Filipino Design Exhibits in Paris Once Again

September 2013 Maison et Objet poster

September 2013 Maison et Objet poster

Maison et Objet is one of Europe’s largest and most important interior design trade shows.

“The biennial Maison&Objet event is aimed at retail purchasers, specifiers and minor and major exporters, and covers an extensive range of products (and emerging talent) from the world of contemporary interior design – from furniture, lighting, architectural solutions to textiles, home automation, fashion objects and stationery.” – photo and text from www.urbismagazine.com

I have been there last January, and it was so huge that it took us 3 full days to cover the entire fair. I was oozing with inspiration after that experience. Interior design at its best!

8+ Halls! We covered these in 3 days!

8+ Halls! We covered these in 3 days!

The first time that Filipino designers ever participated in Maison&Objet was back in 2000 through the Movement 8 headed by Budji Layug. Back then, Movement 8 wowed every international trade show from Maison in Paris to Salone in Milan to the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York. It was Philippine design’s high time.

The last time the Philippines had a booth in Maison was back in 2007 where they featured home accessories.

Now, after the reemergence of young and talented Filipino designers and the efforts of the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (better known as CITEM), the Philippines is having its own booth in Paris once again.

Under the Design PH movement, 12 designers and companies will be representing The Art of the Craftsman in Maison et Objet from September 6-10, 2013 at the Paris Nord Villapinte. The 12 include Betis Craft, Industria Home, Ito Kish, Luisa Home by Luisa Robinson, MASAECO, Mayumi by CSM Philippines, Peter and Paul, Inc., Schema by Kalikasan Crafts, Tadeco Home, Triboa Bay Living, Vito Selma, and Kenneth Cobonpue’s Hive.

Now don’t get me wrong, some Filipino designer’s products have been exhibiting in Maison consistently either on their own or being carried by a foreign partner like the very young and talented Vito Selma.

Vito Selma furniture selling at the Maison last year! Was so proud seeing him flocked by interested foreigners

Vito Selma furniture selling at the Maison last year! Was so proud seeing him flocked by interested foreigners

Here are some of the Philippine products going to the Maison:

All styling are done by ITO KISH. Photos are by Xander Angeles. Photos taken from www.manilafame.wordpress.com 

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This photo is from ITO KISH’s Instagram account:

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Good luck to the Filipino designers and companies showcasing in Maison! Promote Philippine design and bring more pride (and export sales) for our country.

Some of the very few photos I was able to take at the January 2012 Maison et Objet (they didn’t appreciate Asians taking photos):

One of the many design set-ups around Maison

One of the many design set-ups around Maison

One of the many booths

One of the many booths

For more information about Design PH and CITEM, please visit the Manila fame blog here: www.manilafame.wordpress.com

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