Last month IRONSIDE hosted an exciting lineup of events celebrating American and European design to coincide with the inaugural year of MAISON&OBJET Americas, the North American extension of Europe’s leading showcase for design and décor professionals. The week featured design installations by FIU CARTA and MAISON&OBJET Americas Designer of the Year Zanini De Zanine, panel talks, art exhibitions by Fred Le Chevalier at Art Lexing Gallery and St. Tropez Meets Miami by Stephan Szczesny. The highlight of the celebration was Ironside’s popular Campus Collective night, which closed out the week with a campus-wide “Fete Du Design” soiree on May 15 and featured a public interactive art performance with poetic wall artist Mel&Kio.
Miami Ironside will celebrate the next edition of MAISON&OBJET AMERICAS, May 10-13, 2016.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 13
Ironside kicked off its programming on Wednesday, May 13, with a salon talk by celebrated Catalan designer Eugeni Quitllet, moderated by Al Eiber. Quitllet discussed his most recent works and design brand collaborations for Kartell, Lexon, Alias, VONDOM, Air France, and Mobles 114.
That evening, Miami Ironside founder Ofer Mizrahi, alongside a selected group of leading Miami influencers and officials including Mayor Philip Levine, presented the MAISON&OBJET Americas Rising Talent Award to Canadian designer Lukas Peet at the Frank Gehry New World Center in Miami Beach.
THURSDAY, MAY 14
On Thursday, May 14, a crowd of design enthusiasts came out for an early morning conversation and breakfast with MAISON&OBJET Americas Designer of the Year Zanini De Zanine and Curator Beto Cocenza to discuss the Balance Project BOOMSPDESIGN swing installation - a reimagining of childhood swing sets fitted for gardens and city squares.
Following the morning talk, John Stuart, FIU CARTA professor and associate dean, moderated a lively discussion with celebrated Miami designers Kobi Karp, Terry Riley, Deborah Wecselman and Nick Gelpi, entitled "America Made Us."
FRIDAY, MAY 15
The highlight of the celebration was Ironside’s popular Campus Collective night, which closed out the week with a campus-wide “Fete Du Design” soiree on May 15 for a final night celebrating art, design and creativity. Over 1,000 guests experienced the campus all lit up, along with a lively performance by Barbra Evans Jazz trio and specialty cocktails by Brasserie Azur to christen the new Bocce Ball court and piazza. Visitors also tried their first taste of nitrogen ice cream at the soft opening of F27 Nitrogen Ice Cream, and explored the newly-opened PLAYN Eyewear store, complete with an interactive lens-tinting station, as well as FIU CARTA'S “Innovation and Integration in Digital Fabrication” exhibition. The evening also unveiled the launch of Oscar Ono Paris USA, the French bespoke wood interiors design company, and The Find, a cozy home décor boutique by Deborah Wecselman. The night ended with a featured talk and public interactive art performance by Poetic Wall Artist Mel & Kio, whose permanent installation will be a part of the new co-working space at Ironside.