Talking Luxury Interiors With Australian Designer Nickolas Gurtler
When it comes to designing interiors luxuriously, it is often a challenge for most home or commercial space owners. But not for those who have worked with the Australian designer, Nickolas Gurtler – be it residential, retail or hospitality, all the projects aren’t just sophisticatedly designed, but are also highly functional.
So we decided to have a quick chat with our expert designer to understand how he packs luxury and functionality into one design.
Welcome to Mansionly, Nickolas. We’d love to tell everyone a little about you and your background.
The very first Nickolas Gurtler Interior Design occurred when I was six years old, and at a sleepover. I decided to rearrange the furniture of my childhood friend’s living room much to his mother’s dismay. It wasn’t fabulous, but it was the first taste of design and it ignited the spark that I’d later realize was my calling.
I’ve always had an understanding of beauty, but It wasn’t until I began my career working for fashion houses Gucci, Tiffany & Co and Chanel that I really began to appreciate it. I was lucky enough to work in visual merchandising – which I came to realize was just interior design and styling on a very small scale. During this time, I’d anxiously be checking news agencies for the latest Belle or House & Garden magazine each month and scrutinising every page. I had dreams of one day seeing my work on those glossy pages.
I decided to dip my toe in the water, and I enrolled in night school to study a Certificate IV in Interior Design. I loved it, lived it, and breathed it – and just like that, I left the world of fashion behind. I finished the Certificate whilst working and studying full time and I knew that I needed more. I enrolled at the Billy Blue College of Design and in what seemed like no time at all, had completed my Associate Degree in Interior Design.
I launched my namesake boutique design practice Nickolas Gurtler Interior Design (NGID) immediately after, with some big dreams. It’s taken some time, but since then, I’ve seen my work on the glossy pages of Belle, Inside Out and House & Garden. With the incredible platform of the internet and social media, I’ve seen my work posted by publications like Elle Decor UK and Design Milk. It’s been an amazing journey, and it’s reinforced that this is what I was born to do.
That’s a really motivational story about following your passion. You’re known for designing the most impeccable luxury interiors. What is the one project you’re really proud of and why?
The WLD Residence we completed this year is to date the most proud of a project I’ve been. The finished result for me represented a step forward aesthetically as it was completely different from anything I’d done before. Experimenting with new colours and textures was a lot of fun, as was furthering my abilities in custom furniture design.
Another project I’ve just finished is our KBS Residence which I’m photographing towards the end of this month. It was a project close to my heart as my firm was completely involved from the very beginning when it was just an empty lot. We have overseen the design and every single element in this home and I’m proud of the level of detail we have been able to achieve. I look forward to sharing images of that project soon!
We look forward to being able to see some pictures from it, then! What is the design psychology that you absolutely swear by when conceptualizing luxury interiors?
I think the fundamental principle that guides any interior is how a client will feel in the space. Gabrielle Chanel said, “luxury must be comfortable, or it is not luxury”. I want every client to feel lucky and special whether they’re getting ready in their bathroom, cooking in their kitchen or entertaining their friends.
I keep this guiding principle in mind throughout the entire design process. Whilst our interiors are aesthetically very glamorous and exciting, I personally test all the furniture and examine all the finishes to ensure they feel luxurious too. It’s just important that when turning a tap it feels smooth, or how the carpet feels underfoot in a bedroom.
Where do you take inspiration for the interiors you design from?
Cinema, fashion, and travel are my primary sources of inspiration – I think different places, times and stories definitely inform my design aesthetic. I’m also quite inspired by our tradespeople and artisans – I’m constantly amazed at the new products and finishes and art pieces that they create which often triggers ideas.
So you take inspiration from everything around you. Any tips you could give to someone who wants to bring in a hint of luxury to their space?
Invest in quality pieces that themselves are well designed. If they have creativity and flair, they will last forever. Also, declutter your life!
Lastly, we welcome you onboard Mansionly, again. How has the experience so far been? What are you looking forward to?
It’s been quite quick, but I’m looking forward to working with some clients in other parts of the world. The Australian design community is young but full of talented people with original ideas and fresh takes on interiors so it will be fantastic to share that with clients internationally!
Well, we really loved working with you Nickolas and look forward to more projects together.
While we let go of Nickolas after a quick chat so that he could focus on creating more inspiring places, there’s a lot more you need to know about him. Check out his work on Mansionly or contact us to get in touch with him for a quick interior design consultation!