From 5 to 12 September, PARIS DESIGN WEEK is back center stage with a thrilling fifth session...

At the crossroads of iconic design, emerging artists and interior architecture, the event brings together some 300 participating spaces that open their doors to the public and the design community. A first peek at upcoming events.

Two special itineraries for specifiers

Each session of PARIS DESIGN WEEK designs ultra-creative happenings that aim to showcase the major trends in the art of living. This year, two strong itineraries celebrate art and materials, essential poles of the specifier market. Geared toward interior designers, the new special Projets itinerary guides interior design specialists through innovative venues and architectural solutions. Designed in parallel with the MAISON&OBJET l projets l show, held each September at the Paris Nord Villepinte Exhibition Center, this new itinerary allows architects and designers to source new professionals. As for the public, they will meet with experts to guarantee the success of their construction or renovation projects. For materials, linen gets top billing this year in an itinerary that celebrates the most original uses of that noble material. It can be discovered in several spots in the capital, spearheaded by the European Confederation of Linen and Hemp (CELC).

Opening to international participation

The 2015 session of PARIS DESIGN WEEK offers an expanded showcase for design cultures from elsewhere. This year, Belgian design is showcased through the Belgium is Design label in an exhibition entitled Belgium Is Design: Is This Real? The creations of 9 Belgian companies with new releases at MAISON&OBJET 2015 are presented in a setting that pays tribute to Belgian Surrealism. For its part, the Czech Centre in Paris is organizing an exhibition that questions the relationship between individuals and their interior. At the helm: Jiří Pelcl, an essential figure of Czech design, with the help of his students at theUMPRUM, the Higher School of Decorative Arts in Prague. Nordic design is no exception, with a celebration of Estonian design at Anticafé.

Italian design versus cabinet of curiosities

Another highlight: Fontana Arte, an icon of Italian-made design for over 80 years, and Deyrolle, a temple to the observation of nature and taxidermy, are combining their DNA for a delightfully unusual exhibition. The design brand is setting its 2015 collection of light fixtures in the last Paris cabinet of curiosities, founded in 1831. A must.

Galleries Joseph on all creative fronts

The gallery Joseph is opening four of its eight Paris spaces for PARIS DESIGN WEEK. The lively arts and cultural gallery will orchestrate an itinerary on three major themes: “Back to school for design classes,” Finding the Perfect (chairs, lights, table accessories) and Outdoor. The designers whose works are exhibited are also creating one of the decorations that adorn the cups at PARIS DESIGN WEEK’s popup café at the 123 Turenne gallery. With talks, live performances and cocktail parties daily. A very artsy schedule!

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