ROCO interviews Rients about his stunning interiors, which can be seen in some of the Grandest Cities in the world including London, New York and Paris.
Rients Bruinsma, established his London interior design and architectural practice "Rients" in 2003. He has achieved success with private and corporate clients with a magisterial use of sumptuous materials to create an atmosphere of calm luxury without ostentation. His style has been described as ‘classic meets contemporary’ breathing international sophistication.
Commercial projects include the Presidential Suite at Four Seasons Hotel in New York, and a conversion of the Ministry of Finance into the left wing of the Louvre.
WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR MOST CHALLENGING BUT REWARDING DESIGN PROJECT?
Probably working in One Hyde Park in London. The building had just been opened and had all kinds of rules and regulations, which made it challenging for us but also for the suppliers and workmen. Having worked in most other apartment buildings in London I found the process difficult in comparison. In the end it worked out fine but it took some patience.
YOUR STYLE HAS BEEN DESCRIBED AS "CLASSIC MEETS CONTEMPORARY", HOW DO YOU ACHIEVE THIS BALANCE?
I think this is a bit dictated by the housing stock that we have in London and other major cities. Often the best properties are in period buildings and that is what we have to work with. To get the most out of these buildings I think it works best to restore the shell to its former glory or even better. In order to keep the interiors fresh and interesting it’s paramount to mix traditional with contemporary design, but also regarding other matters. They can be a great inspiration.To read the full article on Rients subscribe today to our magazine and receive 25% discount including access to all past issues.