LUXList Designer Edition | Sandra Nunnerley

With a long-standing connection to the arts, Sandra Nunnerley spent periods studying both architecture and fine art in Sydney, London, and Paris respectively. It would stand to reason then, that both these constructs are repeatedly at the forefront of her design compositions. We are honored to feature her as this week’s LUXList Designer! When it comes to a space Sandra knows that room structure and composition is crucial to how the design elements will come together, as a result of this understanding her designs are always sleek and refined. Her style is clean, warm, deftly mixing antiques with the modern and always with a strong consideration to how thoughtfully selected and placed art pieces will uplift the room. Discover more about LUXList Designer’s inspiration and aesthetic! See what pieces she choose from rubylux.com to be on her LUXList.

Sandra’s LUXList Picks

Gilded Brass Chandelier 
Nenuphar Coffee Table
Charlotte Perriand Bench 
Early Edition Arredoluce Triennale Floor Lamp
TRIPTYCH MIRROR

Describe your design aesthetic in a few words?

Contemporary with a classic twist

What do you love about using antiques in your designs?

I love working with antiques as they add personality and dimension to any space because they are one-of-a-kind treasures.

What inspires you?

Travel inspires me as I often discover new artists or modes of expression. Each year I make a point of going somewhere new. I’ve hiked to Machu Pichu in Peru and floated down the Sepik River in New Guinea. These are voyages of discovery and although you never know what exactly you’re going to take home from the experience, they’re crucial to inspiration.

What is your dream commission?

I have no dream commission and am challenged and inspired by each of the projects we have worked on ranging from a glamorous NYC duplex that once belonged to Hollywood producer Jack Warner, in the penthouse of the Sherry-Netherland Hotel in New York, to an Aspen ski chalet we just finished in the Colorado Rockies, to a tropical getaway in the Bahamas, to ultra modern penthouses in Berlin and Hong Kong, to beachfront retreats in my native New Zealand.


Airy and modern, Sandra’s design work integrates the natural light into her design.
A mixture of textures and soft colors create a cohesive space where not one element is stealing the attention, allowing the viewer to be welcomed into the space.
Sandra pays special attention  art choices within a design, often thoughtfully incorporating a client’s significant artwork or collections.

About Sandra Nunnerley

Sandra Nunnerley is the founder of the internationally recognized design firm, Sandra Nunnerley, Inc. Born in New Zealand, established in New York, and a natural globetrotter at heart, Nunnerley brings her sense of style and glamor to each of her projects, often described as modern with a twist. W magazine has called Sandra one of the most fashionable designers in New York, House & Garden selected her as one of ten leading American designers and in late 2016 Sandra Nunnerley debuted on the AD France International List 2016, a listing of the 100 talents worldwide who define interior design today.  

Sandra’s projects range from apartments in cities like New York and Hong Kong to tropical getaways in the Bahamas to country homes in Maryland and her native New Zealand. Her work is grounded in a sophisticated understanding of architecture and periods, and special attention to the role of art. She is known for deft interplays of color and texture, juxtapositions of the contemporary and traditional, and details that meld form and function.

The firm’s New York headquarters and its satellite office in London are committed to a process that is sensitive to clients’ needs. As Sandra explains, “We create interiors that are not only beautiful to look at but that people actually use.”  Wendy Goodman of New York Magazine wrote, “Sandra Nunnerley always infuses her projects with beauty and elegance, but never at the expense of comfort and livability— and that is a true feat.”

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