Born in Italy’s South Tyrol in 1984, Nicole Valenti moved to Florence, where she graduated in Decoration from the Academy of Fine Arts, majoring in multimedia arts.
Immediately after graduating, she won a scholarship and a tenure at the Academy of Florence as a Decoration Teacher. Her background and experience range from scenography to graphics, from sculpture to photography.
While the innate passion for spaces brings Nicole to the design of furniture, objects, and accessories, she never lost her connection with the art world.
In 2018, she founded NJ interiors which recently became NIVA design: an atelier that develops design products with the best and most renowned Italian artisans.
The item that best represents NIVA’s world is undoubtedly the door handle, which is reinterpreted, drawing inspiration from natural and mysterious worlds while offering original textures and tactile experiences. Every day objects are transformed into sculptures and acquire new meanings.
Aside from arts, Nicole never stops nurturing another life-long passion, shamanism; she expands her knowledge of this and other related topics, making several field trips worldwide.
The dreamlike world is one of the hallmarks that has always inspired and accompanied Nicole. Through her dreams, Nicole manages to give life to imaginary worlds and dimensions filled with distinct elements and shapes that become real projects.
Driven by an intense curiosity, she seeks to meet the unknown, hence new ideas and life inspirations.