This statement sets the agenda of the second for this year edition of the Maison&Objet fair which will be held in Paris from September 7th until 11th 2018. The theme of the exhibition is “Virtuous”. According to the trendsetter Vincent Gregoire (from the NellyRodi agency) who usually sets the theme ‘today the production process is more ecological, more social, more local. Consumers need to see the point, the concept behind the production, they are willing to cooperate and feel involved, to change their habits, to consume in a different way – more ethical, efficient and nature-friendly.” They are more aware, ask questions and insist on being heard. This also makes manufacturers take into consideration consumers’ opinion. Recycling and upcycling are very popular today. More and more voices are raised against built-in obsolescence of goods. The conduct of big software companies whose system programmes have a predetermined expiry date and maintenance has been criticized. Vegetarianism, women’s rights also belong to this new concept which strives to develop “true virtue in the field of decoration and design”. The Space for Inspiration (Espace d’Inspirations), which is closely related to the main theme, designed by Vincent Gregoire, will look like a small village where virtues will be predominant, people will share and learn from one another.

Ramy Fischler was recognized as the designer of the year. He was born in Belgium and in 1998 he moved to Paris where he received the highly prestigious invitation for a creative stay in Villa Médicis in Rome. Upon his return he graduated from the ENSCI Les Ateliers Institute and then collaborated with the famous designer Patrick Jouin. In 2011 he set up his own agency RF Studio. He is involved in various projects for private and public buildings and interiors, for furniture design and scenography. We will get the chance to meet him and introduce his projects in the new Design Studio space.

In September the exhibition will present to the general public young designers from Lebanon. The prestigious jury which selects the “rising talents” has decided to show us the work of Studio Caramel, Paola Sakr, Carla Baz, Anastasia Nysten, Marc Dibeh and Carlo Massoud.

Read more about the September event in issue 2 of MD.

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