Creative Trends with Rachel Bogdaniec
Rachel Bogdaniec is the founder of Cornwall-based Spinriver Design Ltd, which she established in 2009. Rachel has experience of international luxury hospitality and has worked as part of a refurbishment programme for one of the UK’s leading building societies.
Her work within the corporate design field has also enabled her to appreciate the importance of creating interiors of the utmost quality for her clients. Rachel is a qualified and experienced interior designer, with a strong background in the luxury spa sector. She has also trained with the globally renowned spa design brand, ESPA International. So we are pleased to share with you the creative trends of Rachel Bogdaniec.
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1) What pieces of furniture have impressed you recently? And Why?
Pieces with a simplistic elegance have luxury appeal to me. 1) The Marcel Wanders by Moooi Nut Lounge Chair is very sophisticated whilst still being unpretentious. I love the combination of retro styling, on trend pattern. 2) The “Kelp” light by Brand Van Egmund’s William Brand. It’s a beautiful copper sculpture that is so graceful it’s a real work of art in its own right. 3) Occa’s Recycled Boatwood Desk is something I would love in my own office, very appropriate for me living in Cornwall! 4) Serengetti Rug at Heals by The Plantation Company, love the global feel to this rug.
2) What colours are on trend right now? And Why?
Earthy and natural tones are very trendy. Marsala it’s the Pantone colour of the year and a very versatile warm colour. Green is popular this year too; I’ve used Farrow and Ball’s Green Ground, in my latest project Retallack Resort. French Navy is very in this year with pops of Citron. Shell Pink is also a lovely fleshy neutral colour that will be widely used in combination with other brighter accents.
3) What types of materials are on trend right now and Why?
Silk or silk effect (if commercially used) wallpaper for tactile luxury, used on curved walls to maximise the sheen. Brick bonded tiles they add either a sophisticated classical appeal or a retro edge to an interior. Upcycled wood as we are looking at bringing a rustic twist to interiors to add character. Materials with “negative” space or patterns such as fret work; honeycomb to be really on trend, it’s all over the catwalk.
4) Which of your projects embodies the latest design trend? And why?
My remodel of an open plan living area at a lodge called The Heron’s in Cornwall’s five star Retallack Resort is in beautiful shades of soft green, bringing the outside in. I’ve used different textures such as the faux silk wallpaper and tongue and groove panelling to create interest. The faux silk wallpaper wraps the custom built central feature which houses a laser fire and TV on one side and a dresser facing the dining area to the other. It is elegant, cosy and refined with Sanderson’s vintage print Swallows wallpaper to the lounge accent wall and Swallows curtain fabric across the huge glass doors framing the view of the lake beyond. The substantial table which needed to seat 12 was custom made and the turned legs were dipped in a shade of green to complement the scheme.