Claire Rendall Interior Designer
Claire Rendall is a furniture and interior designer with 28 years’ experience in the industry. In that time she has worked on a wide variety of projects from traditional restorations to contemporary new builds. “Each project is unique.” says Claire. “Every design I do is a reflection of the client, their aspirations and the property. I never replicate designs.”
With a friendly and approachable style, Claire and her team can project manage entire property refurbishments or create individually designed pieces to fit within existing schemes. Whatever level of involvement required, understanding the entire process, budgets and different skill sets involved enables Claire and her team to fully understand the effect of one process on others.
“The most important part of our job is understanding client expectations and how that is reflected in finishes, timings and the budget. Good communication and organisation are essential to ensuring projects run smoothly,” she says. Quality is the key to their work. “If something is man-made, I believe that it should be the best it can be or we may as well go home,” she says. “I also believe that functionality is an integral part of good design. No excuses!”
Claire is equally at home restoring historic properties or designing for new builds. “Even though their styles can be very different, I love the design integrity of many old interiors and exteriors and aim to bring that to new builds,” explains Claire.
Past design projects have included the top floor of the Elizabethan stately home, Longleat House and designing and presenting on BBC 1’s DIY SOS as well as many houses and apartments, city and country based both in the UK and abroad.
Claire has recently partnered with Van de Sant making chic, contemporary furniture from Ocean Plastic. “There are thought to be 5 trillion pieces of plastic out there,” says Claire. “The problem is so acute that not only is it destroying marine life, it has also entered our food chain. We hope that in using some of this waste we can take it out of this destructive cycle and create awareness to stop it being thrown there in the first instance.”
The most satisfying part of being a designer is turning the ordinary or even downright ghastly into something special. The transformation, the before and after, is the real Ta Da moment. It’s not really possible to appreciate the work that has been done unless you see these images side by side.
In many cases on the enclosed project images, the final decoration was a relatively small part of the process. Structural problems had to be resolved including concrete cancer and serious damp issues. With outdoor swimming pool terraces, designs had to implement rigorous safety legislation before any landscaping and styling could be considered.
Taking buildings back to their bare structure is an excellent opportunity to address any problems with plumbing and drainage and to install state of the art home control systems for heating, air conditioning, security and lighting.
By popular demand we are now producing our own range of accessories starting with cushions based on our image bank of photographs. These images ranging from the Palazzo Giusti in Verona to Circular Quay in Sydney have been computer enhanced and we’re really pleased with the results. We’re printing on a variety of fabrics from linens to faux velvets and hope to be able add fabrics suitable for exterior use.
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Furniture from the ocean’s plastic
In 2016 I was approached by Robert Milder of Van de Sant to create a new range of furniture made from ocean plastic.
It’s estimated that 8 million tons of plastic enter our oceans every year and there are 5 trillion pieces of plastic currently out there. The problem is so acute that it has not surprisingly started to enter our food chain.
The furniture is first and foremost both elegant, chic and of excellent quality. The fact that it’s made from plastic recovered from the ocean is a bonus and a massive one at that.
In The Media
I have been fortunate enough to be asked to appear in front of the television camera. Firstly, it was part of BBC1’s Animal Park, a series set at Longleat and my part was discussing Lord Baths’ wish to paint the Elizabethan Great Hall. Following this I was asked to design for and present on BBC1’s DIY SOS. Yes, we do do all the work in the time frame and I’m thrilled to say we helped some very special people.