Having established NBB Designs in 1999, Designer Niloufar Bakhtiar-Bakhtiari has acquired a wealth of design knowledge throughout her time leading the company. Niloufar knows that homes are safe havens for the inhabitants and believes the interiors should reflect this – balancing aesthetics with comfort. The spaces she designs weave contemporary and traditional elements together resulting in engaging and hospitable homes for her clients. Niloufar isn’t one to shy away from statement pieces or pops of color which can be the crowning details and really bring a room to life. We talked to Niloufar about her design aesthetic, favorite way to celebrate the holidays and how she’d decorate the table for a special gathering.
Describe your design aesthetic in a few words?
I strongly believe that the home is a shelter, and the best way to have this safe feeling is by creating a warm and cozy environment. The best way I think to achieve this is by combining classic with contemporary….splashes of color in a neutral environment.
What do you love about using antiques in your designs?
It instantly brings a feeling of personality and warmth. It is a great combination with more contemporary settings as we usually have these days.
At RubyLUX I can find all that I need in one place and also be inspired by items I discover there.
What inspires you?
Art inspires me a lot, I go to exhibitions and there are always pieces that inspire my work and aesthetics.
I also am inspired by novels like thrones from Balzac with the beautiful descriptions of home interiors, or more recently by a French writer Muriel Barbery in L’elegance du herisson.
What’s your favorite way to celebrate the holidays?
Party party party!!! Get together with friends and family……and a bit of traveling to get some sunshine stocked for the rest of the winter!
What are some details of your signature style?
I use a lot of mirrors, antiqued or even colored.
I have a very big dislike of cupboards so I tend to upholster doors so they not only become a design feature but also it creates a softness.
I tend to use colors and of course, am known for mixing antiques and contemporary.
How would you decorate your table if you were hosting a holiday dinner?
I would put this gold juju hat sculpture in the center and make a “ runner” or “circle” depending on the shape of the table all around it.
Put some mousse grass and then fill it in with many small candles and Christmas gold decorations…Some black feathers with the tip that is gold.
This box is fabulous!
I would use the green dot as a reference and then put it on a dark green take cloth, with pale pink napkins..and all the rest would be gold decorations…gold confetti, gold tassels.
The next item I would use is the Marble bust of a young lady as Flora by John Adams-Acton
I would decadently put a lot of jewelry on her, pearls, lots of necklaces even a tiara and make a bejeweled table with a Christmas red tablecloth!
What would be included in your RubyLUX Holiday Wish List?
This lovely pink upholstered chair in my daughter’s room!
This pair of Venetian mirrors for my bathroom!
This rug would go with any contemporary design furniture and help make the setting warmer…gorgeous!
And this charming and rare bracelet for myself!
About Niloufar Bakhtiar-Bakhtiari
NBB design has its own team of builders and specialist suppliers.
Niloufar centers her work on the client’s world. The original architecture and location of each property are respected and enhanced in accordance with the client’s brief.
The spaces she conceives are elegant, different and always tell a story in relation to the owner. Her philosophy is that a well-designed property should be an easy home to live in for the owner, and should reflect who they are and how they live.
After studying law and languages, Niloufar Bakhtiar-Bakhtiari made a career u-turn into the design industry. From a very early age, she was submerged in the architecture and design world and always knew that this would be the sector in which she needed to work in to fulfill her ambitions.
After an initial career designing furnishings and fabrics, Niloufar established her own interior design studio, NBB Design in 1999, specializing in the complete design, specification and implementation of exclusive interior and exterior spaces. A bespoke furniture design service for larger items such as beds, chairs, tables, and cabinetry is also available.
With a dedicated team of experienced builders and specialist suppliers, Niloufar has created a unique decorating style and a level of service that is unparalleled. Each project is treated on an individual basis and the architecture and location are duly considered. Niloufar believes in working closely with her clients to ensure their requirements are met and projects are delivered on time and on budget. For Niloufar, creating a comfortable yet functional home is a key aspect of her work.