Mark Nichols Modern Interiors
Clean and contemporary describes many of the interiors that bear the Mark Nichols name. In addition to creating crisp, sophisticated yet subtle designs, Nichols feels passionately about introducing another element whenever it’s appropriate: eco-friendly materials. While his clients are often interested in learning about and implementing high performance audio-visual systems, home automation, and wireless technology for their home computers, Nichols says, “The technological developments that have more of a personal interest to me are those that permit natural and manmade materials to be used in new and surprising ways. Why shouldn’t a sink be made out of paper?”
That’s how Nichols thinks, and it’s a mindset his clients appreciate.
In the master bedroom shown here, Nichols used organic, natural elements to achieve a polished and inviting refuge. The chairs are made of a natural cotton fiber, the rug is silk and hemp. The floor lamp gleams in copper, and the floor is made of bamboo. “The elements I have employed in our eco-sensitive interiors all have their genesis in the lab,” Nichols says. “Formaldehyde-free bamboo, cold-pressed melamine, recycled bottle glass mosaic tile, and paper-based products are now more readily available in the marketplace, and we are delighted to use them. As the wide variety of beautiful eco-friendly wallcoverings and upholstery designed for use in commercial settings become more refined, I look forward to introducing them into residential settings as well.”
Until then, Nichols says he spends a lot of time and energy identifying and maintaining quality source relationships to get exactly what he and his clients want most. “That means knowing what is available not only locally but also in Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco,” he says. And once he has what he wants, he’s not afraid to use it. For the Contempo Homes bathroom shown here, Nichols took the stance that because the outdoors is so hot, the inside should be cool. The blue mosaic tiles that envelop the walls, column, and deep soaking tub are meant to inspire respite with their calm, cool, water-themed hue.
As far as this notion being an actual “trend,” Nichols says he wouldn’t call it that. “Trends are for fun and for fashion and are, by their nature, fleeting. While trends may influence what types of products are more readily available, concept propels my interior design.”
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1502 E. Baristo Rd.
Palm Springs, CA 92262
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