France’s strained social climate had everyone fearing the worst. But Maison&Objet*, which has been constantly reinventing itself for the past 25 years, managed to retain its magnetic attraction. Marking the event’s quarter century, this particular edition of the international trade fair for the decoration, design and lifestyle sector, which ran from January 17th to 21st at the Villepinte Exhibition Centre in Paris, demonstrated outstanding resilience, recording only a slight decrease in the number of attendees (-3.5%), and an increase in the number of exhibitors (2736), which included 609 new firms.
According to the organiser’s estimates, the retail transactions completed by industry professionals over the course of the 5-day event stood at almost 2 billion euros. Maison&Objet’s impact could also be seen in the indirect economic effects it had across France.
*Organised by Safi, a subsidiary of Reed Expositions France and Ateliers d’Arts de France