.Nicoló Bini, AIA is an architect, founder and president of LINE Inc.

Based in Los Angeles, Nic has won a series of awards for his retail, residential and fixture designs. His work has been lauded by internationally known retail analyst Paco Underhill and has been published in magazines and newspapers such as The New York Times, House and Garden, Dwell, Town and Country, Vogue, C magazine, Surface magazine, LA Confidential, the San Francisco Chronicle. His work is also featured in various books. Nic was named one of the ‘9 for ‘09’ by Angeleno Magazine as an up and coming architect/designer, he was featured on MSNBC and KRON Channel 4 and was named by Forbes magazine as one of the ’31 names to know in 2011’.

Nic has designed over 350 retail environments around the world for clients including Gap, Banana Republic, Fred leighton, Smith & Hawken, Lucky Brand Jeans and Rip Curl. He has also designed retail and branding material for Dockers, KFC. Chicken and Foote Cone & Belding. Residential clients include Robert Downey Jr., Bill and Vanessa Getty, Steve Tisch, Cote de Pablo, Daniel Haas, and Rob Leff. 

Italian by birth and rearing, Nic has lived in Italy, Australia, the US and France, and travelled to over 50 countries. Receiving his BA and MA from UC Berkleley, where he graduated as valedictorian, Nic also studied at the University of London and the Univeristá della Sapienza in Rome. He has taught as an Associate Professor at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco, and as Professor at the Florence Art Institute in Florence, Italy. Nic has lectured at several colleges and universities such as The Architecture Association, London, Westminister University, London, The Building Centre, London, SciArc, Los Angeles, Pasadena Art Center, Pasadena.

Nic has worked professionally in France, England, Italy, Argentina, Australia, the UK, Japan and the US. He is fluent in Italian, English and French and also speaks Spanish. He is father of two fabulous girls and husband to Kimberly with whom he often collaborates in design and development projects.

Photo by: Marco Walker

Photo by: Marco Walker

Design Philosophy

LINE's unique process begins by intimately understanding the project's context, purpose and characteristics. The dream and the specifics of the place are balanced with the practicality of codes, budgets and schedules. 

Through an iterative process a design is conceived, defined and articulated across channels and then is evaluated according to the client's criteria.

Having matched purpose to design, the project is then finalized, detailed and executed with checks and balances along the way which assure that the dream comes to life in a way that respects all project parameters.