Nisi Berryman’s favorite color is hot pink and she’s not afraid to use it. “The doors and foyer in my house are that color,” says the owner of Niba Home, who claims pairing feminine hues with wood floors and masculine furnishings renders them gender neutral. “It’s all about striking the right balance.” That same philosophy informs her showroom, where her talent for finding the perfect yin for your yang has made Niba a popular addition to the Miami design scene. “The key is not to get crazy with accessories and color but to mix a well-proportioned piece with something unexpected, like a classic sofa with wild pillows,” says Berryman. “Niba is a welcoming space where we educate people on how things work together.” Her clients learn those lessons amidst a curated selection of accessories and furnishings that include everything from Robert Kuo’s metalwork, to chic lighting by Ochre and Seguso, to Berryman’s own Lucite line. “Miami is a polyglot city with people’s expectations on par with New York, Los Angeles and Paris,” she says. “I strive to keep up with that ideal.”
LX: Most engaging design period:
NB: Midcentury Royale as I think of it—the time of Tommi Parzinger, William Haines, Tony Duquette and T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings.
LX: Favorite cities:
NB: I’d have to say Paris; I’m crazy for the restaurant La Villa and the new Hermès store. In Miami, I love Babalú, and I’m so excited about the relocation of Alchemist.
LX: I always carry...
NB: Way too many lipsticks and Martin Margiela’s (untitled) fragrance.
LX: Entertaining dos and don’ts:
NB: I like artist Jennifer Rubell’s philosophy: Easy, yummy food, plenty of candles and wine, interesting guests and time to hang out with them.
LX: Current projects:
NB: Suite 305 is an upholstered collection I’m launching with Le Jeune Upholstery. The line pairs quality workmanship with the design eye of Niba Home. I’m also working on hardware and other new offerings for the showroom, and I’m up for a number of interior design projects on Miami Beach.