Owner and principal designer at NAK Interiors in Santa Fe, Nicole Abby Kuckly is a graduate of Parsons School of Design and The Sotheby’s Decorative Arts Program in London. Her career started in New York where she grew up, and transitioned to New Mexico in 2018.
Her career in design started as a young girl accompanying her father, Martin Kuckly, a New York-based interior designer, to all his weekend client meetings. She would “tag along” so she could spend time with her dad. In her early 20s she started working for him and soon became his partner at Kuckly Associates.
The father-daughter Kuckly design team enjoyed a wildly successful and fun 20+ years completing residential and country club projects together around the country (New York, Greenwich, Westport, Boston, Nantucket, Cape Cod, Palm Beach, Los Angeles) as well as two renowned boutique hotels on Nantucket – The Wauwinet and The White Elephant.
Although Nicole received a career-boosting education at the distinguished Parsons school, it was her father who really perfected her craft. He taught her how to feel space, to understand the flow of a house, to analyze the personality of the architecture and, most importantly, to deeply understand and intuit the habits and desires of the client.
It is with this foundation that Nicole continues to grow and evolve as a designer. Every new project pushes her to think and design differently than the last. This is what Nicole loves most about her career.