Alexandra Bernaudin was born in Paris in 1973 where she grew up and graduated in architecture at Beaux-Arts. She worked for the company Gilles et Boissier on restaurants, retail and residential projects and on a major sailing boat renovation project. She then was hired by glasses designer Alain Mikli to develop Philip Starck’s concept in his worldwide stores for 3 years, mostly in Japan. In the past 3 years Alexandra Bernaudin has been managing the YOO high-end condominium projects for Philippe Starck and has collaborated on the Yamu hotel project.
Chiara Patrassi was born in Rome in 1973. She was raised in Rome where she started architecture school and graduated in Paris at Beaux-Arts. She went to New York to work for Peter Marino. During this first experience a passion for interior design was born. Coming back to Paris, Chiara Patrassi worked for JM Wilmotte and Louis Vuitton Malletier. For LV she managed over 25 stores projects in the US, Brasil, Mexico, and China. Joining Philippe Starck’s office in 2007, she managed The Yamu hotel project and two residential buildings projects in Los Angeles.
Why NIDO? NIDO, a simple and short word that can be easily pronounced anywhere in the world. NIDO also has a meaning that highlights Bernaudin and Patrassi’s vision of architecture: “il nido” (the nest in italian) tells about the first purpose of architecture: give man a shelter, comfort. They believe that in order to provide this feeling of wellness, the architect has to create alchemy between various tools such as volume and proportions of space, materials, use of light, treatment of air and temperature, protection from noise.Luis Barragàn once said: Any work of architecture which does not express serenity is a mistake.