WHO LIVES HERE?

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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.

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