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Rianna + Nina

The RIANNA + NINA universe; one that treasures bold statements, exuberant color and old world artisanship. Designers and founders Rianna and Nina met by chance at a vintage furniture fair where they quickly realized that they both share a passion for vintage fabric, vibrant prints, traveling and a positive way of living.

Astrological sign?
Nina Knaudt: Gemini
Rianna Nektaria Kounou: Scorpio

Lucky number?
NK: I don’t have one
RNK: 9 and 18

Favorite color?
NK: Colorful
RNK: Blue

Morning, Noon, or Night?
NK: Mornings for the freshness, nights for the excitement
RNK: Night, because I just love to dance!

Green Tea, Black Tea, or Herbal Tea?
NK: Green Tea
RNK: Herbal Tea

Sugar, Splenda, or Stevia?
NK: None
RNK: Sugar

Red, White, or Rosé?
NK: Rosé for sure
RNK: Rosé

Spicy, Salty, or Sweet?
NK: It’s all in the mix.
RNK: Sweet

Sandwich, Soup, or Salad?
NK: Sandwich
RNK: Sandwich

Black, white or color?
NK: This is pretty obvious when you look at our designs…
RNK: Of course color! And color only!

Is your closet messy or neat?
NK: Messy unfortunately since I became a mum
RNK: Organized chaos

What’s your favorite room in your home?
NK: Love our open kitchen/living room area.
RNK: The kitchen, because I love to cook for my family and friends.

What do you collect?
NK: Books
RNK: Everything I love! Ceramics, scarfs, fabrics, books, glasses… I don’t know what I don’t collect…

Dream dinner guest?
NK: Eating & Drinking with Princess Diana, Ernest Hemmingway, Johnny Depp and Frida Kahlo. Dancing after with Fred Astaire and Josephine Baker. Oh and all that always with Rianna by my side of course, because we always have so much fun together. And could we bring our husbands, please.

RNK: Dinner with all my RIANNA + NINA Team after the lock down in my summer house in South of Greece! Eating, drinking and dancing outside until the early morning.

Sunday ritual?
NK: Banana pancakes from my husband and countryside trips after with our little Heidi.
RNK: Flea market stroll and then eat breakfast with my son and husband in my favorite Berlin café Heide!

Favorite flower?
NK: Peony
RNK: Sunflowers

Favorite scent?
NK: Cotton candy and fresh linen
RNK: Fig

Cheat meal?
NK: Pasta with cheese
RNK: Peanut Flips

Favorite place to escape to when you need a moment of respite?
NK: My bed
RNK: My sofa

Talent you’d like to have?
NK: Cooking
RNK: Singing

Quality you want to be remembered by?
NK: Being a good companion for my family and friends.
RNK: Being a good mother.

Best thing about Berlin?
NK: That it is a big city with all the options but is still not as hectic as many others.
RNK: Freedom! Berlin allows me to be who I am!

It’s hard not to be reminiscent of the past, and distracted by the future. How do you strive to live in the moment?
NK: I have always been pretty good at that. Being thankful for the moment, even the smaller and hectic ones. Plus my daughter Heidi helps me a lot with that every day, too.
RNK: I always come back to the creative process! While creating I am happy and fulfilled in the now!

What does Considered Luxury mean to you?
NK: Respect & Gratitude. You don’t need all of it, just choose the best for yourself and be deeply thankful.
RNK: Time to choose wisely with respect.

What was the inspiration behind starting your brand?
NK: It was a very natural process and all about intuition that we have started RIANNA + NINA. It’s our shared love for vintage, extraordinary beautiful fabrics and craftsmanship. And the feeling that there are the right people out there who would appreciate that as well. That are longing for luxurious pieces which tell a story and are truly unique.

RNK: After being born into the vintage world and working with vintage materials for many years I was ready for a next exciting challenge. Nina is the best partner in crime I could have wished for! Together we were able to reach a next level and created something really unique and extraordinary! A colorful, one-of-a-kind world!

Give three words that describe your brand:
NK: Finally something new.
RNK: Unique colorful world!