Annette Nix

“Internationally renowned carpet queen …”
Young European Designers (pub. daab 2005)

Since graduating in textiles design from London’s Central St Martin’s Annette
Nix has worked for more than 25 years as a designer and maker of some of the
world’s finest bespoke contemporary rugs and carpets.

Tastes and techniques change over the years. 25 years ago Annette was personally knotting and tufting rugs from her Spitalfields studio, working with wools, silks and other textiles. She has incorporated materials as divers as sheet metal, stones, water and even cacti and live fish into highly individual designs. Of course, there will always be demand for luxurious hand knotted and hand tufted wool and silk rugs. But of late demand has also grown for cooler flat weave and aubusson rugs in wools, cottons and more rustic materials, particularly from clients in hotter climes.

Whatever the materials and techniques Annette’s clients continue to benefit from her unique combination of insightful appreciation of the intended setting for a rug or carpet, deep understanding of materials and techniques, and unparalleled imagination, as well as her personal oversight of all aspects of the design and manufacturing process.

 

Exhibitions (selection)

  • A Grand Design, Victoria & Albert Museum, London
  • Design for living, Cambridge Contemporary Art
  • UK Now, Melbourne/Sydney, Australia and Auckland, New Zealand (sponsored by British consul)
  • Design Resolutions, Royal Festival Hall, London
  • Harvey Nichols, London
  • Britain & Saudi Arabia – Partners in progress – Jeddah
  • New Material Workshop, Hong Kong
  • Now You See It, Queen Elizabeth Hall, South Bank, London
  • Decorative Arts Today, Bonhams, London
  • West, New Material Workshop, Tokyo, Japan
  • British European Design Group, Glasgow
  • British European Design Group, Bremen, Germany
  • Solo Exhibition, Liberty, London
  • Ligne Roset, London (solo show)
  • Royal Academy of Arts, London
  • The Chartered Society of Designers, London
  • Blackheath Gallery, London
  • Jersey Arts Centre, Channel Islands (solo show)
  • Catto Gallery Hampstead, London

 

Corporate commissions (selection)

RUGS

  • Gillette Ltd
  • Jigsaw, Menswear
  • Hampstead Homes
  • Sport Soccer
  • Soho 601
  • Diageo
  • DEGW
  • Warner Music International
  • Bates Dorland
  • Big Breakfast, Channel Four
  • E & Y Tokyo
  • Design Solutions
  • London Electricity Board
  • Mary Fox-Linton
  • Balli Group
  • Ligne Roset
  • Charles Rutherfoord
  • The Royal Academy of Arts
  • Areen Design Services Ltd
  • Wolff Olins
  • Linda Morey-Smith
  • Ivory Gate (UK) Ltd,
  • Deja Mahoney, London
  • Ralif Safin, London
  • White & Case (Gensler)
  • AllianceBernstein (Gensler)

PAINTINGS

  • Bank Julius Baer, Guernsey
  • Gillette Ltd
  • Chancery Court Hotel, London
  • Octogan Development, London
  • Corinthia Grand Hotel, Budapest
  • Hyatt Residence,Warsaw
  • Sandy Lane Hotel, Barbados
  • Kingsway Hall Hotel, London
  • The Refinery, London
  • Steve Cosser, London
  • Sandy Gumm, Edenhawk Ltd, London
  • Ralif Safin, London
  • Allgemeine Hypotheken Bank
  • Tokyo Marine Properties Ltd
  • Terry Sadler, Bioglan Pharma Plc

 

Private commissions (selection)

RUGS

  • Princess Nora Bint Sudan (Saudi Arabia)
  • The pop group Snap (Germany)
  • Alan Wilder from Depeche Mode
  • Jenny Armit Interiors
  • Clarges Realty Ltd
  • Whitmore-Thomas Design Consultants
  • Forum Architects (Cyprus)
  • Al Juffali (Saudi Arabia)
  • Guida Machado, Sao Paulo (Brazil)
  • F.Giraudi (Monte Carlo)
  • Innovations Ltd (South Africa)
  • David Pears
  • Grahame Wallace
  • Alsou and Ralif Safin

 

Featured on …

  • Live feature on Woman’s Hour, BBC Radio Four
  • Filmed for “Style File”European Business News, Wall Street Journal Cable TV
  • Featured on Morning Television BBC1
  • Featured on “This Morning” LWT
  • Featured in “The Flooring Book” and “Young European Designers” 2005