Designer Focus | Nicole Langelier

by Polly Rowan April 29, 2016

Designer Focus | Nicole Langelier

It is always a pleasure to work with Nicole of Design & Diplomacywhen she pops into our Fitzroy showroom so we were excited to send her over a few questions for today’s interview!

Originally from New York, Nicole Langeliers creative career spans many design disciplines including interior design, property styling, prop styling for advertising and editorial, set design, and furniture design. Having lived on 3 different continents and worked in many of the world’s major cities over the past 2 decades, including New York, Milan, Rome, Los Angeles, and Melbourne – Nicole has a unique and global eye and a refined style which draws upon her international experience and expertise.

We wanted to discover her insight on upcoming Winter trends, her favourite Melbourne eateries, her style icon, and more…

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What trends for the home do you forecast for the coming Winter season?
I would say that gold is replacing copper, slate is replacing charcoal, ash is replacing walnut and original designs are replacing replicas.

What is your favourite piece from the L&M Winter 16 Collection?
It is so hard to pick – I am a real linen fanatic and L&M has been putting out some real gems the past few collections. However, given it is going into winter I really like the Velvet Fringe Indigo Cushion – and all the cushions in that collection in fact – but the Indigo is my favourite.

What is the colour of the moment?
Well, Indigo! It’s a great colour for winter as you can just lose yourself in its moody depth.

Who is your style icon?
As far as interior designers are concerned, I really respect the work of Kelly Werstler. She is great at mixing styles that are still sophisticated and classy while being approachable and eclectic. As far as fashion is concerned, my fellow New Yorker Olivia Palermo can do no wrong in my book.

What is in your vase?
I love an Aussie native (I married one in fact!). They are large in size and impact and they last forever. Great for a busy designer like myself who is very time poor.

Where is your favourite place to eat in Melbourne?
St Crispen on Smith Street in Collingwood, Laser Pig on Peel Street in Collingwood, La Tortilleria on Stubbs Street in Kensington and Seoul Soul on Victoria Street in Abbotsford. I have a varied palate!

Where is your dream destination?
The whole world is my dream destination. I am a travelaholic. I love travel and adventure. I have been all over the world and lived on three continents in the last 10 years but never tire of an adventure to a new place – no matter where it is. On the very top of my list of adventures is a cross-country America (Route 66) trip. I would love to visit all the kitsch tourist attractions and stay in motels with heart shaped beds and old school neon signs. A vintage convertible Cadillac is a must for the long open road.

Thank you so much Nicole! We loved reading your answers and totally agree that roadtripping across the US would be a dream! We are obsessed with Aussie native flora, too. Keep up your beautiful work, we can’t wait to see what this season brings in terms of design. Check out Nicole’s website here.


Polly Rowan
Polly Rowan


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