24 | 06 | 2022

Interior Designer Profile – Rene

Since completing a BA in Interior Design in the UK, Rene is now based in London. She has experience in residential design and has a passion for timeless, cohesive interiors. Rene believes that understanding the needs and vision of clients is key to successful design.

Rene Alexakou - Jigsaw Interior Designer

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What inspired you to become an Interior Designer?


I have always been fascinated with interior spaces as a kid. I would remember every detail of my friends’ houses (and I still do!). I have always been interested in how and where people live, and what the space says about them. Every space has its story.


How would you describe your design style?


The design style I use is a mix of minimal and eclectic. I love a functional clean, simple scheme with eclectic textures and finishes.


Where do you find inspiration for your work?


From museums to galleries to boutiques, and even on Instagram, I find it everywhere! I find that getting out of the studio and seeing what’s around you is the biggest source of inspiration.


What are your favourite colours to use in design?


The palette that I go for always differ due to the nature of the job and the variety of the projects. In general, I like to use timeless earthy colours like white, tan and greens tones.


What’s your favourite room or home of all time, and why?


Temple of Dendur at the Metropolitan Mueseum of Art, New York: I visited it in 2011 and will never forget the feeling I got when I walked in. I have never felt more serene than walking through that room with the light beaming through the floor-to-ceiling windows, the natural plinths, the dark pool and the fern plants.


The temple was designed to approximate the light and surroundings of its original location in Nubia including the reflection pool that evokes the Nile river. To this day I still think about that room. I recommend checking out The Met’s video on Youtube!



Image of the Temple of Dendur, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Temple of Dendur was built during the Roman Period, and given to the United States by Egypt in 1965. This was later awarded to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1967.



Are you a minimalist or maximalist?


I’m definitely a minimalist. I have always been drawn to simplicity, clean lines and natural light but I also find myself adding the odd eclectic element.


Do you prefer patterns or texture?


I would say both. Moderation is key – it’s all about finding the right balance.


What do you consider the most overrated design trend?


Wall signs and wall quotes. We’ve seen them enough.


What is your design motto?


The best design trend is to not follow one.


What qualities do you bring to Jigsaw?


Skills in Sketchup and Photoshop, dedication, and a passion for design. For each project, I strive to create the best schemes and visuals. I enjoy recreating what I envision in my head for the client to see as well.


What is the most rewarding aspect of your job?


From the initial stages to project completion, it’s a full circle process.


Do you have a favourite artist?


I do. His name is Olly Fathers, and he is a London artist. His work is inspired by abstract shapes, mixed materials and geometric forms, using wood veneer offcuts and marquetry techniques in his process. He documents this nicely on his Instagram page.



Image of London artist Olly Fathers carrying his artwork

Olly Fathers carrying his artwork in his London studio.



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