#WCW- Meet Interior Designer, Nicole Naiker – Lindo Buthelezi

#WCW- Meet Interior Designer, Nicole Naiker

Feature image: @allthingsnicolen on Instagram

This week, my #WCW shoutout is dedicated to an insanely talented, 24 year old Jo’burg based interior designer and founder of the blog, All Things Nicole N.

During a catch up session, I asked her to share 14 things about her life, career, fashion and some of her favourite things.

Source: @allthingsnicolen on Instagram

Where did you go to school (high school and tertiary) and what did you major in?

“I went to Hyde Park High. I studied at the Design School of Southern Africa, in Johannesburg.

I have a BA in Interior design from Vega School as well as an Art & Design certificate.”

When did you discover your love for art?

“I discovered my passion for drawing at a young age. I was more into fashion design though until my late teens when I discovered my love for interior. The love for design is something which I inherited from my mother who is also a creative. She studied graphic design and now works as a corporate fashion designer.”

A typical day as an interior designer looks like?

“First, a daily dose of morning matcha latte followed by a dash to the office to check emails and write up a to-do list for myself. My team normally holds a weekly meeting to update all members on each project’s status, after which I sit down and begin my design process.

I bounce between multiple projects doing 3D modelling, putting materials together, or sending drawings out to special fabricators.”

Three things you love and cannot live or work without?

“My laptop, journal & phone in that order. I sound like a workaholic but I love what I do and would not change anything. I eat and breath design.”

Which workspaces around the city inspire you the most?

“Mesh is an amazing workspace and I of course cannot get enough of its design. I also love Bloom, a coffee shop and workspace based in Parkhurst. I love working in creative environments, they fuel me to work harder.”

Do you have a favourite interior trend right now and if so what is it?

“My fave trend at the moment is greenery, reflecting the green abundance.”

What are 4  interior trends we can expect to see in 2019?

“Terrazzo flooring, greenery, key decorative items and slatting.”

As a creative, what is your biggest fear and how do you overcome it?

“Two fears. Firstly, running out of ideas and always having to keep up with trends. I overcome these fears by listening and subscribing to design and architecture podcasts and really taking each day as it comes.”

What are some of the biggest challenges that you as a South African creative face?

“The competition- there’ll always be competition.”

What advice would you give your 18 year old self?

“Hmmm, I would say to my 18 year old self that everything happens for a reason and life is a journey. You will make mistakes, which you will usually learn from. After a fall, dust yourself off and stand strong to defeat any challenges that come your way.”

Who inspires you to keep pushing?

“I have several role models. Most of them are entrepreneurial women who are self-made and able to have a healthy family life. Of course, I deeply admire my parents, without them I wouldn’t be who I am today. Design-wise, I really admire the work of Dara Huang and Zaha Hadid.”

Since your first love is fashion, tell us where you shop?

“My favourite places to shop are Cotton On, Designer Warehouse, Style Alert (they are on Instagram) and for interior stuff I would say every shop in Kramerville.”

Where are your favourite vacation destinations?

“Bali and Australia. These are the only places which I’ve travelled to and both countries have their own unique architecture and style. I would love to go to Barcelona to see the Sagrada Familia Cathedral as well as the Hagia Sophia Cathedral which is based in Istanbul.”

Lastly, where on the entire world wide web can people find you?

“People can find me on Insta @Allthingsnicolen and my blog All things Nicole N.”


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