Jacquin: Interior designers often have great taste in coffee table books. What coffee table books are you enjoying at home right now?
Nisrine: My husband, who is a television & film director, and I both love anything with visual impact. Sitting on our table right now is a photography book by Steve McCurry “The Iconic Photographs” published by Phaidon. It truly captures unique fleeting moments of human experience and offers a window to other worlds.
As for bedside interior design, fashion, and travel books, I love ‘Style A to Z‘ by Rachel Zoe, ‘How to be a Parisian Wherever You Are: Love, Style & Bad Habits‘ & Garance Dore’s ‘Love, Style & Life‘. You’ll find books like these around my house.
Jacquin: How does being born and raised in Abu Dhabi influence you as an interior designer?
Nisrine: I love the fact that I’m a global child… I’m Lebanese in origin but having grown up here meant I got to live and experience a variety of cultures. We had 87 nationalities in school! This meant that my middle eastern background mingled with various social and cultural settings, language, religions, even food. It allows one to eventually develop many social connections with these cultures and allows for a much more open acceptance of the other. I would say this hugely benefited me as I can understand my clients backgrounds and needs a lot better having met many of the same nationalities over the years.