SINGAPORE - The first Maison&Objet Asia, which began on Monday and ended on Thursday, was an event filled with lights, cameras and action.
Two things stood out at the furniture and lifestyle accessories trade fair held at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre. For one, the lighting options were vast, and in some cases, outrageous.
For example, Belgian label Spiridon Exclusive Collection showed off futuristic-looking lamps in metallic sheens, while Italian company Melogranoblu drew shutterbugs with its glass- blown lights that dripped down in style.
Tableware and accessories were also clearly pitched at the high-end market.
Home-grown company Luzerne, which specialises in ceramic and stone tableware, propped up its dinner plates like colourful cake pops, while French porcelain manufacturer Bernardaud, known for its classical tableware, accessories and furniture, set up its booth in a luxurious living room setting.
The inaugural trade show drew 272 international and local exhibitors looking to do business and make contact with local and regional distributors interested in carrying their labels. Brands were separated into three areas: luxury, design and interior decoration.
It was also a good platform for companies to announce their arrival. French furniture label Habitat, which left the Singapore market in 1996 due to poor business, told Life! that it was re-entering the market here with a new 1,500 sq m store in October. It will be located in a new megamall, Big Box, in Jurong East. Mr Vincent Destailleur, chief executive officer of Cafom, a French home furnishings retailer which bought Habitat here in 2011, said: "In the last two years, we have refreshed the concept of Habitat... The Singapore market will get most of the items such as lighting, home accessories and furniture that the other markets do."
Local luxury brand Akar de Nissim, which sells items such as handcrafted furniture, ceramics, leather products and candles, also made its debut at the fair.