HEART and home
Belle Magazine Australia|December/January 2022
More than just a store, CASA by Kate Nixon captures and reflects the passions and endless talents of this Sydney designer.
KRISTINA SOLJO & MAREE HOMER

This page Designer Kate Nixon in her freshly renovated CASA by Kate Nixon showroom in Rushcutters Bay, Sydney. This beautiful arch was one of the many surprises the 1800s building offered up as work on it progressed.

WHO OR WHAT HAVE BEEN YOUR ENDURING CREATIVE INFLUENCES?

I’m drawn to the scale and sensibility of American furnishings and interiors (cue Nancy Meyers) and the patina and craftsmanship of European design. I love the warm, inviting layers of US designers such as Thomas O’Brien, Nate Berkus, and Steven Gambrel, and the textural prowess and impeccable attention to detail of Atelier AM and Axel Vervoordt. IS THERE A COMMON ELEMENT, AESTHETIC, OR APPROACH THAT RUNS THROUGH YOUR WORK?

A calm, cohesive and transitional aesthetic underpins our work, adding character and warmth with understated elegance and quiet luxury. We love classic and comfortable, relaxed and inviting, polished and practical – spaces that are equally at ease with elegant entertaining and everyday life.

HOW DID THE CONCEPT FOR CASA BY KATE NIXON COME ABOUT?

We were inspired by the space, an 1800s building (a gym in its most recent incarnation), and sought to strip back the original architectural elements and celebrate them within a contemporary context. In the process, we discovered carved archways, brick fireplaces, four-meter ceilings and beveled walls. We sought to introduce our own signature, to make this space our home while respecting the history of all the homes that came before it. Discovering what made this space unique was such a joy: we call it our wonky donkey – no two walls are straight! This character and sense of ‘the perfect imperfect’ informed our design and materiality: hand-trowelled plaster walls and arches, brass-framed glazing, French-oak parquetry and Busatti artisan linens are set against glass, steel, and contemporary hardware and lighting.

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