Interior designer Sandra Nunnerley is known for her careful attention to architecture and the integration of art into high-end residences. Her graceful vision presides over even subtle details. In New York City, she created a glamorous duplex in an apartment once owned by Hollywood producer Jack Warner. Projects range from Manhattan apartments to beach homes in the Hamptons, Bahamas and her native New Zealand.
Approach to Residential Design
Nunnerley’s work is grounded in a sophisticated understanding of architecture and periods, and special attention to the role of art. She begins with the architecture of spaces, often reconfiguring layouts and dimensions, and adding or subtracting details to make the interior more functional and responsive to clients' lifestyles. Rejecting the notion of "period" rooms, she juxtaposes contemporary with traditional and prefers an edited mix of furnishings and materials. She often showcases or augments her clients' fine art collections. In recent years, she has embraced a trend toward site-specific furniture commissioned from artists and architects.
Every project is infused with her passion, understanding and appreciation of fine art. Nunnerley loves to introduce clients to collecting, whether painting, photography or sculpture, and starting them on a journey of exploration. Her creative vision is chronicled thematically in her 2013 tabletop book Interiors (powerHouse Books).
Nunnerley draws inspiration from her international travels and experiences. She works closely with dealers, auction houses and curators to find the right pieces for her clients, often discovering new artisans or modes of expression along the way. “I'm tremendously inspired by going to fairs, shows, galleries and museums as you never know what you may influence and inspire you," she explains.
Year founded: 1986
Number of employees: 10
Services: Interior architecture, design and decoration