The Paris headquartered Maison & Objet Americas that describes itself as “the premiere arbiter of global luxury in the home market” is back for a second year May 9 to 13 at the Miami Beach Convention Center. The actual trade show with 290 brands from 26 countries represents top luxury names in areas ranging from furniture, lighting and garden to wellness/bath, textiles ,children’s world and more is for the industry, but the Design District, Ironside, DCOTA and Wynwood are also hosting special events, talks, debut of new collections, and exhibits in the five days, with some extending through the summer. These satellite happenings are called the “Miami Experience”. There’s also shuttle service between some of the locations.
Here are the highlights of events, happenings, and special exhibits in different parts of Miami:
Rafael de Cárdenas: Neon Jungle
Join Rafael de Cárdenas / Architecture at Large and M&O’s designer of the year, in celebrating and embracing Miami’s culture of pleasure and indulgence at NEON JUNGLE. PopLab, an immersive tropical lounge and popsicle pop-up is open from Tuesday May 10th through Sunday May 15th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m..
Escape into the prismatic oasis: lounge on a pixelated landscape of RDC/AAL custom-designed modular furniture or dance in the dappled shadow of neon lights and jungle foliage. Every weekday evening a different flavored popsicle, including bespoke RDC/AAL flavors, is premiered and celebrated. Miami-born-and-based designer Emmett Moore brings a curated DJ roster and other surprise programming. A respective musical soundtrack will be spun nightly, emanating from a mirrored perch deep within the NEON JUNGLE.
Miami Center for Architecture & Design
In conjunction with the opening of the Lina Bo Bardi: Together exhibition, the Miami Center for Architecture & Design brings together three great minds to discuss Lina Bo Bardi, an unsung figure in architecture and design in the 20th century. The lecture will feature three preeminent speakers: Madelon Vriesendorp, Noemi Blager and Tapio Snellman, all of whom collaborated on the exhibition Lina Bo Bardi: Together, which will be on view at the Miami Center for Architecture & Design from May 12 to July 29, 2016. The speakers will discuss their individual practices and their contributions to the exhibition. In addition, they will discuss the life and work of Lina Bo Bardi and the influence of her contributions in their own lives and in architecture and design at large.
May 12 from 6-8 pm.
Bulthaup is hosting an evening of stimulating conversation with architect Chad Oppenheim as he hosts Crafting Paradise: Architecture of the Home by Oppenheim Architecture A Conversation with Architect Chad Oppenheim. Enjoy a glass of wine and appetizers by Gaggenau chef, Stella Giraldella in the brand new Miami showroom.
May 11 from 6 to 8 pm
Holly Hunt Miami celebrates Maison & Objet Americas with an installation of more than 20 new furniture and lighting pieces from the Holly Hunt Studio Collection as well as exclusive designs from lighting designer Kevin Reilly.
May 10 – 13
Susane R Lifestyle Boutique
Susane R Lifestyle Boutique will exhibit 12 different chair prototypes designed by Susane during Maison & Objet. The showroom has been a fixture in the Miami Design District for 24 years and Susane is considered a tastemaker in the design world as she incorporates unique antiques, deco and mid-century furniture and lighting into her highly curated, well-travelled selections. Her chair collection is handmade in Miami and her designs have been featured throughout the world in publications like Architectural Digest.
May 10 – 13
The new Saint-Louis collection will be on display during Maison & Object, including Les Endiables by Jose Levy and Arlequin lighting. Les Endiables is a collection of playful decorative objects such as vases, centerpieces, and candle holders that are all versatile and reversible and made in mouth-blown, hand-cut, colored cased crystal. Arlequin is an extension of the existing chandelier collection with an explosion of new colors. During Maison & Objet wine, champagne and refreshments will be served in-store in the Saint-Louis wine tasting collection, Twist 1586.
May 10 – 13
To celebrate Maison & Objet, HUBLOT Galerie continues its mission of fusing the luxury watch world with the art world by featuring a temporary exhibition of works by Venezuelan photographer Anirays Camino. Based in Miami, Camino has developed a distinctive visual narrative by combining her passion for aerial photography with handmade installations that recreate imaginary worlds. Most recently, Camino participated in a group exhibition with renowned visual artist Domingo Zapata called Art Intervention during New York’s Fashion Week 2016.
May 10 – 13
LOEWE´s ‘Marquetry in Leather’ exhibition, a special furniture project conceived and directed by Jonathan Anderson, will travel to the Miami Design District for Maison & Objet. Showcasing the creative and technical ingenuity that keeps the house at the forefront of leather innovation and modern craft since 1846, the project applies one of its areas of expertise — the elaborate art of marquetry — to a new medium, thereby updating an existing technique for today. Six pieces of British furniture featuring the technique are displayed including lamps, cigar boxes, pouches, notebooks and scarves.
abaco premium wines
A bespoke wine shop and tasting room, Abaco Wines will be offering a daily tasting of specialty wines and cheeses during which their certified Sommeliers will walk you through the different regions of the world where the wines they carry are made. Each night from May 10 to 13, a free 45-minute wine-themed class from 6 to 6:45 pm will be offered. Abaco is a small and intimate shop with limited space available so reservations are required. Please email them at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
May 10: Explore the wine-making process
May 11: A discussion of “New World versus Old World” wines
May 12: How to pair wine with food
May 13: How art has influenced wine labeling on some of the world’s most iconic wine brands
Espasso Gallery (New York-London) is opening a new space dedicated to Brazilian designers and artists. Founder, Carlos Junqueira is committed to conserving Brazil’s rich 20th century design heritage and showcasing the world of today’s leading creatives.
L”Appartment Store Meets ibride
The concept store resembles a Parisian apartment (80 percent of the products are French), and recreates the French style of living in a light and airy space that is instilled with sophistication. L’Appartement partners up with Ibride to showcase the many collections offered by this French atelier of creation.
May 10 -13
“Ceci N’est Pas
This is not a painting, is an exhibition that includes selected works from contemporary Chinese artists Zheng Jiang, Ye Hongxing and Quentin Shih, Japanese design duo YOY and fashion house Maison Margiela, all of whom collectively challenge the so-called “reality” or “authenticity” of images.
May 9- June 20
All events described above are free. Admission to M & O in the Convention Center (for the trade only) is free if registered by May 9; $45 for the four days with online registration; $60 for four days with registration at the show. For more information and a complete guide to Maison & Objet, click here.
For more information on the satellite events called the Miami Experience, click here.