For lovers of design, Maison & Objet is the must-attend event of the year. This prestigious international trade fair attracts the world's best creatives, design aficionados, and industry professionals all under one roof. Last year the first American edition housed 300 brands and 8600 visitors from 82 countries, but the 2016 show—held in Miami from May 10 to 13—is expected to double in size. Each year Maison & Objet recognizes the most outstanding names in design and décor, and they recently crowned New York–based architect and designer Rafael de Cárdenas as their 2016 designer of the year.
The former fashion designer turned interior architect dazzled the M&O committee with his "innovative industrial design, imaginative use of bold color and patterns in interior architecture, and ability to create environments that provoke emotion through unexpected combinations." Before de Cárdenas founded his Soho-based design firm, Architecture at Large, he was the men's collection designer at Calvin Klein and creative director for special effects production house Imaginary Forces. His artful and highly imaginative projects have been widely applauded and have seen him collaborate with notable brands including Barneys New York, Baccarat, Cartier, Nordstrom, and Nike. He also launched his own furniture collection in 2011 with Johnson Trading Gallery and was the first and only American invited to participate in AD Interiéurs Voyages in 2011. Scroll down to see more of de Cárdenas's award-winning work.
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