Nini Andrade Silva: Design From The Pearl Of The Atlantic – Recognized as a worldwide reference in the interior design industry, Nini Andrade Silva’s work serves as the ultimate inspiration source in multiple countries which are also some of the top design capitals, such as New York, London, Paris, and Denmark. Learn more about Nini and her work in this article by The Most Expensive Homes blog.
Inspired by her home, the beautiful Madeira Island, Nini Andrade Silva’s signature style is all about the minimalistic vibe mixed with a little bit of soul to it, as you can see from one of her amazing masterpieces, such as the Garouta do Calhau collection, heavily inspired by the pebbles on that island. This amazing interior designer is one of the best international references in the interior design industry! She believes in and supports the Portuguese craftsmanship techniques as you can see through this incredible interview made by the distinguished luxury design magazine.
Originally from the beautiful Madeira Island, Nini Andrade Silva has become one of the greatest symbols of the contemporary Portuguese design culture. The renowned interior designer is known for having many inspiring interior design projects spread across the world, projecting the name and fame of Portugal’s quality design and craftsmanship.
“We took the traditional concept of the piece of traditional craftsmanship and we adapted it to present day. For example, for the nine hotels that I designed in Colombia, we did everything based on craftsmanship. From the carpets, all of them handmade, to the tapestries that we lined on the walls, the jars. It was so much craftsmanship that we used on those hotels that I remember the local people thanking me for showing Colombia how much craftsmanship was worth and it was very nice to see.”
The worldwide interior designer believes that every design or craft piece is special, whether it is being shown in its country of origin, or in a foreign country making her one of the best references for Portuguese craftsmanship. During her amazing talk with the luxury design magazine, Nini Andrade Silva recalled an episode in which she introduced some of the best examples of the arts and crafts from her country to Colombia, a whole different country from the Portuguese.
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Nini Andrade Silva defined herself as a person who “doesn’t follow any trends”, seeking “to create them” instead. In order to preserve beautiful Portugal arts and crafts and introduce them to other countries, the interior designer strongly supports these ancient techniques. She feels that more and more Portuguese involved in that industry are becoming more confident in their design work, feeling that it’s very good that they can get to defend both their history and their work.
“The difference is so big from country to country that what we definitely need to do is try to know, meet the people, the culture, respecting and then proceed with creations.”
Nini Andrade Silva explained that her unique sensibility for working with distinct cultures comes from working with different countries. The interior designer recalled a past client who had a reading room in a bedroom and a pantry within a room with windows, an interior design project that made her become more aware of some cultural differences from country to country and from culture to culture.
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