The addition of yet another building in the Maison & Objet trade fair allowed the integration of Meuble Paris, a furniture-based show that has run concurrently with Maison & Objet for years. So, while Maison & Objet was already considered one of the world’s premier trade fairs for home décor, it is even larger now. The result of this integration was a new rhythm to parts of the show that helped even ongoing products look fresh. There was another change at the show as well: more North-American accented English spoken in the aisles. Attendance from the U.S. was up over 5% this year. (The number of Canadian visitors was not reported).
While overall show attendance was up only 1.1%, there was still plenty of optimism. New-product introductions, still trimmed back in number from heyday levels, were nevertheless found in most stands. Color evolution was more easily noticed and more universally exploited, with makers debuting extensions to already established lines with one or two new hues.
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