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An artistic collaborative of artists, designers, makers and craftsmen focused on the creation of unique experiences and conceptual environments.  Building moments to be explored and remembered through the conception and creation of custom art installations, interior design, events, set design, styling & visual merchandising.

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Gary Graham & Phantom Limb

Nikole Nelson

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Gary Graham, Tribeca, NYC. Interior design modeled to look like the back stage of BAM - the experience is executed to perfection. You really do feel as if a performace is about to break out. Masks by Phantom Limb Company. 

Double Knot: Tribeca

Nikole Nelson

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Double Knot in Tribeca, NYC. Gorgeous textures, colors, fibers, weaves...rug heaven. The showroom is exceptionally designed. One of my favorite, visual New York experiences, for interior and retail design. Not to mention the killer rugs! It was so good I had to go back twice. Delicious! 

BFG'S Art Kids

Nikole Nelson

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Photograph by Jeff HarrisDesign development and construction drawings.

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Casting plaster bases.

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Custom fabricated steel desktop by 2nd story wood

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On the hunt for a vintage office chair.

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A total of 3000 sharpies were used in the sculpture.

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Installation day.

Photography by Jeff Harris

Do we ever really outgrow the thrill of a wall of unlimited markers begging to be scribbled on a massive blank canvas? As designers we will never stop reaching for pen and paper. We will never stop doodling, sketching, releasing the insanity and brilliance that makes us unique. When an idea strikes, it is a craving that needs to be immediately satisfied. Paper. Markers. The hand flies. We are and always will be "the art kids".

Nikole Nelson Studios, a new york based collaborative of artists, designers, and makers, tackled the creation of the BFG communications reception for their new Soho, NYC office.

Nelson developed the "art kids" concept after interviewing BFG’s creatives at their headquarters in South Carolina and New York. Researching and dissecting their individual design processes, she dove into their childhood and art kid dreams. When did it all start; and had it changed much? Nelson’s sculpture focuses on the diverse elements that make up the company – the 90 creative minds of BFG’s design team.  What sparks the initial stage and layers within their work? It begins with the simplest of tools - a marker, paper - and becomes a global marketing platform for Warner Brothers, Captain Morgan, Coca Cola and beyond.

Over 3000 sharpies, all functioning, created a wall of possibilities. Nelson used the individual marker colors to emulate pixels or mosaic tiles – each contributing to the visual movement of the sculpture.

Stacks of carved paper climb the walls blending into a gorgeous gray scale. Plaster cast bases emulate the concrete streets of the city buzzing below. A roll of industrial butcher paper begs to be tagged with spur of the moment creative visions. It is art that functions, turning from installation to reception desk. An interactive piece that engages the staff and visitors to participate first hand in BFG’s creative process.

Adding another layer of the personal, Nelson incorporated illustrations by BFG designer Ryan Kasal into the butcher paper roll and custom entry wallpaper.

“When you enter the space it's as if you’ve stepped within the mind of the BFG artist, the tools they fell in love with as kids and what continues to stimulate them today. It is essentially the experience of who they are.” Nikole Nelson

Written by Jennifer Tripp for Nikole Nelson Studios.

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Beauty and Essex

Nikole Nelson

Interior Design by AvroKO With over 20,000 restaurants to choose from in New York City it is rare that I dine out and am still thinking about it a week later. Beauty and Essex is an experience from start to finish. In chic New York fashion you enter the Lower East side location through what appears to be a pawnshop; an odd start to a night out in heels. As the backdoor parts an interior design gem strikes you with the full force of its elegance. Fur lined walls wrap the curve of the staircase, taking all your will power not to caress them as you pass the elongated glowing pink chandelier. Every layer of the design is seamless, the food FABULOUS (I highly recommend the lobster tacos) and in the ladies lounge there is a free champagne bar! Beauty and Essex has risen to the top of my list for all things decadent and delicious. I can't wait to go back! See you there.
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