CONTRIBUTING TO A SUSTAINABLE CULTURE - THE MOST SENSIBLE, BEAUTIFUL AND SMARTEST CHOICE
NICOLE LACHELLE AND CHRISTIAN NIESSEN, FOUNDERS OF THE WOODCREATIVE DESIGN PRACTICE AND THE WOODBUILDING ® BRAND
As creative leaders, we work with our partner network and above all, our clients, to deliver the solution they need and love
We lead all stages of a project - from strategy / planning to a completed space or building - with a consistent visual identity, meaningful architectural and technical solutions - and a special focus towards a healthy, sustainable and holistic solution
Our roots are in the alpine region, but we have been living and working in metropolises for over 25 years - New York, Milan, Paris and Vienna - the direct and lived experience of major cities, different cultures and urban lifestyles - concrete - steel - glass - informs our aesthetics, but also specifies the contrast - nature and serenity
THE WOODBUILDING ( CH_S_01 ) project, completed 2014 in southern Switzerland, was the first freestanding building we created from idea to completed building, showcasing the material and construction principles, establishing our vision as a brand - THE WOODBUILDING ® - a registered brand name that is synonymous with future- oriented, sustainable solid wood buildings that we develop with a dedication to the highest quality standards and a holistic design vision - from draft to completed building.
We offer a clear design language, a consistent approach to sustainable and renewable construction methods, but no generic, standard solution
Every project is developed along specific requirements, to its use and location - THE WOODBUILDING ® - instantly recognizable, but never the same, never generic - pure, calm and healthy - living in THE WOODBUILDING ® - a unique, sensible and beautiful choice.
NICOLE LACHELLE AND CHRISTIAN NIESSEN
Working as designers, creative directors and entrepreneurs within the fashion and luxury industries since the early nineties - fashion and product design, interior design, spatial design, as well as strategic planning and content creation are a constant part of their creative work for international brands such as HELMUT LANG, PRADA, ROBERTO CAVALLI and JIL SANDER.
Before establishing the design and creative consulting company ART AND VANITY in New York in 2002 with Nicole, Christian worked for HELMUT LANG from 1991 to 2003, as Head of the Design Studio and as his right-hand / second in command directly with Helmut Lang on all aspects of the creative development for all collections and the brand.
Many pieces resulting from his work during the decade 1992 - 2003 can be found in permanent collections of museums around the world or are sought-after vintage collector items
Individuality and Responsible Luxury - men’s and women’s clothing, accessories and other objects - each no_editions item has a unique design with serial number. Innovative finishings with Sterling / Argentium silver and a responsible production in Italy and Switzerland contribute to waste reduction and resource conservation, a step towards a circular economy.