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Maison Miami gearing up

A schedule of talks, on-site events and lots of activities in and around Miami Beach will make the debut of edition of Maison & Objet Americas in Miami in May a full-on show

At the debut edition of lifestyle show Maison & Objet Americas, which is scheduled to take place May 12-15, 2015 in Miami Beach, in addition to the exhibitors showcasing their products, there will be 20 talks for the Summit and other onsite events.

Some of the talks taking place as part of the Interior Design & Lifestyle Summit are listed below:

Tuesday 05.12 — 11:00 – 11:45am - Hall
South America Best of Interior Design
With Diego Montero, Architect • Juan Montoya, Interior designer • Fernanda Marques, Architect • Moderated by Taissa Buescu, Editor-in-Chief, Casa Vogue Brasil

Tuesday 05.12 — 12:00 – 12:45pm - Hall
Lean Urbanism: Making Small Possible
With Andres Duany, Founding partner of Duany Plater-Zyberk • Moderated by Spencer Bailey, Editor-in-Chief, Surface

Tuesday 05.12 — 02:00 – 02:45pm
Best of materials - Explore the state of the art in materials now - and for the future
By Andrew Dent, Ph.D., vice president, library & materials research, Material ConneXion

Tuesday 05.12 — 03:00 – 03:45pm - Hall
Keynote Specch: Dror Benshtrit - Dreams
What does it mean to be a dreamer? What can one do with dreams, and why do they matter? When is it time to put knowledge aside, forget everything, and trust intuition?
Dror explores the importance of the pursuit in relation to life, work, wisdom, and art, and explains how dreams can be utilised to provoke visionary ideas.

In addition to these, there will also be a profusion of additional activities in various locations in and around Miami Beach, the Design District, and Ironside, all in celebration of M&O Americas. These include the following:

The combined presentation of the Designer of the Year and the Rising Talents awards will take place at an event at Frank Gehry’s breathtaking New World Center on May 13th, 2015 before an audience of design, media and real estate elite, among others.

Several of the areas museums and galleries will be creating pop up displays to celebrate MAISON&OBJET AMERICAS, and fair goers will also receive free admission to the museums. Committed to date are The Perez Art Museum, Wolfsonian /FIU, MOCA, Lowe Art Museum, and the Bass Museum.

In coordination with the Miami Design District, many of the showrooms in the area will be hosting their own special programming with cocktails. The streets of the district will be bustling as everyone enjoys the multitude of first class offerings. The evening will culminate with a cocktail party on the newly completed promenade in the Design District.

This hot new area will be hosting cocktail parties, special events and lectures from top designers during the fair. The evening of friday May 15th, there will be several events, including a performance by the forerunners of wall design creating on the spot, and a a soiree with all the showrooms opening their doors, with live jazz, french flair cuisine and specialty cocktails.

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