Gifts Today magazine

Singapore gears up for first-ever Maison & Objet Asia

Opening its doors in exactly one week, Maison & Objet Asia promises to deliver a brilliant educational programme

Every year, Maison & Objet Paris plays host to more than 6,000 exhibitors at its two Paris events and draws some 160,000 trade visitors. Unmatched anywhere in the world, the trade show spans nine exhibition halls, making it the leading design and décor event worldwide, attracting an ever-increasing number of overseas export specialists.

Little wonder then that such a successful show is spreading its wings, heading both for Asia (Singapore, March 10-13, 2014) and the Americas (Miami Beach, 12-15 May, 2015) in the next few years.

In the lead-up to the first-ever Maison & Objet Asia, which takes place this month at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Center in Singapore, we take a peek at the line-up or educational and inspirational seminars and workshops taking place during the trade show.

Each day there will be a keynote speaker. On the first day, renowned designer Tom Dixon OBE, whose designs have been acquired by museums like the V&A, will deliver a speech on inspiration, experimentation and post rationalisation. On the third day, designer and editor-in-chief of Singapore Architect magazine will make a specch on The Power of Ideas.

On the trends front, there will be a workshop each day. International design futurist and curator, Genty Marshall, who is founder and director of New Black Global Trends, will deliver a trends and inspirations workshop titled Design Futures Asia, Genty will delve beyond the seasonal trends to uncover the ideas inspiring tomorrow’s interiors. On the second day, lifestyle director at Trendlab – NellyRodi, Vincent Gregoire, will review consumer behaviours, attitudes, values and lifestyles that influence design, interior design, wellbeing, gourmet, travel…

To showcase the Best of Interior Design, interior designer Isabelle Miaia and general manager of contemporary boutique hotel Sofitel So Singapore, Tony Chisholm, will present their renovation project entitled: How to transform a historic and neo classical structure into a luxurious venture while preserving the building heritage.

On the retail educational front, there will be a conference debate on Selling Design Online by the CEO of HipVan, an online store for great designs in the home; a Best of Retail presentation titled Design To Sell by CEO of Siam Center in Thailand, Chadatip Chutrakul; and a summit on selling design, looking at the pros and cons of a concept store dedicated to creation versus a concept store dedicated to lifestyle experience.

Maison & Objet Asia takes place from March 10-13, 2014, at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Center in Singapore. For more information, visit

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