The international languages being spoken, the sophisticated women dressed impeccably at the front door and the undertone of an excited buzz let you know you were in the right pavilion – Maison and Objet was here!
The show was wonderful! The vendors were – without exception – happy to be in Miami and the best news we heard was that they have already booked for next year and have enough requests from vendors who want to participate that it will be twice the size.
Eclectic can be an overused word but that is what I thought of with the variety of exhibitors. There was sleek, cool, ultra contemporary including in outdoor furniture. There was gilt and gold and patterned rugs. There were lights and rugs and wall art. There were porcelain hearts and bronze sculptures and metal dishes. There were a few familiar faces but mostly we met new vendors. Many of them have small family businesses and felt obliged to get to know us since they are used to that way of conducting their business partnership.
We bought some unusual accessories and pieces of art and have been promised them very quickly so the showroom will be even more fun! Doesn’t mean I want to miss Maison Paris but it sure is a treat to have this venue in our own backyard!