON & OBJET PARIS JANUARY 2014



 

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Following on from his intoxicating adventures in Paris a fortnight ago which started with Paris Déco Off, A-Gent of Style would like to share with you his first MAISON&OBJET. Some of you might think it is sacrilegious to hear that
 A-Gent had never been before to this arguably biggest trade fair in the design world. But in A-Gent of Style‘s defence, firstly the opportunity to visit the fair had never risen and secondly the opinions about it were very mixed, dare I say it, almost off-putting essentially because of the sheer size and amplitude of it all (two to three days are apparently necessary to cover the whole fair). So with some preconceptions, A-Gent went out to Villepinte on the Sunday, forty minutes north of Paris from Les Jardins du Luxembourg, to see and experiment for himself what the fuss and attraction were all about – last year, just under 80,000 visitors were reported to have attended the fair over the five days MAISON&OBJET was on.


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MAISON&OBJET Paris is a complete showcase for all aspects of design, decoration and the art of living, highlighting current and future trends, which mobilises and brings together the interior design sector under one roof from all over the world. Held in September and January each year in Paris and also recently in Asia and the Americas, retail buyers, influencers, European and global export companies gather at Paris Nord Villepinte to see the latest design developments, find out about emerging trends and plan the next step for their business. A-Gent of Style had decided to concentrate for the first time to Les Editeurs, regrouped under Hall 7 (there are eight halls together) created for fans of Haute creation and unique and exclusive pieces from the best of the decorative world in a profusion of beautiful brands. Additionally, Scènes d’Intérieur brought together for the first time the talents of extraordinary creators, at the crossroads of craft, art and design.




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A-Gent of Style was ultimately very pleasantly surprised by what he saw and some of the wonderful discoveries he made; he even made it to Hall 8! And all under four hours! All very much worth the visit and ploughing your way through the crowds.

Here is his story in pictures:







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Design and art fairs. They are just like buses in London, you wait a while and then a few turn up at the same time. And aren’t we just fortunate to live at such an exhilarating crossroads for creative people?

PAD is now officially opened to the public ( it’s that good A-Gent of Style went on Monday AND Tuesday) and another cultural event is opening its doors today.



Frieze London is one of the contemporary art events of the year where visitors are able to see and buy art by over 1,000 of the world’s leading artists; they can also experience Frieze Projects, the fair’s unique and critically acclaimed programme of artist commissions and Frieze Talks, a prestigious programme of debates, panel discussions and keynote lectures. Frieze London is designed by architects Carmody Groarke and housed in a bespoke structure in Regent’s Park. This year the Frieze Sculpture Park will include works from both Frieze London and Frieze Masters with some of the most acclaimed contemporary sculptors alongside historical pieces from the medieval period through to the present day.
The fair ends on Sunday evening.












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The British Antiques Dealers’ Association starts tomorrow until March 19, 2013 at the Duke of York Square, off Sloane Square, London SW3

“The BADA Fair remains the leading UK fair for traditional British antiques.”

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