Nini Andrade Silva
Nini Andrade Silva, one of the most prestigious interior designers in the world, was born in Funchal, Madeira.
She graduated in design at the Institute of Visual Arts, Design and Marketing (IADE) in Lisbon, and simultaneously pursued her academic and professional experience abroad, where she studied and worked in New York, London, Paris, South Africa and Denmark.
Andrade Silva’s work is internationally recognized, putting the Portuguese name alongside the best designers in the world. She is the creative mind behind multiple hotels.
With impressive across the world, Nini has seen her work recognized and a constant presence in prestigious publications worldwide, such as the New York Times, Financial Times, Harrolds, Condé Nast Travelle, Rolls Royce Excellence Guide, Wallpaper, and Monocle, among others.
As a result of this recognition, last June 2011, she was distinguished by the Portuguese Government with the Honoured Title “Grau de Oficial da Ordem do Infante D. Henrique”, by her rendered outstanding service to Portugal, within and abroad.
Andrade Silva is also an international consultant for IADE, thus integrating the panel of guest lecturers to the School of Design, and received the IADE CAREER AWARD in 2010.
Recently she was appointed Cultural Ambassador for “Guimarães 2012, European Capital.”
In pursuing her passions, the designer has dedicated herself to “discovering worlds in the world.”
Over the last 20 years, Nini has travelled to several different countries, among many other journeys in which she socialized with the locals, learned their culture which has added to her work, incorporating multiculturalism and transversality in the art that so well characterizes her work and that distinguishes it around the world.
Andrade Silva’s has left her mark in various areas of society both academic and professional, as she’s often asked to be a speaker at various conferences, lectures and debates.
The invitations come from different areas such as universities, cultural institutions, TED Talks, fairs, and seminars.
In parallel to her trajectory as an acknowledged international architect of interior and design, Nini embraced two great passions, painting and helping the needy. Nini’s painting is included in one of the largest collections of Contemporary Art in the world, the Berardo Collection, present in museums around the world, namely in Portugal, Ireland and New York.
Currently, she is involved in numerous projects all over the world, notably in Dubai, Malaysia, and Singapore, and Colombia. The brand image “Girl of the Pebble,” is used to help children and is associated with a reminiscence of the designer’s childhood, since this is the name by which were known the children in need of Funchal.
At the end of 2015, Nini Andrade Silva opened her Design Centre located in Madeira Island dedicated to her career, designs and story and cultural roots of her home. The artist’s private collection is at the core of the creation of the Design Centre Nini Andrade Silva, a project constructed around a museographical speech that will enable a better understanding, in an unprecedented way, of the history and culture of Madeira Island and its strong connection to the sea.
Besides documenting the designer’s career path and work, the Design Centre intends, in an active and dynamic way, to assume itself as a hub and lab of ideas, a centre for development and innovation with a specific incidence in interior and product design, a place where all artistic thought and expressions and can meet.