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René Dekker – The Person

Award winning interior designer of luxury homes, René Dekker, talks about his early passion for design, the value of experience, what inspire him and his signature style.

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!”

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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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