Maison & Objet Americas Summits and Events – Since it is the first edition in America of one of most incredible design trade shows Clairoux could not miss it.
The highly awaited event will bring together design, fashion and sunny beaches for us to get to know the hottest and newest trends in the design industry.
Maison & Objet Americas is partnering with numerous cultural institutions and galleries throughout the city to create special events. Additional activities were held in various locations in and around Miami Beach, the Design District, and Ironside.
Several galleries, luxury stores and showrooms created pop up displays and special programming with cocktails to celebrate Maison & Objet Americas. During the event there were free admissions for museums such as The Perez Art Museum, Wolfsonian / FIU, MOCA, Lowe Art Museum, and the Bass Museum.
During this four days the trade show offered around 20 conferences spanning approximately 45 minutes each, divided into different key topics: Keynote Speeches, Trends & Prospective workshops, Best Interior designer, Best of retail design. Spread over four days, these different conferences allowed for a dialogue between collaborators, colleagues and/ or competitors.
This series of speeches, discussions and workshops were one of the major interesting things of the new Miami design show.
At the first day of Maison & Objet Dror Benshetrit from Dror Studio delivered a speech titled “Dreams”, in which the Israeli-American designer conjures the power of dreams in design and how dreams can be utilized to provoke visionary ideas.
David Rockwell came to introduce his new book “What if…?” and to discuss about rethinking the collective experience and the new way to live – work – play – gather – explore – dine – entertain.
George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg discussed with Cindy Allen, editor in chief of Interior Design magazine, about global retail, creativity and the new influences.
Designers presented a number of original, innovative projects, and explained how they break boundaries with their projects. They described their philosophy and their unique way to create retail spaces.
One of the best and most impressive speeches, presented by designer Karim Rashid, was titled “From Analog to digital”. Designer challenged the audience of interior designers and architects by asking, “Are you designing in 3d or are you still stuck in the dark ages of analog technology?”
Karim talked also about the difference between designing and styling. According to him, taking styles from history is not designing but shaping the present based on historical references. Design should be about an experience not a particular style.