How To Take Your Interior Design Beyond - with Monique des Bouvrie

How To Take Your Interior Design Beyond - with Monique des Bouvrie

Welcome to our latest blog post, where we dive deep into the world of interior design with the iconic Monique des Bouvrie. In a recent conversation with Marc Müskens on the "Beyond Interior Design" podcast, Monique shares her insights and experiences that have shaped her into one of the most influential designers in the Netherlands. Read on and discover how to take your interior designs to the next level!

 Who is Monique des Bouvrie?

Monique des Bouvrie is a name synonymous with innovation and elegance in the high-end Dutch interior design world. Together with her late husband, Jan des Bouvrie, she has left an indelible mark on Dutch design. Jan, known for his revolutionary white and symmetrical designs, and Monique, with her colorful and bold additions, created a movement that remains influential to this day.

You must create your own reality. You can design everything, even your life!”

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Jan des Bouvrie his famous 1969 sofa for Gelderland

Key Takeaways from the Beyond Interior Design Podcast with Monique des Bouvrie:

  1. The Origins of Their Design Philosophy: Monique discusses how she and Jan des Bouvrie began introducing light and positivity into homes through the use of white tones. This not only brightened spaces but also brought a sense of joy and optimism.
  2. Creating Emotion and Wonder: One of the core values of their work is designing spaces that evoke emotions and create a sense of wonder. Monique emphasizes the importance of personal and emotional layers in interior design.
  3. Practical Tips for This Generation of Interior Designers: Monique shares valuable advice for young interior designers, such as the importance of finding inspiration in your surroundings and developing your unique style. She encourages designers to stay curious and continually try new things.
  4. Balancing Timeless Design and Trends: While trends come and go, the essence of good design remains timeless. Monique explains how to balance integrating current trends with maintaining a classic, timeless aesthetic.

Jan and Monique des Bouvrie together

Listen to the episodes of the Beyond Interior Design Podcast with Monique:

Available on July 1st

How to Apply These Insights:

Applying these insights to your own interior designs can make a significant difference. Here are some practical steps to get started:

  • Emotional Connection: Spend time getting to know your clients and their stories. Use this understanding to create designs that reflect their personalities and aspirations.
  • Personal Elements: Incorporate personal items and colors that have emotional significance.
  • Stay Curious: Be inspired by your environment and always seek new ideas and influences.

Monique des Bouvrie has shown us that interior design is much more than aesthetics; it's about creating spaces that reflect life and emotions. We hope you are inspired by her story and the insights she has shared.

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Below we have the video recordings of Marc and Monique's conversations. It won't be short, but it will be inspiring.

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About the author
Marc Müskens (1983, The Netherlands) is fond of contrasts and stories. He likes to interact with all kinds of people, in different places. Marc can enjoy the smallest things and create unforgettable experiences. With his continuous hunger for physical and mental challenge, this is 'Living on Your Own Terms' for him. The feeling of freedom.
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