Insider tips on creating a luxurious and elegant home
Akar de Nissim’s products offer a medley of many styles, including influences from Asia and Brazilian architecture. Described by co-founder Richard Le Sand to be “part contemporary, part heritage, a lot of craftsmanship and with a touch of sensuality”, these elements are masterfully unified by the husband-and wife duo. The result is a lifestyle collection that oozes understated sophistication, so it’s them whom we turn to for a chat on living luxuriously.
(Pictured: Marianne Fabre and Richard Le Sand)
What is luxury to you?
The rare, the exclusive, and the exquisite. We don’t like overdesign, so luxury is simplicity – while using the best materials and working with the best craftsmen.
How can one express this in their homes?
Have objects that are difficult to find. If you have six to seven well-made, magnetic pieces around the home, they’ll help highlight spaces and furniture. As each will tell a story, you’ll form a voyage in your home. This is why it’s important to travel and collect rare souvenirs. For example, we bought two rulers that were used to check the depth of rivers in the 1930s, 30 years ago in a New York flea market. They feature an easily-readable typeface, and represent the start of typography.
What makes up an elegant and plush ambience?
Elegance is an attitude, but it’s also about creating curiosity. We like to mix brands and styles; we match our Vitra and Knoll pieces with antiques from the Art Deco period. Details, like the little brass additions, and sensual and organic shapes in our furniture, also create a sense of luxe. We always propose a cosy atmosphere with candles and fragrances, too.
(Pictured: Cigar by Akar de Nissim)
What’s next for the design industry?
Now, the lines between hotels, resorts, and residential property are blurred. Aman, known for its hideaway resorts, has opened in Tokyo, while Four Seasons is doing a condominium in New York. It’s more about your environment and the way you live – we see that people are lounging more, hence the popularity in low furniture – rather than where you live. We try to express this lifestyle in Akar de Nissim, too.