HAPPENINGText: Wakana Kawahito

In addition to the total of 1270 people who visited from Japan this year, which increased by 7% from the previous year, the appearance of Japanese companies appeared to be slightly increased. In particular, there were many booths by prefecture, and the momentum of West part of Japan, such as Kyoto, Tokushima, Nara and Kagoshima, was conspicuous. Meanwhile, from North part of Japan, Takizawa Veneer who manufactures plywood in Hokkaido participates as “PLYWOOD laboratory“. “PLYWOOD laboratory” is a brand that makes furniture and interior accessories with plywood made of veneer from Hokkaido and recycled paper.

Northern Animals, PLYWOOD laboratory. Designer: DRILL DESIGN

Nendo,” Maison & Objet’s regular, also came up to many people’s topics. For example, the beautiful omnidirectional built-in amplifier speaker developed with Aomori wood maker “Bunako” attracted audiences, and China’s lifestyle brand “ZENS” who was in charge of designing the venue gathered attention from buyers all over the world.

Stone Series, ZENS. Designer: Nendo Studio

Moreover, since last year, an online platform on the web called “MOM (Maison & Objet and more)” that consolidated information about exhibitors and merchandise was launched. This makes it easier to find a stand you were curious about and you can go around the venue more efficiently. In addition, it is useful as a very convenient tool for buyers because it allows you to see details of the goods, price, delivery conditions and other when you register. It will continue to be used more and more in the future.

Maison & Objet Paris 2018
Date: January 19th – 23rd, 2018
Hours: 9:30 – 19:00 (closed at 18:00 on the last day)
Place: Paris Nord Villepinte

Text: Wakana Kawahito
Translation: Yumiko Miyagawa

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