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MA! International Design Expo establishes Atlanta as an exciting trade destination for creative knowledge, design commerce and culture. Photography courtesy MA!

Highlights. MIDExpo 2015 Atlanta

Always progressive and dominate in the minds of traders, professionals and a savvy public preoccupied with design everyday and in business. Year over year, MA! International Design Expo (MIDExpo) continues to grow and evolve, showcasing the best trends in international design (furniture, architecture and interior systems, contract design, sustainability, lifestyle, technology and mobility), and 2015 was our best year yet. MIDExpo is also a melting pot for spotlighting emerging American and international design under the radar.

Atlanta, Georgia, 3-5 June. Over 13,000 square feet of exhibition space filled to capacity welcomed design professionals, manufacturers, specifiers, the press and public from across the United States and beyond to come witness MIDExpo 2015 firsthand, inform that next design decision and be inspired by the best in contemporary design currently on offer.

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Organized by MA! and recognised as the much-talked-about new trade fair activity bubbling with attitude, MIDExpo expects continued growth going into 2016. Early registration is already underway with confirmations from amazing brands including welcoming newcomer MIDExpo exhibitor Knoll Atlanta, and return exhibitors Teknion, Roche Bobois, n-by-Naber, Ligne Roset, Bulbul, and the Atlanta debut of Biomega's award-winning Beijing Cargo bicycle, just to name a few.

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Atlanta's premiere lighting showroom, Illuminations, exhibited designer Michael Anastassiades' String Light for Flos. Photography courtesy MA!



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One of the most innovative designs at this year's MIDExpo. Design-savvy attendees learn about Michael Anastassiades' String Light for Flos. Photography courtesy MA!

Guided by minimalist way-finding provided by Armchair Media, over 1500 design professionals, decision-makers, specifiers, media and general public were surrounded by design organized into three unique categories: Amazing Brands, established and recognized international design brands including Flos, Ligne Roset, Roche Bobois, Copenhagen's Bulbul watch company, littleBits Electronics, Barcelona-based Kettal and the North American premieres of the Germany-based n-by-Naber Concept Kitchen, Amsterdam's Epo Bicycles and more; Best of Americas, representing emerging brands from North and South America including Argentina's Tec-Art and Atlanta-based Wake Up Dear, Cord Shoes, ceramicist Charlotte Smith and fashion designer Megan Huntz just to name a few; and Design is Material, a look at the fascinating world of materiality featuring Urban Blanket, a collaborative exhibit between LG Hausys and the Department of Architecture & Design at Kennesaw State University, and Octane Coffee's House of MA! designed by industrial designer Joel Anderson.

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Award-winning innovative modular design that comes flat-packed. Kilian Schindler's Concept Kitchen for Naber caused quite a stir at the Design Expo. Photography courtesy MA!




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Left. Martin Staaks, Naber's marketing director over product development, discusses Concept Kitchen. Photography courtesy MA!

Boundaries were challenged and creative ideas flowed during the MIDExpo, creating an environment that encouraged design experimentation and sharing of creative knowledge. Participants, designers and the public alike came together to create another wildly successful 2015 MIDExpo. With that success pushing us forward, we're excited to build upon the relationships fostered and connections made this year. Stay tuned for even more from Design is Human Atlanta in 2016.

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Roche Bobois' Atlanta launch of Loop Chair at MIDExpo, in honor of the late French designer Cedric Ragot. Photography courtesy MA!



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"I love the creative process, particularly at the moment in which an idea starts to form, when a flash of inspiration sets you off…" Photography courtesy MA!



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Amazing Brands exhibitor. Bulbul's KiBiSi-designed Facette Collection makes its MIDExpo debut. Octane Coffee Co-founder, Diane Riffel and her Facette 03. Photography courtesy MA!




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Facette is a nod to iconic watch shapes while incorporating distinct design details. Photography courtesy MA!



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The refined and circular Facette watch is the second design in the Bulbul range. Photography courtesy MA!



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MIDExpo attendees admire Facette, conceived by Danish Design super-trinity KiBiSi. Photography courtesy MA!



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Ligne Roset Atlanta's Jose Rodriguez exhibited the latest editions to the Ploum family of sofas, designed by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec. Photography courtesy MA!




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Naber's Martin Staaks & Eindhoven Academy graduate and Epo Bicycle founder Bob Schiller discuss Epo's second prototype. Photography courtesy MA!




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Amazing Brands exhibitor. Teknion's Fractal seating system for commercial environments. Photography courtesy MA!



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Best of Americas exhibitor. Dencity's Bryan Russell discusses the studio's award-winning architecture with MIDExpo attendees. Photography courtesy MA!




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Dencity's work is collaborative and client-driven architecture and design. Photography courtesy MA!



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Dencity architecture up close. Photography courtesy MA!



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Best of Americas exhibitor. O&G Studio’s furniture fuses updated American Windsor–style design with a boldly modern aesthetic. Pictured, Atlanta dealer Steve McKenzie. Photography courtesy MA!




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Argentine design. Attendees take Best of Americas exhibitor TEC-ART's sketching and writing tools for a test drive. Photography courtesy MA!



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The Legos of electronics. Amazing Brands exhibitor, littleBits, democratizing hardware one kit at a time. Photography courtesy MA!



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littleBits showcasing their Korg, Premium & Base kits. Photography courtesy MA!



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Best of Americas exhibitor. Flux Architecture is a progressive architecture studio specializing in contemporary design. Photography courtesy MA!



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Amazing Brands exhibitor. Atlanta design showroom Paul Plus exhibited outdoor/Indoor furniture designed by Patricia Urquiola for Barcelona-based Kettal. Photography courtesy MA!




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Kettal edits the Basket chair, created in the 1950s by Danish designers Nanna and Jørgen Ditzel. Photography courtesy MA!



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Best of Americas exhibitor. Alan Cablik, founder at Atlanta-based builder Cablik Enterprises. Photography courtesy MA!




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Atlanta Chapter of Industrial Design Society of America. Shown is Allie Millers's Le Deuxième, a wearable health monitor; and Chris Livaudais and Christine Nables Coca-Cola Glorifier. Photography courtesy MA!




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More student and professional work from IDSA whose mission is to advocate the value of Industrial Design. Photography courtesy MA!





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Amazing Brands exhibitor. Slovenia's BelaBela exhibited lights and room divider. It is a product design brand representing textile and fashion designer Jana Mršnik. Photography courtesy MA!




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Academia. Kennesaw State Architecture department's Urban Blanket concept. The 18-member Digital Design Build Studio used LG Hausys's HI-MACS solid material. Photography courtesy MA!




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A public installation located in Midtown, Urban Blanket industry collaborators included LG Hausys, Top South fabricators and Gail K Fabrics. Photography courtesy MA!




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Best of Americas exhibitor. American fashion designer Megan Huntz allowed MIDExpo attendees a first look into her exciting 2015 Fall/Winter collection. Photography courtesy MA!




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Megan Huntz, pictured, is based in Atlanta, Georgia. All of Huntz's designs are manufactured responsibly in Atlanta. Photography courtesy MA!




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Megan Huntz signature T-shirt with pockets modeled by Maryse; and ceramicist Charlotte Smith's cup & holder, exclusively for MA! Limited Edition Collection. Photography courtesy MA!




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Best of Americas exhibitor. Cord Shoes and Boots, a young Atlanta company, makes comfortable and long-lasting shoes, boots and leather goods using traditional methods. Photography courtesy MA!




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Cord sandal exclusively for MA! Limited Edition Collection. All of Cord products are 100% designed and made in Atlanta, GA. Photography courtesy MA!




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Best of Americas exhibitor. American ceramicist Charlotte Smith made her MIDExpo debut by launching a line of reduced design ceramic cups and saucers. Photography courtesy MA!




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