An interview with Ernst Jan Zantingh by Kay Hare How did you get involved in interior design, does it run in the family? My father was a landscape architect, so yes, the influence of design runs in the family. I decided to study construction, furniture design, and business at Intercollege Den Haag in the Hague and HMC Rotterdam University. But the primary influence in design came from Jan Des Bouvrie when I worked for him for seven years in sales and management. How important do you think it is to study interior design? [...]
Creative Director and Founder of ZANTOS Interiors & Exteriors.
One of the sumptuous aspects of living on the French Riviera is the fact that it receives 300 days of sunshine per year. For those of us lucky enough to live, work or vacation here, this means that a significant part of our lives are spent living outdoors, under the warmth of the Mediterranean sun, with panoramic sea views famous to the Cote d'Azur where different hues of turquoise and sapphire blue reflect off our sunglasses. We run or walk along the beach in the morning, lunch outside on the terrace or in the gardens, take our afternoon strolls along the beach, [...]
One of the most trending styles these days is the use of black framed windows and we just love them. They are also fantastic to use when you want to section off a room such as a living room or kitchen but want to keep the space airy, open and light. The black framed gives a modern edge with a sublime contrast and linear definition to each room. Here we used these black framed windows for a renovation project we did in St Aygulf in the south of France. The owners of this lovely home wanted a complete new design with a fresh [...]
Harmony, functionality and personal style are the 3 principles of the Red Line philosophy that my interior/exterior design company ZANTOS is based on. I have been using this philosophy as long as I can remember in my career and truthfully I'm not sure where I got it from! The red line represents a direction of flow where every element in the room such as colours, patterns, materials and furnishings are respected much like the ancient Chinese art of feng shui. Throughout the years I have found that these 3 principles lead to a balanced environment giving a sense of well being, so [...]
House or apartment purchase is a serious step in our life. But once the deal is made, documents signed and keys passed to the new happy owner the questions rise automatically - What to do with this new property? How to refurbish it? How to plan carefully every square meter in order to increase its living space without cutting important storage areas and interfering technical zones? Not being specialist in this question we start sometimes to plan everything by our- selves putting all our passion and creativity. The result is not slow to arrive - we do not feel quite comfortable [...]