I had the great honor of being invited to the Maison & Objet fair, this biggest international fair dedicated to household goods and reserved only for professionals.
I have been wanting to go there since a long time and this year it has finally happened because I was chosen to be part of the jury « Les Découvertes » composed exclusively of bloggers and web editorial writers. I had to choose my design crush in the “fragrance & spa” area. I must say that at the beginning I was a bit disappointed because it was not my favorite area but I was so excited by my mission that I soon got over it. I ran across the area up, down and sideways and I can say that I was very proud with my press badge round my neck (as editor of lesflaneriesdaurelie.com) and a written permission to take pictures.
This gave me the opportunity to go through fruits and flower fragrances and to discover appetizing candles, some others with original fragrance like the tonka candle of Geodesis and all kinds of soaps.
I particularly liked the vintage packaging of La Savonnerie de Nyons, the appetizing sweets for the bath by Autour du bain, the candles religieuse-style of Atelier Catherine Masson and the chic candles of Made in Paris… Made in ParisLa Savonnerie de Nyons Autour du bainL’atelier Catherine Masson
My attention has been drawn to a particular stand held by English people, very different from the others : Men’s Society. You had the impression to enter a vintage American garage stuffed with gift ideas for men.
Men’s Society is a true goldmine for gift ideas for men, especially since this is usually such a brainteaser. In short, I had a crush on this stand, this is why I’ve decided to give my “Découvertes” prize to them. Unfortunately I couldn’t be there to give them their reward but it seems on this picture that they were happy (you have to trust me when I say that I didn’t choose because he’s good looking ah ah, but don’t you think he kinda looks like the singer of Passenger ?
You can see all the prizes of “Les Découvertes” jury here.
Once I went thrigh the whole Fragrance & Spa sector, I strolled freely in the other sectors of the fair and discover a lot of nice stands all the more tempting than the others.
I don’t have a child but I fell in love with this kid Spanish brand: Nobodinoz. They are specialized in furniture, toys and fashion for kids. And they have a good sense of humor “Nobody knows us, that’s why our name is Nobodinoz”. Nobodinoz
I also discovered the French contemporary design brand Adonde (one of the designers is from Nicaragua which explains the name). At Adonde, you can find simple but multiple use objects like these stackable vases in wood and ceramic and these adjustable shelves that I find very clever. VasesShelves Adonde
By sheer coincidence I stumbled upon Big Tomato Company (the mug I showed you here was from them) so I talked a bit with Gloria the adorable designer.As you can guess, I’m so in love with these mugs !Big Tomato Company
This is what I liked the most this day, being able to meet and to talk to the designers. I realize that I’m less shy since I opened this blog.
I came out of this fair a little bit frustrated because it was so big that I didn’t have the time to see everything I wanted. Once I was home, I started mumbling and moving everything around saying : “We need to change everything here !”. This is the thing, Maison & Objet is such an inspiring fair that you want to change everything at your home after that ! Can’t wait to finish arranging my place so I can finally show it to you. :)