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TURNING A NICHE MARKET INTO A PARADIGM SHIFT

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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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.

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MILENA CVIJANOVICH

FOUNDER, CREATIVE DIRECTOR & IDEA GENERATOR
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, BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT & STRATEGIC GROWTH
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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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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KAROLINA SIMIOT

LEAD TECHNICAL ARCHITECT

Karolina participated in the restoration and conversion of several landmark buildings in Eastern Europe. With a Master’s degree in Architecture from Poznań University of Technology and Postgraduate Studies in Monuments and Architectural Protection from Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, Poland, Karolina has been working closely with Milena since 2003. 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 degree in Architecture and a dual Master’s in Architecture and Urban planning from the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca.

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LUCA MULLER

DESIGN & SITE ARCHITECT

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. His interests are painting and furniture design.

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Eszter Szoke

TECHNICAL ARCHITECT

With a Master’s Degree in Architecture, Eszter has the technical skills and creativity to design buildings, interiors and landscapes that meet the needs and requirements of our clients. 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 impeccable results.

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Tijana Čolović

DESIGN ARCHITECT

Passionate about the details of both the physical space and those in the drawings, Tijana has a great love for patterns, materials, and colors found directly in nature. Tijana has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Architecture from the University of Architecture in Belgrade, Serbia. She has worked on architecture-related projects of all scales, from urbanism to residential architecture and hotel industry to single-family housing and interiors to furniture design and manufacture.

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Nenad Stijović

3D RENDERER

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. He produces exquisite 3D renderings of our projects.

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APRIL FURIO

OPERATIONS MANAGER

Whether it’s optimizing processes, troubleshooting tech, or streamlining operations, April takes pride in delivering exceptional results. With her passion for organization and innate ability to structure and design efficient workflows, she ensures seamless operations in every project. April graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English Language Studies from the University of Santo Tomas, Philippines. Her interest are hallyu, puzzles, and board games.

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Dzeina Taurina

SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER
Jane is a marketing pro with over a decade of experience. Throughout her career, she’s had the privilege of working with clients from all over the world, honing her skills in various facets of marketing. From crafting compelling email marketing campaigns and copy, designing effective advertising strategies, and harnessing the power of social media, she’s been on a journey of continuous learning and growth in the ever-evolving landscape of marketing.
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Joy Del Rosario

ACCOUNTING MANAGER

Started her career in one of the leading Real Estate developer in the Philippines, Joy had overseen and managed residential projects from conceptualization to completion. Joy has earned a degree of Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Major in Financial Management at the University of Santo Tomas, Philippines. She thrives in specializing and exposing herself further in finance and business consulting.