The mastermind behind Contour Design is not afraid of bold design choices. Nina’s interiors are full of visual punch while keeping the design elements clean for an overall sophisticated result.
What inspired this career path for you?
I obtained my undergraduate degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX where I received a Bachelor’s of Science in Economics and Finance. During my time at SMU, my interest in the creative field of fashion grew so immensely that after graduation, I decided to use my entrepreneurial spirit and open up my own high-end lingerie store to compete against other local brands. In 2002, there was not an abundance of competition against another well-known lingerie retail giant, which is what compelled me to select the lingerie arena of fashion. After working the normal and vigorous retail hours for 2 years, I realized that retail was not for me, but what I did learn from this experience was that the design of my store and the importance of product and furniture placement to promote sales intrigued me more than the clothing staged inside of it.
Thinking back to my childhood, I thoroughly enjoyed replacing and repurposing furniture in my personal bedroom and parents’ house; but at that age, I didn’t realize that interior design was an actual career. Now that I eat, breathe, and sleep design, this career has allowed me to grow as an individual both creatively and individually, and has given me the opportunity to create some truly phenomenal spaces, travel the world, and even share my knowledge with others inside and outside of the industry.
What is your go-to source for inspiration?
I have an extremely strong affinity for high-end European and Italian design, and therefore, can always count on finding design inspiration from IFDM and other international publications.
Tell us about your creative process
I have created a thorough design process that my team and I use which allows us to unite our clients’ lifestyles and tastes into one-of-a-kind environments, so that they not only live better, but are encouraged to live in a stylish and functional way. We use mood boards filled with product swatches and samples which inspire us to create a timeless design that is unique and highly designed, yet classic.
Describe your style in 6 words or less.
Classic, Modern, High-end, Glamorous, Stylish, Edgy
What’s a staple in your tool kit?
Fabulous lighting. We are known to incorporate fabulous statement lighting into all of our projects.
Who do you look up to in the design world?
There are many talented, inspirational, and influential individuals in our industry, but Peter Marino is one of my all-time gurus. He is a designer and a tastemaker, creating some of the most luxurious retail spaces and homes in the world. Peter Marino’s accomplishments and dedication to design are models to me to assist my dreams of growing my firm to extreme heights.
If you could design a space for anyone, what kind of space and for whom would it be?
Throughout my career as a designer, I have had the privilege of creating beautiful residential, commercial, and hospitality spaces for some of the most incredible and diverse clients, for which I am very grateful; but if I had the opportunity, I would love to design a home for the Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, since I am also a born and raised Canadian. I truly enjoy working with clients who have a strong passion for life and inspire those around them. I think creating a space that reflects his compassion for individuals around the world would be a true feat.
Tell us your favorite design-related word, phrase, or quote.
“Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.” —Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Which design blog, website, TV show, or magazine would you be lost without?
I love my iPhone and Instagram. I think it is an amazing tool for posting and sharing inspirations with design lovers across the world. But when I am not using my phone, I draw most of my inspiration from traveling, art, and fashion.
If you are consigning: Share a little bit about the pieces you’re consigning on Viyet, e.g., do any have unique back stories, in what kind of space do you hope they end up, etc.?
The pieces I have chosen to consign are from my premiere furniture line inspired by jewelry pieces. The Nina Magon Collection presents a distinctively exceptional style of sophisticated furnishings, which are innovative, subtle, and forward-thinking. The premiere collection focuses on harmonious proportions, luxurious materials, and matchless craftsmanship. I wanted these pieces to present a new look at residential and contract furniture that is not just an extension of my past designs, but a personal expression of my design evolution.