The AKD team of designers kept a close eye on the latest trends and unique pieces that were showcased at Maison&Objet in Paris from 23 - 27 January 2015. Maison&Objet is France's largest interior design trade show and is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.
Here are a few key pieces that AKD loves . . .
'My Japanese obsession continues with Nendo’s chocolate lounge at Maison&Objet 2015.
Nendo is the most prolific Japanese designer of his time being awarded Maison 2015 Designer of the Year, for which he was invited to create a special installation for the fair. His creation is a lounge furnished by Nendo designed pieces for companies such as Moroso and Cappellini finished in chocolate hues. The complete zone was designed as an experience for all five senses, being immersed in aluminium rods each hand painted a chocolate gradient.
The luscious colour, texture, sensuality, shadow and decadence of this installation inspires me and makes me salivate at once. I want to be in this space . . . I want to consume it!'
'I love the look of expertly crafted inlaid timber and the ways in which they have adopted traditional woodwork techniques and translated them into a contemporary, residential setting. The use of two tone timber to create a modern graphic element, which adds texture and pattern, is beautiful in this piece by Wewood from Portugal.'
'I adore the Murano handblown lights from Maison&Objet. These beautifully crafted lights have an organic quality to them which gives the impression of floating in space. These lights would look spectacular in a bathroom, void or above a dining table.'
'The 'twin' chairs by Spanish studio Mut Design caught my eye. They are unique and have been designed in masculine and feminine versions of the same chair. I particularly like the fact that they are for outdoor use but have remained cosy and comfortable.'