The quest for
perfect balance

In the work of interior designer Remy Meijers (1974), all elements are perfectly in place. His interiors are therefore almost self-evident. As if they have always been like this. But there’s a lot more going on than meets the eye. Behind the apparent simplicity of his interior designs lies a coherent and comprehensive vision honed continuously over two decades. Meijers’ oeuvre includes not only interiors, but also architecture, accessories and furniture. According to Meijers’ philosophy, these are not separate elements, but rather complementary parts of an intelligible whole.

Back to the essence

In 1995, Remy Meijers graduated with honours from the Department of Interior Architecture & Furniture Design at the Utrecht School of the Arts. It was there that he learnt to pare his designs down to their very essence. In so doing, he found a way to give visual expression to peace, and this became the cornerstone of a design practice that came into its own at the dawn of the new century when Meijers set up an interior architecture and furniture design agency under his own name. Since then he has projected his vision on apartments, villas, canal houses, mansions, mansions, estates, hotels, businesses, exhibition and retail spaces.

Collaborative opportunities

In 2012, Meijers launched the Remy Meijers Collection, which included furniture and accessories that originated in his interior design projects. The collection was a logical extension of Meijers’ working philosophy: if the solution you require does not exist, create it. The collection also allowed him to demonstrate the applicability of his design language to a wide variety of ends. Consequently, he attracted numerous design commissions from leading brands. As a product designer, Meijers often seeks collaborative opportunities with companies that excel in their field like Gelderland, Borek, Nilson Beds and Frankly Amsterdam. This has led to some rewarding exchanges of ideas: Meijers conceives of designs that complement the existing collections; at the same time, he approaches each collaboration with a view to seeing how they can, in turn, complement his own interior designs. In so doing he adds another layer of richness to his interiors.

Excitement and richness

Peace is one of Remy Meijers’ watchwords, but so are excitement, drama and richness, all of which he considers necessary for striking the right balance. Regardless of the state of a building, he is usually able to tell at a glance what he’ll need to do to create a viable interior. The naked structure becomes the basis for a new design, with logic playing an important role. Everything is a potential source of inspiration, the original architectural structure, the location, even the way light falls in the course of a day. To ensure clarity, he will often devise the solution to multiple problems in one or two architectural elements. One of the ways he infuses his designs with tension is by choosing materials that distinguish themselves by their appearance or texture. Natural stone, glass, wood, concrete and fabric enhance one another. Drama lurks in the unexpected. And although the spaces often blend seamlessly into one another, each exudes an atmosphere appropriate to its function.

Simplicity leads to elegance

Surface finishing is given just as much consideration as the architectural details, but each decision must be made in consideration of all the others, as a single element out of place is enough to disrupt the balance. Everything must be right. Only then does simplicity lead to elegance. And it is for this reason that Remy Meijers considers every millimetre with fastidious care. Quality is paramount, not quantity, which is why he chooses his projects carefully. His ideal requires going one step further, because in his view, only when every single aspect of an interior emerges from the same vision can you deliver optimal results. In this view, an architectural structure is an extension of its interior. It results in lucid and self-explanatory architectural solutions in which interior and exterior share a common language. This inclusion of the external environment in design is a necessary precondition for giving pitch-perfect expression to his vision.

His work is loved, partly because of his versatility. It is embraced by interior lovers, sought after by bloggers and television makers and published in prominent home magazines worldwide. Since autumn 2013, Remy Meijers has contributed to the TV programme RTL Woonmagazine. A selection of his work has been compiled in two monographs: Simply Elegant (2017) and Shades of Grey (2011).
If the solution you require does not exist, create it