Generation Next – Metropolitan Home Nov 2007

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Generation Next - MArk Nichols Interiors

METROPOLITAN HOME NOVEMBER 07

Who’s Next!

“Who are the new designers?” It’s a question we hear frequently. In fact, Met Home showcases the work of newcomers all the time, just not in a cohesive group. For this special issue, however, we searched the in¬dustry for the best of a new generation. Most of these interior and product designers and/or architects are in their thirties. Some have recently graduated from school or started their own firms after working for an established professional. Most have never been published and are making their print debut on the following pages, although one was the winner of a certain design-centered reality-TV competition. All have reached the moment of critical artistic mass when what they have to say comes together with the means of saying it in a fresh and stylish manner. Of course, the measure of inclusion here is not only youth or novelty but ex¬cellence. Looking deep into our Swarovski crystal ball, we predict that you will see their work and hear their names many times in the future. Enjoy getting acquainted and being among the first to know! —The Elle Decor Editors

The new interior designers on the block not only have style to spare, they have an abiding commitment to the environment.

Face it: All global warming altruism aside, the thought of eco-friendly design still conjures the bamboo-and-river-stone pastiche of countless spa-treatment rooms the world over. But Nichols, who studied interior design at UCLA, is the practitioner of a different kind of earth-friendly style: glamorous, modern, sophisticated. “There is a crunchy, Birkenstock-y sort of image that comes with the idea of a green interior,” explains the Palm Springs–based designer, who trumps that notion in the dining room shown here.

Created in a model for Contempo Homes, a developer in the desert city, it sleekly blends a work by artist Gabriel Rivera and dining table and chairs from the Ambiente Collection with recycled-glass-flecked terrazzo floors and a chandelier from Artemide fitted with a dimmable fluorescent bulb. “If you do your homework you can find finishes and fixtures with a high level of refinement,” says Nichols—like the dining chairs’ fabric, which looks like a rich suede but is recycled polyester. Nichols designs with a rigorous thoughtfulness. “Everything must have a purpose,” he says, typifying the sensible approach of his two-year-old firm, which places environmentally aware practicality at the forefront and promises to help pave the path for a new kind of eco-decorating—with nary a Birkenstock in sight.

—Mario López-Cordero
Source: Elle Decor

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