Our story

TURNING A NICHE MARKET INTO A PARADIGM

We are dedicated to bringing together those who produce and consume the very best life has to offer, yet also have a keen desire to preserve natural resources, protect human rights and stand guard over heritage and tradition. Sustainable luxury is inspired innovation rather than compromise. It is a celebration of the Art of Living, sharing its pleasure and enjoyment while giving back to the planet and its inhabitants.​

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MILENA CVIJANOVICH, CO-FOUNDER​
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NOMADESSENCE is an international architecture and design firm offering an array of specifically sustainable design ranging from hospitality and corporate to commercial and residential spaces. We provide architecture, interior architecture and design, bespoke furniture design and production and FF&E specification and procurement.

With our offices in Switzerland and Monaco we are privileged to be based in the center of European craft heritage and enjoy close ties with the most highly skilled artisans. Our travels around the globe, working for an international clientele, have given us the extraordinary opportunity to scout out and collaborate with exceptional tradesmen and women, fascinating materials and innovative techniques from as many as 43 countries. ​

Over the past fifteen years we have gathered over 400 brands and artists whose work we admire and incorporate as an expression of sustainability, and which display a quality that meets the expectations of the demanding high-end niche.

At a Global Summit of Women in Mexico City, we decided to unite these cross-disciplinary ideas as a virtual, innovative design and sourcing platform, underpinned by a worldwide network of sustainable artisans and innovators. ​

NOMADESSENCE was born to fill an evident gap in the high-end niche market of Sustainable Lifestyle and Workspace options.​

Our conscientious and discerning clients had been requesting sustainable building solutions that included interiors and furnishings which would not compromise on quality or aesthetics nor cramp their style.​
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In 20 years of travel, designing​
luxury residential, and high-end corporate and hospitality buildings and interiors, Milena Cvijanovich discovered exquisite craftsmanship, natural and upcycled materials and age-old traditions calling to be showcased and preserved.​

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Expanding the potential of her prestigious architectural renovations, Teresa Ashton evolved new applications of innovative technology to secure the revitalization and longevity of heritage structures and urban spaces.​

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OUR MISSION

Our mission is to inspire the world by bringing refined sustainability to architecture and interiors. ​

Fusion, sophisticated and story-driven, NOMADESSENCE has sustainability inscribed in its DNA. ​​​

NOMADESSENCE caters to global high-end corporate, hospitality, and luxury commercial and residential clients. We design buildings and spaces and source products in collaboration with contractors, suppliers, artisans, brands and innovators who are socio-environmentally committed to making a meaningful change.​​

Our products and services are tied to philanthropic causes that uphold the pillars of craft heritage preservation, social, empowerment and environmental conservation. ​

​​ Our intention is to be the go-to design firm for delivering unique, wow-factor, efficient solutions that help transition our clients to a sustainable lifestyle and workspace without compromise on their personal or brand image, comfort or style.​
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PILLARS OF SUSTAINABILITY

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NOMADESSENCE AND​
HERITAGE PRESERVATION​

Heritage is the tangible and intangible , natural and cultural, and documentary assets inherited from the past. To undermine the value of heritage is to turn a blind eye to one’s identity. Heritage as a form of representation is giving meaning to places, objects, and practices that stand for one’s history of existence. As a determinant of identity, heritage has an irreplaceable value in empowering ourselves, local communities, and vulnerable groups.

​ NOMADESSENCE takes this matter to heart as we strive for heritage preservation in every step we take. We are dedicated to bringing legacy and value by bringing together people. Our collective experiences are woven in beautiful stories of connectedness and continuity translated to innovative spaces and local craftsmanship integrated into a memorable yachting experience.​
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​ Environmental Preservation​​

Our desire to preserve natural resources leads us to sustainable luxury inspired by innovation rather than compromise. NOMADESSENCE is a celebration of the Art of Living, sharing pleasure and enjoyment while giving back to the planet and its inhabitants. Our selected curated yacht interiors, bespoke gifts and artworks are a testament to become better guardians of our beautiful planet— to protect the animals and plants that create our biodiversity.​

​By turning a niche marketing into a paradigm shift inspired by innovation, we work with luxury brands using recyclable materials to renowned artists utilizing upcycled finds and organic materials. We lay a ground for sustainability and luxury without sacrificing what the best life has to offer while standing guard over environmental preservation.​
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NOMADESSENCE and​
Social Empowerment​

As a sustainable and philanthropic business, NOMADESSENCE fuses elegance and story-driven design to the table while empowering individuals, whose creations bring you joy. Our partnership with luxury brands, who work closely with artisans, provides opportunities towards equality, diversity, and inclusivity.​

We reinforce a conscious effort to better the lives of others as they too pursue their goals. We do this, by providing an avenue to showcase and market their products while making the designs relevant to consumers. In the process, more artisans enter the workforce to achieve sustainable independence while collectively changing social relationships, norms, and discourses that exclude them. As others travel the world in your yacht, you give back to those who have made the journey rich and meaningful.​
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OUR TEAM

Our team members have led all aspects of workspace development as well as sustainability standards including space planning; conceptualization; technical coordination, positioning/branding; operations (departmental and general management); marketing, events management, communications and public relations. With an average of 20 years of experience in the industry, team members have worked with international companies and organisations in this sector including several EMEA Headquarters, MI6 Headquarters in London, Paternoster Square Redevelopment in London, Intrawest and Beaufort Hotels.​
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MANAGEMENT

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MILENA CVIJANOVICH
CO-FOUNDER
Monaco-based architect and designer specialized in sustainable luxury since 2004, Milena teaches the subject at Luxury MBA programs and contributes to Forbes and lifestyle magazines.​
A nomad at heart, her passion is the fusion of innovation, craftsmanship, philanthropy and business.​
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TERESA ASHTON
CO-FOUNDER
Swiss based architect and property developer. Teresa is a cross-business strategist with high-end residential, commercial, hospitality and retail commissions worldwide. She challenges design to engage the highest standards of aesthetics, viability and wellbeing while respecting heritage and planetary resources.​
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THE TEAM

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KAROLINA SIMIOT
LEAD TECHNICAL ARCHITECT
Over the years Karolina participated in the restoration and conversion of several landmark buildings in Eastern Europe. She obtained a Master’s degree in Architecture from Poznań University of Technology in 2005 and completed Postgraduate Studies in Monuments and Architectural Protection from Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, Poland in 2008. She is a hand craft, do-it-yourself and comic books lover.​
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AGNES KOVENDI
LEAD DESIGN ARCHITECT
Having worked in a diverse field of corporate, residential, hospitality and mixed-use projects in Europe for the past 10 years, Agnes is passionate about every level of detail of a project from the master plan to interior and bespoke furniture design and has a firm commitment to sustainable development. Agnes has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Architecture from the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca.
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LUCA MULLER
SPECIFICATIONS & SITE MANAGEMENT
Having grown up in a family of architects, Luca has design and site management in his veins. With work experience in China and Indonesia, Luca handled the site management of the recently finished World Economic Forum 7000m2 refit. Luca is a graduate of the IB program and attended architecture school at La Villette in Paris. He specializes in sustainable materials.​
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APRIL FURIO
FF&E PROCUREMENTS
With a keen eye for detail and love for sustainability, April excels at coordinating with different stakeholders, including contractors, suppliers and clients, to ensure satisfaction among all participants involved in eachproject. April graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English Language Studies from the University of Santo Tomas.​
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ESZTER SZOKE​
With a Masters Degree in Architecture, has the technical skills and creativity to design buildings, interiors and landscapes that meet the needs and requirements of the client. She is a critical thinker and problem solver with a strong sense of responsibility. Eszter approaches work with a keen eye for detail and commitment to ensure that every aspect of a project meets high standards to deliver high-quality results.​
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DZEINA
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TIJANA
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NENAD
Nenad Stijović earned his Master’s degree in Architecture at the University of Belgrade in 2018. From 2016 to 2019, he served as a teaching associate for the Master’s Studies – Studio Design course. Additionally, he acted as a tutor in various workshops, including “Belgrade Scapes Lab” in Belgrade and “Synopsis” at the “School of Planning and Architecture” at Poornima University in Jaipur, India where he spent a year as an exchange student.​
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JOY
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