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16 Years After Moving to L.A., Nickey Kehoe’s Founders Go Back to Their New York Roots

Words by Olivia Lidbury
a man and a woman sitting on the steps of a building

Photography by Kate Jordan

Nickey Kehoe’s charming New York townhouse takes its co-founders full circle.

It was in Manhattan two decades ago that designers Todd Nickey and Amy Kehoe bonded over a spilled glass of creamer at a dinner party.

Eventually drawn by the golden California light, the two friends moved cross country and founded their eponymous design studio in Los Angeles in 2008. In between creating unique homes for A-listers like Natalie Portman and Mark Ruffalo, the duo diversified into a beautifully curated retail offering with their names proudly above the door. The beguiling range of handpicked global treasures was joined by locally crafted in-house designs, such as the timeless Campaign Chest, and the scene-setting Tuxedo Sofa—a favorite of The Expert’s very own Jake Arnold. The range has expanded in tandem with the business, and every new addition carries the feeling that furniture isn’t just bought, but truly acquired.

a living room with a painting on the wall

Photography by Kate Jordan

And now it’s back to Greenwich Village, a neighborhood that holds a special place in the design duo’s affections. It’s where Todd, who started out as a retail designer, would hunt out for gems for Ralph Lauren’s window displays, while Amy, working in hotel design, would browse the local antique shops. The elegant brownstone in which Jackson Pollock resided during a critical period of his early career offers an arresting backdrop for Nickey Kehoe’s signature Californian sensibilities.

a living room filled with furniture and a chandelier
a dining room with green chairs and a table

Photography by Kate Jordan

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The brand’s capacious mirrors and the irresistible line-up of seating bring a fresh design perspective to the East Coast in this turn-of-the-century grande dame while proving that the pieces’ versatile proportions suit diminutive Manhattan living just as well as old Hollywood mansions. Amid the lofty elegance of the salon, the Fireplace Pull Up Chair—which Expert Brigette Romanek calls “a work of art”—and the playful Hassock ottomans, reside as playful accents.

“It was serendipity that led us to our space in New York,” says Amy. “A casual visit sparked our curiosity and one look inside the brownstone had our hearts racing.”

a living room filled with furniture and a fire place
a dining room with a table and chairs

Photography by Kate Jordan

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