Nebihe Cihan is an interior designer of Turkish origin. She studied at Parsons School of Design in New York but now lives and works in London. Her international background and passion for art caused the creation of this interior in California with pure elegance.
Nebihe Cihan Studio designed the interior of a luxurious home, named Bel Air Residence, in the exclusive residential area Bel Air in Los Angeles. Because of her experience as a senior designer in high-end store design with Catherine Malandrino and Michael Kors, she is known as a designer who likes to work with exclusive pieces and luxurious materials. Shop design showed Cihan the importance of architecture and how it can influence the user.
The interior design studio’s goal was to create a classic Californian home with a Mediterranean feel.
The interior design studio’s goal was to create a classic Californian home with a Mediterranean feel. In doing so the panoramic view had to be combined with the interior so that the outside and the inside space merge. The colours of the house were deliberately kept sober and soft so that the pastel works of art -collected from galleries ranging from Kukje Gallery in Seoul to Galerie Perrotin in Paris- neither stand out nor blend in. An exception to this is the lounge in the basement. This room was almost entirely decorated in black with a neon work of art by Laurent Grasso at the entrance of the room. The artificial light coming from the artwork is intended to spark the user’s curiosity and attract attention to the contrasting, dark lounge. Clearly there is no lack of artworks and design objects in this home. These elements form the basis of a luxurious, stylish interior according to Cihan. A number of objects that complete the interior are the 'Ocean Memories' sofa by Mathieu Lehanneur, a Mickey drawing by Joyce Pensato, a work from the 'We Are Coming Out' series by Laure Prouvost, a 'Protester IV' sculpture by Pedro Reyes, and so on. Nebihe Cihan carefully combines international, artistic influences in a luxurious interior. She created a dwelling that is coherent despite containing several different stories. Photography: Matt Harrington