Name: Hélène Broderick
Company: Hélène Broderick Interiors
Position within company: Founder & Principal Interior Designer
Tell us a little about your background in design (education, experience, etc)
I am a Dublin & Kilkenny based interior designer and I first opened the doors to my interior design studio in 1999. As a graduate of Rhodec and the College of Marketing & Design (DIT), I have over 20 years of extensive knowledge of interior design and decorative arts to bring to my design work.
I believes that “a room should evolve.” While beautiful rooms are my first consideration, client service and attention to detail are of the utmost importance.
How would you describe your personal design style?
My signature style is a relaxed elegance and it comes through in balanced interiors and an eye for subtle colour. I have a true passion for designing interiors – being able to work as a designer is an amazing opportunity to understand people and design spaces that reflect a sense of their personality.
Where does your design inspiration come from?
When you are a designer, inspiration is drawn from your surroundings, be they through travelling abroad or your home environment. Having been nicknamed “sharp eyes” as a kid by my parents, I am constantly focusing in on details and still to this day absorbing & learning new things.
In what direction do you feel that design is moving towards in a general sense?
Homes are being deigned to work with our new way of living, where work and home have less boundaries and are merging to provide better ways to live and work together side by side – relaxed elegance.
Name five key themes to consider when approaching design in 2020 and beyond.
If you could offer one piece of advice when it comes to design schemes, what would it be?
Keep it simple
How important are The International Design & Architecture Awards?
An award as prestigious as this tells clients they are dealing with the best in the business.
What projects are you currently working on?
A Georgian gate lodge, a coastal holiday home, a large extension to a farmhouse, and Dublin 4 apartment.
What are your aims and goals for the next twelve months?
To expand the business nationwide. We are opening a second office in Dublin in Spring 2021.
Final thoughts; tell us a little more about yourself and your daily inspirations:
Your most treasured possession? My Apple iPad Pro
Your favourite holiday destination? Italy (Tuscany, Rome)
Your favourite hotel, restaurant & bar? Hotel: Nobu, Ibiza. Restaurant: Fishy Fishy, Kinsale, Ireland. Bar: The Harbour Bar, Kinsale Cork
Your favourite book & film? Book: A Man Called Ove, Fredrik Backman, Film: Something’s Gotta Give (loved the house!)
Your favourite food and drink? Food: Irish smoked salmon with freshly baked soda bread. Drink: Americano coffee
Your favourite way to spend an afternoon? Beach walk with my springer spaniel, Kizzy
If you weren’t a designer, what would you be? A detective.
Anything else interesting? My first career was in mergers and acquisitions in London – this job taught me how to get down to the nitty gritty!
Hélène Broderick Interiors have been shortlisted for Interior Design Scheme – Europe and City Space – Global Award in The International Design and Architecture Awards 2020.
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