Established in the early 1980s by Joe Nahem and Tom Fox, the New York City firm Fox-Nahem Associates is known for spirited, unpretentious rooms executed in a range of styles and often complementing serious architecture.
Born and raised in New York City, Joe Nahem graduated from Parsons School of Design in New York and Paris where he studied under celebrated designers such as Joe D’Urso and John Saladino. Joe Nahem has been at the helm of the company since the passing of his partner, Tom Fox, in 2003, but their work continues to be a celebration of their partnership.
Recently completed projects include Park Avenue duplexes, New York City townhouses, a Martha’s Vineyard farm house, Hamptons’ beach houses, and so on.
Exuberant mixes of new with vintage and antiques, colors and textures, their work has an edge without being over the top, joining conformability and stylishness in their designs. They often use warm tones – rich wood, plush caramel and soft cream give the space inviting warmth – like coming home to a favorite warm drink on a cold day.
The warm tones are balanced with crisp white walls that keep it feeling fresh and sophisticated.
Compared to a today’s “Hollywood Regency” phase where embellishments and decoration seem almost too commonplace-like, where mixes seem too forced, Fox Nahem’s restraint shows a purpose in the mix, shows a reverence for timeless design.