Nikki Kreis now designs furniture, via hotel interiors and showrooms.
Words by Helen Parton
Nikki Kreis is a London-based designer, who studied interior architecture at the EAAL School of Architecture in Switzerland and arrived in the UK from Sydney via stints in Germany and New York.
Peg It All: A wall-mounted storage panel made of white-faced plywood features colourful pegs consisting of wooden painted balls in primary colours, which can be arranged according to the user's needs.
Previously designing and developing furniture and interiors for hotels, fashion showrooms and residential spaces in Asia the USA and Europe, she moved into furniture design as she 'always had these ideas about how pieces could be produced'.
At last year's Designjunction, Kreis launched her Sketch range of tables, inspired from Kreis's own pencil scribbles
Sketch Table Lamp: Part of the Sketch range, this features the same distinctive pattern as the side table and is made from laser-cut steel. In red or white or bespoke colours, Sketch is made in Sheffield.
Her love of functionality is infused with a twist of humour and a rich experience of different cultures. Happy to be in the city she describes as 'the centre of the world', she's inspired by its vibrancy and energy as a cultural and creative hub.
Sketch Round Side Table: Kreis says of the Sketch range: 'These tables are inspired by form; a 2D graphic lifted into real life, showing the colours of the room through the zig-zagged planes.'
Making the jump from page to production was a challenging process admits Kreis. 'The journey ended in Sheffield where I found a company called Gen-Fab. It is an industrial manufacturer and had never done furniture before,' she says.