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Interview With Nini Andrade Silva, One of Portugal’s Top Interior Designers

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In a partnership with Secrets from Portugal, Best Interior Designers will like to present an interview with Nini Andrade Silva, one of Portugal’s Top Interior Designers! And we bring this interview today because, nowadays, it’s impossible to talk about Portuguese Interior Design without mentioning Nini Andrade Silva.

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This amazing Portuguese Interior Designer was born in Funchal, Madeira, and is the personification of the mission and values of Secrets from Portugal: to take the Portuguese culture abroad, elevating it. And as you can see, these values are well present in Nini’s designs, projects and grand ideas!

 

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Nini is the woman that “doesn’t follow any trends”. As she puts it, “Instead, I seek to create them”. Nini Andrade Silva has been recognized for her superb work by many institutions, and she has become a frequent presence in prestigious publications such as The New York Times, Financial Times, Wallpaper, Condé Nast Traveler, Architecture Digest – just to name some of the most important. This Portuguese Interior Designer is also the author of different and unique furniture lines. She’s known for her versatility as she embraces her passion for painting, with her work exhibited in important collections and contemporary art museums, such as Ireland and New York.

 

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Credits – Nini Andrade Silva

 

Her passion for design started with the travels “to the outside, where design was already seen as a future career”, she told Secrets from Portugal. The United States, she mentions, were way ahead in the area of design, “and that was fascinating”. “I knew I wanted a career that would allow me to “spread my wings” or to create fantasies and magic, and design is a bit of all of that!”

 

“In design, there’s no right or wrong. There’s magic, dynamic, function, matter, aesthetic, passion…” I like to surprise people with different and unexpected ambiences, allowing people to enter into new worlds and have different experiences! When we work with the universe of emotions and sensations, everything is possible!”

 

When we talked with Nini Andrade Silva about her design projects, we couldn’t help but notice that she can’t pick just one to distinguish as her favourite or the most challenging one: “It’s like with children!”. “I say it with a great dose of honesty. I only accept a challenge if I know I will be able to do my best. I have a great team that’s 100% dedicated to every single project. Therefore, the final result can only be something that we proud ourselves of”. Besides that, Nini Andrade Silva doesn’t deny that there are more challenging projects, depending on its nature.

 

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Credits – Nini Andrade Silva

 

In her creative process, “a story” is all it takes to start a new project. “It can be just a detail or a curiosity that gives sense to the creation. I used to say that the wind and rain inspire me, a wrapped paper, an unexpected moment, a person… The starting point is a click for the process”. And Nini Andrade Silva also doesn’t disregard the importance of getting to know the surrounding environment.

 

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Credits – Nini Andrade Silva

 

Besides not having any references nowadays, Nini Andrade Silva confesses she’s an admirer of her peers all around the world, “because there are more and better professionals in design and not only that, but I prefer to focus on my own references searching for the new and unseen”. Nini Andrade Silva is a seeker for daily inspirations, that live inside a process that defines the DNA of her Atelier and the people that work with her.

 

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Credits – Nini Andrade Silva

 

Born in the Island of Madeira, Nini Andrade has a special relationship with the Island and has a special recommendation for your next visit: “For those visiting Madeira for the first time, don’t forget to visit my Design Centre! It has an excellent restaurant and you can get to know a little bit more about my life and work. It’s a unique place with great energy”. Nini Andrade Silva’s Design Centre is located in Forte de Nossa Senhora da Conceição, a place with one of the best views over the Funchal bay. “Madeira is always better in the company of Madeiran people because we know the land better”. To Nini, what truly characterizes the island is the nature and its unique landscapes, the art of Madeira embroidery, the mastery of the work in wickerwork, “and, of course, the Madeira wine“.

 

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