NBB Design have been shortlisted for Living Space – Europe Award in The International Design and Architecture Awards 2020. Read more about Director, Niloufar Bakhtiar Bakhtiari, below:
Name: Niloufar Bakhtiar Bakhtiari
Company: NBB Design
Position within company: Director
Tell us a little about your background in design:
After studying law and languages, Niloufar Bakhtiar-Bakhtiari made a career u-turn into the design industry. From a very early age she was submersed in the architecture and design world and always knew that this would be the sector in which she needed to work in to fulfil her ambitions.
She went on to design furnishings and fabrics. Niloufar established her interior design studio, NBB Design in 1999, specialising in the complete design, specification and implementation of exclusive interior and exterior spaces. A bespoke furniture design service is also available for larger items such as beds, chairs, tables and cabinetry is also available.
How would you describe your personal design style?
Our personal style is very eclectic yet always has spirituality and intellect as a starting point. A home is one of the highest forces of integration for thoughts, souvenirs and dreams of Man. At NBB Design, we like mixing classic references with some quirkiness. My leitmotiv is “multum in parvo” (much in little).
Where does your design inspiration come from?
Literature, Art, Travelling, Colours and Textures.
In what direction do you feel that design is moving towards in a general sense?
Design is like Fashion or History it usually negates the last trend but revers the ones before.
Name five key themes to consider when approaching design in 2020 and beyond.
Exclusivity, Sustainability, Craftsmanship, Technology, Differentiation.
If you could offer one piece of advice when it comes to design schemes, what would it be?
I always advise to have 2 starting points which hopefully will meet!
1. Dream interior
2. The design has to work for you and your lifestyle
How important are The International Design & Architecture Awards?
They have earned respect being at the forefront of design awards for 11 years. They represent all sectors of the Design Industry and promote and stimulate our profession.
What projects are you currently working on?
NBB Design are working on an architecture and interior design project in Lausanne Switzerland which should complete by Christmas 2020, and on an interior design project in central London. NBB Design are celebrating our 20 year anniversary so we are undergoing a full rebranding and a new website will be launch in the next few weeks. We are also very excited to be doing the Artistic Direction for a Private Swiss Bank.
What are your aims and goals for the next twelve months?
To develop our Artistic Direction and Curating branch
Final thoughts; tell us a little more about yourself and your daily inspirations:
Your most treasured possession?
Health, my sense of humour and a family heirloom antique Faberge music box
Your favourite holiday destination?
A small Island in Greece
Your favourite hotel, restaurant & bar?
Hotel: Amansara siem reap Cambodia
Restaurant: Dimitri’s little taverna on the beach in the said Greek Island
A blue bar: which we designed for a private client in London last year
Your favourite book, film & song?
Everyday my answers are usually different, but for today:
Book : Charles Baudelaire ‘Le Spleen de Paris’
Film : Arsenic and Old Lace by Frank Capra
Song : ‘l’Amour c’est comme une cigarette’ by Sylvie Vartan, it’s a pick me up these days!
Your favourite food and drink?
Food: Persian Dishes
Drink: I am faithful to a good old Gin and tonic
Your favourite way to spend an afternoon?
I have many:
– Playing cards with friends
– Being alone in my library
– Even working is a well enjoyed afternoon
If you weren’t a designer, what would you be?
A writer or journalist
Anything else interesting?
I descend from a nomadic Persian Tribe which I started researching and it explains a lot about about my need to create Homes as oppose to dwellings .
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