Kim Nadel is an award-winning, certified interior designer, and LEED Accredited Green Design Strategist. Together with her team, Kim specializes in luxurious residential and hospitality design, space planning, sustainable technology consulting and product selections. Their mission is to source and create innovative designs that fit your life or your brand, identity and audience.
Why green design? Natural resources are the capital of our future and our buildings are responsible for most of their consumption. Increasing the efficiency with which buildings and their sites use energy, water, and materials reduces their impact on human health and the environment for the entire lifecycle of a building and for the future.
“I like spaces that are flexible and have a relaxed elegance -open spaces that blur the line between outdoor and indoor living. Living green doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style – I can create any look and still tread lightly on the planet, in fact, I live this way. Our studio in Cardiff by the Sea is built with wood materials sourced from local managed forests, powered by solar energy, and features folding glass door systems that allow the bright outdoor light and air in. From the mineral-based venetian plaster walls to the LED specialty lighting, it’s my personal lab for green design and inspired coastal living.” – Kim Nadel
Originally from Montreal, Nadel’s career took off in New York where she worked on projects including The Millennium Tower—the city’s first green condominium high-rise, the Ritz Carlton Penthouse, and the flow of space for Aveda salons nationwide. Hospitality Design magazine named her as one of “The Industry 20: Leaders In Innovation & Influence”.
Kim received her Masters of Science degree in Interior Design from Pratt Institute and studied Furniture Design at the Domus Academy in Milan. She has been a constant advocate for sustainable design and has been a keynote and panelist on the subject. She also served on the MFA faculty of the New York School of Interior Design and introduced green design into the studio curriculum. The book she co-authored, The Green Pages: The Contract Designer’s Guide to Environmentally Responsible Materials and Products, was a requisite for all Conde Nast 4 Times Square building tenants.
Kim’s design style, which incorporates the principles of Vastu, a holistic design approach, is highlighted in Kathleen Cox’s latest book, Space Matters. Kim’s broad knowledge, global travels and creative edge allow her to work within a diverse range of creative projects that promote eco-luxurious living.
Constantly innovating, Kim and her team research and incorporate the use of best-in-class building and sustainable design strategies with the goal of creating healthy and efficient environments. Her collaborative approach brings accomplished and skilled artisans to every project.
Now based in Southern California, Kim’s coastal home and design studio, “119 Living Studio”, was selected as one of twelve homes featured on the 2012 Dwell Modern Home Tour and received award recognition from CLCA and Silestone.
The studio provides services locally and internationally, and currently the team is working on a new construction home in La Jolla, an eco-luxury hotel project in Northern California and several residential projects in Venice, Italy.