J. Banks Design Group’s President, Joni Vanderslice and Melissa Mittag, Director of Brand Management, traveled to Paris last month for Maison et Objet and Paris Deco Off, two of the international interior design community’s most inspirational shows. To have an international perspective elevates the level of design we are able to create and serves to inspire the entire J. Banks Design Group team.
Maison et Objet is one of the leading home decor fairs, connecting the international interior design and lifestyle community. Held twice a year, it is a place to source luxury design products and find inspiration. The show is massive, with seven halls of furniture, decorative accessories and furnishings. Maison et Objet prides itself on sharing the newest season from young creative design companies, as well as the more established global brands that one would expect at a large-scale global trade show.
Running concurrently with Maison et Objet is Paris Deco Off, a celebration of European textile design that takes place in the heart of Paris’ St. Germain area. Textile houses show their latest introductions and arrange events to educate and inspire. In many ways, the city-itself is part of the show. From small boutiques, merchandised only the way the French can, to wonderful dining experiences, one of the bonuses of the week is soaking in the ambience. Several of the U.S. Design Centers and showrooms sponsor The American Party in Paris, which is sold out every year. It is a great way for them to say thank you to their customers and attracts designers from all over the country. Many manufacturers plan cultural events at this time: J. Banks was treated to a private tour of Versailles sponsored by Marmi Natural Stone and a very special dinner and tour at the Musee Nissim de Camondo sponsored by Jiun Ho, Lance Woven Leathers and Christopher Farr Cloth.