WHO LIVES HERE?
AUSTRIAN ARCHITECT, PRODUCT DESIGNER AND FOUNDER OF NINA MAIR ARCHITECTURE + DESIGN NINA MAIR, AND HER PARTNER, DESIGNER KARSTEN FEY. NINAMAIR.AT
THE PERFECT LIFESTYLE for Nina Mair is one that is simple, practical and in touch with nature – and she’s struck lucky with her home in the Austrian city of Innsbruck, situated in the heart of alpine country. “To be surrounded by nature is the best thing about living here,” she says.
GRAND DAME Nina and her partner Karsten moved into the apartment – on the third floor of an elegant 19th century building – early last year, and love everything about the 150 sq m space. High ceilings, large windows, copious amounts of natural light, timber floors throughout and balcony all received the thumbs up from the couple.
LESS IS MORE While Nina is an architect and designer, she wanted the original interior to shine so she furnished the home simply with a few 20th-century designs and key pieces from her architecture and design studio. The mostly neutral palette was enlivened with delicate pink accents. “I think my style is plain and sober – I like very clear lines for the furniture – with a passion for details,” she explains, adding: “I also love to have fresh flowers around.”
READING ROOM Nina’s favourite room is the living area, with its sofa for lounging and reading niche, while the most sociable space is the dining room. “We love to have huge dinners with a lot of food,” she says. “I use my grandmother’s vintage tableware and combine it with modern glasses and vases.” Nina’s especially proud of the dining table, which seats 12, that she made for Karsten. “I built the table in my workshop by welding the structure and planing the wood by hand,” she says. The kitchen is used for entertaining as well and, while small, has been given character with a soft, two-tone wall and dark brown floor. “It is the reception room for friends, too. We like to take our aperitivo at the freestanding bar I built,” Nina says. It’s a home of small pleasures.
Design classics Nina made the walnuttopped dining table as a present for her partner Karsten. Colourful Eames armchairs surround it. The Granny pendant lamp is by Nina’s former design studio Pudelskern. Skirt around Nina loves vintage style, which is evident in her home – and her wardrobe (opposite). Like an Egyptian Nina designed the Cooper side table in Coral (opposite), inspired by sieves used for cooking in Cairo.
In the frame A metal and wood bookcase houses Nina’s collection of art and design books. A light touch opens the drawers on the Mrs Robinson cabinet from Pudelskern, revealing brightly patterned containers inside.