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“This is my simplicity.

Simplicity is a state of mind. And I think simple is beautiful.”

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Alba

‘Alba’ is Gaelic for Scotland, the collection pays tribute to the spiritual home of whisky. The elegant glasses are punctuated by a hand-engraved and cleverly deconstructed Tartan pattern. Each glass is heavy-bottomed, and each carefully tapers towards the brim, holding in the subtle aromas. The decanters, also incorporating the ingenious…

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Stem Zero

Stem Zero is a simple and elegant range of highly sophisticated glassware made to satisfy the most discerning wine connoisseur. A dramatic and characterful glass made for elegant reds. Subtle and light, yet comfortable in the hand, it sensuously swoops towards the brim, intensifying the complex perfume of the wine.

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Mist

From the designer Tamer Nakisçi this trio of vases are made in an extraordinary clear yet corrugated glass. The rippled effect creates an optical illusion reflecting the different colours of the contents in an almost magical way. Flowers particularly are beautifully presented in these vases. However the wider versions are also suited to storing...

An American businesswoman, interior designer and fashion icon...

She is not only an iconic fashion and interior designer, but also a unique and inspirational individual. You can feel her energy and passion in everything that she does and we are excited to bring you on our journey of discovery with her.
With this partnership we combined Nude’s ethos of “simple is beautiful’ with the bold nonagenarian’s instantly recognisable style. Inspired by Iris’s indomitable style we choose Joe Doucet’s collection Alba, Tamer Nakışçı’s Mist and Nude Design Team’s Stem Zero for her.

During this partnership We will unveil a range of customised collectibles inspired by Iris’s indomitable style. Along with these Iris-inspired products, including Tomas Kral’s Beak collection, reimagined in acid bright colours and bold stripes, we will launch additional striking collections throughout the year, culminating in a brand new collection which will be showcased at Maison & Objet 2019.

"As you can see I am hardly a minimalist, I love to layer accessories and dress in colour, but that doesn’t mean I don’t think simple. Nude is my simplicity, simplicity is a state of mind, and I think simple is beautiful."
Iris Apfel

SINGULAR VISION

An influencer before there was Instagram

And the only person who, while alive, has been the subject of a retrospective at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute—Iris Apfel is larger than life. Not literally, of course: At just over five feet tall, the 97-year-old tastemaker just seems that way, with her oversized horn-rim glasses, stacks of bangles lining both arms, and boldly graphic outfits mixing patterns, colors, and textures with aplomb.

Her refined style is the result of her passions, including her times as an interior designer, textile manufacturer, and collector of artisinal and non-Western clothing and jewelry. But the overall effect of her combinations is stunning. Despite the multitude of pieces, taken from different periods and provenances, she looks so modern. Every detail is essential, with nothing more and nothing less. In a way, you even could say it exemplifies Nude’s mantra that “simple is beautiful.”

In fact, that’s exactly how Iris describes her taste: “I like simple objects. But I like to use a lot of them.”

As the face of Nude’s latest campaign—and the inspiration behind its new collection of glassware and decorative objects—Iris exemplifies how simplicity is a state of mind. That when it comes to her, no matter where or with whom she is, she is always herself. She has one personality, one set of core beliefs, and one aesthetic sensibility.

She finds that kindred spirit in Nude. “I like the quality and the design of the company’s pieces,” she says of the appeal. “They have a clean, contemporary feel even though many of them are traditional shapes.” She smiles. “And they mix with everything.”

For those looking to create their own style, Iris has a few pieces of advice. “You have to learn who you are, what your aesthetic is, and how you feel about things,” she says. “You can’t just jump from trend to trend and copy what is around. You have to be true to yourself.”

When you’ve found that essence, that timeless and pure place, everything becomes clear. You know what you stand for, which makes life easier. Which is how Iris can be Iris, and Nude can be Nude. “I think Nude is very careful in protecting its legacy and keeping everything top-drawer,” she says of the brand and its values. “It makes some beautiful things that are absolutely divine.”