Minimalist luxury dominates at Maison & Objet

At the autumn edition of Paris interior design event Maison & Objet (September 7-11), the main theme is "Essentiel," what organizers describe as "minimalist luxury" or "beauty in its most elementary sobriety". As part of the highlights, the Inspirations itinerary presents this year's trends in a series of three spaces.

Minimum is curated by Elizabeth Leriche under the motto "choosing the best by privileging less." The selection shows how the anti-bling-bling trend in luxury is a departure from the overload of previous years. The design in this section is dominated by simple geometry, transparent materials and lighter forms. Leriche is a style consultant who has been working with Maison & Objet for more than a decade as a trend spotter, creating topics for several shows. Minimum is taking place in hall 2.

Element(s), curated by François Bernard, shows the new standards of living well -- simple timelessness that is rich in emotions and sensations. Elements like water, earth, fire and air are referential elements in today's design which is drawing inspiration from meteorology. Bernard is a Parisian home furnishing forecaster who has previously presented collections at Maison & Objet. Element(s) is taking place in hall 1.

Yes future! curated by Vincent Grégoire is a reflection on emerging technologies and how they have influenced design. Selected products show how new materials and performances are sketching the future, combining senses and sensuality. Grégoire works for the Nelly Rodi trend forecasting agency in Paris. Yes Future! is taking place in hall 3.

For the occasion, organizers have published a book entitled Get Inspired, page by page. A limited edition with a run of 2,300 copies, the book is a guide for visitors to the exhbition  http://www.maison-objet.com/en/inspirations/#cahier.

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