Wherever you are in the world, the end of the year, particularly the month of December, is a time for reflection, celebration and indulgence.

Everywhere you look, stores and streets will be lit up in colourful lights and decked out in decorations befitting the festive season – scenes that will put you in the mood for celebrating and coming together with friends and family.

During this time of indulgence and opulence, no city brings this to life better than Paris.

In partnership with renowned interior designer, India Mahdavi, Nespresso will celebrate this festive season with the launch of its Parisian Gourmandise inspired Limited Edition festive collection, namely the delicious Variations coffees.

The Variations coffees focus on the traditional flavours of Parisian patisseries, which include macarons, and praline. It’ll be hard to find anyone who better embodies this iconic artistry than India Mahdavi, who has designed the packaging of the Variations range along with the selected boutique display windows and the communication campaign overall.

The Paris-based Mahdavi has created some of the world’s most iconic modern spaces including The Gallery at Sketch in London, Jean François Piège in Paris and APT in New York – her work is now synonymous with elegant design imbued with rich colour palettes.

Treating each creation as though it is a couture piece, Mahdavi’s influence on the Nespresso Variations is evident in the range’s pastel hues and playful designs.

With three unique flavoured coffees, and one non-flavoured coffee, Mahdavi has created a collection fit for the most discerning of coffee and design aficionados.

“I sought to bring an oneiric dimension to the world of Nespresso in which these new capsules appear as imaginary delights, floating like sweet clouds in the sky” says the architect who is infusing a touch of emotion and tenderness to the functional and urban universe of coffee.”

“These voluptuous forms, reminiscent of childhood, suggest a fantasised ‘gourmandise’. In distancing itself from various graphic codes, Nespresso speaks to the senses – celebrating taste under all its aspects, ranging from sight to touch via smell, with subtly sweet aromas. I wanted to add a hint of reverie. Offering delightful capsules for the eyes to relish and to then fly away in each and everyone’s imagination.”

Featuring flavours such as Macaron, and Praline, this year’s Limited Edition Variations bring the quintessentially French flavours to coffee lovers around the world, transporting them to a Parisian Patisserie through unique flavour creations.

Each year festive variations centre on flavours of the season and for the first time, remaining true to French tradition, there is a Paris Black espresso coffee that caters to those who prefer coffee in its pure taste. There are two flavoured coffee Variations and one iconic black to try, each with an India Mahdavi designed aluminium capsule.

All of the Variations have been based on the Nespresso Livanto coffee blend which consists of Pure Arabica from Southern and Central America. Well balanced with a roasted caramelised note providing roundness and balance in the finished coffees, one couldn’t ask for more.

Nespresso Variations Macaron
A harmonious combination of Livanto’s cereal notes and a subtle and sweet almond flavour, emblematic of the macaron pastry.
Intensity: 6
Serving size: Espresso (40ml)

Nespresso Variations Praline
This flavoured espresso pairs the roundness of Livanto’s base with a delicate roasted hazelnut flavour, enhanced by a touch of caramel sweetness. A harmonious blend reminiscent of a praliné dessert.
Intensity: 6
Serving size: Espresso (40ml)

Nespresso Paris Black
A very aromatic blend of Arabicas, emboldened by Robusta. It displays notes of cereal and nuts in a syrupy texture, combined with spicy and woody tones.
Intensity: 9
Serving size: Espresso (40ml)

The Parisian Gourmandise inspired Limited Edition festive collection is available until Dec 31, 2018 from Nespresso boutiques worldwide, as well as through orders from the Nespresso Customer Care Centres and online at www.nespresso.com