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Award Winning Design – Bathroom Designer of the Year | by René Dekker

Bathroom Designer of the Year – Project cost over £25,000

The KBB Review Retail and Design Awards is an annual event which celebrates and rewards some of the best talent across retailers, designers and manufacturers within the luxury kitchen and luxury bathroom industry. Designers come from all over in hopes of becoming the next award winning interior designer. Organised by the sector’s leading business magazine, KBB Review, the event in 2015 marked the 21st year showcasing awards for the industry talent. The competition for bathroom designer of the year is free to enter and is open to any retailers, designers or manufacturers of bathroom projects in the UK and Ireland, with categories being split between both retail and design. There are various design categories that one can enter, but the kitchen or bathroom project must have been installed in a real residential home. This means that concept designs, showrooms and computer generated images (CGI’s) are not permitted. These are the following design categories available for project entry.
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René Dekker – His Work and How He Got Here

How did you start in interiors?

“When I was younger, my family decided to leave Holland for warmer climate as my father was a fruit broker. So, I grew up in South Africa in the 80s when luxury interior design was pretty much undiscovered. When I realised it was a possible career, I was amazed. I thought ‘could something that is so creative and so much fun be a real job?’ It seemed it was, and I was delighted!”

Did you need any qualifications?

“Yes, I did a qualification in South Africa, and soon after graduating I started work on my own designs as well as gaining invaluable experience with other designers. Once I got to a certain level of experience, I decided the best place to come to for the next step of my career, would be the UK. So I moved here in 1999.”

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