From May 12th to May 15th I was delighted to attend Maison et Objet Miami 2015, the famed tradeshow’s first-ever appearance in the Americas. Throughout the four days I spent in Miami, I was able to connect with old friends and meet new colleagues who are involved in all sides of the industry. Design talent, manufacturers, public relations firms, and media representatives all came together to partake in this brilliant event.
Founded in 1995, Maison et Objet initially rose to prominence by producing its biannual shows exclusively in France. In recent years, however, the organization has expanded to service design communities all over the world; Maison et Objet added Singapore as a location in 2014 and is signed on to return to Miami through 2018 (at least).
(Image Credit: Maison et Objet Facebook)
As I toured the exhibition spaces, I was struck by the type of audience that the show attracted. To say that Maison et Objet has an international vibe would be a bit of an understatement. In fact, there were over 300 brands at the show, with presenters hailing from 24 different countries.
The Miami Beach Convention Center also proved to be the perfect home for the event. Situated in a water city like Miami paralleled with an artistic maven like the Wynwood Art District, the Convention Center is surrounded by galleries, museums, and studios. Come December, the neighborhood will host the Miami incarnation of Art Basel, an annual art fair that features the work of modern and contemporary artists.
One the main reasons I made the trip to Maison et Objet was to represent and support my client, Opiary, whose pieces were on display at the Convention Center.
Opiary at Maison et Objet Miami. (Image credit: Opiary Facebook)
Meeting friends like Susan Howard of Florida Design, Tracy Smith of Renaissance Hotels and Marriott International, and the vivacious Nancy Fire of Design Works International NY certainly made for a market that was exciting, fun, and memorable. One of my highlights was the intimate gathering that Christi Tasker of Puttin’ Out along with her husband Boyd Tasker, (both co-owners of Wynwood Design Lab), orchestrated with one of the most respected individuals in the business, Nick Alain. The gathering was centered around an intimate dinner at which we were able to get a sneak peak of their new venture, “Wynwood Design Lab” and Nick Alain’s personal flat.
With a Harley Davidson in the center of the flat it was an evening that I will always remember from the first year of Maison et Objet in Miami. Tile Bar’s National Sales Director Jacob Herskovits and Erinn Valencich of Erinn V. Design Group pushed the evening over the edge to ridiculous fun!
Jacob Herskovits of TileBar, Christi Tasker of Puttin Out, Dwayne Clark, and Erinn Valencich of Erinn V Design Group attend the Nick Alain Cocktail Reception.
As I recall my experiences from Maison et Objet 2015, it becomes more and more clear that this will be the show to be at in 2016 and is not to be missed.
David Rockwell signing a copy of his book, What If? Rethinking the Collective Experience.
Tracy Smith of Renaissance Hotels and Marriott International with Dwayne Clark.