Meet the Makers: Michelle van Reenen & Nina Berolsky of Room 13 Collection

23 October 2016 - 02:00 By Staff reporter

We talk to sisters Michelle van Reenen and Nina Berolsky, the creative duo behind textile, wallpaper and soft furnishing brand Room 13 Collection When and why did you start Room 13 Collection?We've actually been in business since 2003 as Room 13 Design, a studio in Cape Town that specialises in graphic design and art direction.We started Room 13 Collection three years ago, as a move into interior products such as wallpaper, textiles and soft furnishings. It's been a natural progression from being designers to wanting to create products for our own homes, especially as our mom is also an interior decorator.Describe your brand in three words.Creative, passionate, detail-driven.What are you working on now?Our second textile and wallpaper collection. When we are not working on designs for the Collection, we design corporate identities for clients.full_story_image_hleft1What influences your design style, and what inspires you?We are constantly looking at trends in interiors and online. We're inspired by interesting colour palettes and future trends, as well as by South African entrepreneurs. They are very forward thinking and we are in awe of what they have achieved locally and internationally.What do you enjoy doing when you're not working?We both have kids, so our off-time is spent keeping them well and alive.A product you'd love to make one day?We'd love to print on tiles, glass, wood and other interesting surfaces.A design tip for our readers?Don't be afraid to be bold and play with pattern. Sometimes the most unlikely combinations can be invigorating for a space.Most interesting way you've seen your fabrics used?Someone covered a drum kit with one of our wallpapers.

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