L.O.V.WE LOVE

With our studio located just a stone’s throw from the visually evocative Sydney florist Grandiflora, every day I’m lucky to pass their beautiful blooms as they make their way from the back of the white market van and into the enchanting studio where Saskia and her team work their magic. Needless to say, with only one sleep until Valentine’s Day, this morning the footpath outside Grandiflora was positively bursting with blooms destined to deliver smiles all over Sydney today and tomorrow.

AKD LOVES fresh flowers, but we wouldn’t complain if Cupid treated us to any of the following tomorrow. 

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   The L'Objet Han canister handcrafted from Limoges porcelain and accented with 24K gold.

The L'Objet Han canister handcrafted from Limoges porcelain and accented with 24K gold.

Start the day with a cup of tea in bed . . .

'My perfect Valentine's Day starts with tea in bed. I love the ceremony and ritual of tea. This tea tin is sexy and beautiful – the perfect combination of contemporary and traditional style and purpose. Every day would be Valentine's Day with this morning cup of tea!' Alex 


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   ‘The trays are called Karui, which in Japanese means soft, in relation to the leather part, but also light – the trays have a light aesthetic’.

‘The trays are called Karui, which in Japanese means soft, in relation to the leather part, but also light – the trays have a light aesthetic’.

But wait, don’t get up just yet. Stay right
where you are and enjoy breakfast while
you’re
there . . .

‘I’m dreaming up big things this Valentine's Day. It all starts with breakfast in bed served on this beautiful GamFratesi tray that I’ve been crushing on ever since I saw it at Maison&Objet 2015. I love the combination of the leather with the brass trim . . . it would look so luxe on my Frette bedspread. A girl can dream can't she?' Amandine


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   The embossed detail was inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright's ornamental graphic designs, which he incorporated into his work throughout his long career.

The embossed detail was inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright's ornamental graphic designs, which he incorporated into his work throughout his long career.

Only when you’re well rested, satiated and ready to start your day, do you find a little love note from you-know-who . . .


‘Handwritten cards and letters are one of my favourite treasures, often valued more than the gift they come with, or enjoyed as a gift on their own. These beautiful white Frank Lloyd Wright embossed notecards provide the perfect blank canvas to tell our loved ones just how much they really mean to us.’ Julia 


Quartz is the ultimate home healer with incredible  mineral properties . . . Perfect for the one you love on Valentine’s Day or indeed any day.

Quartz is the ultimate home healer with incredible 
mineral properties . . . Perfect for the one you love on Valentine’s Day or indeed any day.

But we know there never really needs to be a reason . . .


‘I like the idea that a Valentine’s Day gift can be ‘just because’ . . . sure it’s an occasion to mark and some people believe it to be more special than others, but the idea of a gift ‘just because’ you were thinking of someone at the time you saw it, or ‘just because’ you want to remind someone you love them is my perfect kind of gift. And I love these beautiful ‘Mineral Blossom’ quartz pieces by Phillipa Carnemolla ‘just because’.’ Finola 


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   The contemporary menu at Sepia is unique utilising the best of seasonal produce and drawing inspiration from Japan.

The contemporary menu at Sepia is unique utilising the best of seasonal produce and drawing inspiration from Japan.

As the sun sets on another Valentine’s Day, it is a nice excuse to enjoy a romantic dinner for two . . .


'I love food! Food is for me one of the most exciting areas of design exploration – it's an experience for all your senses – and Valentine’s Day has always been the perfect excuse to try a new exquisite restaurant! Two restaurants remain on my Sydney 'must do' list – The Bridge Room in the CBD and Sepia Restaurant in the prestigious Darling Park precinct. Both restaurants propose a Modern cuisine with an Asian twist served in an elegant décor . . . Bon Appetit!' Jessica


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   Limited edition prints designed by Blacklist. 100% made in Australia.

Limited edition prints designed by Blacklist. 100% made in Australia.

What a perfect day! But don’t forget to keep spreading the love all year round . . .


'Chocolates and flowers won't last but these amazing foil prints from the blacklist store will. There is still so much to love about metallics. Whether silver, gold or copper, metallics are a trend here to stay, and the best part is they perfectly compliment any colour scheme 365 days a year.' Demi


Image 1 via L'Objet / Image 2 via Dezeen / Image 3 via Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation / Image 4 via Vogue / Image 5 via Sepia Restaurant / Image 6 via Blacklist Store

MAISON & OBJET, OBJECTS OF DESIRE

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 . . . 

ALEX 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!'

Nendo's Chocolate Lounge

Nendo's Chocolate Lounge

DEMI LOVES

'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.'

Casanova Sideboard by Wewood

Casanova Sideboard by Wewood

AMANDINE LOVES

'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.'

Roccia Light by Neweba

Roccia Light by Neweba

JESSICA LOVES

'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.'

Twin Chairs by Mut Design

Twin Chairs by Mut Design

Image 1 via DesignBoom / Image 2 via Maison&Objet / Image 3 via Maison&Objet / Image 4 via Maison&Objet