Design by nico founder, Nicolette de Waart, began her career with her own interior design company in the Netherlands. After her years in Singapore, where she lived, and extensive travelling she now lives in London, running her own studio.

She is an acclaimed designer, receiving multiple awards for her Leaf Seats and Poppy bloom Stools.

Her designs are engineered to the needs of modern dwelling spaces; to an ever-changing environment in the way of how we live and work. Not everyone lives in big houses anymore and people working from home nowadays prefer more and more to work in communal spaces instead of working on their own. "My products embody a concept for flexibility in modern furniture and will flourish in any interior: residential, offices and public spaces."

“I want to create unique designs that are beautiful in their own right, functional and long lasting.”

Design by nico products are handmade in collaboration with highly qualified craftsmen, and combine traditional techniques with new technologies and forms, responding to our modern age and housing needs.

Awards and exhibitions

2018: WINNER of the German Design Award Nominated for the German Design Award

2018: Maison d'Objet January 2018

2017: Design Guild Mark Award for the Leaf Seats for excellence in Design in the British Furnishing Industry 2017

2017: Pop up shop King's Road London

2017: New York Design Week at ICFF at New York

2017: Milan Ventura XV exhibition.

2016: London Designweek at Go Modern King's Road

2015: Paris Designweek at Gallery Joseph

2015: Designjunction London at The College 

2015: Milan Designjunction: The Green Room 

2015: Milan Designersblock at Zona Tortona 

2014: Tent London Design Festival 

2014: Golden Bridge Award: Shortlisted (2nd Place) by Netherlands British Chamber of Commerce NBCC in the category "Best New Small and Midlle Companies 2014" 

2014: WINawards 2014 Longlisted in category FURNITURE 

2014: Milan Ventura Hive exhibition

2014: Milan EDIT by Designjunction exhibition 

2013: Tent London Design Festival 

2013: OYO@newdesigners exhibition London 

2011: Founder and owner of Design by Nico in London 

2009: Owner of Design Doctors in Singapore 

1996: Founder and owner studio De Stijlfabriek in Amsterdam