The Biennale Interieur in Kortrijk is a prestigious interior design trade fair. Professionals regard it as the sister event to Milan’s Salone del Mobile. The interior designer Robert Kolenik exhibited his signature design style at the fair for the first time in 2013.

Only the very best is on show at Kortrijk. All designers have to go through a strict selection process before they are allowed to exhibit at the fair. Kolenik dared to run the gauntlet of the design committee and dreamt up a design that encompassed an entire living concept. This proved to be a totally new experience for the jury. Impressed with the young interior designer’s ambition, they allocated him an eye-catching position in one of the six halls.

Overall concept

‘Just as it would with a private client, each design starts with carefully thought through interior design advice. You come up with a plan where you really get under the client’s skin. You do your best to understand his wishes, his needs and the situation.’ To optimally showcase his signature design style, Kolenik chose a fully-fledged villa concept of some 180 m2. It featured a living room, kitchen, bedroom and gym facilities. As well as a bathroom with a full wellness area, and domotics to add to the overall comfort. ‘At five metres high, the ceiling was mansion-height, and doors were three-metres-fifty instead of the standard two-metres-sixty. I love voluminous interiors.’