ANNE NIXON IS A FOUNDING PRINCIPAL OF BROOKLYN OFFICE LLC,
an architecture, design, and multi-disciplinary studio engaged in design projects at a variety of scales, including buildings, art installations, private residences, furniture design and research. Brooklyn Office was established in 2005 in a former manufacturing building in Williamsburg as a cooperative space with other designers and artists, and the spirit of open collaboration is maintained as the firm has developed a substantial body of work.
Since entering the profession, Anne Nixon has led numerous architecture and arts-related projects in New York, Los Angeles, and international sites. She has worked on highprofile art installations at Art Basel Gagosian Gallery/Vera Lutter and with the Metropolitan Museum of Art for Cloud City/Tomas Saraceno and Big Bambu/Doug+Mike Starn. The studio has been the recipient of three AIA design awards for speculative and built work.
Anne Nixon is also a founding member at Art Ancora, an artist consultancy in NY.
Art Ancora works with artists facing challenges at various stages in their careers to forge strategic partnerships with galleries and art advisers, helping them engage in a vigorous, productive way that ensures maximum impact.
According to Nixon, "Design is what you don’t notice as much as what you notice." Every item has to complement the other elements in a design, and should serve a dual function, spatially or performatively. In design and production there is a careful reconsideration of proportion, material and the relation of objects—even light itself is a material.
Nixon is a licensed architect in the state of New York. She has a Masters in Architecture from Yale University and undergraduate degrees in Architecture and Art/Art History from Rice University.
This 1500 SF duplex is located in a pre-war cast iron building in Manhattan's Tribeca neighborhood. The design uses the insertion of two new stairs—one steel and wood and one glass—to create a triple height space from the living room to the glass-planked landing at the terrace level (which was previously not directly accessed from the apartment) and a skylight above. Abundant, natural light filters through the glass-planked stair, increased window openings, and upper and lower clerestory at the bedroom to create a changing hue, tone and character to the space throughout the course of the day.
This restaurant and bar is located in the Rockefeller Townhouses in Midtown Manhattan, the former home of John D. Rockefeller and his family. The renovation provides two levels of dining, a wood paneled bar, private dining rooms, and a light-filled event space. A series of visually varied screens allow for intimate dining and conversation, with ceiling and perimeter coves providing luminous space without visible light source. Beveled walnut and bronze screens, leather doors and handrail, and translucent leaded glass are layered within the space.