WE'LL ALWAYS HAVE PARIS

Paris is always a good idea . . . and I always make a stop when I am back in France visiting family and friends. I lived in Paris for seven years before moving to Sydney six years ago, and while I immediately fell in love with Sydney and decided to make it my home, the City of Light will always hold a special place in my heart.

It goes without saying that Paris is a haven for design lovers and fashionistas, but there are a few places that I absolutely adore and must visit every time I go back. Returning to Sydney after my recent trip abroad, I decided I could no longer keep these treasured places a selfish secret, because seeing is believing and sharing is caring, and I know you will love them as much as I do. So, join me on my recent journey through the streets of Paris as I visit my favourite concept stores. Be prepared to fall in love . . .

MERCI

My walk through the streets of Paris always leads me to my first stop, the most trendy concept store in France, MERCI.

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This three storey store offers an incredible variety of unique goods for all budgets, from interior design to fashion. The range includes luxury bed linens, indoor and outdoor furniture, wallpapers, light fittings, decorative objects and a gorgeous selection of ceramics. If you need a coffee fix, I highly recommend you stop by the very charming Merci Book Store Café. 

Merci  111 Boulevard Beaumarchais

Merci 111 Boulevard Beaumarchais

HOME

My second stop is HOME, Autour du Monde. Serge Bensimon’s first shop located in Le Marais opened its doors back in 1989. It’s a small concept store that offers a carefully selected range of rare and beautiful objects from all over the world with iconic and colorful Bensimon tennis shoes as well as stylish clothes.

HOME  Autour du Monde, 8 Rue des Francs Bourgeois

HOME Autour du Monde, 8 Rue des Francs Bourgeois

FLEUX

I continue my journey to FLEUX’ – a huge and must go-to destination with four different stores on the same street. The perfect place to find inspiration as well as a range of design furniture and light fittings, home decoration and original gifts. You can easily spend a couple of hours (like I always do!) in these stores as they offer a refreshingly different selection from any other shop in the world.

Fleux ’ 39 Rue Sainte Croix de la Bretonnerie

Fleux’ 39 Rue Sainte Croix de la Bretonnerie

KAOLIN

This visit, towards the end of the day, I came across a store I never heard of called KAOLIN. When I saw the gorgeous and luxurious accessories, furniture and lights showcased in the window, I couldn’t resist stepping inside. Authentic furniture and objects made with natural and carefully selected materials, the small shop boasts a unique collection of limited-edition objects and furniture that I absolutely loved! Even an old local like me can find new love and surprises in Paris!

Kaolin  17 Rue du Temple

Kaolin 17 Rue du Temple

STAURE

Last but not least, my love for timber, traditional and handmade furniture brings me to the amazing workshop STAURE run by two brothers who truly care and respect old techniques, detail and original materials. Together, they restore antique finds but also create new and unique pieces. Their collection is timeless and features meticulous details and elegant lines. Bravo!

Staure  95 Rue du Faubourg Saint Antoine

Staure 95 Rue du Faubourg Saint Antoine

All images via ©Alexandra Kidd Design

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

‘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