Design. Then Edit…

NB Design Group’s very own Nancy Burfield talks about the Washington based business as it approaches its 25th year. After being shortlisted this year for her Capitol Hill Kitchen design, Nancy hopes to continue her success in high-end property design with a focus on the environment, nature and original art….

What direction do you feel design is moving towards in general terms?

Design is becoming more aware and thoughtful in how it impacts the environment and the people and animals that share it.


What are the key influencing elements at present?

The use of natural products that are minimally altered and remain in their natural state is an important design element.


What sort of projects are you working on at the moment?

High end residential projects with a range of aesthetics based on the clients’ needs


A designer’s work is so diverse – how do you manage to hold down a career and a life?

Fully integrating life with design—one in the same.


Name 5 key essentials for 2012 and beyond.

1.Timeless design

2.Original art—regardless of the cost

3.Clean, crisp lines

4.Collaborative works

5.The perfect white


If you could offer one piece of advice when it comes to design schemes, what would it be?

Design. Then, edit.


How important do you feel Design Awards are as recognition of designers talents and achievements?

Design awards provide a platform to share great design.


What are your aims and goals for the next twelve months?

Diversify our design portfolio, keep our clients happy, and create inspired design.


Final thoughts; tell us a little more about yourself


The car you drive?

Audi All-Road

Your favourite place to travel to in the world?

Basque region of Spain and France

Your favourite hotel/ restaurant/ bar?

Distrik Hotel, New York City, NY, Gramercy Tavern, New York City, NY

The place that gives you the most energy?

Being out in nature

And the place that enables you to totally relax?

My garden

Your favourite food and drink?

Burger and fries with a Hilliard’s beer.