Miami – New Design Central

The new Maison & Objet Americas aims to create the design hub for North and South America right here in Miami.
by Sharon Kenny

Visiting the Maison & Objet Americas show in Miami this spring was like a trip to Europe. Only it was in the Miami Convention Center, and you didn’t have to show your passport. The Maison & Objet (Home and Object) show started in Paris more than 20 years ago to showcase the best and most innovative talents in home décor and interior design. It expanded to Singapore last year, and this was the debut year in Miami. The Miami show focused on North and South American designers and this growing market but still featured a great number of European firms this first time around.

The twice-yearly shows in Paris have a reputation for foretelling trends in home design and showcasing emerging designers in all areas of interior design. According to the director, Phliippe Brocard, “The shows are a unique chance to discover the unexpected and a projection into the future of living, as well as a springboard for brand growth.” The move into Miami was calculated to create a Pan-American hub for business, art and culture around the axis of innovative design, perhaps doing for the world of design what the blockbuster Art Basel Miami has done for the world of fine art.

Exhibitors at the Miami show featured cutting-edge designers of hard surfaces such as furniture and plumbing fixtures and lighting as well as the softer side of wallpapers, rugs and textiles. The Objet side of the show featured decorative objects and glassware, cutlery, especially from the French town of Laguiole, known for its distinctive knives, table linens and sheets and towel designers. Trends evident at the show? A focus on a more sophisticated outdoor living style with outdoor furniture that looks like indoor furniture but is created in durable materials. A return to brass — yes, brass — in plumbing fixtures and furniture design, in both polished and brushed finishes. Lots of soft, touchable fabrics, especially velvets, in furniture and materials for curtains and pillows. And the biggest trend? Wall coverings in colorful, innovative materials that glow, sparkle and shimmer.

With 350 exhibitors from 24 countries and 8,600 visitors from 80 nations visiting the first Miami Maison & Objet show, it was an undeniable success. The 20 individual presentations and design talks were an added bonus for the participants who were able to hear quality speakers like Andres Duany, the noted American architect and urbanist, speak exclusively on the future of design. Planning is already well underway for a bigger and better show next year when the show will return to the Miami Beach Convention Center from May 10-13, 2016.

“The debut of MAISON & OBJET AMERICAS in Miami tells Paris, Shanghai and Milan that Miami indeed  has  a  strong  standing  in  the  world  of  luxury  goods  and  design.  Of  course,  Miami’s position at the gateway of Latin America and the Caribbean is a huge attraction for brands.”  ­­– Marconi Naziazeni, Anima Domus Founder & CEO

POLaRT is shaking up the outdoor furniture market with its baroque-style furniture manufactured in brightly colored polyurethane suitable for long-term outdoor use.

2. Teckell
Teckell creates elegant modern game tables that you wouldn’t want to hide in a game room, such as the Cristallino foosball table embellished with 24-karat gold.

3. Oscar Ono
New to the North American market from France this year, Oscar Ono creates luscious wood flooring and wall paneling.

4. Niba Home
Located in the Miami Design District, Niba Home is filled with glamorous and unique furniture and accessories, many handmade, from small manufacturers.
39 NE 39th St., Miami 33137 | 305.573.1939

5. Maison Valentina
Brass is reborn in a glamorous series of bathroom fixtures from Maison Valentina, which creates furniture-like pieces for the bath.

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