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By Drew Limsky | Photo: Courtesy of Brands | January 31, 2017
When ICFF comes to Miami, wood is the word.
Interiors South Florida had the honor of sponsoring ICFF when the New York-based show revealed collections of beauty and diversity at the Miami Beach Convention Center. Wood pieces—like the silkily seductive LED Contour lamps from Pablo (from $330) and Labrica’s geometric Levita chest ($3,657.50)—proved themselves standouts, a turn of events that could not have been more relevant given South Florida’s tropical modern aesthetic. With our local architects and interior designers eschewing white plaster for millwork inside and out, we took special note of the fair’s rich display of wood craftsmanship.
Weplight so embodies where Miami’s aesthetic is headed that the editorial jury (this magazine among them) presented Principal Marcelo Dabini with the Tropical Modern Award (Dabini and Nadia Corsaro share design duties). The Buenos Aires brand’s customizable Emilia chandelier (from $787), with its bold, woven form, represents a collection of stunning sconces, chandeliers, standing lamps and pendants that improbably suggests that wood can be as pliable as paper. “We design and manufacture real wood lamps,” Dabini says. “Our new distinctive feature is having developed a flexible wood veneer, which allows us to design unique products. Every Weplight lamp is a protagonist in itself with its own independent character.”
Quality, practicality and eco-friendliness helped another Latin American brand, Mobilinea, score a coveted award for Chic Sustainability. “Our products are 100 percent created from renewable sources and tropical wood from Costa Rica, all made using traditional methods,” says Principal Carlos Araya. Mobilinea utilizes the extra wood from its solid pieces to create multihued butcher-block tables that evoke ribbons of tree bark (Jero table, $450). With an impressively high hospitality profile in Costa Rica, Araya has placed his furniture at the Aloft hotel chain, as well as at Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo and Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort. With enviable collaborations like that, it’s only a matter of time before Araya finds U.S. distributorship. Miami, with its newfound attraction to wood and its established global position as an epicenter of hospitality, seems just the right place to give his brand a boost.