Paris Design Week 2023: the highlights

Your essential guide to Paris Design Week 2023, from Maison & Objet to Paris Déco Off, and the best things we have seen in town as part of Maison & Objet City

Paris Design Week 2023: CC-Tapis presents Les Arcs Collection by Charlotte Perriand
CC-Tapis presents Les Arcs Collection by Charlotte Perriand
(Image credit: Carlotta Gargini)

Paris Design Week 2023 returns with its array of events, exhibitions and new presentations from French and international brands during a week in January (and again in September). Here, we bring you an essential guide to Maison & Objet, Paris Déco Off and Maison & Objet City. (And stay tuned for info on the next Paris Design Week 2023, 7-16 September).

Paris Design Week 2023: Maison & Objet 2023

Raphael Navot at Maison & Objet

(Image credit: Anne-Emmanuelle Thion)

The biannual fair returns with its rich line-up of international brands presenting the latest news for the first time in 2023. These include Alessi, whose collections are shown within a reusable architecture by Michele De Lucchi’s AMDL, and Lladró, celebrating its 70th anniversary with special creations in porcelain.

This year, the fair has named Raphael Navot as Maison & Objet’s Designer of the Year: the French designer is creating an installation titled Apothem Lounge for the occasion. Created in collaboration with brands that include Flos, Kvadrat and Roche Bobois, the immersive installation, he says, 'portrays a visual emotion', represented by an open structure whose design is based on light and texture. 

Parc des expositions Paris Nord Villepinte

Paris Design Week 2023: Paris Déco Off and Maison & Objet in the City

Paris Design Week 2023: Jean Prouve university furniture

Installation views of the exhibition ‘La Cité Universitaire de Jean Prouvé’ at Perrotin Matignon organised in collaboration with Galerie Downtown/ François Laffanour, Paris 2023

(Image credit: Tanguy Beurdeley, Courtesy of Laffanour / Galerie Downtown Paris and Perrotin)

The best Paris has to offer is on show throughout the city, thanks to two separate initiatives that activate its showrooms, galleries and retail spaces. 

Kicking off on 18 January, Paris Déco Off  is a city-wide event involving brands specialising in fabrics, wallpapers, trimmings and wall coverings, with more than 100 participating showrooms that range from Farrow & Ball paints to Colony Fabrics.

Discover the best of Paris Design Week 2023 below

Dedar presents 2023 collection 

Dedar 2023 collection

(Image credit: Courtesy Dedar)

This year, Dedar explored its archives to discover a plethora of rich fabrics that are both decorative and contemporary. Reimagined for the new collection, the abstract designs include decorative motifs that look like family heirlooms, intersecting geometries in discreet colour palettes and playful patterns inspired by landscapes and nature. Alongside this rich collection is a series of cheerful striped motifs in linen and cotton, and a collection dedicated to the colour white, explored through a series of abstract textures. 

20 Rue Bonaparte, 75006

Fabrice Juan Series for Studio by Tai Ping

Tai Ping rug

(Image credit: Courtesy Tai Ping)

Architect Fabrice Juan brings his signature 'French Art of Living' to his new collection for Tai Ping. This is the first time Tai Ping invited a designer to collaborate, and the result of this creative exchange resulted in a collection of seven round and rectangular colourful rugs in bold geometries tufted in New Zealand wool and finished by hand. Juan was inspired by mid-century artists and creatives such as Geneviève Claisse, Jean Dewasne and Pierre Cardin to create his compositions, their colourful aesthetic enhanced by the brand's craftsmanship approach. 'The hand-finished carpets, in particular the play around pile-height and curved lines finely executed with scissors, enhance my designs in a spectacular way,' he says. 

3 Place des Victoires, 75001

CC-Tapis presents Les Arcs Collection by Charlotte Perriand

Charlotte Perriand for cc tapis

(Image credit: Marcelo Gomes)

In 1972, Charlotte Perriand created six colour studies for a series of woven panneaux ouvrants (opening panels) for the Pierre Blanche building at Les Arcs 1600 ski station. The graphic, colourful designs had been untouched within her archives for half a century, and are now brought to life by Pernette Perriand Barsac with rug brand CC-Tapis. Imagined as hanging tapestries that would brighten the complex's apartments, the designs feature colour-blocked illustrations with constrasting colours that include light ‘antelope’ brown and ‘abeille’ (bee) yellow, bright ‘amiral’ (admiral) blue and ‘azalée’ (azalea) pink, Perriand's own interpretations of Le Corbusier’s Salubra paint colour cards and her collection of French and Japanese crayons and oil pastels.

Galerie Les Filles du Calvaire, 17 Rue des Filles du Calvaire, 75003

Ketabi Bourdet presents ‘Ubik’, a retrospective of Philippe Starck’s work

Philippe Starck exhibition at Paris Design Week

(Image credit: Courtesy Ketabi Bourdet)

Ketabi Bourdet dedicates its latest display to a series of 1980s works by Philippe Starck. Not as well known as his more recent creations, the pieces feature strong geometries and a rigorous colour and material palette. Discussing some of his pieces' names (Mickville, Stanton Mick, Wendy Wright, just to name a few) in a book from the time, the designer said: 'My furniture often has curious names... They are taken from Ubik, a novel by Philip K Dick which fascinates me by its very real intuition of modernity. I had said, and I think I’m going to deny it, that I would stop creating furniture when I had used all the names contained in this book. There is only one left.'

Gallery Ketabi Bourdet, 22 Passage Dauphine, 75006

La Cité Universitaire de Jean Prouvé at Galerie Perrotin

Paris Design Week 2023: Jean Prouve university furniture

Installation views of the exhibition ‘La Cité Universitaire de Jean Prouvé’ at Perrotin Matignon organized in collaboration with Galerie Downtown/ François Laffanour, Paris 2023

(Image credit: Tanguy Beurdeley, Courtesy of Laffanour / Galerie Downtown Paris and Perrotin)

Paris' Galerie Perrotin and Gallery Downtown/François Laffanour joined forces to present a new exhibition of pieces from Jean Prouvé's La Cité Universitaire. The exhibition includes works by the French architect conceived for university residences, shown alongside works that ‘interrogate the academic world and its environment’.

Until 27 February, Galerie Perrotin, 8, avenue Matignon, 75008

Past, Present and Future by Sahco

Sahco textiles

(Image credit: Casper Sejersen)

The 1831 brand is given a new lease of life under the creative direction of Bengt Thorenfors. The latest collection combines 'the new and the old', with a diverse series of textile designs in conversation through texture and colour.

Galerie Jousse Enterprise, 18 Rue de Seine, 75006

Rosa Bertoli was born in Udine, Italy, and now lives in London. Since 2014, she has been the Design Editor of Wallpaper*, where she oversees design content for the print and online editions, as well as special editorial projects. Through her role at Wallpaper*, she has written extensively about all areas of design. Rosa has been speaker and moderator for various design talks and conferences including London Craft Week, Maison & Objet, The Italian Cultural Institute (London), Clippings, Zaha Hadid Design, Kartell and Frieze Art Fair. Rosa has been on judging panels for the Chart Architecture Award, the Dutch Design Awards and the DesignGuild Marks. She has written for numerous English and Italian language publications, and worked as a content and communication consultant for fashion and design brands.