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Opulent decor at the Maison & Objet Americas trade show

Black chandelier is not a lighting fixture but more an art piece says creator Fabio Fornasier at the Maison & Objet Americas trade show.
Black chandelier is not a lighting fixture but more an art piece says creator Fabio Fornasier at the Maison & Objet Americas trade show. Miami Herald Staff

The Maison & Objet Americas trade show in Miami Beach unfolded as thoughtfully curated compositions of opulent goods, showcasing design, décor and lifestyles.

From Maison Valentina’s gold fiberglass bath freestand near the entrance of the show to the exquisite lighting of LU Murano’s oversized black glass chandelier, the show was expansive enough to outfit a house or a hotel.

Over four days, more than 300 exhibitors from 24 countries offered a collective peek into what is trending in the luxury worlds, with inspiration drawn globally — from Moray, an archaeological site in Peru, to the glamorous boudoirs of Paris.

Designers turned to the nuances of nature and all things organic, handcrafted and animal-inspired. Think hummingbirds and calla lily chandliers by Alessandro la Spada; Tibetan dragon wine holders and teak wood vases with sterling silver geckos by Sri von Bueren.

Designers also reinterpreted the dazzle of glam living with French-inspired chairs, stools and benches. Graphics were a hit, too. One conversation table by Marjan Denkov featured a stunning black and white marble inlay, inspired by the moon reflecting on broken glass.

A few artists even turned paint and wallpaper on their ears to make statement art of mere walls.

But what seemed to make the biggest splash: gold, gold and more gold. It sparkled in exquisite candleholders and glassware, as angular legs on chairs, in metallic sconces and wall pieces.

Britto Charette, an interior design firm with offices in Wynwood and New York, unveiled its own interpretation of the gold trend at the show, cobalt blue vases with 24-carat rims. Designer Jay Britto said the inspiration for the vases came from an exhibit of Peruvian artifacts.

“Gold is trending. For a long time, what you saw was platinum and stainless steel and nickel, but gold has returned,” said designer David Charette, also of the Britto Charette. “It is following in the footsteps of the trends in fashion.”

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