Step Into the Expertly Curated World of Design Firm Nickey Kehoe
In a ‘30s-era building in West Hollywood, the creative minds of Todd Nickey and Amy Kehoe come together at their interior design firm and specialty shop aptly named Nickey Kehoe.
In this location since April 2012, the duo have collaborated on their residential and commercial design projects while also curating what has become a shopping destination for the stylish design-minded. Featuring vintage finds, custom furniture, and hand-selected goods from around the world, the beautifully merchandised shop is a treasure trove of unique offerings and one-of-a-kind items. Having recently expanded their design firm by moving into a new office space in the same building, the designers let us in for a tour of their stunning shop and studio.
A year ago, seeing potential not yet realized in the duo’s retail outfit, Nickey took a step back from client work to refocus on the shop. “It was at a point where we needed to grow it and embrace our opportunities, and as a result we’ve seen a tremendous shift in the success of the store.”
Nickey Kehoe Pair of Black Leather Bruno Mathsson Ingrid Chairs ($5600)
The shop’s central retail area is flanked by small, hidden courtyards which feature a bubbling fountain and racks of garden accessories. “It’s very unusual to have a courtyard, it’s a great little feature,” says Nickey.
Sourcing their unique and vintage finds is a task for a team, and the duo have assembled one. “For us, buying is all over the place,” say Nickey. “We’ll take buying trips to Europe, to France and Italy. We also have people there that shop for us and constantly keep us updated on their finds.”
Along with their international sources, Nickey and Kehoe take shopping trips to the East Coast, scour flea markets, and attend auctions both in Los Angeles and online.
In addition to the vintage pieces, art, and lighting that is on offer, as well as their line of custom furniture, the shop also features unique pottery, textiles, and gifts from local and international wholesalers.
“We try to keep it as artisanal as possible,” Nickey shares, referring to the shop’s ready-made merchandise. “We work with people who hand-make pottery or rugs and curate their offerings so that it’s something that’s particular to us. That way we can keep it special.”
“We want it to be so that what you find here you can’t really find at other places,” the designer says.
“Blurring the shop and the design work is great on an aesthetic level for Amy and me, and we do like that culture of everyone working together,” Nickey tells us when asked about taking on both a retail space and design firm within the same walls. “But we do have to remember they are two completely different groups.”
“Amy and I both ride that space between shopkeepers and interior designers, so we like to be in the thick of things,” says Nickey.
Right off the shop’s main floor, a small space houses the design firm’s sample library, along with the workspaces of the two principals. “Having the design library downstairs forces the interaction between us and the designers who are working upstairs,” say Nickey.
Upstairs in the interior design studio, pinboards and a central meeting table in the new space enable Nickey and Kehoe to collaborate with the other designers.
“It’s a relatively small office, but we designed and had custom desks made so that each designer has their own large workspace,” shares the designer.
“It’s just quieter up there and it’s very light with the windows,” says Nickey. “It’s not huge, but it’s nice for the design staff to have the separation from the chaos of the shop and the foot traffic.”
“Now that we have this calibrated where we are happy with where the store is, I’m back to taking more clients on,” shares Nickey. “Still heavily focused on the shop, but the machine is running at the speed we want and we have an amazing staff who help us keep it that way.”
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