With a combined total of over 25 years experience in luxury design and interiors, husband and wife team Marie Soliman and Albin Berglund are experts in their field. Since founding Bergman Design House, the pair have already worked on a range of exciting projects including Anthony Joshua's BXR gym and new private members' club The Other House Hotel in Kensington, well as a number of luxury superyachts. We ask Soliman for her top five tips in creating a sustainable and luxurious space – whether it's for your home or office or superyacht!
1) Start With The Art
A wall should never be void of personality. For colour, detail and joyful character, large scale wall murals are always a good choice. More refined than a wallpaper and more interesting than a coat of paint, adorning a wall with an oversize brush, a colourful stroke or sculptural bold 3D gesso is a shortcut to making a room to stand out with a wow factor. The most successful spaces are the ones that evoke an emotional experience
2) Skip The “Instagram Moment” And Avoid The Trend
The star of the environment should always be the architecture. Creating one single moment is like instant noodles or fast food – it goes from trendy to tacky in less than five minutes. Design should be truly timeless, celebrating beauty and functionality, unique to the project story and client brief whether it’s a home, hotel or superyacht which makes the design not only luxurious but also sustainable.
3) Le Flaneur Is The Muse
A sustainable approach should never be hard to embrace. Mix the new with the old and vintage to give old treasures a second breath of life. Create an intimate connection and a stage of meaningful luxury. There is so much history, fun and beauty behind hunting the good antique pieces that create a very original design story!
4) When In Doubt, Use Green
Green is having a bit of a moment. Symbolising nature, freshness and vitality, the colour green is an enduring favourite when it comes to interiors. It's beautiful when layered with natural linens or silk. This colour can totally transform any space.
5) Network, Network, Network
Pick up the phone, start a meaningful chat, go for that design panel, speak to manufacturers and suppliers and ask what’s the best in the market. Chatting through ideas with new contacts is a very powerful tool to learn about suitability in every aspect, from product design to building materials to building techniques. Knowledge is power – be the best at what you do!