Fine Pair­ings

Un­der Nix Alañon’s imag­i­na­tive eye, the un­con­ven­tional be­comes as­pi­ra­tional

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There’s a play­ful en­ergy en­com­pass­ing Nix Alañon’s apart­ment. In the foyer, gallery lights il­lu­mi­nate a plush sofa dec­o­rated with mono­grammed pil­lows and the monochro­matic paint­ing hang­ing above it. On a glass ta­ble is a jun­gle-like vi­gnette of house plants, their large leaves adding an or­ganic touch to the me­tal­lic ac­ces­sories—a brass skull, for in­stance—and heavy art and de­sign books piled in neat stacks nearby.

“De­sign has changed a lot,” Alañon de­scribes the in­dus­try as it adapts to the dig­i­tal age. “I would say [it is] for the bet­ter. This is the age of Pin­ter­est. It’s very tricky… But some­times it helps me be­cause I have an un­der­stand­ing of what [my clients] want.”

He is un­doubt­edly ex­cited, though, about the launch of his on­line store. It will be the lat­est ad­di­tion to his grow­ing em­pire, which al­ready in­cludes the of­fice of his firm FTA De­sign and the show­room of his fur­ni­ture store PhoeNix Home. Set in Pobla­cion, we would have gone there on foot from his Rock­well base, if not for the city heat and Alañon’s sched­ule of meet­ings around the city.

Back in his home, a solid slab of pink mar­ble gleams in the light of the set­ting sun—it’s a dining ta­ble, a re­cent ac­qui­si­tion. It com­ple­ments a white Ital­ian mar­ble cof­fee ta­ble in the liv­ing room some feet away.

But be­yond the fur­ni­ture, many of which come from PhoeNix Home, it’s the lit­tle trin­kets and ac­ces­sories that bring the space to life. “I like con­trasts,” Alañon says. “I like mix­ing some­thing raw with some­thing re­fined.” For em­pha­sis, he points out an an­tique dresser, jux­ta­posed with the brass hard­ware and stone top of his dining ta­ble.

“I as­pire to cre­ate time­less interiors,” he con­tin­ues. He de­fines his aes­thetic as one that is global, in­spired by his avid trav­el­ing. “When I was start­ing out, I liked to try out dif­fer­ent styles, dif­fer­ent trends. But grow­ing up in de­sign, I re­al­ized trends come and go.”

In both his show­room and home, Alañon has found a place to ex­pe­ri­ence life in full color. Here, quirky pat­terns and plush tex­tures punc­tu­ate Ital­ian-in­spired chic, and a gen­er­ous serv­ing of fun con­trasts with clean lines and solid curves. It’s al­most rem­i­nis­cent of Alañon’s child­hood pas­time of set­ting and recre­at­ing theme par­ties with mis­matched cut­lery and china from the kitchen— ex­cept that with his decade-long ex­pe­ri­ence in the de­sign in­dus­try, his style of blur­ring the line be­tween work and play has grown up.

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