Teardrop Earrings Inspire Nickel & Suede's Office by Matthew Hufft

At the Liberty, Missouri, headquarters of accessories company Nickel & Suede, designed by Hufft, samples of leather used in the jewelry back the stained-oak stair. Photography by Hufft.

It’s the usual success story: A Missouri mom/fashion blogger needs statement earrings, so she crafts a pair from scrap leather in a simple teardrop shape. That was 2013. Today, the resulting Nickel & Suede, founded by Kilee Nickels and her husband Soren, is a multimillion-dollar company with 30 employees—plus part-time help from their five toddler sons. No longer able to work out of their basement, the Nickels turned to fellow Missourian, architect Matthew Hufft, to design their 12,500-square-foot headquarters in Liberty. Hufft and co-principal Jeff Kloch responded with elements inspired by N&S packaging and product. The charcoal-stained stair nods to the dark, minimal ribbon wrapping each gift box. The conference table was fabricated by Hufft’s in-house shop in the form of the brand’s Gem earrings, and it’s backed by a mural abstracting the letters in the company name. In restrooms, mirrors mimic the jewelry that started it all.

Custom restroom mirrors in the shape of the brand’s signature teardrop earrings (below). Photography by Hufft.
Photography by Hufft.
The conference room’s custom table and Meg Biram mural. Photography by Hufft.
ONLINE EXCLUSIVE. The just-opened Nickel & Suede store. Photography courtesy of Nickel & Suede.
ONLINE EXCLUSIVE. The Nickel & Suede store. Photography courtesy of Nickel & Suede.
ONLINE EXCLUSIVE. The Nickel & Suede store. Photography courtesy of Nickel & Suede.
ONLINE EXCLUSIVE. The Nickel & Suede store. Photography courtesy of Nickel & Suede.
ONLINE EXCLUSIVE. The Nickel & Suede store. Photography courtesy of Nickel & Suede.


> See more from the October 2019 issue of Interior Design

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