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Shape-Shifters

With their first micro collection, interior designers Todd Nickey and Amy Kehoe are creating pieces that embrace the way we live now.

Amy Kehoe and Todd Nickey

Design duo Amy Kehoe and Todd Nickey

 

“They came out of things we needed,” says Todd Nickey, one half of design team Nickey Kehoe, of the inspiration behind Heart of the Home—a capsule collection of items ($365 to $9,100), from a tray to a sofa, that addresses how the kitchen has pivoted over the last decade from a purely functional space to the centerpiece of modern home life. “It’s where we live; it’s where we all hang out,” he explains. “You have friends over for dinner, and everybody wants to hang out and cook.” Noticing that they were unable to find the things they needed to complete the spaces they were designing, Nickey and Amy Kehoe, his collaborator on both the interior design business and the Beverly Boulevard shop that bears the Nickey Kehoe moniker, got to work. The pieces embody the collected, tactile aesthetic that has been the duo’s signature since they first partnered in 2004. “This is an antidote to all of these clean, sterile kitchens,” he says, noting the trend toward a warmer, more lived-in look. Although the pieces—a handforged iron pot hanger that puts beautiful cookware within easy reach, a wooden dish rack with cubbies that corrals oft-used mugs and plates, a dramatic woven string lamp and more—can, of course, be purchased separately, they’re created to work together, layering in texture and warmth. “It’s all those items that fill out a space that bring character and personality,” says Nickey of the grouping. The first in a series of micro collections, each will address how our relationship to home has shifted and evolved. Adds Nickey, “It’s about creating more space for living while riding that balance between what is elegant and what is comfortable and maintainable.” L.A.

 

NK Curved sofa ($9,100)