As 2019 draws to a close, the NLS team wishes you a happy festive season! It has been another year of highly successful completed projects in the UK and abroad – and new works in progress – across the luxury retail, high-end residential and hospitality sectors, and we are looking forward to sharing more of our great work with you in 2020 and beyond.
As we race towards the end of the year, we are thrilled to share snapshot of our latest work in London, Japan and the Middle East. From a new Tokyo flagship for Manolo Blahnik, to a renovation in a Grade II listed Georgian townhouse in London, read more about our recent work in luxury retail, hospitality and residential spaces here.
The hoarding is up and the hard hats are on at the new Manolo Blahnik store in Selfridges on Oxford Street. Occupying a premium corner site in the world renowned 'Shoe Galleries' this exciting new project is due to open early next month. Keep an eye on our website for more details.
Adding to the impressive number of outlets already in Japan, we are proud to have designed a new Manolo Blahnik store opening this month in Gotemba, a city which sits in the shadow of Mount Fuji. Taking inspiration from the iconic mountain, the walnut floors continue onto the walls before drifting into pure white just like a snow capped mountain.
Our new bars and kitchens on the top level concourse were completed in time for an impressive grand opening at The Brits Awards last week. The new hospitality offering has completely transformed a previously unloved space into a vibrant and exciting hub for guests. Now onto the next level as we have lots more projects at The O2 on the go and due to complete in 2019!
The studio’s ongoing relationship with London-based luxury label, Malone Souliers continues to grow with another new space opening this month in Harvey Nichols. Bespoke glass and bead blasted steel shelving units take centre stage against a dramatic branded wall covering and strong pops of colour providing the perfect showcase for the jewel coloured fabulous footwear.
The new year started with a bang with our appointment on an impressive residential mansion block project in Chelsea. With an ambitious loft conversion and creation of a new roof terrace plus a full interior design service this exciting new project will be one to watch.
The studio has been very busy over the last few months working on the refurbishment of the concourse hospitality offering at the O2 arena in Greenwich. Our strategy team saw us redefine underutilised areas which we have now turned into exciting new bars and food kiosks making sure the O2 retains it’s reputation as the go to premier venue in London. It has been a massive project for the team but the first phases are nearing completion. We can’t wait to photograph the final project once it’s all done.
We are excited to be providing a full architectural and interior design service for the extensive refurbishment of a 5 storey, Grade II listed townhouse in the heart of the historic St James’s conservation area. With the planning application now submitted we can’t wait to get our hard hats on and get started on site.
NLS are excited to have completed the conversion of a Victorian pub into 5 residential units in Blythe Road, London. Find out more on the Blythe Road project page.
NLS are thrilled to have our Geneva project featured in the Rug Company's latest publication, 'TRC LAB', which focusses on the brand's bespoke hand tufted rug service.
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It's an exciting time here at Nick Leith-Smith Architecture + Design as we have several new retail stores opening soon, as well as our new design for the Director's Club at the world renowned Chelsea Football Club coming up in the next couple of weeks. Keep your eyes peeled for more details!
Nick Leith-Smith's new Manolo Blahnik store in Burlington Arcade, London has been featured in the Telegraph. You can read the online version of the article here
Our interior designers have been soaking up the stunning features at this beautiful heritage site this week.
The bathrooms at our Blythe Road site are looking every bit as elegant as they were designed to be - all thanks to the hard work of the Finch Lockerbie builders!
Nick is thrilled to have been selected as a judge for Perspective's A&D Trophy Awards 2018.
Our latest Manolo Blahnik men’s store in Burlington Arcade, London is now open!
Our design for Frankie’s Sports Bar & Grill at Chelsea Football Club has been a real hit! Opened just in time for the World Cup, the design reinterprets the existing sports bar with wall panelling paying homage to the traditional sports club and rare sports memorabilia beautifully presented around the walls... Dotted around the room are 16 big screens so you never miss a moment of the action!
Our latest Manolo Blahnik store in Takashimaya, Singapore is now open!
NLS are thrilled to be shortlisted for the Restaurant and Bar Design Awards, under the category of 'Restaurant or Bar in Another Space'.
Our Frankie's sports bar project, located at the Chelsea Football Club ground, is almost ready!
Nick Leith-Smith Architecture + design are pleased to announce the opening of our second Singapore store this year with our long term client, Manolo Blahnik. Be sure to check out our projects page for more info.
The Farrow & Ball paints chosen by talented interior designers really bring out the sculptural elegance of this staircase at our latest retail site.
Our intrepid architects were on site this week, checking up on the workmanship at Blythe Road as the project comes towards it's finishing stretch. As you can see they are pleased with the results!
Nick spoke exclusively to Interior Design magazine providing a rare glimpse into the process that has made the studio's long-standing relationship with Manolo Blahnik so successful. Please click here to read the full article.
Our new store for Manolo Blahnik, has just opened in Geneva. Inspired by Josef Hoffmann, the store mixes a geometric style with a salon feel.
The workmen on our Blythe Road project have done a fantastic job on the herringbone tiling in the family bathroom, to stunning effect.
Nick showed his support for women's rights by attending the Womankind auction this month and bidding for two items. Womankind has directly supported over 74,000 women worldwide through it's projects and services, which range from providing a safe space to escape violence to facilitating business training. If you would like to donate to the charity please click the link below:
Lovely to see the designs coming to life at this beautiful residential site.
Our interior designers have been busy designing a gorgeous bespoke rug inspired by Gio Ponti's Villa Planchart and made with a little help from our friends at the Rug Company!
NLS kicked off January with the opening of a new luxurious retail store, consultation space and workshop in Leather Lane.
NLS celebrated a great year with a staff party at Canova Hall, a wonderful new venue in Brixton.
Work progresses on Clapham Common project with electrical fit out starting this week.
NLS are pleased to find Arthur's Restaurant featured in the latest edition of Liberty of London's magazine. Pick up your copy in store now!
Work is coming along on site at Blythe Road with completion expected in March 2018
NLS are pleased to announce the opening of a new Manolo Blahnik store in Japan
Read the latest Liberty article on Arthur's Cafe and Restaurant at Liberty of London.
A sneak peak of the concept work for our latest restaurant project
NLS are pleased to announce the opening of Arthur's Cafe at Liberty of London.
Exciting to see work developing on site at Blythe road, with new windows installed this week.
A bright POP of colour for this new Manolo Blahnik Japan Pop Up
Another month, another retail project completed!
Works starts on the Liberty fit out
New Manolo Blahnik concession in Warsaw, Poland
Exciting to start working with the 02.
Great to see the design come to life as Aston Villa's Directors' lounge is finished.
Nick's home featured in June's Marie Claire Maison.
Interview with Nick in this month’s Design: Retail USA luxury report issue
Site visit to Aston Villa football club.
NLS shortlisted for Design Week Awards in Retail Interiors category.
Great to read Nick's 'My Icon' interview in Interior design Today.
Honoured to have received gold at the International design Awards for Manolo Blahnik's new shop in Malaysia.
Frame article on NLS's strategy of 'merging shopping experience and local culture for Manolo Blahnik'.
New exciting work starting on site in Brook Green.
Exciting to see the work starting on this residential project in Hammersmith.
Nick just came from São Paulo meeting new clients in hospitality and getting inspiration from beautiful 60s and 70s Brazilian architecture.
Harpers Bazaar Arabia featuring the opening of Manolo Blahnik's new store in Doha, Qatar. Fantastic to read that NLS's design is well received. For the full article please click here.
Houzz comments in their '10 Great Design Ideas for Tiny Terraces' on NLS's use of lights and stainless-steel ball chains to create a simmering canopy.
It is great to see the finished space in Qatar. We are now excitedly looking ahead towards upcoming projects in the area.
This month Nick had a successful trip to New York meeting exciting new suppliers and a range of new clients. We can't wait to start work on these great new projects across the pond.
Great to see NLS interior featured in Houzz article this month. Shows what can be achieved with bold use of colour and pattern even in the smallest spaces. Click here to read the full article.
Very proud to win awards in not one but two categories at the 2017 Houzz Awards. To browse the full list of professionals singled out this year please click here.
Nick spoke exclusively to Design Trends this month to share an insight into the studio and our award winning project for Manolo Blahnik in Japan. Please click here to read the full article.
Pleased to see our retail design for Manolo Blahnik in Malaysia on Domus today. please click here to read the full piece.
We are very excited to read our January 2017 issue of Living Etc this month as it features a great article on Nick's own home. With thanks to Sarah Hogan for the amazing photographs and Mary Weaver for her styling, pick up your copy to see the full article.
We're pleased to see Retail Focus once again feature design work from NLS. Follow this link. to see the full piece covering the launch our first ever design in Malaysia for Manolo Blahnik. Occupying 100 sqm in the Pavilion Mall in Kuala Lumpur the striking space uses a forest of bamboo as the central motif.
Great to receive our copy of The Edge Malaysia magazine this morning. This week's publication features an in depth interview with Nick and images from our new Manolo Blahnik project in Kuala Lumpur which is due to open this week.
We're pleased to announce the latest Nick Leith-Smith and Manolo Blahnik collaboration has opened in the Vesna shopping mall in Moscow. Featuring grey oak wall panelling, gold metal detailing and lace inspired laser cut Corian panels the design is a striking evolution of our original design for the Moscow flagship store in 2010.
Delighted to be able to announce we scooped up a silver award at the Hong Kong Design Awards + Summit for our recent Manolo Blahnik retail interior in Japan. To see the full list of winners click here.
We are delighted to have our work for Manolo Blahnik in Japan shortlisted for the prestigious Design 100 Awards in the Retail Interior Design Category. Fingers crossed for the 8th November when the winners will be announced.
Pick up a copy of Interior Design Today this month and read the great article covering the studio and our recent work for Manolo Blahnik in Japan.
We're looking forward to taking part in Houzz's popular design consultations at Design Junction later this week. NLS will be on hand to give exclusive 30 minute design consultations to the lucky winners. To be part of such an innovative cultural event is really exciting, we can't wait to get started.
Thank you to Houzz for awarding us '100K Saves' badge which sits proudly along side our other awards. Great to be recognised for our continued hard work.
Great piece in Retail Focus covering the two new NLS designed spaces in Japan. To see all the project images and read the article please click here.
Pleased to see our latest work for Manolo Blahnik published on Domus this week. Click on the link to read online.
We're proud to share the first images from our latest completed project for Manolo Blahnik in Osaka, Japan. Featuring a bespoke shelving installation, typical of timber and bamboo scaffold structures and feature brass and timber furniture, the concession is the first of three upcoming projects in this exciting new market for the brand.
Manolo Blahnik is the latest in a long line of luxury brands to take over the coveted pop-up space at the Isetan Department store in Shinjuku, Japan. The NLS design was inspired by Manolo's studio and so features a desk dressed with inspirational artefacts and books. Striking blue walls with brass detailing form the perfect backdrop to showcase the brands latest promotional images.
Nick offers his insight into the evolution of luxury brands and their retail offering in Retail Focus this month. Great to see feature images from our Manolo Blahnik project at Selfridges as well. Click on the link to read online or pick up a copy of the magazine from next week.
NLS are currently on site with our exciting contemporary extension in Southwark. Work is progressing well with the ground slab poured and the facade retaining steels in position. We look forward to sharing more images as the project completes towards the end of this year.
It's fantastic to see our new project for Manolo Blahnik at Selfridges featured in so many international publications, click here to see the latest feature in Design Week.
NLS has been hitting the press in Grazia daily, Footwear News and Women's Wear Daily today with the news that our design for Manolo Blahnik at Selfridges in London has opened today. Looking forward to sharing final photographs later this week. Follow the links to see the pieces in full Grazia Daily Footwear News
Our design for a luxurious outdoor shower has been featured in a new article published on Houzz sharing "10 Tips for Creating a Tropical Garden in a UK Climate". Click here link to see the full story.
Great to see our Grosvenor Square project has been selected as 'House of the Week' on Architectural Digest - Mexico. Click this link to read the full piece.
Nick shared his expert advice on how to achieve the ultimate outdoor spa area at home with feature images from our Dallington Terrace project. Pick up May's issue of Modern Gardens to read the whole article.
Our new retail concept for Manolo Blahnik is currently on site at Selfridges. We're looking forward to sharing final images after completion in early July.
We are proud to announce that we will be part of Manolo blahnik's Asian expansion. The shoe designer will set up its first shop-in-shop in Singapore, Japan and Malaysia this winter while the flagship store in Tokyo will be ready in 2017. You can read more about it on Footwear news, IBT and Asian Times.
Pleased to share the first image from our new project in Shepherd's Bush designed in collaboration with Nicky Bailey Interiors. More photos to follow soon.
Nick Leith-Smith is honoured to be selected to judge this year's Evening standard's New Homes Awards. An exciting year in Architecture and Construction!
We are delighted that Manolo Blahnik London has been awarded Best on Archilovers 2015. The project was selected for high standards in aesthetics, functionality and creativity as well as being one of the most 'loved' out of the 50,000 projects published last year. Look out for the feature in Archilovers editorial newsletter or click here to see the full project.
We are glad to see our Grosvenor Square apartment makeover featured on this week's Houzz Tour UK. You can read the full article here.
NLS is happy to be featured on the latest colour trend article 'Seeing Green', and in the 2015 UK report by Houzz. You can read the full story here.
NLS is proud to be featured as the 'Celebrity of IW' in the latest issue of Interior World magazine in Korea. You can read the full 11 pages article here.
NLS is delighted to share this photo of a recently completed Family room and wine bar in Knightsbridge. Take a look at its eye catching glass installation.
We are very proud to be the winner of the Best of Houzz Design Category for the second year in a row. The winning projects were picked by the Houzz community from the site's most popular photos. Click here to see all awarded photos.
Nick Leith-Smith talks about his links with the fashion world and much more in the latest issue of the Cheshire Magazine. You can read the full interview here.
Nick Leith-Smith A+D is proud to be part of the charity auction at this year's Christmas Carol Concert hosted by Great Ormond Street Hospital. The highest bidder will receive an architecture and design consultancy by NLS with the proceeds being donated for charity.
The Dailymail Online has just showcased Le Peep Boutique amongst the other Restaurant and Bar Design award winners. You can read the full article here
Nick Leith-Smith talks to Catherine Shaw about growing up in Hong Kong and designing Manolo Blahnik's soon-to-open flagship store in The Landmark. You can read the full interview here.
NLS A+D hits the press again. Please click here to read the double page interview and see exclusive photos of Lansdowne Gardens online.
We are very proud to announce that our design for Le Peep Boutique has won the standalone bar/club award last night at the 2015 Restaurant & Bar Design Awards in the Old Truman Brewery! See our entry here.
We are pleased to have our design for Manolo Blahnik in Harrods featured in the International magazine of space design BOB .
We’re happy to announce we’ve made it through to the next round and our design for Manalo Blahnik latest boutique in Harrods is on the final shortlist for the Retail Week Design Awards '15. The winner will be announced at the awards ceremony on 4th November.
We are very excited to see our timber frame house design - The Blackett house - featured in the Grand Designs Magazine. You can read the full story here.
Pleased to see the latest shoe boutique design from NLS has been showcased on Descroll. Click here for the full story.
Nick Leith-Smith is featured in FX magazine, Retail Focus, talking trends and challenges facing the sector today.
NLS is proud to be named 'Architect of the Week' in The Modern House architects directory- Agents for the finest Modern architecture. Click here to view the link.
On this beautiful spring day we’re excited to share the first peek at our nearly complete project in Kensington and its blooming trees, designed by NLS.
We're excited to share the first peek of our new Manolo Blahnik design at Harrod's. Please visit our website soon to see a complete photo gallery and project profile for this exciting new project.
Our latest timber frame residential project hits the headlines again on Archdaily. Please click here to read the full article online.
NLS Architecture's Frances Avenue was selected to feature on Archello's websites. To see further images from the project and read the full articles please click here
The furnishing is almost complete and we're excited to share the first peek of this new stunning apartment in Grosvenor Square. Custom furniture pieces and styling underway.
We are pleased to have our latest night-club project - Le Peep Boutique - featured in the International magazine of space design BOB .
Silverkris the Singapore airlines travel magazine showcased our latest design at Le Peep Boutique in London. You can read the full story here.
NLS have recently completed a striking environmentally friendly family home in just 10 weeks. The new-build four-bedroom detached house in Berkshire explores the potential of both timber frame construction and a multi-level floor plan. See the full project gallery here.
NLS are in the midst of converting a Grade II* listed stable block into 450 sq m of events space for The White Horse Hotel in Romsey. The building has been stripped back to expose the impressive original structure and we’re excited to be involved in putting this 18th century building back together.
Pleased to see the latest design from NLS has been showcased on Domus. To view the feature in full please click here.
We are very proud to announce that our design for Spun London won the award for best 'Retail Interior (under 200 sq m)' at the World Interiors News Awards 2014. The WIN Awards, now in its fourth year, is part of the largest architectural and design awards in the world and we are delighted to be recognised amongst so many other inspiring projects from around the world. To see the full list of winners please click here.
NLS’ long-standing creative partnership with Manolo Blahnik continues with the launch of the brand’s largest global outlet in the impressive 42,000 sq ft, new Shoe Heaven at Harrods. Please visit our website soon to see a complete photo gallery and project profile for this exciting new project.
After a nine month design and build, Le Peep Boutique, Park Lane’s latest member’s club, champagne bar and restaurant is finally complete. It’s already been the hottest venue during London’s Fashion week hosting parties for Marchesa and PPQ and now we’re delighted it’s open to the public with the grand opening party this weekend. More photos coming to our website soon.
Described by the judges as ‘Fun, fresh and playful’ we’re delighted to announce we’ve made it through to the next round and Spun London is on the final shortlist for the World Interiors News Awards '14. The winner will be announced at the awards ceremony on 30th October, in the meantime read the judges’ comments in full here.
Nick spoke to OnOffice magazine this month to share his design pet peeves for their popular Shedder feature. Please click here to read the full piece.
The scaffolding is coming down and we’re excited to share the first peek at this new build, contemporary family house in Maidenhead designed by NLS.
We are pleased to announce that our design for Spun London has been selected, among 16 other finalists, for this year’s WIN Awards 2014. Please click here to see the list of finalists.
We are pleased to announce NLS has been appointed to provide a complete refurbishment, interior scheme and furniture package for an impressive 170 sq m apartment in Grosvenor Square.
NLS have just received planning permission for the extensive refurbishment of a substantial London townhouse. This exciting scheme includes a roof, side and basement extension.
We are proud to launch a new chapter in the history of Data Nature Associates. After 10 successful years, Data Nature will now be known as Nick Leith-Smith Architecture + Design.
NLS are designing a new Manolo Blahnik store in Harrods as part of the new 'Shoe Heaven' department. The first stages of design are developing well and we look forward to sharing more images as the project continues.
Spun Sweet Shop was selected to feature on Design Curial. To see further images from the new NLS project and read the full article please click here.
Our new Spun Sweet Shop hits the online press again. Please click here to read the full article on Domus Online.
NLS are excited to announce that our firm has been appointed as lead consultant to design and oversee a new luxury nightclub located in central London. Construction is due to get under way in the next few weeks with a proposed opening this summer.
We are pleased to have our recent Spun project featured on AIT Online. To see the featured images and a selection of technical drawings please click here.
NLS have just achieved planning for this new build contemporary 4 bedroom family house. This environmentally friendly building boasts a 10 week construction programme due to timber frame technology. We'll be excited to share photographs when the project is completed early next year.
NLS has been engaged to conceive a creative and strategic planning solution for this infill artist studio building in Kensington. Here is a first look at the innovative architectural proposal that includes a 2 storey roof top extension and rebuilding the rear facade.
We're proud to announce the NLS designed Manolo Blahnik shop in Seoul has now opened at The Galleria, a local institution for luxury shopping. To see the full project profile please click here.