Interior designer Oana Rosen about materials, the right context and her personal inspiration
Mrs Rosen, you are a trained architect. For several years you have been specializing in high-quality interior design.
What is so fascinating about it?
It is the great versatility that the interior design offers. Each project is very individual and you constantly have to tackle new and exciting challenges. As interior designer you are working with given spaces which you can rebuild only to a certain extent. The real task is to fit within the shell and clinging to it best possible. The aim is always to create a harmonious overall concept which meets the requirements of the owner and the final use.
How do you proceed with a new Project? Is there a certain course of action and where do you find the inspiration?
It is always the combination of the owner or, respectively, the client and the project. For me it is very important that the “chemistry” between me and the client is right. A close and trusting cooperation is fundamental for a good result. Knowing the particular requirements, I initially take a look at the rooms. Usually, I quickly have a picture in my mind how they could look like or how they “feel”. I deliberately use the term “feel”, as you can feel interiors – their aura, atmosphere and Impact. On the one hand the inspiration comes from the definition of the project, the room itself, the environment, and on the other hand from the client. Personally I get my inspirations from travelling, patterns and colours of different cultures, but also from everyday life, museum visits, art, fashion and trade magazines and much more.
For your projects you choose among others exclusive SAHCO fabrics.
How did you take note of SAHCO and what excites you about the collections?
SAHCO is well known amongst architects and interior designers – not least through the press. The collections are diverse offering a great choice, high quality and special designs – also for the contract business.
How do you give rooms an atmosphere and personality? What role is the selection of the materials playing in this context?
A good atmosphere arises with a harmoniously overall concept consisting of furnishing, materials and light. For private projects, beside of the furnishing it is important that the personality of the owner is reflected. In living spaces warm details such as fabrics and rugs are important, but also personal items and keepsakes. For the contract business, however, it is a matter of creating an appropriate atmosphere and uniqueness in order to fulfil the conceptual formulation. Here again, the selection of materials is very important. With exposed concrete, for example, it might be difficult to create a sensation of warmth. The use of beautiful fabrics brings cosiness, warmth and absorbs sounds.
You previously used SAHCO fabrics to fit out the casino in Baden-Baden and the Roomers in Frankfurt.
Would you tell us a bit about these Projects?
Both projects were very challenging and Special.
In the historical casino in Baden-Baden the old bar was supposed to be redesigned into a lounge-like Club.
The aim was to make the new “Bernstein Club” modern and cosy – it should not subordinate to the sumptuous style of the venerable building, nor produce a stylistic inconsistency. The challenge was to meet the claim also in terms of value and to find a modern style which emphasizes the classical appearance of the landmarked building. Setting new accents in the house should reflect today’s spirit.
Regarding the Roomers, an unattractive old office building from the 80s should become a cool, contemporary hotel with restaurant and bar. The name says it: “Roomers” – a portmanteau of the words “rumor” and “room”. The idea of the hotel operator was to create a mysterious, obscure, sexy hotel with restaurant which could be found in any international metropolis such as New York, Paris or London. Thus, introversive rooms arose – almost closed to the street. One is immersed in the lobby turning the back on the noisy world outside.
How do you see the latest trends and the developments in the interior design?
I think the main trend is that everything is allowed. The current mix of different styles is striking and refreshing. Every concept is good – even wilder combinations, as long as they are harmonious and thrilling. There are of course trends, as well – everybody is talking about sustainability and natural materials in recent days. You can also see a lot of retro with designs from the 1950s to the 1970s that revive at the moment – here again, often combined with other styles. I think that the trend is towards cosiness. It does not have to be cool and reduced anymore. In regard to the colours, green and blue tones are still dominating, but also brass, copper and a lot of rosy tones.
Thank you for the interview, Mrs. Rosen