We are Nina and Michelle van Reenen from Room 13 Design, a graphic design agency in Cape Town. We have recently launched our textile and wallpaper “sister company” called Room 13 Collection, designing and producing interior products, such as wallpaper, textiles, cushions and table cloths.Did you always know that you were headed in this direction – how did you get where you are today?
It’s been a natural progression from being designers, to wanting to create our own products. Something that we could have in our own homes.
What makes your work / products / services unique?
Our focus is on attention to detail. We love crafted designs, and we definitely have a Room 13 ‘design flavour’. We always strive to offer something that is top quality. The Collection has been very carefully curated in terms of pattern, colour and application, so one can combine different elements and patterns together. This range is quite unique in the fact that all our designs are available as textiles or wallpaper. The collection is also very versatile in terms of using the patterns for both adults and kids spaces.
Where do you look for inspiration?
Every day life, our kids, blogs. South African designers are also very inspirational, there is so much talent!
Who are your creative idols?
Where do you like to hang out – what are your favorite spots in your town/city/country?
We both have kids, so we are really home bodies, but we love going away for weekends – Paternoster. But El Burro is always a firm favourite!
Given the opportunity, where would you like to travel/explore?
We would both love to go back to New York and India has been also a great inspiration, Mexico, Bali – we cannot get enough of traveling overseas, but saying that we would also love to explore our own continent.
How does a typical day for you play out?
All work and no play!
With a day all to yourself (no meetings, distractions, to-do-lists) and an unlimited budget, what would you get up to?
As little as possible! I’d probably meet up with a friend or see two movies back to back! Some me time. A Spa day and a lunch at Ellerman House. Perhaps a night in the Villa, if that’s not too much to ask.
If you could have any other profession, what would it be?
A fine artist or a psychologist? A professional dare devil!
Where can we stalk you?
What does your workspace / studio look like?
Have a look at our website - http://room13.co.za/us/
What it the work/design/product/project you are most proud of to date?
Our work for Spier Wine Farm. Gumede wedding invite – something we designed through Gavin Rajah.
(obsessed with this botanical print – you may recognise it from my recent Dining Room Makeover Mood Board post!)