V STARR INTERIORS TO DESIGN 'NIIDO POWERED BY AIRBNB' PROPERTIES
| New York, NY - January 11, 2018 | Niido Powered by Airbnb, a new brand of multi-family rental communities that encourage home sharing, today announced its selection of V Starr Interiors by Venus Williams to design the interiors for the company. The first project, a 324-unit building in Kissimmee, Fla., is slated to open in the first quarter of 2018.
V Starr Interiors’ role will include designs for the amenities, shared spaces, interior finishes and furnishings for the NiidoHome units. When designing the spaces, Venus Williams’ firm was inspired by the ‘NiidoFamily’, a quirky group that, much like most traditional families, has members with different styles and interests including personalities such as the “Bookworm Blogger” and the “Advertising Exec.” The design will vary from city to city, but all the projects will have a consistent look and feel through Niido brand standards across all locations. For example, the first Orlando property will be based on the “Bookworm Blogger” personality, with warm fabrics, finishes and lighting to make it both contemporary and inviting. The bones of the property will be consistent throughout each unit including high-end kitchens and baths, luxury wall finishes, wireless speakers and keyless smart locks.
“Working on this revolutionary project has been an exciting challenge,” says Venus Williams, founder and CEO of V Starr Interiors. “It is surreal to bring V Starr Interiors to the cutting edge of design and technology in multifamily, by partnering with Niido Powered by Airbnb and creating a new type of rental community.”
Powered by Airbnb, Niido will encourage tenants to share their homes for up to 180 nights per year. The units will have unique design features such as keyless entry, and feature lockable areas in the closets, kitchen, and bath areas. The building will offer amenities such as a small bodega, game room, gym, pool, BBQ areas and fire pit. It will offer package and food delivery services, environmentally friendly cleaning, and on-demand concierge services through the MasterHost such as luggage storage and guest check-in via a Niido app. These developments will expand Airbnb’s Friendly Buildings Program, with revenues being shared between hosts and landlords.
“We selected V Starr Interiors after an extensive national search for a partner that truly understands our unique concept and has the creativity and vision to make it a reality,” said Harvey Hernandez, Niido cofounder and CEO. “We are thrilled to partner with V Starr Interiors to bring to life Niido's unique, multi-family home-sharing model, which will provide a powerful solution to the rental market that delivers extra income for tenants and creates enhanced experiences for their guests.”
Backed by a $200 million equity investment program from Brookfield Property Partners, Niido will continue to acquire and develop multifamily residential buildings branded “Niido Powered by Airbnb” in Florida as well as major cities in the U.S.
ABOUT V STARR INTERIORS
V STARR Interiors was founded by professional tennis player, Venus Williams, in 2002. Combining Williams’ value for excellence as an athlete with her passion for design, V STARR Interiors is a full-service commercial and residential interior design firm. High-profile clients such as InterContinental Hotels, Midtown Athletic Club and The Hotel at Midtown, Curio by Hilton, Related Group and Howard University, among others, have turned to V STARR Interiors to successfully translate their vision into reality. The company is based in West Palm Beach, Florida. For additional information, please visit www.vstarrinteriors.com.
Niido represents a major evolution of the home-sharing industry. The new concept – launched in a partnership between Airbnb and Newgard Development Group – empowers people to have access to the lifestyles they want in communities where they love to live, stay and prosper. Niido properties are the world’s first technology-enabled, full-service residential buildings designed specifically to encourage, embrace and support home-sharing and flexible living. The properties feature thoughtfully conceptualized amenities, specially curated for the home-sharing experience. The first and only partnership of its kind with Airbnb, Niido will create extra income for tenants, revenue opportunities for landlords, and enhanced experiences for guests. More information is available at www.liveniido.com
Founded in 2008, Airbnb’s mission is to create a world where people can belong when they travel by being connected to local cultures and having unique travel experiences. Its community marketplace provides access to millions of unique accommodations from apartments and villas to castles and treehouses in more than 65,000 cities and 191 countries. With Experiences, Airbnb offers unprecedented access to local communities and interests, while Places lets people discover the hidden gems of a city as recommended by the people that live there. Airbnb is people powered and the easiest way to earn a little extra income from extra space in a home or from sharing passions, interests and cities.