Sandra Nunnerley is an American-based interior designer, born in New Zeland. Thanks to her mother, a journalist, she developed a strong interest in art and decided to study architecture at Sydney University in Australia and later on fine arts in Paris and London. In 1986 she decided to settle down in New York, where she started working at the Marlborough Gallery.
Her career in interior design started when Nunnerley was asked to to assist with the renovation of a townhouse, bought by a friend of the family. After the project’s completion, a visitor to the house hired her to do a Vermont ski house. The work was published in Architectural Digest and so Nunnerley’s career began.
In 1988, the designer founded her company, Sandra Nunnerley Inc, which is headquatered in New York City. What the company concentrates on are its clients and their needs: “I listen to my clients and deliver spaces they never dreamed of. We create interiors that are not only beautiful to look at, but that people actually use”, Nunnerley says.
The apartments in cities like Hong Kong, tropical getaways in the Bahamas and country homes in New Zealand… Nunnerley’s projects are diverse but share spaces, which she describes as “timeless, classic, tailored and modern”. Using mix of materials and designs, she creates unique interiors, grounded in her sophisticated understanding of architecture and periods. In recent years, Nunnerly started to commission pieces of furniture and art from artists paying close attention to their eco-friendliness. The designer explains that for her the process of designing is “collaborative, exploratory and appropriate to the specific needs of the client.”. Thanks to her eye for detail, Nunnerley’s rooms are as stylish as they are comfortable, which reflects her beliefs on design: “Not only must it be a beautiful space, but it should also be highly functional, allowing the family to relax together,” the designer explains. “A room comes to life when it is being enjoyed.”.
She is a member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and also an affiliate of the Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club Designers Committee, the Design Committee for the Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and Kea, a global network of Kiwis and friends of New Zealand.
In 2013, her first monograph, etitled Interiors, was published. In this chronicle of Nunnerley’s work, the designer shares her vision expressed through various projects. Illustrated with photography thematically organized in chapters on Serenity, Individuality, Refinement, Glamour and more, the book is a visual delight. Nunnerley was featured in Architect Digest’s AD100 among other legendary designers.