OVERVIEW: The esteemed Maison&Objet design fair brought together the most important names in the decoration and design world for the first time in the iconic city of Miami Beach. Three hundred exhibitors from more than 24 countries took part, offering the public a glimpse of the latest trends and developments in interior design and decoration. The fair partnered with numerous cultural institutions and galleries to host a variety of events across Miami Beach. From showrooms celebrating the 20th anniversary of M&O at the Miami Design District, to offsite tours and exhibitions at Miami Ironside on the historic Upper Eastside, Miami Beach was in full celebration of the very best in lifestyle, design, culture and innovation.
WHAT: Maison&Objet Americas
WHEN: May 12-15, 2015
WHERE: Miami Beach
• In celebration of the important design fair, the Wolfsonian presented an exclusive panel discussion on the fourth day with five of the fair's emerging talents. Lukas Peet (Canada), Max Gunawan (US), Casey Lurie (US), Christian Mohaded (Argentina) and David Pompa (Mexico) joined museum curator Christian Larsen as they discussed the process behind their groundbreaking work.
• Ornare celebrated the work of Zanini de Zanine - Maison&Objet's Designer of the Year and Ornare's collaborator - with a talk on Brazil's influence on design. The globally recognised Brazilian designer, known for the diversity of his products, joins previous winners such as Zaha Hadid, Patricia Urquiola and Philippe Starck. From collaborating with big brands to creating gallery and auction pieces in his own studio, de Zanine is the epitome of the next generation of designers, who have an ability to strike an extraordinary balance between mass production and limited-edition craftsmanship.
• On the opening day, Luminaire Lab unveiled an installation designed by Omer Arbel, founder of Vancouver-based Omer Arbel Office and creative director of Bocci. Luminaire also hosted a reception to debut Arbel's 73 pendant lights installation.