Maison & Objet has established itself as one of the world’s most prominent design exhibitions. Visitors to the Paris Nord Villepinte Exhibition Centre this September can expect to witness emerging creativity, assess changing trends, and make contacts to enhance the future of their business.

The biannual event has refined its layout and honed its selection over the years to present a comprehensive, legible and structured overview of the latest interior innovations. Having developed a luxury core in halls 7 and 8 – with scènes d’intérieur, now! design à vivre and projets – the show has also consolidated its contemporary offering with the development of Actuel in hall 5B.

This September’s Maison & Objet will adjust its traditional focus on interior design in halls 4-5A to offer a more coherent response to the increasing number of orders from specifiers – particularly internationally. Once again, all satellite trade shows will be focusing more on their specialist areas, with the dining sector adopting the name cook+design in hall 3. The spectrum covered by the show expands with every session to more precisely address its visitors’ specific needs.

In addition to business meetings, Maison & Objet sees itself as providing an opportunity for stimulating discoveries and deciphering the season’s influences. This is done through the Observatory, which is revealed each session through the creation of three Inspiration forums designed by Elizabeth Leriche and Vincent Grégoire from the Nelly Rodi agency and François Bernard from the Croisements agency.

This offers visitors an opportunity to explore the work of talented designers, with a retrospective on Odile Decq, Maison & Objet Designer of the Year 2013. Hall layout designs by Joseph Dirand – scènes d’intérieur Designer of the Year 2013 – Philippe Boisselier and Jean-Philippe Nuel will also be on show.

Visitors can also admire feats of illumination with an installation orchestrated by Motoko Ishii and Akari Lisa Ishii with Light Essentials, reflect on industry issues with Business Lounge conferences, and learn about the skills of leading French craftsmen at the Métiers d’Art de France forum.

Maison & Objet promotes creativity by encouraging the most promising up-and-coming talent with the Talents à la Carte project and the Métiers d’Art de France competition. The show also has an influence on the general public during Paris Design Week, and will launch its next international showing in March next year with Maison & Objet Asia in Singapore.