More than 30 Lithuanian companies are exhibiting their products at Maison et Objet (Home and Object) expo in Paris, one of the largest home and décor fairs in Europe. Traditional Lithuanian home linen products feature prominently, although several innovative design companies have also joined the exhibition this year.
The companies say of signed cooperation agreements and getting substantial orders, a bit of surprise to first time exhibitors.
Companies with a differentiated, often unique designs are doing well at these fair. Several companies we spoke to have large and diversified markets outside Lithuania. The Korean market is one of the destinations for Lithuanian linen products.
In addition to home linen, nine different Lithuanian furniture designers and home décor makers have joined forces on one platform sponsored by Enterprise Lithuania at the Paris exhibition. The companies are showcasing their latest furniture and home accessories projects and the potential that Lithuania has to offer.
The products on display show how Lithuania has been transitioning from low-cost furniture manufacturing to innovative unique designs with a wink to warm earthy Nordic colours and natural materials.
“These are distinctive and high-quality home products, yet offered at affordable prices,” said Audronė Dringilaitė of the Lithuanian Design Council.
One of the organisers of the Lithuanian design platform, Andrius Sankauskas, described the eclectic group of companies as, “a mix of high-value design, using wood and sustainable products, inspired by Scandinavia with a Lithuanian touch”.
The newly appointed Lithuanian ambassador to France, Nerijus Aleksiejūnas, visited all the companies present at the Paris fair and said: “I am proud of Lithuanian companies and designers who really demonstrate that Lithuania is an innovative and creative country. This exhibition demonstrates that our companies have big potential to enter the French and global markets.”