Monika Nessbach is the founder and Chief Interior Designer at designbar located in Charlotte, North Carolina. Growing up close to Köln, Germany, Nessbach was exposed to modern and postmodern design, influencing her and becoming a signature part of her creative voice. She began her professional career in international business, which brought her to the states in 1999, later gaining her MBA.
Driven by her desire to fulfill a more creative existence, Monika began exploring the world of interior design and ultimately decided to go back to school. While in class, designbar became a constant daydream where she wanted to offer clients more than the standard design processes taught in school—She saw an opportunity to dig deeper in the who, what, and why.
From a young age, Monika was enthralled with storytelling. The ability to set the stage by defining the details and walk an audience through the world she would create. This fascination of telling a story comes to life through discovery as attributes of a project become uncovered and a space realized. Visual storytelling makes Monika stand out and why her peers have recognized her for raising the creative bar.
With the philosophy of breaking convention, Nessbach draws on the modern influences of her youth and insights of her formal education to break the rules and reimagine the possibilities. Beyond modern and postmodern design, Nessbach also pulls her inspiration from organic textures to pop culture and everyday environments. Today, her work ranges from hospitality projects to multifamily developments, corporate offices, retail and stage sets.
Giving back to the community is an integral part of the mission that Monika created for designbar. Hence, designbar focuses on volunteering time and resources to numerous organizations that support the advancement of women in business. She also regularly features these businesses in her work and cross promotes them on her social channels.