We had the good fortune of connecting with Nil Erbil and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nil, what are you inspired by?
I started playing around with design at an early age – experimenting in my room and changing objects around which drove my parents crazy. I have always been curious and inspired by different cultures and aesthetics from around the world. I am a world citizen and have been traveling since a very young age. My parents sent me to different countries for summer school every year, and as I got older, I continued my travels by studying abroad. I loved immersing myself in new places and admiring different lifestyles. Today, my exposure to other cultures around the world translates into my work as a constant source of inspiration. I love to mix and match different styles and tell a story through every space that I create.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I was born a creative soul. Practicality is a priority in my design work and I challenge myself to create unique visions in short periods of time. I find that I am most creative late at night when everyone else is asleep. This is my ideal time to gather inspiration and put together concepts. Enveloping myself in silent moments allows me to dive into my own world.
Independence is the key to my success, as I never let fear dissuade me from my dreams. To me, life is a continuous learning process, and I accept the challenges that life brings me. Every morning, I believe a new story is waiting for me.
My story began in hospitality and I believe that hospitality applies to all areas of our lives, not only in restaurants and hotels, but in our homes as well. I love how the moment you walk through the door of the spaces I design, it feels inviting.
Cultural exchanges give me power to bring unique touches to spaces. Believing in my own vision and giving myself creative freedom is vital to my success.
Stylemood is always inspired by a mix of old and new things, this way, there is a connection between the past, present, and future. Our goal is to incorporate a thoughtful mix of inspirations, that come together to create a unique, memorable environment.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Soho House, West Hollywood for drinks at the Sunset Tower Little Beach House, Malibu
Mauro’s Cafe for casual lunch
Cafe Stella, Los Feliz for dinner
Rosebowl Flea for vintage hunting
Tree of wishes melrose lunch dinner
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’m designing a community around art, cinema, music, and fashion – a play/work space in Los Feliz. The project is called Madison Studio LA and opens at the end of June. The opening will feature the work of Alexsandre Charriol, an artist who’s talent I greatly admire and reminds me of a young Matisse. I am proud to bring his murals and art to public.
Photographer Sam Gezari