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India Mahdavi – Day 5

A hectic interiors fair ends the designer’s week, but a cosy weekend is filled with feasting and a Farsi lesson in snowy Paris

India Mahdavi – Day 5

January 21 2013
India Mahdavi

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Friday is spent in Villepinte at Maison et Objet, one of the largest biannual fairs in Europe dedicated to the home, which covers interior decoration, furniture, materials and design trends.

I give an “in conversation” talk with my friend, the designer Arik Levy, and follow it with a book signing of Home. My first tome is a guide to interior style, and in it I share my design principles, helpful solutions and personal tips for creating a chic interior. It’s published in the UK in April.

The fair is also an opportunity for me to look over the trends and discover new collections – including the Ora-Ito furniture line for Christofle, and David Lynch and Jeff Koons’ special plate collection for the 150th anniversary of porcelain company Bernardaud. I also make time to see many of the French manufacturers for whom I often design special pieces, such as the Ribbon lamp for iron crafts firm Pouenat Ferronnier. The day is exhausting, as ever, because of the concentration of people and products to see.

That evening I head back to Paris, where I have been invited to a dinner hosted by my neighbour and friend Cristina Malgara, head of communication for Roger Vivier – one of my favourite shoe brands, which is designed by Bruno Frisoni.

Every Saturday morning I have a private Farsi lesson to improve my paternal tongue – which I haven’t been able to practise a great deal because I have never lived in Iran. Progress is slow, but I enjoy it thoroughly.

Because of the inclement weather, I stay at home for the rest of the day, reading and answering my emails and making a few phone calls.

On Sundays, when I am in town, I follow a familiar routine. It starts with a gym class, moves on to weekly shopping at the organic market on Boulevard Raspail, and is followed by brunch at Café de Flore, where I catch up with the Parisian crowd.

This Sunday is particularly beautiful because the city is all white with snow and there are very few people out and about. It’s like the snow has created a void – I feel a strange kind of distance from the city.

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