We probably do not have to introduce you to Belgian interior designer Bieke Casteleyn, nor to furniture specialist RR Interieur. Put those two lovers of luxurious design together and you get, without a doubt, a project that makes mouths drop. Casteleyn designed this stylish private space in one of RR Interieur's stores. Here, different functions are effortlessly combined in one room and you are surprised by elegant materials and organic forms.
With her studio BCINT, the interior designer from Knokke creates designs in which you can easily recognise her hand. To summarise those interiors in a few words she does not find easy, although there are always some core values, such as quality, originality, a sense of tranquility and a few special hints. In addition, her work is very well known for the designer furniture she creates, whose popularity has been confirmed on several occasions.
The studio wants to unburden its clients as much as possible
Casteleyn attaches great importance to gaining the client's trust, which results in artistic freedom that allows her to put her mark on a project. This is why it is crucial to discover if there is a click with the client at a first meeting. After all, they will be entering into a long-term collaboration, so the interior designer wants to understand well what is expected of her work and in what way the studio can add value before she commits. Based on that conversation, she can then sense which choices will be best for the client in question and give them a proposal that has a clear conceptual line. A comprehensive mood board, which includes materials, flooring, painting and even switches, is then used to present the idea. The studio wants to unburden its clients as much as possible and is given responsibility over the various steps, so nothing is left to chance. In this way, an interior can be guaranteed to break free from what we have seen so often before and feels innovative. In other words, clients can be confident that their home will be unique. That Casteleyn knows how to make every project a success proves once again with this realisation. It concerns the private space in RR Interieur's store in Knokke. She provided a new design for the kitchen, dining area and library, so that the three contiguous spaces felt more like one real whole.To achieve that effect, she applied several strategies. For example, the passages between the spaces were enlarged and the wall furniture extends from one space to another. As a result, the boundaries between spaces disappear and there is a smooth transition. A second important way to create more spaciousness is the use of the same materials in all parts of the room, for example in the floor, for which San Pietro Di Silencio natural stone was used. We dare call it almost unique to find a workspace that exudes so much warmth and coziness, but that is exactly what Casteleyn created here.The many warm materials, interspersed with the natural stone in a neutral hue, also bring RR Interieur's high level of luxury to this space. It is all in the details. Notice, for example, how the dark roller blind on the kitchen window perfectly matches the window frame and at the same time provides a nice contrast to the light shade on the walls. In keeping with the designer's style, you will find many organic lines and a material palette of the highest quality throughout the interior. With the latter, the interior designer always starts from the concept and then chooses the materials that best fit these ideas. Naturally, the furniture and lighting pieces were found at RR Interieur itself. After yet another brilliant accomplishment, Casteleyn is still brimming with plans and ways to express her creativity. After all, what could be better than being able to share her love of design with others and even make her customers very happy with it? In the future, in addition to residential projects, she hopes to design realisations with a different content. The design of a nightclub or restaurant are already on her list. We hope with her that she can make these dreams come true and that we can highlight many more of her projects in the future.
Photography by Annick Vernimmen