Paris Design Week was originally dreamed up as an accessory to the more professional trade show, Maison&Objet, but it took over the streets of Paris and a remarkable life of its own in the three short years since its birth. It was as if the creative energy held within the event space was simply too great to be contained, overwhelming its walls and flooding Paris with a creative force which pervaded exhibition spaces, showrooms, trendy hotels, restaurants, and bars with everything from light installations and cutting-edge furniture designs to contemporary film screenings and chocolate tastings. For one week in September, Paris is turned into a night and day celebration of everything from the visual and graphic arts to the contemporary and cutting-edge applied arts of the design movement. The result: a Renaissance of sorts that has left in its wake the lasting influence of creativity and a reborn interest in Design long after the week has ended.
Let us first turn to the birthmother and nucleus of this weeklong movement: Paris Design Week and Maison & Objet 2013 – Creative Energy. The theme of this year’s design trade show was all about Energies and there could not have been a more diverse spectrum filling the giant convention-space-turned-labyrinth of pop-ups and exhibition niches radiating with creativity.