Name: René Dekker
Company: René Dekker Design
Position within company: Creative Director
Tell us a little about your background in design (education, experience, etc)
I studied in Cape Town and went on to open my own furniture design studio. I then moved to the UK in 1999 and worked for two designers before heading up the design department at an international architectural practice.
How would you describe your personal interior design style?
I don’t think I have a style per se, just a professional approach to every project. They all require the same input and level of dedication no matter the size.
Where does your design inspiration come from?
Where do I start…everywhere.
In what direction do you feel that design is moving towards in a general sense?
Style is moving in all directions, but design is moving into the future making use of modern technology.
Name five key themes to consider when approaching design in 2013 and beyond
Planning, programme, achievability, practicality and budget.
If you could offer one piece of advice when it comes to interior design schemes, what would it be?
Whatever you do, do it well.
How important are The International Design and Architecture Awards as recognition of talent and achievement?
Hugely! They allow the broader public exposure to the latest designs while recognising the talent and effort made by the designers and the design community as a whole.
What projects are you currently working on?
An 88 bedroom boutique hotel, a large apartment in central London, a 44m luxury yacht, a mansion flat in Kensington, a very large home in Moscow.
What are your aims and goals for the next twelve months?
To expand the studio and develop a range of furniture and fabrics and home wares.
Final thoughts; tell us a little more about yourself
Your most treasured possession? My sterling silver Tiffany and Co measuring tape
Your favourite holiday destination? Buenos Aires
Your favourite hotel? Four Seasons in Marakech
Your favourite film? Aunty Mame (with Rosalind Russel)
Your favourite food and drink? Chocolate and Gin and Tonic
Your favourite way to spend an afternoon? If I’m not working, I like to relax in front of the TV and drift in and out of sleep
If you weren’t a designer, what would you be? An actor