AKD LOVES GOING GLOBAL

As designers, we are constantly on the lookout for inspiration to generate new and interesting ideas for creating unique spaces. More often than not we don’t have to look too far as it can come from anywhere at any time! 

Even just the simple act of walking down the street and observing the world around us, scrolling through the seemingly endless collections on Pinterest, flicking through the glossy pages of magazines or reminiscing about our old projects can lead to new design ideas and angles. We are design sponges, soaking up as many visual elements and practical approaches we can. 

Many a great designer has developed and fine-tuned their individual style over the years, appropriating and evolving that particular style for each new project. At AKD, however, we work to a client’s brief to deliver tailored and customised design solutions resulting in a spectrum of styles and purpose, so we are forever reinventing the wheel! 

We are constantly learning from our peers, seeing how other designers have interpreted (or reinterpreted) particular styles, solved problems or created something completely out of the box, which in turn, may shed new light on our own projects or design dilemmas. Some of our favorites are internationally renowned designers from Europe and America, with unique styles freshly contrasting that of the local Australian market.

AKD LOVES KELLY HOPPEN (UNITED KINGDOM)

We love Kelly Hoppen for her absolutely classic, elegant and timeless style with paired back palettes, statement furniture pieces and considered details. She always works with grand scale, repetition and a ‘more is more’ mantra.

London Home  by Kelly Hoppen

London Home by Kelly Hoppen

One Shenzhen Bay  by Kelly Hoppen

One Shenzhen Bay by Kelly Hoppen

AKD LOVES KELLY WEARSTLER (USA)

Our icon for everything bold and daring! Kelly Wearstler knows no limits with colour, form and materiality. Creating unique design compositions, her interiors are always OTT and intrepid.

Austin Residence, Texas  by Kelly Wearstler

Austin Residence, Texas by Kelly Wearstler

AKD LOVES JOSEPH DIRAND (FRANCE)

The master of time. We always love Joseph Dirand’s amazing use of materials and colours to create spaces that combine old with new, composition and function. Clean lines and precision create his timeless and elegant interiors that have evolved from his minimalist principles.

Montaigne , Paris by Joseph Dirand

Montaigne, Paris by Joseph Dirand

Monsieur Bleu  by Joseph Dirand

Monsieur Bleu by Joseph Dirand

AKD LOVES JEAN-LOUIS DENIOT

Jean-Louis Deniot produces designs full of sophistication and charm, creating a new personality for a classic style. Denoit’s interiors are always full of sophistication and luxuriously layered to combine history with modern taste.

5th Avenue, New York  by Jean-Louis Deniot

5th Avenue, New York by Jean-Louis Deniot

Rue De Lillie, Paris  by Jean-Louis Deniot

Rue De Lillie, Paris by Jean-Louis Deniot

AKD LOVES PIET BOON (THE NETHERLANDS)

Piet Boon designs from the ground up, functionality, simplicity and beauty are his hallmarks. His contemporary clean lines and symmetry have continued throughout his interiors and signature furniture range.

AKD LOVES GILLES & BOISSIER (FRANCE)

This duo design with a clever balance of calm, passion, precision and improvisation! Their projects are entirely bespoke, an opportunity to design everything from the furniture to the lighting.

Apartment 52m, Paris  by Gilles & Boissier

Apartment 52m, Paris by Gilles & Boissier

Stories, Paris  by Gilles & Boissier

Stories, Paris by Gilles & Boissier

A GLIMPSE OF MAISON&OBJET PARIS 2017: JANUARY EDITION

The January edition of MAISON&OBJET is always quieter than the highly anticipated Fall edition in September, however it has always been one of my favorite trade shows. Not only because it highlights the important current trends but it defines the direction and sets the tone of the design industry for the year ahead. 

Now that I am Sydney-based, sadly I am too far from France to be able to visit the M&O easily these days, however I still have some very handy local design eyes back home to give me an intimate insight into this year’s show. 

I have hand-picked my MAISON&OBJET January edition loves just for you! 

Playful and minimalist shapes dictate that new modernism is a trend that will evolve in 2017. French brand Petite Friture is the perfect example of this geometric love. 

Playful and minimalist shapes dictate that new modernism is a trend that will evolve in 2017. French brand Petite Friture is the perfect example of this geometric love. 

Beautiful muted colours in dusky rose, deep green, intense blue and dusty neutrals. Danish homewares Ferm Living has nailed it! We are in LOVE.

Beautiful muted colours in dusky rose, deep green, intense blue and dusty neutrals. Danish homewares Ferm Living has nailed it! We are in LOVE.

Retro is sexy. Feminine and voluptuous shapes, soft velvet and gold accents, the design brand Brabbu sets a luxurious tone! 

Retro is sexy. Feminine and voluptuous shapes, soft velvet and gold accents, the design brand Brabbu sets a luxurious tone! 

‘Greenery’ is the PANTONE #ColoroftheYear2017 and Cinna France got this one right with their stunning hanging garden. 

‘Greenery’ is the PANTONE #ColoroftheYear2017 and Cinna France got this one right with their stunning hanging garden. 

Image 1 via PetiteFriture / Image 2 via Maison Objet / Image 3 via Miami Design Agenda / Image 4 via Happy Interior Blog

‘MAISON&OBJET’ 2014 PARIS

In September the weather begins to cool down in France when Autumn is just around the corner, and Paris is getting back into the swing of business after the long Summer break.

It makes perfect timing for Maison&Objet, the major bi-annual French trade fair for interior designers, as the design industry turns over a new leaf or two of it's own . . .

More than 3,000 exhibitor stands of international brands and talent span over 130,000 square meters, showcasing their newest innovative products which they hope will become the latest global trend. We noticed a strong presence of wood, copper, colourful glass vessels, minimalist design and elegant shapes . . . just a few of our favourite things at AKD.

Here is our selection of 'coups de coeur . . .'

Fresh and cocooning design by Normann Copenhagen     'Edge  ’    cushion, 'Era   ’    armchair,    ‘Cap’ table lamp and ‘Stay’ side table by Normann Copenhagen

Fresh and cocooning design by Normann Copenhagen
'Edge cushion, 'Era armchair, ‘Cap’ table lamp and ‘Stay’ side table by Normann Copenhagen

A luxurious bathroom ‘box’ born from the collaboration between Line Art & La Fonction    ‘La Cabine’ ultra compact bathroom hidden in a beautiful oak cabinet

A luxurious bathroom ‘box’ born from the collaboration between Line Art & La Fonction
‘La Cabine’ ultra compact bathroom hidden in a beautiful oak cabinet

Revisiting the classics by &tradition    Bold version of the ‘Flowerpot' suspension and table lamp designed by Verner Panton

Revisiting the classics by &tradition
Bold version of the ‘Flowerpot' suspension and table lamp designed by Verner Panton

Retro and elegant designs reedited by Yota Design    Desk designed by Janine Abraham et Dirk Jan Rol

Retro and elegant designs reedited by Yota Design
Desk designed by Janine Abraham et Dirk Jan Rol

Just because we love metallics . . .    New set of bowls ‘Form’ by Tom Dixon

Just because we love metallics . . .
New set of bowls ‘Form’ by Tom Dixon

Refreshing simplicity for the new collection of Harto Design     Love the floor lamp/coffee table 'Josette   ’    by Pauline Gilain and Pierre-F Dubois

Refreshing simplicity for the new collection of Harto Design
Love the floor lamp/coffee table 'Josette by Pauline Gilain and Pierre-F Dubois

New blown glass and colourful vessels by Pols Potten    Available in various shapes and colour combinations

New blown glass and colourful vessels by Pols Potten
Available in various shapes and colour combinations

Clever side table where practicality meets clean lines by MENU    Side table ‘Yeh Wall’       Image 1 via  Coté Maison  / Image 2   via     Coté Maison   / Image 3   via     AD Magazine   / Image 4   via     AD Magazine   / Image 5   via     AD Magazine   / Image 6   via     Coté Maison   / Image 7   via     Coté Maison   / Image 8   via     AD Magazine

Clever side table where practicality meets clean lines by MENU
Side table ‘Yeh Wall’

 

Image 1 via Coté Maison / Image 2 via Coté Maison / Image 3 via AD Magazine / Image 4 via AD Magazine / Image 5 via AD Magazine / Image 6 via Coté Maison / Image 7 via Coté Maison / Image 8 via AD Magazine