For Robert Kolenik, a satisfied customer is the ultimate reward. So for the interior designer, being awarded an independent prize feels like a bonus.

The Millionaires Fair Award won by the designer in 2011 feels like a real achievement. That’s because these enterprising homeowners are the most demanding clients in terms of living comfort. They typically travel a great deal on business, stay in luxury hotels and have very high standards. They agree that beautiful, sustainable materials have an enriching effect, as well as helping to conserve our planet. Kolenik caused a stir at the 2011 Millionaire’s Fair with his concept home, which he created together with business partners. Bang & Olufsen supplied the audiovisual systems, and Boley Exclusive Fireplaces the design fireplace.

Nature as the key source of inspiration

The interior designer likes to create custom made designs by working closely with existing experts. Kolenik comes up with a fresh vision, and the experts deliver the materials and equipment needed to implement the designs. For Boley Exclusive Fireplaces, for example, Kolenik developed bioethanol fireplaces using recycled aluminium. Like the dreamily lit rock crystal bath, these fireplaces are a perfect fit with Eco Chic, Kolenik’s stylish signature label. The actress Brooke Shields was one of many visitors to be thoroughly charmed by the Kolenik home. The decor was designed to be both modern and timeless. Right from the start, sustainability has played a key role in every one of Kolenik’s designs. ‘I like working with natural materials that look luxurious. Leather, shells, moss and wood are all good examples. But I also use more surprising materials such as ancient bog oak, or a natural stone that nobody knew existed. These days, applications and techniques are more sustainable too. So I also have strict criteria when choosing where to produce my modern design furniture.’