Hollis’s interiors are studies in contrasts — most specifically of black and white but also of angular and curvaceous, dark and light — where a wealth of wood mediates between opposites and an occasional flash of glamour adds a dash of panache.

All photos by Douglas Friedman

On the Big Island of Hawaii, San Francisco designer Nicole Hollis took the surrounding nature as her inspiration for a modern family getaway. Reducing her choices to a few powerful statement pieces — Lindsey Adelman’s Cherry Bombe light fixture, Barrel chairs by Vladimir Kagan, Liaigre dining chairs and poolside poufs by Paola Lenti — she achieved both drama and tranquility. When the moves are this minimal, she says, it’s essential to be in tune with your architect. “We worked with Walker Warner to bring furniture and lighting that complemented the architecture and the land, selecting a mix of natural materials, from cast bronze to concrete and wood.”

“I love the Lindsey Adelman light fixture that hangs above a round seating group of Kagan Barrel lounge chairs in the main hale. This custom-commission light fixture is the focal point of the hale, anchoring the space and adding a beautiful ambient glow in the evening.”

Design philosophy?

“The key to creating timeless interiors is balance: light and shadow, simplicity and detail, clarity and  opacity, raw and refinement. Finding comfort in design is not just about luxury or materiality but also evoking a sense of home and inspiration in each room.”

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