Sep 08 2016

Game Theme in Maison&Objet

Maison&Objet Fair, one of the biggest inspiration for interior architects and designers organized in Paris annually started at the beginning of this week.

Pelin Özgen Piker

Brands welcome the visitors with such stand designs that can easily make them a candidate for an art exhibition in the fair – a focus event for designers for years. The theme of the fair was suggested as “House of Games” by Vincent Grégoire this year. The exhibitions that were created with brand-new materials and the harmony of colors you would not dream of were decorated with the images of game cards and the iconic pictures of games. Jack, queen of spades, pawn, knight, all main characters of chess, game cards, tarot, domino invite you to world of games. From contemporary art to design, fashionable colors to materials a different installation was set up in this striking exhibition.

Wallpapers, floor tiling, furniture, accessories perfectly create a world of game. In fact the exhibition reminds me of the game room of Sanderson Hotel designed by Philippe Starck. Starck’s billiard scene attracked the attentions with colors, materials, and contrasts.

Each object or design space has its own language in the “Inspiration Space” of the exhibition, and Grégoire had new suggestions for living spaces. According to the curator designs belonging to 19th century should be revived. The accessories which are necessary for creating a rich décor are displayed by Michaël Cailloux. Fish-eye mirrors, taxidermy, and jewelry turn back. The interest for special wardrobes, boxes, and bags is growing.

Hermès whose icon is a horse, has designed chess sets.

All eyes were on the designs by Zaha Hadid whose death deeply saddened the world of designers. 

London-based designer Ilse Crawford, the creator of Billy illumination series was selected as the “Designer of the Year”. Crawford’s functional and minimal touch in the rationalistic design understanding catch the eye.

One of the designs that was worth mentioning was Floating Flower Garden Space by The teamLab. You could smell each flower in the garden. We can say that this exhibition was a kind of experience space. Japanese design team installed the roots of the 2.300 flowers into the ceiling! You should watch the video of this garden installation which means more by emotions rather than words.