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Best of Paris: 2012 Maison & Objet

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Maison & Objet, the annual winter design show in Paris, ended last week, and it's taken seven whole days to catch our collective breath and clean off our camera's memory card. The immeubles shown at Maison sweep across eight airplane-hangar-sized buildings in a convention center north of the ciy, and include everything in the world of "déco," from wallpaper to candlesticks to armoires. And like any influential design fair worth its salt, the conversion of editors and retailers inspires some equally incredible satellite events throughout Paris. Especially notable were the young designers presenting at Meet My Project and offsite events by Emeco and Rockwell Group. Here are some notes from the exhibition floors at Maison, with some city snapshots for good measure.

Felt wool upholstery was partout at Maison & Objet, covering everything from statement pieces like these sofas ar Arper...
More felt upholstery, seen at the Ligne Roset booth on the felt chaises designed by Delo Lindo (also available in a...
Danish design company HAY takes the cake for Maison-booth-that-doubles-as-dream-wonderland.
I noticed a lot of compartmentalization in the furniture shown at Maison & Objet, from a Mondrian-esque coffee table to...
Cinna, the European relation of Ligne Roset, gives out a young designers prize each year.
The Art Deco-inspired Jacaranda collection by ceramics company Puiforcat was previously produced in silver; this year,...
And now for some major news from Tom Dixon: the Briitsh lighting design standard-bearer is moving into the decor...
The Missoni Home booth at Maison & Object was, as expected, a riot of color and print.
Maison brings out the conflicted sides of my aesthetic: do I prefer warm and handmade or clean-lined and industrial?...
Marcel By is a new company that issues limited editions by contemporary French designers.
Czech Selection booth at Maison & Objet; pictured in the foreground is the Princess dressing table designed by Michael...
The Princess table by Olgoj Chorchoj is now being produced by Process after its debut at 100% Design London last year.
First look at Emeco's new Sezz collection designed by Christophe Pillet.
Christophe Pillet's Sezz collection with Emeco was held in a gorgeous space in the 10th arrondissement by the Canal St....
Merci is the giant concept store in the Marais opened in 2009 by Bernand and Marie-France Cohen (the couple behind the...
What's especially wild about Merci is that the owners have convinced very established brands to sell here, while...
Galérie Kréo, the design 'research laboratory' in the 6th arrondissment run by Didier and Clémence Krzentowski, is a...
One of the best things about being in Paris for a furniture and design show is... getting to walk around Paris.
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