OVERVIEW: Global design fair giant Maison &Objet, which also hosts the Paris and Miami Beach editions, returned to Singapore this year for its third successful run. This year, more than 7,170 visitors travelled to the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre to interact with 180 brands.

The Asian edition is billed as a highlycurated event focused on providing an intimate yet international offering to its participants and key leaders in the interior, property development, F&B and hotel industry. Four leading international brands also launched new products at the fair, including AGC, which presented a line of mirrors and clear glass that could turn on to display a monitor with high-quality visuals.

WHAT: Maison & Objet Asia
WHEN: March 8-11, 2016
WHERE: Singapore

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Special installations and concept cafés were a hit with the crowd this year. These special exhibitions brought designs to life and helped demonstrate how they can be seamlessly worked into a lifestyle setting. Of particular note was the experiential café set up by Sempre, a design and production house from Belgium that uses natural and recycled materials.

  • Also popular this year was the Interior Design and Lifestyle Summit, which featured 20 conferences that ranged from keynote addresses to conversations and discussions on country-specific issues. The closing remarks were given by celebrated designer Tony Chi on the importance of selecting objects and accessories that inspire emotion. His speech attracted 350 attendees, a testament to his worldrenown status.

  • Andre Fu was presented with the fair’s top prize for designers, the “Designer of the Year” award. Fu is no stranger to making luxurious designs a reality, having been the brains behind The Upper House in Hong Kong, Fullerton Bay Hotel in Singapore, and the restaurant Kioku housed inside the newly opened Four Seasons in Seoul. Fu also presented his newly launched lifestyle brand, Andre Fu Living, at the fair.