Nigel Coates is one of the UK’s most creative thinkers, architects and educators. He is the designer of everything from ground breaking restaurant and retail interiors in countries as diverse as Japan and Turkey, to museum extensions in London, and high-end products for grand European marques, all informed by a sensual and organic quality and a fluidity of line. He has written with unbridled imagination about what cities could be, and fiercely defends the idea that function and aesthetics can happily co-exist. From 1995 to 2011 Nigel Coates also led the Architecture Department at the Royal College of Art in London, and is now establishing a new model for architectural education at the London School of Architecture, based in East London. He divides his time between the UK and Tuscany, where he has restored a 15th century hilltop house in his own unique style. It is this close relationship with Tuscany, and its grand wines, which has directly informed his first collection for Nude.