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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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Jeff Harris 2012 Christmas Card Outtakes

Nikole Nelson

Photograph by Jeff Harris. Set design by Nikole Nelson Studios. Hair/Makeup by Abby Ballin.


Kate in makeup with the talented Abby.


Taking a break from setting props to beautify for the camera.


Rehearsal time.


Pregnant set designer tests lovely vintage sofa while fluffy assistant awaits orders.


Naughty Santa.


Crew shot.


Santa takes a load off at the end of a long day.

Sneak Peak: Mr. Steam Commercial Set Production

Nikole Nelson


The Mr. Steam commerical set build was a wild project! Timing could not have been more difficult as we found ourselves desperately searching for dry materials, non-flooded warehouses and open roads for deliveries right in the midst of Hurricane sandy. Alongside designer/stylist Raina Kattleson, we had been working on the project for months; our seamless production schedule required more hurdle jumping than planned due to mother nature's wrath. Our final results: A dynamic collaboration with a fantastic client who we truly grew to love.

I'm so proud of both the outcome and my team for their long hours, commitment and tremendous patience. Special thanks to my amazing tile guys, Arte Tile & Masonary.

Can't wait to see the commercials! Release dates in early 2013. 

Behind the Scenes: The Making of Kill Street

Nikole Nelson

We welcomed in Spring this year with the creation of sets for the making of the film Kill Street. Four long days were spent in a dusty Brooklyn warehouse collaborating with some of New York's leading film talents. Not afraid of the dirty challenge we dove right in chanelling the film's dark, aggressive nature as inspiration for the overall Art Design. The short is scheduled to complete post production this fall and we couldn't be more excited! More to come in the coming months. 

Project Rental

Nikole Nelson

Where do you find your inspiration? Give me an old dusty warehouse, peeling paint, city street grime, a construction site garbage bin, a farm with weathered wood structures, a simple walk on the beach, or hike through nature and I dive into the visual. This is when I realize I will never be ordinary; normal girls don't seek out junkyards and industrial factories to hunt for treasure or spend hours obsessing over the growth pattern of moss covered tree trunks. Then again normality does not usually encompass finding more joy in a new table saw than a sweet piece of jewelry. Thanks Dad! So what is Project Rental? An opportunity for me to design, sculpt, paint and fabricate my little heart out. It’s essentially a platform for self-expression. Brings me back to my hippy artist days, working the gallery circuit in Maui, except now the pieces are for rent. After multiple requests from industry leading stylists and photographers, I've decided to go for it! This week marks the production launch of Project Rental where I'll be fabricating over 25 backdrops seeped in the textures and colors of my inspirations. It’s just the beginning of course. Stay tuned for fabulousness!
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