Think of the upcoming Maison & Objet Americas show as a preview of coming attractions. Though the Miami Beach trade event — a spinoff of the Paris show —is oriented toward retailers, designers and architects, the items showcased find their way to high-end boutiques and designer selections about six months after this week’s event, which closes Friday.
The show made its debut in Miami last year. In 2016, more than half the 11,000 buyers at the show will be from the U.S. — many of those from Florida, says Frederic Bougeard, commercial and business development director. Despite the slowdown in Latin America, the 300 exhibitors will include a handful from that region, along with those from Australia, Hong Kong and Haiti.
While about 80 percent of the items are available to vendors only via Maison & Object, as anyone familiar with shopping knows, the designer and luxury goods for the well-walleted quickly make their way into designs available at more affordable price points. Which means the styles showing this week in the Miami Beach Convention Center may soon be coming to a shop near you.
Here are the trends making news this year:
Design outdoors: The biggest shift in recent years is toward furniture that supports year-round outdoor living no matter where you live, says Bougeard. “Materials really make the product,” he says. (Even moonlight can cause colors to shift in fabrics that aren’t made for outdoors.) For South Floridians, that means a wide new selection of lounges, daybeds and lights for the patio and pool deck.
New Modern: For urban dwellers, the sleek lines of new modernism are the way to go. “As more and more people are living in cities, they’re looking for items that fit better in apartments,” says Bougeard. Think clean lines with a hint of futurism.
Classic chic: For those with a preference for styling that recalls life before the 1900s, traditional shapes have been updated with new patterns, organic shapes and materials including polyurethane in a wide range of hues.
Objects of desire: Truly exclusive objects tell a distinctive story. Pillows, throws, gilt teapots, opaque blown glass vases and even a motorbike with leather trim are designed to catch the eye.
Focus on lighting: It’s more elaborate than ever, from cascades of glass to Jetsonesque floor lamps.
Carpet your world: No longer is this just a monochrome backdrop. Carpets can now take center stage with bold designs or create a sense of mystery with unexpected organic shapes.
Open To All
Though the Maison & Objet Americas show is aimed at the trade, other exhibits and events in town are accessible to all. Entry to the events and exhibits below is free. Open regular store hours unless otherwise noted.
Neon Jungle: Rafael de Cardenas, M&O Americas 2016 designer of the year, is partnering with the Miami Design District and PopLab, a local popsicle company, to host the Neon Jungle tropical lounge at 160 NE 40th St. Open noon to 6 p.m. May 10-15; happy hour 6-8 p.m. May 10-13.
Bulthaup: Architect Chad Oppenheim hosts discussion on residential architecture. 3805 NE Miami Court, 6-8 p.m. May 11.
Hermès: New Saint-Louis collection on display, including Les Endiables by Jose Levy and Arlequin lighting. 63 NE 39th St., May 10-13.
Loewe: Marquetry in Leather exhibition featuring furniture conceived by Jonathan Anderson. 110 NE 39th St., May 9-15.
Luminaire Lab: Lighting installation by Ingo Maurer. 3901 NE Second Ave., May 10-13.
Miami Center for Architecture & Design: Panel discussion about Lina Lo Bardi featuring Madelon Vriesendorp, Noemi Blager and Tapio Snellman. Panel May 12, 6-8 p.m. at 3930 NE Second Ave., Suite 200. Lina Lo Bardi exhibition at MCAD, May 12-July 29, 100 NE First Ave.
NIBA Home: Heroes Tour 2016 by Doug Meyer showcases 50 portraits of creative icons who were early AIDS victims. 39 NE 39th St., 6-9 p.m. May 12.
Ornare: Brazilian luxury brand hosts a design panel moderated by Samantha Brooks, editor in chief of Luxury magazine. Panelists include Dora Puig, owner of Luxe Living Realty; Carlos Rosso, president of Related Group’s condo division; and David Martin, president of Terra development. 4040 NE Second Ave., Suite 103. 1-2 p.m. May 11. RSVP required to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Espasso: New showroom for contemporary Brazilian design debuts pieces by Oscar Niemeyer, Nanini de Zanine and others. At Miami Ironside, 7500 NE Fourth Court, #102. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. May 9-13, espasso.com.
Wynwood Lab: Acrylic ping-pong dining table designed by B. Pila featuring Bvlgari peacock images by Javier Gomez. noon-5 p.m. May 10-12, 120 NW 25th St. Wynwoodlab.com.