Miami Nice: Maison&Objet

Maison&Objet takes its worldwide expansion to Miami Beach this month with Maison&Objet Americas.
May 7, 2015Duke Ratliff

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Maison&Objet takes its worldwide expansion to Miami Beach this month with Maison&Objet Americas.

To be held at the Miami Beach Convention Center from May 12-15, the event will feature 300 exhibitors.

SAFI, the organizers of Maison&Objet Paris, launched Maison&Objet Asia in Singapore in March 2014. Meanwhile, the Paris-based Maison&Objet is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.

“We chose Miami Beach for Maison&Objet Americas not only for its strategic positioning with quick access to some very important geographic areas, but also for the vibrancy and energy of the city,” said Philippe Brocart, SAFI’s managing director. “We also want to bring a new approach compared to our Paris and Singapore events by presenting a curated offer balancing European brands with U.S. and Latin American designers.”

The fair is focused on two sectors, Interior Design and Home Decoration. Interior Design will gatherdecorators and designers, offering a curated range of products to suit all development and contract projects. Home Decoration will focus on offering an equally curated selection of trendsetting decorative furniture, lighting and decorative accessories.

Well-known home furnishings exhibitors include Zuo Modern, Costa Nova, Cristel, NuLoom Rugs, Pickard China, Zephyr & Co. and Windy Hill.

In addition to new products, Maison&Objet Americas will host numerous information-gathering and socializing events.

The Designer of the Year is being presented to Zanini de Zanine on May 13 at the New World Center. Zanine was selected from a field of top designers who have had an impact in their chosen field of design. He will deliver a keynote address at the fair.

Maison&Objet will present its first Interior Design & Lifestyle Summit consisting of a series of 20 conferences that will give the opportunity to visitors to decrypt key market trends and discover the most prestigious, current architectural projects. Scheduled speakers include designer Kelly Hoppen, architect/designer David Rockwell, Material ConneXion’s Andrew Dent, and designer Karim Rashid, whose keynote speech will address “From Analog to Digital.”

Seven emerging talents from North America and Latin America have been selected to showcase their products. The designers are Lukas Peet, Canada; Leo Capote, Brazil; Cristian Mohaded, Argentina; Casey Lurie, United States; David Pompa, Mexico; and Ramon Laserna, Colombia.

A multitude of additional activities are being planned in various locations in and around Miami Beach, including the Design District, Ironiside and DCOTA, all in celebration of Maison&Objet Americas.

On May 14, designers including Holly Hunt, Internum, Jonathan Adler, Luminaire Lab, Minotti, Niba Home, The Rug Company, Oggetti, Ornare, Susane R. and many others will host programs and unveil collections. Thursday evening will culminate with a invitation-only cocktail party in the newly completed Palm Court Plaza.

On May 15, Ironside showrooms and studios will open its doors for a final night of celebrating. The evening will feature live jazz performances, French cuisine, specialty cocktails and a featured talk and performance with French design duo Mel & Kio.

Miami Museum Month will honor Maison&Objet Americas with five of Miami’s best-known museums offering free admission to all visitors and exhibitors.

Shuttles will be provided to and from the Miami Convention Center during the fair to area hotels.


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Duke RatliffDuke Ratliff | Editor-in-Chief

Duke Ratliff, the editor-in-chief of HFN, has reported on the home furnishings industry since 1993. He oversees HFN’s print edition and online coverage of the retail industry, as well as trends in furniture and lighting, mattresses, tabletop, housewares, floor covering and textiles. He enjoys traveling to numerous domestic—and occasionally, international—trade shows. He feels that the perfect combination of a great product and a creative, attention-getting marketing plan is a thing of beauty. He lives in Westchester County, N.Y., with his wife, two children, two dogs, five chickens, two finches, three lizards and a five-foot-long corn snake.


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