Nina Magon has a long list of design accolades to her name. After earning her Bachelors Economics & Finance, Nina opened a high-end retail store which she ran for two years before realizing she had a love for fashion, her true passion lay in interior design. In her first serious foray into the business, she designed her first speculative house from concept through to construction, which sold for close to a million dollars upon its completion.
By 2007 Nina had launched her design firm Contour Interior Design. Nina has designed numerous spaces both residential and commercial, here in the US and overseas. In 2014 Nina appeared on NBC reality show “American Dream Builders” and tied for third place. With a high end, sophisticated style, Nina’s work nods towards European design and always exhibits a distinct air of luxury and glamour. Discover more about our LUXList Designer’s inspiration and aesthetic! See her favorite pieces from RubyLUX.com.
Nina’s LUXList Picks
Describe your design aesthetic in a few words?
Classic, Modern, High-end, Glamorous, Stylish, Edgy.
What do you love about using antiques in your designs?
Decorative Arts, Collectables provide that eclectic, layered and collected mood – they allow me to add extra dimension and richness to each space.
What inspires you?
Traveling – There is so much exploring that happens when I travel. From visiting new hotels to going to natural landscapes, these adventures help me keep up-to-date with the design world. I find exposure to new cultures and designs to be exhilarating. Exploring new destinations bring out my inner-child and puts my mind in a place that welcomes new ideas.
I have an extremely strong affinity for high-end European and international design, and therefore, when I cannot travel, I can always count on finding design inspiration from IFDM, Wallpaper, and other international publications.
Pinterest and Instagram – If you know me, you know how I relish this amazing tool. Social Media shows me a vast world of design elements, images of all things inspirational or at least an example of what I don’t want to do or create.
Fashion and Shopping – Nothing like a little shopping to lift one’s spirits and inspire. Seriously though, many of my designs are inspired by jewelry and fashion trends. I actually began my design career in that sector before recognizing that I was truly more aligned with interiors and architecture
What is your favorite LUXList piece and why? How would you use it?
Some of the more charming pieces of furniture, like The Count, would be so fun in a commercial|hospitality project!
Also, an amazing collectible Louis Vuitton Trunk would serve well as a side or coffee table in a guest room!
Contour Interior Design is a business diverse, multi-award winning, a full-service interior design firm with offices in Houston, Texas, and Miami, Florida, specializing in high-end residential, commercial, restaurant and boutique hospitality design. Established in 2007 by Principal Designer and Creative Director, Nina Magon, Contour Interior Design has since earned a reputation for exceptional high-level design worldwide.
The Contour portfolio includes a long list of award-winning interiors that have received national and regional recognition from NBC, BRAVO and HGTV Networks, as well as acknowledgment for Best Interior Architecture and Best Commercial Interior by PaperCity, and Best Commercial Interior by American Society of Interior Design. Contour’s work has also been praised in several distinguished magazines including RUE, Elle Decor, House Beautiful, Interiors Magazine, and Luxe Interiors + Design to name a few, among other publications. Magon attributes the company’s success to being rooted in the integration of design innovation, business savvy, and construction expertise.
In addition to these accolades, Principal and Creative Director, Nina Magon, was deemed “The Design Industry’s Next It Girl” by POPSUGAR, “The Breakout Star” from season one of NBC’s American Dream Builders by RUE Magazine, and a “Creative Force to be Reckoned With” by renowned interior and furniture designer, Nate Berkus. In 2015 she was named “A Rising Star in Design” and celebrated as one of Modern Luxury’s “Fresh Faces of Fashion”.