Paris 2017, Part I – Maison Et Objet
January is an exciting month for us here at Harlequin, as it sees our annual trip to Maison Et Objet, the biggest tradeshow in our calendar. We relish the opportunity to meet our suppliers and seek out exciting new launches to present to our clients. Over the few days that our sales team are in Paris, they also visit Rue Royale and attend glamorous parties and events. This year was no exception.
We arrived on Thursday evening and headed straight for the hotel to check in. After dinner at Flottes with Alan and Lizzie from our sister company Agentia, we headed back to the hotel for an early night – we all knew that Friday would be a busy day!
Early mornings in Paris are magical, especially when the air is crisp and it is a fine day. We made our way over to the show first thing – there were many suppliers to visit and we didn’t want to miss anything. Below we bring your our highlights from day one.
Riviere has extended its range with cool pastel-blue hues. Its stand was reminiscent of an impressionist painting and had a wonderful spring-like feel to it.
We fell in love with the feminine softness of their styling. Also worthy of note is the gold detailing that can be added to any of their items.
We love the drop vases that were displayed on Giobagnara’s stand. They can be combined in any formation and the cleverly designed bases include magnets that attach them to their tray, making them a wonderful option for superyacht interiors.
Other new launches included the Bellini servant tray, which comes in four metal finishes (brass, bronze, copper or chrome); and the Octagonal placemats, which can also come with double stitching around the edge for extra detail.
As we move through this blog you will notice a recurring theme of gold and brass metallics, and Zanetto has some lovely examples. Having extended its offering of finishes last year, these have now been applied to more of the products in its collections. The silver Passioni bowls have always been popular with our clients, and we think the new brass finish will be equally successful.
Enrico Zanetto has really progressed the company, introducing wonderful contemporary designs that contrast and complement his father’s wholly traditional products. Together, they really do cover all bases. For me, the new cutlery ranges work in perfect harmony with their hollowware; the hammered designs would sit beautifully alongside many tableware designs in our showroom.
Anna New York
A ‘modern classic’, the Amare serving set from Anna New York has now launched in a rose-gold finish. The translucent alabaster lids come from the last existing alabaster quarry in Tuscany and are made by artisans with five generations of knowledge of working with this stone. It's a beautifully feminine collection that looks fabulous placed on these Kiva platters.
Consistently at the forefront of porcelain tableware design, Fred always has new wonders to offer at Maison. This year, Legle launched a magnificent collection called Chagrin D’Amour, which has a shagreen-like finish. It works wonderfully on its own or combined with the Sous Le Soleil range – I think it will be a major hit with the superyacht market!
After a successful show, we headed back to our hotel to glam ourselves up (Alan included, even though he was too camera shy for our team picture) for the Baccarat ‘Blue Eyes’ cocktail party. Held at Maison Baccarat, the party celebrated the company’s latest spring launches. The tables shimmered with blue-hued glasses and other crystalware from the collection. A string quartet played and models floated past in gowns by Italian designer Luisa Beccaria while guests sipped on cocktails turned luminous blue by curaçao liqueur.
‘The venue for the Baccarat party was magical – it was like stepping back in time,’ says Tasmin, our Junior Sales administrator. ‘The building used to be a private mansion for an incredibly wealthy American socialite. The original grand ballroom, with its exceptional craftsmanship, still stands. It’s like a mini version of Versailles but with beautiful giant blue chandeliers. It was a truly spectacular evening.’
Next week we will be publishing a second blog about our time in Paris, focusing on our discoveries in Rue Royale and the other events that our team was fortunate enough to attend. Don’t miss it!