Although 2011 has just begun, design enthusiasts already have their engines running full throttle. One of the most influential design trade show, Maison & Objet is an important international industry event for interior design and decoration in Paris. It offers a unique opportunity to gain an overview of the trends in decoration, furniture, home furnishings, etc. Attracting tastemakers from around the globe for a peek at the latest developments in interior design, the fair, which sprawled over eight warehouse-sized halls, offered plenty of hints about where design is going in the year ahead. Aldo Balatti of Evolve Design Solutions was one of the international visitors who attended the event from January 21-25.