As September gets underway, the city of Paris will be staking its claim as one of the world’s major design hubs with greater passion than ever. Over the course of 10 days, from September 5th to 14th 2019, the French capital will be playing host to PARIS DESIGN WEEK, inaugurating and accompanying the MAISON&OBJET trade fair.
This ninth edition will boast an abundance of new additions guaranteed to delight anyone with a love for decoration, lifestyle and design.
Pop-up installations, previously unseen collections and exciting collaborations are set to be unveiled across 200 different venues, some of which are brand new for this year: showrooms and boutiques, galleries, workshops, restaurants, hotels, museums and institutions.
A real creative melting pot, this year’s PARIS DESIGN WEEK adopts a unified theme that is more relevant than ever: “Hybrid”. The word “hybrid” conjures up images of cross-breeding two different species, sometimes belonging to the same family, sometimes not. The art of amalgamation in all its forms is consequently being thrust centre stage.
Within the “Hybrid” theme, PARIS DESIGN WEEK echoes MAISON & OBJET theme “Work”, as the hybridization of spaces and developments takes on many forms and gives rise to new uses, particularly in the work environment.
Hybridization in the design sphere can take three different forms: Functional, imbuing a single item with two different uses; Aesthetic, marrying two contrasting styles or trends; Technological, incorporating technology to boost performance. PARIS DESIGN WEEK invites visitors to immerse themselves in this world of exciting fusions via an eclectic, innovative and decidedly surprising programme.
PARIS DESIGN WEEK is set to send stimulating shockwaves through the French capital’s cultural and historic buildings. Right across the city these guardians of the past, imbued with many years’ wisdom and knowledge, will be getting swept up in the tide of hybridization. Libraries, National Archives, Cultural centres and institutes are all set to surprise by throwing their doors open to design in all its forms.
On the agenda: exhibitions and installations for some, conferences and presentations of the latest innovations for others. Above and beyond purely linking up a designer or brand with a cultural or historic venue, what PARIS DESIGN WEEK hopes to achieve is a real encounter, one that will stimulate cultural communication and encourage opinions and approaches to be shared, even if they differ wildly. It is also a way of allowing the audience to discover not just a work or event, but also the host venue.
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