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Maison Asia gearing up for 2016 editioin

Maison & Objet Asia returns as a unique platform for the Asia-Pacific market, running March 8-11

Maison & Objet Asia (M&O Asia) makes its return to Singapore from March 8-11, 2016 at the Marina Bay Sands and Expo Convention Centre.

As it enters its third year, M&O Asia has repositioned itself as a unique networking platform where industry specifiers such as property developers, hoteliers, restaurateurs, interior designers, and architects can network and gain deeper insight into the latest developments in the design industry.

As part of this repositioning, M&O Asia now comprises three integral components – a curated exhibition, the awards for the Designer of the Year and the Rising Asian Talents, and the Interior Design and Lifestyle Summit.

A curated exhibition The first two editions of M&O Asia have seen a trend in their visitor profile that reflects Asia’s rapidly growing property development, real estate, and hospitality industries. 50 per cent of the visitors to the 2015 salons were from these sectors, resulting in a uniquely Asian visitor profile.

With this in mind, the curated exhibition on offer at M&O Asia serves as a targeted showcase that provides inspiration and concepts for the industry specifiers. With a total of 180 brands, the exhibition presents the multiple ways in which brands can work together with specifiers to provide innovative customised design solutions to bring their projects to life.

International brands, such as Dornbracht and Alape from Germany and the 22 ceramics brands at the Italian Ceramics Pavilion, will provide customised solutions to specifiers.

M&O Asia also features special installations to illustrate how different bespoke design experiences are conceived and developed. Framed, by multi-disciplinary Singaporean designer Terence Chan of Terre, experiments with the blurring of spaces to create a versatile and adaptable design achieved through the deft control of light, materials, proportions, 3 textures and volume.

Ateliers d’Art de France, the French trade union for fine crafts professionals in France is bringing seven craftsmen designers to M&O ASIA to emphasize the importance of craft and artisanship in this year’s edition.

“We are excited to present this year’s edition of M&O Asia, which is quite different from its first two years. By taking into account the unique visitor profile of the region, we have made it a more targeted experience for our visitors, thus ensuring that their needs are met,” says Ms Regina Chan, Director, Asia-Pacific.

Interior Design and LIfestyle Summit A key focus of this year’s Summit is on the design projects and expertise of the region, with all of its speakers either originating from or being based in the Asia-Pacific.

In addition, the Summit will also focus on offering a greater depth of conversation as well as an insider perspective on the intricate development of key markets. The topics covered will span 20 different conferences divided into five distinct categories – Keynote; Best of Interior Design; Conversation; Agenda; and Country Focus. Some of the key speakers at the Summit include renowned design personalities such as Duangrit Bunnag, Tony Chi, Paul Hecker and Hamish Guthrie, Ken Okuyama and Michael Young.

M&O Asia runs from 8 to 11 March at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre Basement 2. For more information, visit http://www.maison-objet.com/en/asia



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