Sandra Nunnerley is acutely aware of the enduring nature of interior design. “Fashion may influence design,” the New York-based designer is fond of saying, “but you can’t change rooms every season.” W Magazine has called her “one of the most fashionable designers” in New York, after all.
Nunnerley has cemented her place among the world’s top designers. House & Garden UK selected her as one of 10 leading American designers. In 2017, she will appear on the Architectural Digest France International List, which honors 100 design talents worldwide — a distinction she has enjoyed multiple times. She remains keenly focused on her signature style, one that is both modern and timeless, anchored in a sophisticated understanding of architecture, historical periods and art. Her work, which ranges from a glamorous NYC duplex that once belonged to Hollywood producer Jack Warner in the Sherry-Netherland Hotel to a project in Hong Kong to beachfront retreats in her native New Zealand, continues to garner praise for her characteristic style, often described as “contemporary with a classic twist,” bringing together period pieces with modern design.
We recently caught up with the ever-stylish, New Zealand-born designer to ask her about her inspirations, what drives her design choices and how…
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