Born in Holland, René moved with his family to spend his early years in South Africa, which is where his interest in luxury interior design first started. “Looking back, I think it was in my early childhood, probably when I was about 12, that I began to show signs of artistry, and did planned drawings of my ultimate home. I probably still have them somewhere!”
It has become evident in today’s globalised, highly competitive market that innovation is at the centre of business growth and development. Being open to innovation doesn’t solely imply making use of the new technologies available, but also entails re-defining the roles and responsibilities of the various parts involved in the process of interior design. According to Health and Safety Executive, an interior designer is defined as “an organisation or individual whose work involves preparing or modifying designs for construction projects, or arranging for, or instructing, others to do this.” In principle, anyone who specifies and alters designs as part of their work is classified as a “designer”.