Joe Nahem’s interiors reflect the deep-8seated confidence of a designer three decades into a successful career. Just 22 when he launched his New York City firm with the late Tom Fox in the 1980s, Nahem possesses the keenly honed instincts to suavely guide bold choices.
A creator of restrained and elegant rooms with a modern attitude, Nahem is a master at using sculptural vintage furnishings (French designers of the 1940s and George Nakashima are favorites, as are more quirky, colorful pieces by Karl Springer and Verner Panton), which he mixes with custom-made items, glittering accessories, and bold contemporary artworks. The results are dynamic and quietly dramatic rooms—highly textured spaces where history meets the future.
Spaces are just lovely. There are rooms where texture and softness is treasured, with lots of cushions and soft wall colors and flowers and more. There are masculine rooms where architectural details win out. We love that he seems to be an expert at any time period or style—we saw Art Nouveau-inspired spaces, Mid-Century Modern spaces and more.
Always willing to stretch his talents, Nahem adapts his style to suit the context, whether it’s preserving the historic elements of a Stanford White townhouse or adding luxurious paneling and plaster finishes to smarten a newly built space that’s too bland. “While I do think most of our very varied projects have a common thread,” Nahem says, “I take pride in not having a specific signature look.”
The press and accolades didn’t stop with The New York Times; the firm’s projects have made it into Elle Décor, House Beautiful, House & Garden, Architectural Digest, New York Magazine, Interior Design, Hamptons Magazine, Robb Report and more. Having recently completed projects like Park Avenue duplexes, Hamptons’ beach houses and a number or residences in states like Florida, Pennsylvania and California, Nahem doesn’t show signs of stopping.