Q&A – Steve Nash of ALL & NXTHING
Q&A: Steve Nash of ALL & NXTHINGSteve Nash is the creative force behind ALL & NXTHING, a Hackney-based, cutting-edge design studio that specialises in interiors.
Working across both the commercial and residential sectors, Steve has seen first-hand the blurring of the two entities, with comfort considered king throughout.
Being a regular specifier of Roger Lewis furniture, and the designer of our Wiltshire-based showroom, we were interested in Steve’s take on current industry themes.
We sat down to discuss his career journey to date, the trends on his radar and what’s in the pipeline.Here’s what he had to say...
CAN YOU TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOUR BACKGROUND?
- “I was a property consultant for over a decade. While doing this, I found myself gravitating more and more over to the interiors and architecture of the projects, eventually having little to no interest in the sales and rental aspect and only in the interiors. “At this point, I left my old company and set up my own interior design and interior architecture studio, ALL & NXTHING.”
IN YOUR EXPERIENCE, DO YOU FEEL THAT THE LINES BETWEEN RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL INTERIORS ARE BLURRING?
- “100%. Commercial clients and developers are seemingly more and more interested in their products feeling comfortable and homely. This soft commercial finish seems to have spread as far as the eye can see.”
IS THERE AN EXAMPLE OF A PROJECT YOU'VE WORKED ON AND HAVE EXPERIENCED THIS?
- “I have recently completed two commercial projects where the client’s brief was to keep the spaces comfortable. Somewhere their customers and colleagues would be happy to work and meet in, while being relaxed. This was especially important in the break out areas where both clients wanted extra care paid to creating a comfortable, homely vibe.”
HOW IMPORTANT IS COMFORT?
- “There isn't anything much more important than comfort. We just happen to be lucky these days where both style and comfort can easily go hand-in-hand. And there has never been more affordable style and comfort out there in the marketplace to source.”
YOU'VE SPECIFIED ROGER LEWIS FURNITURE IN YOUR PROJECTS. WHAT IS IT YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT THE PIECES?
- “Yes. Constantly. I look to Roger Lewis for both commercial and residential projects. Although they always give 100% to the aesthetics of the designs - with their background in residential furniture, all of their ranges have comfort right up there early in the design process.”
DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE?
- “It’s too hard to pick a favourite, although I do have a few of their beautiful Sintra contract chairs in my own house, so I should say those, really.”
IS THERE A PARTICULAR SETTING YOU THINK IT WORKS BEST IN?
- “Anywhere! The design is modern enough to work in a minimalist setting but luxe enough to grace any comfortable aesthetic.”
YOUR JOURNAL HAS SOME GREAT TREND-LED INSIGHTS. WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR CREATIVE INSPIRATION?
- “Everywhere. I am constantly reading though every single interiors magazine, book and website that I can get my hands on – other designers are a constant source of inspiration for me. “Furniture-wise, I spend a lot of time thinking of what I would design for a space if I was to make something from scratch myself, then go out and hunt to see if anyone has already designed and made what I am looking for.”
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE TRENDS THIS YEAR?
- “I am loving the shift toward softer lines. I’m seeing this a lot this year by way of arches and curved walls and ribbed furnishings.”
WHAT PROJECT THAT YOU'VE WORKED ON DID YOU MOST ENJOY / ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF? AND WHY?
- “This one is too difficult, so I will shirk responsibility and say mine and my wife’s home. We designed everything from scratch, taking a very run down cottage in Dalston and extending and modifying it to exactly what we wanted. We LOVE it and are so proud of it.”
WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON CURRENTLY?
“A number of large residential projects and a couple of commercial spaces. We don’t like to get stuck doing too many similar projects at the same time. We constantly think about something for one, let’s say a commercial project, and end up thinking some version of that would work better in a residential project and visa versa.”
AND, WHAT'S NEXT?
“We are about to start design works on a listed villa in Bath, which is super exciting. We love coming to the south west for projects and it means we will only be a stone’s throw from Roger Lewis HQ, so we can pop in for a tea anytime we want!”
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