Recently launched NM Design is the brainchild of Paarl based interior and product designer Nelia Naude. As a young girl, Naude spent her days running around her grandfather’s antique shop, which, together with the influence of her architect father, evidently left its mark on this self-confessed lover of wood.
Naude’s work is a classic mash up of old meets new, with benches, chairs, cupboards and tables strongly influenced by historical architecture, which are then given a cleaner more honest aesthetic. Her affinity for tradition is evident in the nostalgic names given to pieces like Neem U Sitplek, Skraal Kas and the Van Dienste Tafel. Of particular interest to Naude is the array of possibilities available through classic joinery, something which she claims gives simple beauty to every piece.
When asked what she is bringing to contemporary furniture design, she explains that it comes down to the detail: A brass fingertip handle, the natural finish she uses and the simplicity of form present in her pieces. “They all have timeless beauty,” she says. “The way that a dowel joint is visible structurally, it creates the most beautiful feature. Details like that are created using a single natural material – wood,” she says.
Favourite wood to work with: Oak and yellowwood.