Designer Nick Dine once saw a pasta maker assembling uncut ravioli, and where others might have seen the makings of a meal, Dine saw the underpinnings of a piece of furniture. Thus inspired, Dine configured one of his signature pieces: a pillowed floor seat that resembles an enormous piece of ravioli. This integration of outside inspiration and “functional utility” represents the crux of Nick Dine’s design philosophy.
Dine's knack for adapting authentic curiosity to an established design viewpoint requires him to travel—to change perspectives and to push himself across geographical and cultural thresholds. Take, for example, another one of Dine’s iconic pieces—a patchworked carpet titled "Terra." Dine conceived the piece while looking out at the British countryside from an airplane window. Standing before the carpet, Dine says, “What one might see three to four miles above the ground suddenly becomes the ground beneath one’s feet. I love that concept of the scale changing."
Dine's work with Le Méridien and his role in LM100 extend into hotel rooms, restaurants, and common spaces. Dine has provided Le Méridien with what Dine cheekily calls "some backbone, physically." He has designed a range of products exclusive to Le Méridien, from cups and saucers to beds, and his designs will become an increasingly integral part of the guest’s experience