when worlds collide
good morning! it’s been a pretty busy few days around here with the maison et objet in town for the first time in miami beach. it was like having paris descend on our shores and throw a design party!
of course i was thrilled that we were hosting the world renowned home show and went as both journalist and buyer, not sure what would be so much different from the show in paris…
it was much smaller and more managable than the one in france which is about 10 times the size, but there was still a lot to process as far as the sheer amount of innovation, crossover and creativity.
there were companies from all over the world including ‘natural curisosites’ from la, and their name sort of summed up the show for me.
making my way through the aisles, booths, lectures and halls, it seemed that was the running theme.
i noticed a lot of organic and modern trends being able to mix seamlessly, giving the show a fresh modern feel while still keeping its traditional roots.
the baroque and rococo curls and swirls were co-mingling alongside natural booths, just as in the 1700s era when designers admired and brought in shells, ornament and spirals and created what’s now classic french louis xv design. it was a time when doors were thrown open and interiors and exteriors began to merge.
at the show there were green walls with fibonacci spirals
planter sacks for balconies
and the magnificent traditional importers, ‘authentic provence’, who are bringing it to us right here in west palm beach
we were invited to factories in the south of france where pots like these have been made for centuries
and discovered companies who are salvaging and restoring old french floors that are being discarded in paris and bringing them back to life right here in miami.
i loved seeing the beach and le mer come together
nature playfully mixed with convention
vibrant colors from turkey and istanbul brought up images of the south of france
cashmere, cottons, textures…
metals like these below were vibrant and organic, showing how a juxtaposition between modern and organic can happen seamlessly
when shaped into free organic fleurs
sea shapes and impressions were cast in porcelain as lights and vases
paper was manipulated as lights and objects of beauty
mixes of stone, feathers, metallics and pearls were everywhere
allowing design to flourish with nature as back splashes, additions to chandeliers, and on furniture.
i guess i’m a bit of a tech nerd at heart but the final frontier was the beautiful modern devices that truly sync our worlds…
as i was leaving i couldn’t resist shooting this twist on a classic…i think the design and ingenuity speaks for itself. hope you enjoyed le show!