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Nicolette de Waart, founder Design by nico

Nicolette comes from The Netherlands, drawing inspiration from
the countries where she has lived and visited, including 
Singapore and the UK, where she is based and her products are  
handmade by craftsmen. 
Her multi awarded Leaf Seats have been used in numerous  
projects for companies like GOOGLE Headoffice in Dublin,  
Accor Hotelgroup and MR Architecture in New York and is  
featured in Missoni London head office. 

About her work

She is constantly invigorated by the colours, materials, sights and
sounds of places she visits around the world – particularly Asia – 
and loves to try out different materials and techniques in her work. 
Her pieces are functional and tactile, responding flexibility to the 
needs of modern dwelling spaces. 

“My aim is to create designs and products that are as hardwearing 
as they are beautiful to look at,” she says. “Above all, I want them 
to stand the test of time.” 
Aims and inspiration
Nicolette tries to balance the form of her furniture with its function, 
“playing” with the shapes she works with, but keeping the overall 
design as pure and simple as possible. For her modular work she 
fashions very simple, interlocking forms, sometime inspired by the 
shapes found in nature, aiming to create flexible designs where the 
elements can be combined in an infinite number of ways. 


Sustainability and sourcing 
Design by Nico products are handmade by local craftsmen, and 
combine traditional techniques and materials with new technologies
and methods. Nicolette’s materials range from Kvadrat wool fabric
for her Leaf Seats and cushions to solid and durable elements such
as metal, Corian and Oak desk and TOTEM bookcase. 


  • Maison d'Objet January 2018

  • WINNER of the German Design Award 2018
  • Nominated for the German Design Award 2018
  • Design Guild Mark Award for the Leaf Seats for excellence in Design in the British Furnishing Industry 2017
  • New York Design Week at ICFF at New York
  • Ventura XV exhibition at Milan

  • London Designweek at Go Modern King's Road
  • Paris Designweek at Gallery Joseph
  • Designjunction London at The College 
  • Designjunction in Milan: The Green Room 
  • Designersblock at Tortona Milan 
  • Tent London Design Festival 
  • Golden Bridge Award: Shortlisted (2nd Place) by NBCC (Netherlands British Chamber of Commerce) in the category "Best New Small and Midlle Companies 2014" 
  • WINawards 2014 Longlisted in category FURNITURE 
  • Ventura Hive exhibition in Milan 
  • EDIT by Designjunction exhibition in Milan 
  • Tent London Design Festival 
  • OYO@newdesigners exhibition London 
  • Founding of Design by Nico in London 
  • Design Doctors in Singapore 
  • Founding of De Stijlfabriek Amsterdam