Maison&Objet Americas May 26 2015

Maison&Objet Americas made it's debut in the US in Miami Beach, FL May 11-15, 2015. Founded in Paris in 1995, the original show was created to showcase trends in high-end interior decoration. Philippe Brocart, managing editor of SAFA, a subsidiary of Ateliers D'Art de France and Reed Expositions France that own's and operates Maison & Objet explains their choice "It was clear Miami was the right location to attract both North and South American visitors,” he said. “The other point is we are looking for a city which is related to art, to design, to architecture. This is really the case today for Miami Beach." This show featured 350 exhibitors from 24 countries, some locals like Nisi Berryman. A space was set for a panel of speakers which included Karim Rashid, David Rockwell, Barbara Hulanicki, George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg, amongst others. The overall fair space at the Convention Center was carpeted in dark colors, and lighting was soft, giving the show a feeling of coziness, more silent (as sound was buffered by carpet). Certainly a good change from Art Basel's glaring lighting that can exhaust attendants early on their visit.

The major trend spotted was nature, with plenty of animal-inspired objects and prints. Here are some photos of what caught our eye.

By: Carmen Ferreira | Photos: Esteban Terenzio

Belgium based Ethnicraft showed a beautiful collection of wooden pieces. They describe their work as emorational a combination of an emotional and rational approach to furniture design. 

Foley&Cox (US), Cabo Chaise. Woven chaise in natural wicker with hooped back and open sides on brushed aluminum frame. It was so inviting so we tried and loved it!

Frakdof (France). There hand-painted plates, arranged in an uneven circle made the fish seem to be swimming together in circles! And there were matching wine glasses.

Klaar Prims (Belgium) Cin Cin hand-made colored glasswork and Lux candleholders and tea light stackable. Pure lines, simplicity and great craftsmanship!

Mel & Kio (France) Poetic Wall Designs: simply enchanting!
They were invited by Ironside to create a permanent wall design, which was unveiled at the show's closing party.

&Lar (Colombia) woven chairs designed by Alexandra Larsen and Ramón Laserna part of the Rising Talent sector of the show.

 A very elegant Italian terrace set.

 Au Bain Marie (France) dainty porcelains perfect for entertaining!

Keeping the heart well-guarded! Exceptional craft on porcelain. On the last day we went back to see them once more and they were all gone from the wall. Sold as samples?

Some attendants matched the booths!

Rosenthal (Germany) Magic Flute Sarastro. Björn Wiinblad made his dream of illustrating Mozart’s opera “The Magic Flute” in relief form come true with this porcelain service. Each set element displays a detailed relief or one of the opera scenes. The undersides display the respective libretto text in the ornamental Wiinblad handwriting.

Maison Montaigne Paris (France) presented 16 high-end manufacturers in a very eclectic booth. Rouge Absolut's blue glass panther passing through, as if jumping from a coffee table was one of the strongest elements there. Maison Montaigne will be opening a showroom in Miami's Design District this Summer!

Voutsa (USA) specializes in custom hand-painted wallpaper and produces signature hand-illustrated, digitally-reworked wallpapers designed for whimsical and modern living. Below clockwise Ballet Russes, Grecian Urns, Venice (Stained Glass) and Iran (Stained Glass).

Widu (Portugal). Contemporary furniture made in Paredes, Portugal. The desk is perfect for those urban ultra-tiny apartments.

Craig Robbins on "Miami Design District: Branding and Innovating an urban neighborhood", the last speaker of the Summit, that brought Kelly Hoppen, Dror Benshertrit, Karim Rashid, David Rockwell, George Yabu & Glenn Pushelberg, among others to the conference room.

Spam Allstars played at cocktail party at the Design District's Palm Court.