MAR­I­ANNE FABRE & RICHARD LE SAND

Founders of con­tem­po­rary lux­ury brand Akar de Nis­sim.

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Akar de Nis­sim’s prod­ucts of­fer a med­ley of many styles, in­clud­ing in­flu­ences from Asia and Brazil­ian ar­chi­tec­ture. De­scribed by co-founder Richard to be “part con­tem­po­rary, part her­itage, a lot of crafts­man­ship and with a touch of sen­su­al­ity”, these el­e­ments are mas­ter­fully uni­fied by the hus­band-and­wife 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. 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. 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. MORE IN­FOR­MA­TION ON AKAR DE NIS­SIM AT WWW. AKARDENISSIM. COM.

Mar­i­anne and Richard have lived in Sin­ga­pore for a decade. Their time here has in­spired their up­com­ing col­lec­tion, ti­tled Trop­i­cal Parisian. LEFT

BOT­TOM These an­tique pieces from Shang­hai and Laos are part of the cou­ple’s per­sonal col­lec­tion dis­played in the store.

BE­LOW The Cigar lounge chair comes with brass de­tails, but you can opt for a black steel or bronze fin­ish.

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