Philippine Pavilion Stands Out At Maison & Objet In Paris

This year, Maison & Objet (meaning Home and Object) celebrates 30 years of French-inspired excellence in the home décor, design, and lifestyle industry.

Since 1994, the trade fair has had the ability to provoke fertile international encounters and accelerate the visibility of the brands that join its shows or digital platform. They have two annual trade shows for professionals and Paris Design Week, which just took place last January and this September 5th to the 9th.

MOM Digital Sales Director Mehdi El Ansari and Maison & Objet Market Director Nathalie Moreno with a Manny Garibay artwork/ Photo by Pepper Teehankee

The recent show took visitors on a journey to a re-enchanted future, where technology and nature exist in harmony. “Tech Eden” is the theme this year and will be explored throughout 2024 at the Paris fair, in the city’s showrooms, and on the MOM marketplace (Maison and More online shop).

Managing director Mélanie Leroy shared that “Maison & Objet is more attentive than ever to its customers and their needs, positioning itself at the heart of key challenges, now and in the future, by connecting creativity, innovation, and eco-responsibility. Our ambition is to illustrate all the opportunities available to the home décor, design, and lifestyle sector, and actively support its development. This is reflected in the quality of the program of events for the upcoming edition: the Designer of the Year’s innovative project, the development of a What’s New? space providing concrete responses to the challenges in retail, and the Hospitality Lab, embodying a unique, forward-looking vision of the hybridization of hospitality venues.”

Maison & Objet is a major trade event in Europe that has been instrumental in bringing premium Philippine-made design and lifestyle products into the European market. With over 6,000 visitors from 147 countries, the trade fair is an ideal avenue for Philippine companies to strengthen their presence in the international design space.

Design Philippines is bringing together 15 companies to showcase Filipino craftsmanship at Maison & Objet 2024. Spearheaded by the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), the Design Philippines Pavilion promises an immersive showcase of iconic pieces from participating companies, with innovative furniture, lamps and lighting, and visual arts taking center stage.

The Philippine Pavilion at Maison & Objet / Photo by Pepper Teehankee

The Philippine Pavilion designed by Antonio R. Mendoza was very well received at the 30th year of Maison & Objet (meaning home and object) in Paris, France.

International Market Manager for Maison & Object Alexandra Iftimiciuc and Maison & Objet Philippine representative Chiqui Veneracion / Photo by Pepper Teehankee

A ceremonial ribbon was cut on opening day by CITEM Executive Director Edward Fereira, Philippine Ambassador to France Junever Mahilum-West, fashion designer Josie Natori, and Mendoza for the opening of the Philippine Pavilion.

CITEM Executive Director Edward Fereira, Philippine Ambassador to France Junever Mahilum-West, Josie Natori, Anton R. Mendoza / Photo by Pepper Teehankee

The Philippine pavilion called “ARTIPELAGO” was curated by Mendoza of Galerie d’Antoine with the cooperation of Derek Flores’s DF Art Agency. They showcased proudly Philippine-made products from JB Woodcraft, Finali Furniture, South Sea Veneer, A. Garcia, Weavemanila, Jireh Forge, Venzon Lighting & Objects, Indigenous, Zarate Manila, Mejore, Aerostone, Nature’s Legacy, Tadeco, and Vito Selma. Forthw first time, Filipino artworks were included together with furniture and accessories. Artworks by Filipino artists Dino Gabito, Demi Padua, Chino Yulo (these three artists were present at the fair), Arce, Marrie Saplad, Pongbayog, Jigger Cruz, Cedrick Dela Paz, Arnold Lalongisip, Ciron Seneres, Mark Copino, Jana Benitez, Bryan Teves, and Emmanuel Garibay were admired by visitors.

Aligned with the Office of the First Lady Liza Marcos’s commitment to promote Filipino art and design, she wrote the foreword of the catalog stated in part that “In the tapestry of global expression, the Philippines stands as a vibrant canvas, adorned with the creativity and diversity of its artists who draw inspiration from the unique blend of traditions and stories that define this archipelago. Promoting Filipino art is not merely an act of showcasing talent; but rather a celebration of a cultural heritage that transcends borders. This endeavor affirms the profound impact that art can have in bridging gaps and fostering unity. In this exhibit, let us recognize the power of visual art to challenge perspectives, ignite conversations, and forge connections. Let us elevate the voices of our artists who contribute to a more inclusive and diverse global community. Through their narrative, we gain insights into – the nuances of Filipino life, history, and aspirations – instilling a deeper appreciation for the beauty that emanates from our remarkable country. Congratulations to Galerie D’Antione and DF Art Agency for bringing the spotlight to Filipino artists through this gorgeous exhibit.”

Jackie, Cris, and Alexiz Venzon of Venzon Loghting and Objects / Photo by Pepper Teehankee
Chino Yulo supervises the hanging of his work / Photo by Pepper Teehankee

The trade exhibit in Parc des expositions Paris Nord Villepinte in Paris, France took place in eight gigantic warehouses and the Philippine Pavilion was a very popular one! But the most visited booth was by Baccarat. The French crystal company, which celebrates their 260th anniversary, tied up with Maison & Objet and presented an immersive short film on the creation of their products projected on three walls of a room, which made it a favorite in the trade show. The “Craft” section of the show also featured unique, quirky, and meticulously crafted objects including works of art from different artists from all over the world. Talks during the show included the likes of designer Mathieu Lehanneur and interior designer to Hollywood star Martyn Lawrence Bullard.

Bianca Monzon-Cueva, Vito Selma, Gabi Mendoza / Photo by Pepper Teehankee

The Philippine participation at Maison & Objet 2024 was in partnership with the DTI Competitiveness and Innovation Group and was supported by the Foreign Trade Services Corps as well as Philippine embassies and consulates in Europe.

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