Neutral Nuance in Paris 

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So inspired by the colors of Paris through architecture and natural lighting. It truly is a painters paradise where organic color takes center stage.

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Paris..products and lots of “purdy stuff” at Maison Objet!

How many years can one person attend a show and still get inspired…the answer is 20! Yep I have been coming to Maison Objet for the past 20 years and I still get excited spotting fresh and fun products. Sometimes it’s just an updated color or a new texture or technique that inspires me but you guested it…key word is INSPIRED!

So many people today say that retail is flat and that products are not interesting, but I beg to differ because products today “have to be exciting in order to survive because the competition is so vast” so let’s start looking in the right place….shows like Maison that inspire us to be “our best self” in the product world of course…

It’s true that the show is large and getting larger each year…why because this is where you come to be in inspired…sorry had to throw that in…but it’s true…that is why we schlep through millions…or it seems like millions of aisles to find those inspiring products and ideas that make us smile…

Here are a few of mine…..

 Lalie Design  Trend Hall

 Flamant

  Mero Wing

 Vent de Boheme

  Twoolies

  SebraRina Menardi

 Toulemonde Bochart  Vitra

Check out my other blog colorchaosandcreativity.com tomorrow for an overview of Kind + Jugend, an International trade show for kids products in Cologne Germany.

Thanks for following….

Nancy Fire

Maison Objet Miami

I have to admit that I was a bit skeptical when I heard that Maison Objet, the French trade show for interior design that has taken place in Paris only, was having its debut in America in Miami May 2015. I decided to venture to Miami yesterday (twist my arm) and see what Maison & Objet (Americas) was all about.

Maison Objet in the Miami Beach Convention Center had just over 300 exhibitors from all over the world. The diversity ranged from high profile companies to new rising star artisans which gave the show a new twist to its more established show in Paris…think “Boutique Maison”!

The venvue was easy to navigate which left me with a few hours to explore the Miami Design District which too has grown over the years! With the success of Art Basel and the expansion of the Design District Miami does seem to be the right and natural choice for Maison in America!

Enjoy some of my highlights from my day at Maison Objet in America as well as images from the Miami Design District!


Gilles Caffier, Paris

  Alicia Kossick (Representing Artisans Worldwide)

  Tidelli, Brazil

  Vallila Interior, Finland

  Opiary, New York

 Fine Art Lamps, USA and Wep Lighting, Brazil

  Internum, Italy (The Hug Chair)

  Miami Design District

  Miami Design District

  Monica James & Co. Miami Design District

  Fermob, France

  Holly Hunt, Miami Design District

Internum, Miami Design District

 

Nancy’s Traveling Trends

We’re very excited about Nancy’s expanding relationship with HGTV. Along with being the HGTV HOME Design Director she now has a feature at HGTV.com. She is always traveling the world in search on the latest in trend and color and now she has a gallery of her images to go along with her Instagram feeds. We recommend you bookmark this page as well as follow her on Instagram.

Here is a taste of what you can see in her travels… follow the link to see much more.

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And here is a sampling from the Design Works International Instagram.

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Snow. Do. Not. Enter.

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I know the two words that we all want to say today “Happy Spring” might have to be on hold for at least tomorrow due to a pending snow storm on the east coast today!

Guess we have to remember that it’s only March 20th and we have had our fair share of snow on the east coast through April in past years.

The chaos for NYC will be the crazy commute home tonight as the storm should hit its stride by rush hour, BUT the creativity will come from yet another amazing photo op that NYC has to offer when it’s color is a blanket of fresh white snow!

Trying to stay positive….”TGIF”!

Trend Shopping in Shanghai 

Color, Chaos & Creativity

Someone has to do it….so why not me?

Often I am asked why I love what I do everyday for a living and as the old saying goes…”Find a job you love and you”ll never work a day in your life”….25 years in my design studio in NYC with some of the most talented and dedicated designers, amazing clients and friends, my husband Neil as my business and life partner and two kids that are well on their way to creating their own path in life…sounds easy right…nope lots of hard work, dedication, long days and nights in the studio, PTA meetings and more!

My point…it takes time to build ones career and good things are worth the wait. This is my mantra during the many interviews I conduct in my studio because I feel it so important today to be realistic about ones professional path. It took years of…

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Open your eyes… Design All Around Us.

Sometimes we find design in unexpected places. Often we are so distracted by the environment that we don’t see what is right in front of us.

People don’t go to Las Vegas to see beautiful design, but if you look around… it’s there… often right under our feet!

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photos by Christine Johansen