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CovetED Exclusive Interview with Robert AngellFriday 10 February 2017
Bound to introduce experiences and memories, design is a ceaseless source of enjoyment and perseverance. It is a continuous interaction between individuals and surroundings. The designer from Dorset, Robert Angell is exemplary of this concept due to his timeless minimalism approach. He has been passionate about design since infancy and is enthralled by the idea of creating and building. He is the founder of Robert Angell Design International and has designed some of the most prestigious residential and commercial projects around the world.
To Angell, it is important to create an environment that translates the standards of living, not only for the present but also for the future. There has to be a sort of fluidity and practicality in the process of developing an interior, to think about the functionality of each room and meet the expectations and needs of those who will interact with these interiors. This posture can be quite visible in his hotel designs.
His design company in conjunction with Sir Richard Rogers created the new Berkley Chelsea suite; they designed the entrance lobby, a new Collins room, and redesigned the original blue bar. Angell’s studio is currently working on a project in Russia and they are also working with a fantastic luxury brand.
More recently, Design International won a global award for best restaurant, for their work in Aqua Nueva. They were inspired by Spanish culture, gastronomy, influences, and even colors. Their major intent was to “just look back in terms of these interiors that people feel good in and really want to have a good time in. It is a nice vibe, it goes into that kind of dinner, after dinner longevity, and it gets a slight club atmosphere.”
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Angell believes that tradeshows are an absolute must for inspiration, and function as a sort of network for collections and designers, such as Maison et Objet or Miami Basel. In terms of brands, his favourites are Ekar and 1stdibs.
His philosophy in design is to have a unique approach because all clients, spaces, and briefs are different, as well as in life, considering that the communal goal is to seize every moment of this marvelous world and thus creating a better future. He advises starting students to be adaptable and to absorb everything that happens in the industry.
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