AD Intérieurs is an annual curated exhibition of interior décor initiated and produced by AD (through September 20, at the Monnaie de Paris), taken place in Paris. With the aim of commissioning interiors of the highest level, showcasing the wide range of professional artisans involved in art of interior décor, presenting contemporary concepts, and with exposing the public to real spaces, the show has made its name as one of the most intriguing events in the world of interior design. Ten decorators have been invited to take part in the 2017 edition, each assigned one domestic space, which not only expresses their own signature style, but also encompasses a narrative. For ‘Material Artistry,’ the title of this year’s show which focuses on materials and their use in décor, Maurizio Galante and Tal Lancman created a breathtaking surreal bedroom in rich shades of red, where textile has played the main role, epitomizing the marriage of art and design. Covered with floor-to-ceiling carpet produced by Tai Ping in a red onyx motif, it consists of a canopy bed featuring mille-feuille curtains, and a silk textile mural sculpture entitled, crafted in their atelier by the same team that produces Maurizio Galante’s haute couture fashion pieces. I loved the furry ‘Cat in the box’ armchair and stools, which are dotted with big glass eyes, invoking a vision of cats staring up from the depths of a dark box, and introducing surreal dimension. The ‘Flower Power’ ceramic vases covered with tentacles, each of which ends with a tiny eye, while neon artists Mirko Cannizzaro and Tatiana Di Raimo created the surreal space with their interpretation of an image selected from an early 16th century Flemish tapestry. This is an interior which is so utopian, well-crafted, and fantastic, that it allows you to experience the art of the decor in the most spectacular, opulent way, almost entirely divorced from the functional aspect of interior spaces. Photo above: Claire Israel.