INTERNATIONAL DESIGN POWERHOUSE

INSPIRING MINDS


Nina Magon Studio’s internationally diverse team of talented and experienced professionals are some of the best in the industry. They have an extensive knowledge of working seamlessly with highly skilled architects, contractors and builders. Staying conversant on the latest trends, products and technologies builds a wealth of knowledge, which in turn informs their designs, and brings the overall vision to life. Nina Magon Studio tailors each unique design to its client’s budget and prides itself on delivering a bespoke service.
Matteo Scaiola brings a wide variety of experience designing and managing interior projects of various sizes ranging from corporate to hospitality and retail projects all over the country. Matteo is able to take a client’s vision from inception and develop it with ease. His ability to design and execute projects efficiently is matched by his proven ability at hearing and responding to the clients’ needs throughout the scope of the project ensuring that his team does the same. Matteo is relentless in taking on new challenges to create resolution and is always striving to deliver results above expectations. He is enthusiastic to develop relationships with his clients and following through to ensure their ideas become a reality. Well-traveled and curious by nature, Matteo pulls from a vast background of visual experiences and material research to create unique design solutions. Matteo, a graduate in Architecture at Politecnico of Milan, moved to Houston in 2015, and has accomplished notable projects as the new Mastro’s and Willie G’s restaurants.

Matteo Scaiola

Design Director | Milan, Italy


"Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do." - Pele

Originally from Colombia, Nataly Montoya, is a fashion-forward designer with a passion for creating spaces that mix elements of contemporary and minimalistic design. She loves to design new spaces to fit a client’s taste, need and personality. As a teenager, she moved to the United States to be closer to her immediate family. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design from The Art Institute of Houston. Additionally, she attended the Istituto Europeo di Design in Barcelona to obtain an IED certification in contemporary spaces. Multi-faceted in her skills, Nataly leads various projects from concept to completion by drafting floor plans, developing project schedules and everything in between. In her free time, she loves traveling around the world, exploring new cultures, biking, wine tasting and volunteering her time to help underprivileged children in villages in Colombia.

Nataly Montoya

Creative Director | Medellin, Colombia


"Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever." - Gandhi

Andres Vanegas is an exceptionally talented designer who began his design career 20 years ago in his native country of Colombia. There he received honors and recognition for his commitment to excellence in academics and obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Architecture at Pontificia Bolivariana University. Upon completion, Andres’ multifaceted background and global perspective developed while holding positions as an architect, estimator and project manager over the years. His passion for creating a better style of living for others would lead him to the United States where he obtained his second degree, a Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design at the Art Institute of Houston Downtown. As one of the Senior designers at Nina Magon Studio, he works closely with clients to bring their visions to life while enhancing their daily living. Andres prides himself in teamwork and the integration of honesty, integrity, dedication and passion in all of his work. He is a member of ASID, IIDA, NEWH, and ARCH Houston. When not working, Andres can be found enjoying a walk in the park, in the disco dancing or spending time with his friends and dogs Michaela, Antonia + Cumbia.

Andres Vanegas

Senior Designer | Medellin, Colombia


"Learn from the past, live in the present and look ahead to the future." - Unknown

Zhun has been an enthusiastic interior designer who earned his Bachelors degree from the Art Institute of Houston where he graduated with honors in interior design. Born in China and completed his primary education in the U.S. has provided Zhun with the unique ability to design cross-culturally and has enabled him to create one of a kind designs for his clientele. Zhun believes that in order for a designer to be successful, the space he or she creates should contain harmony between the architecture and nature of the design. The key to great designing is to capture the spirit of the client and the life of the space. Working in his family business enabled him to understand the importance of being customer centric, creative and envision details outside of defined lines. Due to his unique skill set, Zhun was awarded an opportunity to intern and is now a level 2 Associate Designer at Nina Magon Studio. In his down time, Zhun likes to explore nature, sing karaoke, travel, exercise and go for wine tastings. You may even simply find him walking his German shepherd “WyWy” in the park.

Zhun Yang

Associate Designer | Fuzhou, China


"The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential... these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence." - Confucius

Javier is an experienced Interior designer with a demonstrated history of working in the Hospitality Design industry, enthusiast by nature, passionate about the art and science of hospitality design. With six years of hospitality and furniture design experience, he believes in creating an environment that evokes an emotional experience. He graduated from the Art Institute of Houston with a bachelor of science in Interior Design where he flourished his passion for designing midcentury/ modern spaces that were influenced by the Bauhaus movement. On his spare time, Javier enjoys giving new life to cast-off furniture by repairing and refinishing them. Each treasure from the past is restyled and transformed into a truly one-of-a-kind piece.

Javier Rangel

Associate Designer | Houston, USA


"There's no how-to roadmap to style. It's about self-expression and, above all, attitude." - Iris Apfel

Born and raised in Madrid, Spain, Rebeca is particularly influenced by the European exposure from the neoclassical architecture to the most modern and avant-garde design combinations. Since she was a child, she has always loved architecture and design, so her career path came naturally to her. Upon receiving her Bachelor in Architectural Engineering at the Polytechnic University of Madrid, she decided to follow her passion and attended the Imadde Design School of Madrid and in 2015, moved to Houston where she graduated with honors in the Interior Design program at Houston Community College. Rebeca loves the challenges that present themselves in design projects because she believes she can effectively overcome them to present a finished product that the customer will love. One of her great passions is exploring the outdoors. She enjoys traveling worldwide which has certainly given her a lot of inspiration when it comes to design.

Rebeca Munoz

Associate Designer | Madrid, Spain


“Your success will not be determined by your gender or your ethnicity, but only on the scope of your dreams and your hard work to achieve them.” - Zaha Hadid

Paulina was born and raised in Monterrey, Mexico. She is very passionate about art and design and her detail-oriented personality has always made her excel in what she does. Her drive for design accentuated after living in Paris and being exposed to French architecture, design, art, and culture. After graduating with honors from a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM) with additional certification from L’IPAG Business School in Paris, Paulina moved to Houston and started her Interior Design career. She graduated from an AAS in Interior Design at the Houston Community College and has plans to continue her studies to graduate from her second bachelor’s degree in Interior Design at Stephen F. Austin University. Paulina is inclined to modern and contemporary design and believes every design must be two things: functional and aesthetically pleasing. She also believes simplicity is elegant and timeless. Aside from design, she enjoys traveling, photography, cooking, painting and running.

Paulina Gomez

Associate Designer | Monterrey, Mexico


“The magic always lies in the details." - Theodore Fontane

Passion has always been a word that best describes Paola. Born in Veracruz, Mexico, Paola developed an interest in art and design at an early age. This devotion to the arts led Paola to pursue and complete her first degree with high honors in Architecture in 2016. Architecture created an outlet to which Paola could express her passion for art and design while learning from diverse cultures. However, architecture alone could not fulfill the longing she had to gain more knowledge of design. Paola moved to Houston, Texas in the same year to pursue a second degree in Interior Design where she graduated with the highest honors and received the Critics’ Choice Medallion Award for having the best portfolio at the graduation ceremony. Paola's passion for art and design has developed her into a distinguished designer with a keen eye for design details. Her creativity and originality makes her a valuable team member at Nina Magon Studio.

Paola Rubio

Associate Designer | Veracruz, Mexico


“Don't limit your challenges; challenge your limits." - Jerry Dunn

Elyse is a Houston native that found her knack for interior design at the age of 14. Her love for creating distinctive environments led her to study design at the University of Texas San Antonio and receive a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design in 2011. Over the years she has become a versatile designer and has gained extensive knowledge of design. From overseeing studio operations to conceptualizing design details, she has a comprehensive understanding of all things business and design. In addition to her contributions to the business side of the company, her unparalleled attention to detail, project management skills and creativity level makes her a true asset to the design team.

Elyse Krueger

Director of Operations | Houston, USA


"Laugh as much as you breathe and love as long as you live." - Johnny Depp

Mamerhi was born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria. She was always fascinated with design and art and the many forms it comes in. However, first she pursued a legal career. At 17, she moved to England and studied Law, next an MSC in International Management. Only then did she set out to fulfill her design dreams and enrolled in KLC School of Design. There she was mentored by wonderful interior designers. After KLC, she obtained an MA in Interior Design at Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture, & Design. She then moved back home to Lagos. She loves learning, and she had an African and European sense of design but was always fascinated with other cultures' design languages. In Houston on holiday, she enrolled in HCC's Interior Design Program. She graduated with honors and “Best in Show” at the Portfolio Show. In her off time, you can find Mamerhi either designing jewelry, looking at real​ ​estate, planning trips to architecturally stunning locations or spending time with family. She is an avid knowledge seeker and believes you should constantly be learning and doing.

Mamerhi Akpoduado

Brand Director | Lagos, Nigeria


"You can't go back and change the beginning but you can start where you are and change the ending" - C. S Lewis

Tanner is a born and raised Texan who found a love for interior design at an early age. Growing up, he constantly found himself rearranging, space planning and decorating his family’s home. He realized his passion and knew then, that interior design was the career path he would take. After high school, he moved to Houston to pursue his interior design degree. Taking a break for a few years to work, he found himself missing the creative outlet he had in design. Tanner returned to school and is currently finishing his interior design degree with a Bachelors of Interior Design from Stephen F. Austin. Tanner feels fortunate he has been given the opportunity to join Nina Magon Studio and become Nina Magon’s Executive Assistant due to his vast experience in managing and multitasking daily tasks. His detail oriented personality and organization landed him a seat next to the CEO. Outside of the office, Tanner enjoys spending time with family and friends, working out, watching movies and traveling.

Tanner Doggett

Executive Assistant to Nina Magon | Houston, USA


"All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them." - Walt Disney