Nina Hiken: Interior Designer Extraordinaire Shares Her Passion with NOT REAL ART

Nina Hiken: Interior Designer Extraordinaire Shares Her Passion with NOT REAL ART

Welcome creators and creatives! Today's guest is interior designer, Nina Hiken of Nina Hiken Designs!

Nina has a passion for bringing beauty into spaces through the use of color and texture and we chat about client relationships, current projects and the previous career Nina had in education.

Dinning room design by nina
Dining room design for client by Nina Hiken in collaboration with Nicole Cramer

For Nina, every job is an opportunity to solve problems and unify themes for a client and she is fully focussed on bringing their dreams and personality alive through interior design. We discuss this approach in contrast to signature design styles and why she feels that, for now, she is very happy to work in strict adherence to client needs.

living room by nina
Living room design for client by Nina Hiken in collaboration with Nicole Cramer (artwork by artist Man One)

She also believes that matching well with clients is imperative to good results, something she has grown to sense early on. Nina unpacks her adoration of color and the tactile, sensory feel of different materials, she also opens up about some of her dream projects for the future! We discuss Feng Shui, societal norms around cleaning up and the effect that our environments have on our headspace. For this and a whole lot more from a wonderful guest, be sure to listen in!

kitchen design by nina hiken for client
Kitchen design for client by Nina in collaboration with Nicole Cramer
patio design by nina hiken
Outside patio design by Nina Hiken Design for client also in collaboration with Nicole Cramer

Key Points From Nina Hiken's Episode:

• Nina's experience firing a client after early problems that were unsolvable.

• One of the most exciting projects that Nina has been working on recently.

• The work that Nina did on Scott's own home and the fun she had on the project.

• Distinguishing between interior design and interior architecture.

• Bringing both spheres of the brain into play with interior design.

• Nina's design language and how she currently focusses on the client first.

• A sense of matching with clients and being selective of clients and jobs.

• The importance of play and bringing emotion into whatever is being created.

• Color and surface materials; how Nina works from these two fundamental points.

• The influence of public art and beauty on societal mindsets.

• Nina's career as a teacher and her experiences in the classroom.

• Feng Shui and the rules of good energy in any space.

• Japanese practices around school kids and tidying and cleaning spaces.

• Homogeneity and style coherence in neighborhoods.

• The advice Nina would give a younger version of herself!

• Listening to inner intuition and our internal dialogue's clear messages.

• Spec-work in Nina's field; walkthroughs and communication early on.

• Nina's use of apps and new technologies in her design work and portfolio.

Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:

Nina Hiken Designs — http://www.ninahikendesigns.com/

Nina Hiken Instagram — https://www.instagram.com/ninahiken/

Rothko — https://www.moma.org/artists/5047

Matisse — https://www.henrimatisse.org/

David Hockney — http://basquiat.com/

Burning Man — https://burningman.org

Cradle to Cradle — https://www.amazon.com/Cradle-Remaking-Way-Make-Things/dp/0865475873

Tim Conway — https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0176792/

Houzz — https://www.houzz.com

Man One — http://www.manone.com/

Man One on Twitter — https://twitter.com/ManOneArt

Scott “Sourdough” Power — https://www.instagram.com/sourdoughpower/

Not Real Art Conference — https://www.notrealartconference.com/

Not Real Art on Instagram — https://www.instagram.com/notrealartofficial/

Scott "Sourdough" Power

Scott “Sourdough” Power is the the creator and executive producer of NotRealArt.com. He is also the co-founder of Crewest Studio a digital media company in Los Angeles dedicated to creative culture and the $2T creative economy.