The nucleus of Paris Design Week is the gigantic five-day Maison & Object trade fair, where more than 3,000 exhibitors come together to showcase the latest in the way of design.
A cozy must-see at the fair is Comfort Zone, designed by François Bernard, founder of forecasting agency Croisements. “No longer just about technology, comfort is now about psychological as well as physical well-being,” he explains. “Today, we want comfort everywhere — at home, but also the office, waiting rooms, airports etc.” The space explores comfort through 12 themes, illustrated through pieces found at the fair like temperature-regulating pillows, connected cocoons and pods that seal us away from technology. We see that comfort also has its own aesthetic that transcends time and trends. Racoon Cowboy Armchair by AP Collection pictured above.
In an unexpected turn, Thalys, a high-speed train operator, is hosting a pop-up exhibition: “Scents of the City.”Incorporating scents from the destinations the company services, the exhibition takes visitors on an olfactory journey across France, inspiring travel and deeper exploration.
Kwerk, a group of creative co-working spaces, will inaugurate its fourth space, located a mere 15-minute walk from the Arc de Triomphe. Designed by cofounder Albert Angel, the new Kwerk Haussmann emphasizes wellbeing in the workplace through specially designed desks with variable heights and an impressive assortment of 300 types of plants niched under a glass roof.
Appearing like an angular, fluorescent caterpillar encroaching on the banks of the Seine, the Jakob + MacFarlane-designed Cité de la Mode et du Design is where trendy Parisians come to party.
During PDW, it will welcome the Now! Le Off exhibition, where Ukrainian design will be at the forefront of the celebrations in a show entitled “Transformation.” Pictured: Buffalo stool by Svoya Studio, a Ukrainian firm that will be featured.
In a surprising display, Syctom, a household waste management agency, will launch its zero-waste design contest, Design Zéro Déchet, and showcase the 13 finalists’ prototypes for creative upcycling. Above, Reset project, seat made with scrap textile by Pauline Caparrus and Pauline Leroy.