Crucial events at Maison et Objet Americas – Miami Design District

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Crucial events at Maison et Objet Americas

Interior Design & Lifestyle SUMMIT

MAISON&OBJET makes its long awaited debut in the Americas with an all-star lineup of speakers.


Paris (March 26, 2014) – MAISON&OBJET’s mission to showcase a curated selection of talents and brands from the world’s most dynamic regions fi nally brings MAISON&OBJET to America. From May 12-15, 2015, M&O will present a tightly curated selection of 300 global brands at the Convention Center in Miami Beach, the crossroads of design excellence and innovation. During the four days of the fair, MAISON&OBJET AMERICAS will present The Interior Design and Lifestyle Summit, which will offer 20 conferences spanning approximately 45 minutes each, divided into the fi ve key topics below. The complete schedule can be found here:


The lineup will include luminaries like David Rockwell, who will discuss rethinking the collective experience and the new way to live-work -play -gather-explore-dine-entertain, Zanini de Zanine, the inaugural Designer of the Year for MAISON ET OBJET AMERICAS, and Dror Benshetrit, who will be giving a thoughtful talk on what it means to be a dreamer and how dreams can be utilized to provoke visionary ideas.

Top speeches that you cannot lose at Maison et Objet Americas:


Thursday 05.14 — 10:00 – 10:45am
Interior Design & Lifestyle SUMMIT


Thursday 05.14 — 11:00 – 11:45am
Interior Design & Lifestyle SUMMIT



Friday 05.15 — 12:00 – 12:45pm
Interior Design & Lifestyle SUMMIT — Hall


Material Connexion will explore ‘state of the art’ materials now and for the future in an insightful presentation by Andrew Dent Ph.D. In addition, Paris Trend Agency ‘Soon Soon Soon’ will look at the industry’s newest developments and trends.


Get inspired by exemplary achievements of interior design. Moderated by Cindy Allen, the editor in chief of Interior Design Magazine, Paola Navone will talk about the story of the Metropolitan Como hotel and Dering Hall will be leading a conference over the secret of the Four Seasons Jumeirah Beach Dubai.


Designers will present a number of innovative, original projects and will take the opportunity to explain both their philosophy and inspiration, as well as debate the future of physical retail spaces. Moderated by Cindy Allen, George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg will discuss global retail, beauty, creativity and the new infl uences, and how they will break boundaries with their latest project.



Spread over four days, these conferences will allow for a dialogue between collaborators, colleagues and/ or competitors as they discuss an array of topics. Peter Sallick (Waterworks) and Lee Mindel will discuss translating design and architecture into product design, moderated by Richard Cook, Editorial Director of Wallpaper Magazine. Frank Ballabio, VP of Dering Hall will lead a panel discussion on ‘how to work with art in interiors and landscape design’. Spencer Bailey, the Editor in Chief of Surface Magazine will be creating a panel, as will Kendell Cronstrom, the Editor in Chief of NYC&G and Hamptons C&G. In addition, Craig Robins, the force behind the Design District and President and CEO of Dacra will also address the gathering. In addition to both the fair and the summit, there will also be a plethora of events celebrating MAISON&OBJET AMERICAS in multiple locations in and around Miami Beach, the Design District, Dcota and Miami Ironside.

Designer of the Year


Nendo – designer of the year Maison et Objet Paris 2015

MAISON ET OBJET, the world’s premier luxury home trade show, has selected Zanini de Zanine from Brazil as the first Designer of the Year for the launch of MAISON ET OBJET AMERICAS in Miami Beach May 12-15, 2015. Announced at an event held during Art Basel at the New World Center in Miami Beach, Philippe Brocart, the Managing Director of Safi – which owns and operates MAISON ET OBJET- explained the selection. “For this inaugural session of MAISON ET OBJET AMERICAS, our hope was to name a Designer of the Year from South America in order to position our event as a true market platform for all of the Americas. As an international fair, we also sought someone with global recognition and with a multinational body of work, which is clearly the case for Zanini de Zanine who has collaborated with several iconic European brands. His diversity of product, from big brands to his studio dedicated to creating gallery and auction house pieces, was also a factor. As the next generation of designers become increasingly more versatile and multidisciplinary, Zanini represents the exemplary balance between mass production and limited edition craftsmanship.” Joining the ranks of such vaulted previous winners such as Zaha Hadid, Patricia Urquiola, Philippe Starck, Paola Navone, and so many others, Zanini de Zanine embodies the balance of artistry and commercial design, local and international appeal, and the devotion to excellence that MAISON&OBJET has come to represent. As the first ambassador for MAISON&OBJET AMERICAS. Zanini de Zanine will be giving a keynote address at the fair, to be held at the Miami Beach Convention Center May 12-15, 2015.


Interior Designer Philipe Starck

ZANINI de ZANINE Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1978, Zanini de Zanine began working with wood even before he learned to walk, under the tutelage of his father, the celebrated Brazilian architect and designer, José Zanine Caldas. Zanini, whose full name translates as “Zanini, son of Zanine, was raised from birth to be a furniture designer, a pursuit to which he has dedicated his life. Using the same hand tools that have been used for generations, with the age-old techniques of traditional Brazilian carpentry and craftsmanship, Zanini’s artisanship belies his age. Grown out of a childhood spent with his father in Bahia in ateliers with native Brazilians trained in carving canoes, this vision enables him to liberate a chair or a table from a massive block of wood, to pare it down to it’s very essence creating a functional piece of furniture while preserving the grace and beauty of the original material. His maturity of vision and obvious talent led him to early success, affording him the opportunity to work with some of the most respected names in Brazilian architecture and design, including Lúcio Costa, Sergio Bernardes, and Sergio Rodrigues, who remembers: “Zanininho, as I call him, served as an apprentice but collaborated with me like a veteran designer in my studio.” Armed with a degree in Industrial Design from Pontifíca Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC-RIO) in 2002, Zanini added considerable technical ability to his already impressive arsenal. With an enduring passion for both his native land, and a devotion to preserve it, Zanini’s meticulous work is always created with a strong ecological tenet. To that end, in 2003, he opened his own atelier producing furniture and sculptures using reclaimed materials like the finest exotic hardwoods, which are painstakingly, salvaged, some from his father’s architectural projects. This use of columns, beams and posts of old houses was baptized as “Contemporary Carpentry.” “One aspect of my work is the subversive reuse of objects and materials” says Zanine. “Brazil’s large indigent population has learned to improvise and recycle in fantastic ways, and I try to portray their efforts with integrity.”

In 2005, he began to create a new line of furniture produced industrially, using controlled origin wood and different materials such as plastic, acrylic, metals and other parts of manufactured products. “I experiment with new technologies, such as injection materials, all the while looking for rich textures and colors that excite me. I’m drawn to the counterpoint of craft and industrial, which balance and complement each other” To represent this new furniture line, he opened Studio Zanini in 2011. Quickly garnering some of the most prestigious design awards in Brazil and abroad, along with major exhibitions of his work, Zanini has already designed pieces for such international powerhouse brands such as Tolix (France), Cappellini, Poltrona Frau and Slamp (Italy), and Espasso (USA), among others. His pieces have been auctioned by Christies (London), Phillips de Pury (New York), Phillips de Pury (London) and Wright (Chicago), and can be found in the permanent collections at Museau da Moda e Design de Lisboa (Museum of Fashion and Design) and Museo Historico do Rio de Janeiro (National History Museum of Rio de Janeiro). Hailed as a breath of fresh air in the new world of art design, Zanini de Zanine with his the rich design history, ecological responsibility, and masterful artistry embodies the very best essence of Brazil. For more information please visit: and

So the choices are endless for events this week in Miami! Enjoy! Miami Design District doesn’t let you get lost with this amazing Miami guide and also a New York guide for the fair ICFF. Download here:


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