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The San Francisco interior designer—and now author—shares a few items that are on her design wish list

Nicole Hollis has a reputation for using black, but her interiors are anything but basic. In fact, her projects often exude a low-key theatricality, full of precisely orchestrated, high-contrast elements, resulting in striking vignettes that nonetheless remain very livable.

A bedroom in a San Francisco home designed by Hollis. © NICOLEHOLLIS: Curated Interiors by Nicole Hollis, Rizzoli New York, 2020. Photography © Douglas Friedman and Laure Joliet

Last month, Hollis’s first book was released. Aptly titled Curated Interiors, it surveys her most successful residential projects to date. Inspired by her eye for style and her penchant for quiet drama, we reached out to Hollis to find out what’s on her design wish list these days.


Aldo Bakker Tonus Indigo

I love how this piece melds the organic lines of the wood and abstract form. The fact that the wood will crack and change over time adds to its natural allure.


Frank Stella Ring

The intricate flow of this sculptural ring is so beautiful. It touches on Art Nouveau influences, while at the same time emulating a nebulous in space.


Mauro Mori Unum Table

Mauro Mori is one of my favorite contemporary craftsmen. His attention to texture and form make each piece unique, yet completely his.


Studio Drift Fragile Future 3.16

Studio Drift’s Fragile Future series is not only a beautiful and distinctive idea; it also speaks to the partnership between technology and nature, which is essential to the future of our planet.


Chen Chen & Kai Williams 18” Geo Transition Mirror 2

This mirror plays with texture, reflection, and distortion in an interesting way. The experimental process behind its creation makes it such a special piece.


Fenella Elms Blue Flow I and II

This work is so tactilely satisfying. I love the balance between the softness of feathers or textiles and the sharp smooth qualities of the porcelain, along with the shifting contrast between light and shadow.


Rive Roshan Colour Shift Round (Black)

Dynamic art can help create an interesting and energizing space. I love how this piece shifts depending on the surrounding light and hues and the point from which you see it.


Jean Prouvé S.C.A.L Daybed

This Jean Prouvé daybed is timeless—it works as perfectly in modern spaces surrounded by contemporary art as it did in the mid-century homes for which it was originally designed.


Thank you Nicole! ◆


Published by Rizzoli New York and featuring a forward by Pilar Viladas and exclusive interiors photography by Laure Joliet and Douglas Friedman, NICOLEHOLLIS: CURATED INTERIORS is available for purchase here.