Nike Onile made her mark with The Apt by 800 Sq Ft, a shoppable apartment concept in Toronto. She now leads Studio Ode, and has a feature exhibition in the city’s 2022 Nuit Blanche festival. “There’s value in creating safe spaces that pour back into us,” says Nike.
Here, Nike Onile shares her design preferences and predictions.
Mood you’d like to create in a house: A sense of wellness and security.
Current inspiration: Marrakech. It has a vibrancy that rings so loud your body remembers it well after you’ve left. The Jnane Tamsna hotel is a must-stay.
How you decorate for the holidays: A cozy but minimalist winter vibe accented with scents of bergamot and black spruce, and ’90s holiday albums playing on repeat.
Photographer: Angie Choi, Eyekahfoto
Design motto: To create spaces that feel full, each of the senses must be nourished.
Lush yellow upholstery and high-contrast art ground
Community restaurant, which Nike designed in collaboration with Danielle Nicholas Bryk.
Photographer: Andreea Muscurel
Key influence on design trends: Round, soft-edged feminine forms, plants with personality like homegrown avocado trees or ficus Audreys, and comfortable minimalism — spaces that feel light and spacious but lend themselves to lounging.
Pictured above is a rowhouse in Toronto’s Cabbagetown neighborhood designed by Nike.
Photographer: Courtesy of Studio Ode
Over: Fast-fashion interiors, all-white kitchens and shades of gray.
Nike has her eye on the high-gloss
Luco table ( pictured), which is anything but boring with its vibrant colorways. It’s also handmade in France.
Photographer: Courtesy of The Invisible Collection
Luco Table by Studioparisien, approx. $16,496,
Color Crush: Palm (CC4), Farrow & Ball
Pair It With: Citrona (CC3), Farrow & Ball
Author: Rosemary Poole
House & Home November 2021