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Paris Design Week announces program of events

In 2020, Paris Design Week celebrates its tenth anniversary. And a birthday calls for a party. In a year such as 2020, what could be more pleasing than to sprinkle Paris with a spirit of celebration and reunion? Paris Design Week brings together brands that make you dream, new decorating ideas, technological innovations and exceptional know-how that tell the story of France’s heritage, not to mention emerging designers who are shaping the future, both at home and in the workplace.

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Paris Design Week is a unique and large scale event showcasing the latest in design and the home decor industries. Organized as a journey that can be discovered by visiting different locations, such as shops, showrooms, galleries and public places specially transformed for the occasion, Paris Design Week aims to accelerate the return to business of all those involved in design, decoration and the art of living in Paris.

Paris Design Week is a unique showcase for young designers within a dedicated program, Paris Design Factory. To be discovered from 3 to 8 September, in the Galeries Joseph at 116 rue de Turenne and rue Froissart, and at the Espace Commines, in the heart of Le Marais. There, a glimpse of the best of the young French guard, designers whose talent and potential for innovation are revealed. Graduates projects (Joseph Turenne) and designers who have already been spotted and awarded prizes (Joseph Froissart). There you will be introduced to new uses for design, but also to the interpretation of social changes in a changing world that needs to question itself more than ever before. At the Espace Commines, Paris Design Factory offers an open window on the creativity and know-how of Southeast Asia and South Africa.

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Paris Design Week gives you the freedom to create your own design program in September. One of Paris Design Week’s specific features lies in its mix. Offering different ways to get in depending on whether you are a professional, an amateur or simply curious, Paris Design Week in 2020 is at the crossroads between culture and commerce. You choose your path according to your needs and desires. Get inspired, spot trends, discover new collections, but also understand the stakes and the social impact of a sector that is influencing our lifestyles. Launching collections, workshops, talks, visits to different spaces, Paris Design Week is a free event with a transversal approach, free of charge, free of complexes and open to all, which allows to make design accessible and to share design in all its various aspects.

Paris Design Week is a walk around Paris. Rediscover the pleasure of walking in the City of Light, strolling, watching it breathe to the rhythm of design. A map organized according to 4 geographical zones, each one illustrating in its own way an aspect of design. Saint Germain-des-Prés, Opéra-Concorde-Etoile, and Les Halles-Marais-Bastille. Renowned and iconic brands, companies pursuing their development through the development of exceptional know-how, design schools, independent studios… meet up during the vernissage evenings.

Thursday 3 September: Saint Germain-des- Prés

Saturday 5 September : Les Halles-Marais- Bastille

Monday 7 September: Opéra-Concorde-Etoile

Acting as a federating and driving force, Paris Design Week is also part of a broader dynamic for the first time by participating in France Design Week. This initiative, led by the APCI, and the result of the discussions held during the “Assises du Design” ( a series of conferences held in 2019 in order to promote design and federate all the key players in its industry), proposes a nationwide network of events that will promote design as a discipline to the general public. Open days of workshops, exhibitions, talks, masterclasses, all these events will take place in Paris and throughout France from September 1st to 15th.

For the first time Paris Design Week is being held without its big sister Maison&Objet, which will take place online with its Digital Fair. With all our teams dedicated to Paris Design Week, we are putting tenfold energy into our entire sector to accelerate the relaunch of shops, showrooms and galleries in Paris. But we’re not stopping there. It is also important to show the tremendous effort of reflection that has been made by designers, the young one and the most accomplished, during the COVID-19 crisis. This awareness, the essential role played by the designer, by the interior architect in the months and years to come, was all the more obvious as everything we knew about interior design has been turned upside down in the last few months. Thinking about one’s home and workspace, thinking about the processes of making objects. Paris Design Week will be the opportunity for many people to hand in their ideas and share their visions of a new world… this is an event you will not want to miss!” 

Philippe Brocart, Managing Director of Maison&Objet

The full program of events and talks can be found on the Maison Objet website

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