Name: Nina Maya Skrzynski
Company: Nina Maya Interiors
Position within company: Director of company
Tell us a little about your background in design
I started out in Fashion and ran my own fashion label for 6 years that focussed on occasion wear and dressing celebrities for the red carpet before transitioning into interiors. I studied a 4 year bachelor of design at The College of Fine Arts ( UNSW ) starting my business straight out of university
How would you describe your personal design style?
My personal design style is minimal luxe…I like to design pared back neutral backgrounds in each interior using the highest quality natural materials and then layer them with texture, beautiful art and custom lighting to create a bespoke feel and true sense of luxury.
Where does your design inspiration come from?
My design inspiration comes from Traveling, art, theatre and magazines and reading
In what direction do you feel that design is moving towards in a general sense?
With global market uncertainty and the constant changing environment clients are much more focused on sustainability, environmentally friendly building materials and investing in the best quality natural materials they can afford
Name five key themes to consider when approaching design in 2020 and beyond.
Eco Friendly. Sustainability. Purity. Quality and Innovation
If you could offer one piece of advice when it comes to design schemes, what would it be?
To start with a neutral palette in terms of key materials and then build upon it with finishes, furniture lighting and art to bring in colour and interest
How important are The International Design & Architecture Awards?
The International Design & Architecture Awards are important are in recognising, celebrating and promoting design visionaries and emerging talent in architecture and interior design. They give local design firms the chance to be seen on a global platform to further promote their work to a much wider audience and also to see what their contemporaries are doing in other regions as a great industry benchmark.
What projects are you currently working on?
A luxury home in San Francisco, A grand harbour-side residence in Sydney’s East and A country retreat in Rural Victoria
What are your aims and goals for the next twelve months? To strive to do our best work,delivering the highest quality outcomes for each of our clients and continue to grow our international portfolio.
Final thoughts; tell us a little more about yourself and your daily inspirations:
Your most treasured possession? My Van Cleef Arpels diamond bracelet my husband gave me when our son, Harley was born last year
Your favourite holiday destination? Bora Bora Island, Tahiti.
Your favourite hotel, restaurant & bar? Santa Monica Proper Hotel is my favourite hotel and Kenichi Aspen Colorado is my favourite restaurant
Your favourite book, film & song? The Grand Budapest Hotel by Wes Anderson
Your favourite food and drink? Sushi and French rose
Your favourite way to spend an afternoon? Wining and dining with close friends at a favourite restaurant.
If you weren’t a designer, what would you be? A Travel writer