rafael de cárdenas’ prismatic neon jungle pops-up in the miami design district
all images by kris tamburello

 

 

 

maison&objet americas 2016 kicks off in the vibrant city of miami for the second consecutive year, taking over two halls at the convention center and engaging in exhibitions and activities across the city. for the occasion, rafael de cárdenas — the 2016 maison&objet americas designer of the year — celebrates the city’s culture of luxury, pleasure and indulgence by adding an immersive tropical lounge to the stylish miami design district. located just one block away from the historic moore building, the ‘neon jungle’ pop-up embodies the m&o americas 2016 theme of ‘wild’ with a prismatic oasis of vibrant lights and jungle foliage.

rafael de cárdenas maison objet americas miami
the immersive setting celebrates miami’s culture of luxury, pleasure and indulgence 

 

 

 

visitors are invited to lounge on a pixelated landscape of custom-created modular furniture by de cárdenas and his multi-disciplinary practice architecture at large, or dance in a labyrinth of mirrors and palms. purple luminaries trace the perimeter of reflective surfaces, emitting a cool glow throughout the space. two hot green, three-dimensional neon signs with the acronym RDC/AAL (rafael de cárdenas/architecture at large) greet visitors at the main entrance. as part of the event, a different flavored popsicle from local company poplab is released every weekday evening, wrapped in bespoke de cárdenas-designed packaging. additionally, a musical soundtrack is spun nightly, emanating from a mirrored plinth set deep within the neon jungle, realized by the team at deft union.

 

the temporary ‘neon jungle’ venue — created in collaboration with creative director alexandra cunningham — is open from tuesday may 10th through sunday may 15th.

rafael de cárdenas maison objet americas miami
the ‘neon jungle’ pop-up embodies the m&o americas 2016 theme of ‘wild’

rafael de cárdenas maison objet americas miami
a prismatic oasis of neon lights and jungle foliage infills the space 

rafael de cárdenas maison objet americas miami
visitors are invited to lounge on a pixelated landscape of custom-created modular furniture

rafael de cárdenas maison objet americas miami
guests can dance in a labyrinth of mirrors and palms

rafael de cárdenas maison objet americas miami
a musical soundtrack emanates from a mirrored plinth set deep within the neon jungle

rafael de cárdenas maison objet americas miami
two hot green, three-dimensional neon signs greet visitors at the main entrance

 

 

 

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maison et objet americas 2016 runs from may 10 to may 13, 2016. the event brings the interior design and home decoration communities from north and south america to the vibrant city of miami. this second edition takes over two halls at the miami beach convention center, with an outreach of events, exhibitions and activities planned for across the city throughout the week.