In her elegant and instructive first book Dazzling Design, New York interior designer Amanda Nisbet presents a dynamic selection of work drawn from fifteen years of practice, taking the reader on a lively journey through her bold explorations of color, texture, pattern, and other indelible elements that comprise her distinctive style. While Nisbet’s broad knowledge, with its roots in her art historical studies in Italy and years at Christie’s auction house, is evident on every page, her voice remains unpretentious and refreshingly tongue-in-check as she shares her ideas and insights, reminding readers that home is for living in, and a designer’s job is first and foremost to answer a client’s needs, wishes and dreams. Nisbet, whose work has been featured in such publications asCanadian House & Home, Coastal Living, House Beautiful, Lonny, Traditional Home, Veranda, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal, also reveals herself to be a comprehensive creator, with an eponymous fabric line and lighting collection (in association with Urban Electric). Certain to delight and inspire design aficionados of every stripe, this beautifully illustrated volume is sure to be essential reading for those who appreciate dazzling decoration that’s eclectic, elegant, and warmly welcoming.
Since its beginning in 1998, Amanda Nisbet Design has become one of New York’s most distinctive, sought-after creators of refreshing, abundant elegance. The designer’s signature bold embrace of pattern, color and texture, all held in exquisite balance, has enlivened exclusive residences in North America and Europe, and resulted in gracious, welcoming interiors that express Nisbet’s special alchemy of refinement and livability.
Despite her formal art history training and years at Christie’s auction house, Nisbet prefers to upend the usual design rules, in favor of a fresh, energetic approach that draws as much upon intuition as tradition. Mixing function and style, classical motifs and contemporary idioms, in rich and unexpected ways, Nisbet never loses her sense of wit and whimsy, or her conviction that a home is for living in, and the designer’s job is first and foremost to answer a client’s needs, wishes and dreams. Accordingly, Nisbet keeps both her company and number of active projects small, thus ensuring her involvement with – and commitment to – every home she creates.
In addition to her interior design work, Nisbet’s eponymous textile line is available through Holland & Sherry showrooms, and from Harbinger (Los Angeles), Travis (Atlanta), and Tigger Hall (Australia), and the designer has also created a lighting collection in partnership with The Urban Electric Company and a small designer rug collaboration with Studio Four NYC and Kyle Bunting. Amanda has just finished designing her first comprehensive furniture and lighting collection in collaboration with Niermann Weeks launching in May of 2014. Further collections are in the works for Labrazel and Mirror Image.
AND projects have been showcased in numerous publications, among themCoastal Living, House Beautiful, New York Spaces, Oprah at Home, Traditional Home, Veranda, The New York Times, Town & Country, and The Washington Post, and Nisbet remains a frequent and popular speaker about design in general and AND’s work in particular. Her first book, Dazzling Design, was published by Stewart Tabori & Chang on September 15th, 2012. She is currently touring to promote the book.