How to enjoy Maison & Objet if you're not a design professional


This week, the world’s most dynamic designs will monopolize Miami as Maison & Objet arrives for the first time in America. With the number of satellite events (parties, panel discussions, site-specific installations) clamoring for calendar space, this Parisian import looks a lot like Art Basel week’s summertime muse. The show itself is only open to the public for a half-day on Friday, so we went in search of a few fabulous fêtes to attend without an official badge.


1. The Balance Project BOOMSPDESIGN presents a breakfast/talk with Maison & Objet’s Designer of The Year, Zanini de Zanine, and curator Beto Cocenza about their work reconfiguring childhood swing sets into designs that makes sense for modern-day gardens and city squares.

Thursday, May 14, 9:30 a.m. 

Miami Ironside’s Bocce Ball Court, 7610 NE 4th Ct., Miami; 305-438-9002 or RSVP required to


2. Ornare is hosting a discussion on Brazil’s impact on the design and real estate aesthetic in Miami. The event will also celebrate Brazilian-born Zanini de Zanine (Maison & Object’s Designer of The Year and Ornare’s collaborator). Panelists include local luxury developers; Brazilian products and projects designers; and brokers and real estate agents. 

Thursday, May 14, 5 p.m.

Ornare, 4040 NE 2nd Ave., Ste. 103, Miami; 305-438-0260 or


3. A cocktail reception celebrating 20 years of Maison & Objet at Palm Court will be hosted by Miami Design District, Ocean Drive magazine, and Maison & Objet Paris. Includes small bites by Ella, a pop-up by chef Michael Schwartz, and cocktails courtesy of Grey Goose.  

Thursday, May 14, 6:30 p.m.

Palm Court in the Design District, 140 NE 39th St., Miami; RSVP required


4. Miami Ironside’s tenants will open their studios, shops, and doors for the Campus Collective Party to close out the chicest week in May. Guests are invited to experience the Upper East Side/Little Haiti design campus at night, where live music will be accompanied by food and specialty cocktails by Villa Azur’s new restaurant Brasserie Azur. French design duo Mel & Kio will also give a talk about poetic wall art and share a performance in the Coveringsetc showroom at 8:30 p.m.

Friday, May 15, 7 – 10 p.m. 

Miami Ironside, 7610 NE 4th Ct., Miami; 305-438-9002 or


5. The de la Cruz Collection, in collaboration with the Miami Design District, is spotlighting Flower Block, a collection of outdoor seating designed by Miami native Emmett Moore. Each seating element utilizes local concrete construction blocks as the primary material. The seats, presented in a variety of Caribbean colors, represent the local architectural style and explore the idea of proportion and the human body. This continues an ongoing body of work that debuted at DesignMiami in 2014.

de la Cruz Collection, 23 NE 41st St., MIami; 305-576-6112 or Installation is on view Tuesday, May 12 – June 13.