Anatomy of a Room: DISC Interiors' Sophisticated Nursery

(DISC Interiors nursery at Living Homes C6 at Dwell On Design 2013. Image by Izumi Tanaka Photography)
Once in a while, a room comes along that makes us reshuffle our mental list of all-time favorite nurseries. The above space, created by Lonny's Next Big Name design duo DISC Interiors for last year's Dwell on Design, is such a room. "We wanted to make a nursery that felt both sophisticated and playful at the same time, without using pastels or bright colors," explains DISC cofounder David John Dick of the pair's starting point. Given our enduring obsession with the results, we asked Dick to break down the project's central element—in case, you know, you want to replicate it down to the last detail and claim it came to you in some sort of sublime decorating dream. (It could happen?)

The Lighting: MacDougal Floor Lamp by Visual Comfort

DISC says
: "We absolutely love how sculptural this minimal lamp felt in the room."

We say
: There's something whimsical about the brass tripod stand—proving you don't have to be cutesy-cutesy to be mini-person-appropriate.

The Backdrop: Tapestry Wallpaper by Cavern Home

DISC says: "We selected it because it has this hand-drawn quality and remarkable visual texture, almost like a grass cloth wallpaper would."

We say: Black-and-white wallpaper is an emphatic "do" for modern-feeling kids' rooms—the palette offers contrast and versatility, and also ages well.

The Crib: Stokke Sleepi Concept by Stokke

DISC says
: "This crib is from a Norwegian company, and it has a pared-down simplicity and Scandinavian-meets-Shaker quality to the design that we gravitated towards." 

We say
: When it comes to cribs, less is definitely more; we love the streamlined silhouette and blonde wood finish of this piece—add a throw with handmade detailing to create interest.

The Artwork
: Frohawk Two Feathers's I Get the Paper So I Don't Care at Taylor de Cordoba 

DISC says
: "Original art really energizes the entire room. Children are so creative, so having art in a nursery makes total sense."

We say
:  A figurative work with a strong sense of character is an easy way to add instant personality and history to a room.

The Furniture: Lyto Chair and Pouf Ottoman from Cisco Home.

DISC says
: "For this room, we brought in leather, linen, and cork floor—all materials that have a warmth to them."

We say
: The linen ottoman is a straight-up MVP for its all-purpose functionality—use it to put your feet up, for seating, or as a surface for books.
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