when worlds collide

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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!IMG_0343a

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…

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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.

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there were companies from all over the world including ‘natural curisosites’ from la, and their name sort of summed up the show for me.

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making my way through the aisles, booths, lectures and halls, it seemed that was the running theme.

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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.

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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.

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at the show there were green walls with fibonacci spirals

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planter sacks for balconies

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and the magnificent traditional importers, ‘authentic provence’, who are bringing it to us right here in west palm beach

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we were invited to factories in the south of france where pots like these have been made for centuries

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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.

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i loved seeing the beach and le mer come together

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nature playfully mixed with convention

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vibrant colors from turkey and istanbul brought up images of the south of france

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cashmere, cottons, textures…

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metals like these below were vibrant and organic, showing how a juxtaposition between modern and organic can happen seamlessly

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when shaped into free organic fleurs

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sea shapes and impressions were cast in porcelain as lights and vases

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paper was manipulated as lights and objects of beauty

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mixes of stone, feathers, metallics and pearls were everywhere

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allowing design to flourish with nature as back splashes, additions to chandeliers, and on furniture.

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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…

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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!

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May 15, 2015. Decorating, Design, Florida, France, Maison et Objet, Miami. 10 comments.

the women who started it all

hey guys,  how’s your day going? we’re in full swing chez nous. tomorrow we’re heading out to the maison objet for opening day. our client has arrived and will be shopping for her store so it will be fun with miles and miles of eye candy. i got a press pass so i’ll take lots of pics and hope to share them, at least a little each day. till then i’m trying to keep up with packing and before these goodies got bubbled and boxed i thought you’d enjoy a sneak peek of some of the stuff for the OKL sale coming up in november. claudia’s finds are a great addition and made me see think about the women who really started the trends we still follow today! anyway it’s back to le bubble! have a great nuit!

September 6, 2012. Fashion, France, Maison et Objet, Marie Antoinette, Paris, Paris Trip, Shopping. 5 comments.

never can say goodbye

hi guys, ca va? all’s well here, just a lot going on. whenever i get back to blogging it seems like i’m still at the tip of the iceberg of the maison objet recap but there was just so much! still, i’m determined to go thru it. so in keeping it organized, tonight’s post covers a couple favorite categories starting with porcelain.

there was a lot of white and cream, i was drawn to how much of it was handmade, with uneven glazes, really tactile and wanting to be held.

playful curves

simplicity; porcelain ceramic, white glazed pots that look like cans

lace pressed into the clay decorating edges of dishes and cups

super delicate and original.

i’m in love with french wood floors so it was great to see traditional styles able to be installed easily with big wooden floor tiles.

different finishes. some are salvaged from old floors and reclaimed wood, making each one unique.

and mixing woods

floors really set the tone.

there were lots of nods to the past in hardware and details. these too were hand forged and were really special and unique.

these little hand made birch nightstand cabinets had clustered gem handles made of coral and amethyst.

lighting was simple, also with a handmade feel

not too serious

organic

and moderne

don’t get me started on the wall art! ok well i better go, i have to be out tomorrow at the crack of dawn.

when i get back i may just wrap up the rest of this show and put er to bed! till then, sweet dreams and enjoy your night!

October 21, 2011. Maison et Objet, Paris. 10 comments.

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