London has long been viewed as the epicentre of interior design excellence, and is indeed the reason that luxury interior designer René Dekker came here from his native South Africa more than two decades ago.
Because of its rich heritage Britain, and in particular London, has often been heralded as a place where creative talent is full of character, personality and, arguably, eccentricity. Its religious and regal history has lent itself to a strong background of design, and its tradition of exploration and international travel has brought an unrivalled cultural mix of product and ideas from all over the world to inspire the growth of the London interior design industry.
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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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