A Peek Inside European Design Fair: Maison & Objet Americas

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Maison & Objet opened it’s first salon in the Americas at the Miami Beach Convention Center yesterday, bringing a smaller, but perhaps well-curated version of the world-famous French design fair to Miami. The vast majority of the exhibitors were French and Italian, with German, Austrian and even local companies for good measure, including Fine Art Lamps and Robicara by interior designer Sam Robin.

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The arrival of the fair on this side of the Atlantic is exciting for both buyers and exhibitors, many of whom will interface with each other for the first time at Maison&Objet Americas.

Antique wood parquet
Antique wood parquet

While the fair is intended mostly for interior designers and those working in the trade, anyone who has an eye for luxury would be in heaven. Upon entering the fair, FENDI Casa and Trussardi Casa are the first displays you see. Fittingly, each fashion brand has a strong presence at the fair.

FENDI Casa chair
FENDI Casa chair
Devon & Devon
Devon & Devon Aluminum and Porcelain tub (approx. $10,000)

The absolute best of everything is on-hand at Maison & Object. For example the bathtubs from Devon & Devon were beautiful enough to inspire a totally unnecessary bathroom renovation centered around the beautiful Italian tubs. Even the game of foosball is elevated by a breathtaking glass and chrome table by Teckell.

Glass and Chrome Fooseball game by Teckell
Glass and Chrome Fooseball game by Teckell

Sometimes the display was even more over-the-top than the products, such as was the case for this glasswear display that smelled and felt like a tropical forest. One of the most interesting things about the fair are all the “objet” that are on display – from hand-made canes by a third generation French maker, to sleek knives, luxury bedding, children’s clothes and scarves.

Beautiful set up

 

The fair goes until Friday, the only day which it will be open to the public, and not just members of the trade.

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