Background. Nicky Dobree grew up in Paris and Vietnam. A true traveler at heart, she finds her inspirations from all corners of the globe. After studying French and Italian at Bristol University and a stint in publishing, she retrained in interior architecture and design at the London Design School. She then joined renowned interior design studio Taylor Howes before setting up her London based design practice in 2000. Since then her reputation has steadily grown establishing her as an international designer with clients across Europe and North America. She lives in London in a gorgeous four-floor Georgian house « with tall ceilings and big windows. A family home where the interior has evolved over time and all of the items in it have been collected from travels over the years ». She is the proud mother of two kids.
Signature Style. Summed up in her words: “Classic contemporary, timeless, elegant and, above all, comfortable”. Nicky has completed many projects from major cities to rural retreats, for a very international crowd. However, over the years her reputation as an outstanding luxury chalet designer has made her the go to person for discerning clients looking for the best one-of-kind chalet residencies, setting the trend for Alpine Luxury. She has designed and built in all the leading ski resorts including Whistler, Verbier, St Moritz, Gstaad, Crans Montana, Val D’Isère…. Her award winning interiors bear a strong sense of place where everything is harmonious and comfortable. Fusing modern lines with traditional vernacular, she introduces contemporary details to timeless effect. Ultimately, her designs have the hallmarks of classic elegance and enduring comfort.
Showstoppers. “La Ferme de Moudon”, the first chalet she did, in 2003, which is still very close to her heart. Located in the magnificent setting of Les Gets, the six-bedroom chalet has been labeled “The finest winter house in the French Alps” by Tatler, and described as the “ultimate James Bond pad”, by Kevin McCloud. True to her philosophy of honoring the soul of a building, Nicky has ensured that the traditional and authentic features of this eighteenth century farmhouse have been preserved, while adding all the true luxury elements of the dream resort, from sumptuous furnishing to cozy textures… and a stunning sauna too!
What’s Up. Her current residential projects include homes in the UK, Germany and South Africa. She is also working on a luxury boutique hotel in Andalucía opening in spring 2019. Nicky has also developed a collection of her favorite items for the home – bed linen and throws and some cashmere garments- for Ferme de Moudon, as well as some “alpine” pieces of furniture originally designed for some of her outstanding chalets.