Knoll at Nicholas Lawrence Design

We are excited to announce that Nicholas Lawrence Design is now a Knoll Studio Retailer. We are very proud to be part of the Knoll family– Modern Always®

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Interior Designer Showroom now open at Nicholas Lawrence

Stop into the Nicholas Lawrence Interior Designer Showroom which is now open at the Art Place, in Palm Desert’s Design District.

The retail and to-the-trade showroom offers highly regarded brands of Contemporary Furniture: Alf Da Frè, DellaRobbia, Made Goods, Trica, and many other lines.

In addition to a curated selection of accessories, lighting and rugs from Shiraz Rug Gallery, our showroom gallery features original art work from David Stanton and others.

When you visit you’ll love our favorite home fragrances from Nest and an unique delicious collection of fancy foods.

Interior Designer Showroom now open

DellaRobbia Tucker Sectional Sofa with painting by artist David Stanton. Area rug from Shiraz Rug Gallery.


Interior Designer Showroom now open

Aldo Londi Bull from Bitossi Ceramiche with Blanc-de Chine Porcelain

Interior Designer Showroom now open

Ceramic Table Lamp with Grey and Gold Shade

Interior Designer Showroom now open

Johniene Papandreas’ painting Like Mind with DellaRobbia’s Mila Chairs

Nicholas Lawrence Design News: Art Opening March 18, 2016 at Gallery Lazzaro

Solo Exhibition March 18 – April 15, 2016

On March 18, Johniene Papandreas present pieces from her body of work at Gallery Lazarro in Palm Desert, Calif. The show will feature four distinctive series: Fixation, a series focusing on human expression; Botanica, in which the artist explores what she calls “the secret life of plants — lush, mysterious, and sensual things that are happening in nature, in the dark, in the undergrowth, that we’re not even aware of”; Body Language, a series designed to elicit a visceral rather than emotional response from the viewer; and a fourth series the artist says is yet to be categorized.

The show, called “A Space Between Breaths,” explores the unsaid and the unseen, much of which was inspired by Johniene’s career in theater and corporate design. “In theater, it’s not so much about what’s happening on the stage as about what has happened, what will happen, and what is happening off stage,” she says. “It’s all about subtext. And it’s the same with my paintings. Like Miles Davis says, ‘You play the notes between the notes.’ And that’s what I’m trying to do. It’s about freezing those fleeting micro-expressions that you don’t see, but you sense.”

A Space-02

In Attendance Copyright

A fascination with subtext- with reading between the lines– tuning in to the unspoken…

Opening Reception: Meet the Artist Friday, March 18, 2016 4pm – 8pm

With special wine sponsor:


On Saturday, March 19, 2016 from 10am – 4pm the artist will be available to discuss commissions


41801 Corporate Way, Suite 13, Palm Desert, CA 92260   760.406.1099

Art Gallery Grand Opening




Grand Opening!

Nicholas Lawrence Design opens Gallery Lazzaro,

a new Contemporary Art Gallery in Palm Desert, at The Art Place.


Through March 15, 2016

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41801 Corporate Way, Suite 13, Palm Desert, CA 92260


Collaboration: “The Blessings of Harvest”

As designers we are fortunate to collaborate with many talented artists, artisans, makers, and fabricators. When we connect with others whose aesthetic and ideology dovetail perfectly with our own, the experience, and the results, of working together are truly a blessing. When it comes to rewarding collaborations, Erickson Woodworking is top on our list.

Erickson Woodworking, a most talented Northern California furniture Studio, has been making studio furniture for more than 40 years. Their work is represented in various collections, including the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Yale University Art Gallery. We have collaborated with them on a number of tables. Shown below is the latest of these creations, which they have generously named the “Lazzaro” table.


Whether it’s architecture, interior architecture, interior design, furnishing or decorating, at Nicholas Lawrence Design Associates, “the most important thing about design is how it relates to people.” Robert and Tor Erickson agree.

“At Erickson Woodworking we make enduring, functional objects that are beautiful to behold and that fit like well-made clothes. When people talk about craft, discussions tend to focus on tools, materials and techniques. The question that often goes lost is: does the use of this object give pleasure to its owners? Does it make their lives better? When someone first sits in one of our chairs, their pleasure is immediate and evident. We hear all the time from people who have owned our chairs for decades that the startling comfort they initially experienced in using the piece has endured. In the end, this is what matters most.”


It may be that the crisp November mornings are inspiring us to wax poetic, or the beauty of the rich figuring in the finely sculpted and lovingly finished wood of these tables—We can’t help but feel grateful for these collaborations, and proud to work with these fine fellows– these fine American– Californian artists.

In our studio, a musical score often plays in the background. Today it is Aaron Copland’s “The Tender Land.” His musical setting of Erik Johns’ (aka Horace Everett) inspired text conveys our feelings perfectly:

The Promise of Living

“The promise of living with hope and thanksgiving
Is born of our loving our friends and our labor.
The promise of growing with faith and with knowing,
Is born of our sharing our love with our neighbor.
The promise of loving, the promise of growing,
Is born of our singing in joy and thanksgiving.

For many a year we’ve know these fields
and know all the work that makes them yield.
We’re ready to work, we’re ready to lend a hand.
By working together we’ll bring in the blessings of harvest.

We plant each row with seeds of grain,
and Providence sends us the sun and the rain.
By lending a hand, by lending an arm,
Bring out the blessings of harvest.

Give thanks there was sunshine, give thanks there was rain,
Give thanks we have hands to deliver the grain.
O let us be joyful, O let us be grateful to the Lord for his blessing.

The promise of living, the promise of growing,
The promise of ending is labor and sharing and loving.”