Objets of whimsy

Objets of whimsy
Tiger thrill
French football table-maker Baby-foot Bonzini's creation is inspired by the animal, while French home furnishings company Moustache has put out a Tapis Tiger Rug by Australia-based artist Dylan Martorell.

When French furniture and home furnishing fair Maison&Objet makes its Asian debut here next year, visitors can expect a well-curated show of stylish accessories from a myriad of international exhibitors.

The twice-a-year design trade fair, which unveils trends in interior design, home furnishings and lifestyle products in January and September in Paris, will be in Singapore next year at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Center from March 10 to 13.

One hundred and twenty exhibitors will be flying in from around the world to showcase their wares as well as interior design. Among the well-known names taking part are high-street home furnishing chain Habitat, Belgian home fragrance producer Baobab Collection and French silverware company Christofle.

Mr Philippe Brocart, managing director of the 18-year-old fair's organiser Salons Francais Et Internationaux, tells Life! that he hopes to confirm at least another 30 exhibitors by the time the show opens in Singapore.

The number of exhibitors will be far smaller than the most recent one in Paris, which saw about 3,000 exhibitors taking part. About 85,000 people visited over five days, starting from last Friday.

It took up eight sprawling halls - 130,000sqm of space - at the Paris Nord Villepinte Exhibition Center, which is about 30 minutes outside of Paris.

It costs about €40 million (S$67.5 million) to stage each year, says Mr Brocart, 49. Still, he says that there will be a good mix of both European and Asian brands represented at the Singapore fair.

"We thought it was going to be mainly Asian exhibitors who would be interested, but we have gotten much interest from European ones too. But we don't want to produce a 'French show'... We'll show products that will be good for this region."

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