At the start of 2014 Engel & Völkers opened its own interiors online shop. With the online store, which offers selected furniture and home accessories, the brand has expanded on real estate which is useful for further facets of exclusive lifestyles and gets to the heart of Engel & Völkers’ core values of competency exclusivity and passion. In the interview Bettina Prinzessin Wittgenstein, Initiator of the project, described the background and revealed her personal favourite piece from the online shop.
1. You are Engel & Völkers company communication manager and are now also behind the new interiors online shop. Why have you decided to do this?
I have been at Engel & Völkers for over 20 years and I know what our most demanding customers worldwide require. We provide the most beautiful properties, from the high value estates in Mallorca to the modern loft in Berlin. Therefore, the next logical step was for us to provide inspiring living spaces for our clients and the same time.
2. How do you select the products for the online shop and what inspires you?
I travel abroad a lot for my job and many different impressions inspire me. For me there is nothing more beautiful than going to an antique market or a modern interior design fair. For many years, whether it is Singapore or Paris, I bring home living accessories. I was recently at the Maison & Objets’ fair in Paris again, one of the most important meeting places for interior design and decoration, where I go twice a year. That’s where I have selected my favourite pieces for our online shop. In Hamburg, my hometown, I love to go to the Flamant Home Furnishings and also look for beautiful Flemish furnishings.
3. What is your target group?
We are specifically targeting lovers of design and furnishings who have the highest quality materials. We want to inspire friends of the modern lifestyle as well as followers of the classic living ambiance. Our products are carefully selected and are subject to strict quality control. They not only have an elegant appearance, but also have a high quality finish. All of the interiors are in line with our philosophy to offer exclusive yet affordable home furnishings.
4. Are you planning to expand the collection?
We are planning to continually expand our product portfolio. Our collection features the latest international home furnishing trends and includes high-quality armchairs, tables, lamps, lanterns and decorative elements. We have already made numerous pieces available for our customers in different colours and various materials, so that for each living style there is the perfect furnishing to go with it.
5. Which manufacturers do you work with?
We work with leading manufactures e.g. Flamant, Du Bout Du Monde and Becara.
6. One last question: what is your personal favourite piece in the collection?
I select all furnishings with great care and always have the wishes and preferences of our discerning clients in the back of my mind. I have picked every home accessory as if I would love to have it in my own home. Many of the items are already back at my holiday home in Mallorca. If I had to decide then I would probably choose the elegant, French armchair with the lilac cover and handmade oak frame or the elephant lamp.