BUSINESS PROFILE – Rendall & Wright
Rendall & Wright
Inspiring designs with award winning results
It’s probably not surprising to learn that the past 12 months have been among the most challenging since Lindsey Rendall and Helen Wright formed their dynamic interior design partnership in 2006. However, true to form, they’ve emerged from a year of worldwide uncertainty with a positive story of new awards and business growth
The end of 2019 was truly celebratory for Rendall & Wright as they welcomed clients and associates to their new design studio, just outside Hadleigh. But just a few short weeks later the country was in lockdown and just like every other business the juggling began. “We had to overcome the difficulties of home-schooling, broken supply chains and long lead times on product availability,” explained Lindsey, “at times it’s been quite testing but we've managed to keep everything rolling and have used periods of building site closures to get ahead, producing drawings and detailed specifications.”
Despite the restrictions they’ve been able to hold design meetings via Zoom which has enabled clients to make progress without the need for face to face contact, but Lindsey added “we are looking forward to being able to invite our client's back into our beautiful studio once lockdown is lifted and especially to get our team back together in the office”.
Lindsey Rendall’s extraordinary talent for interior design, teamed with Helen Wright’s sensitive and seamless project management skills have ensured they are continually in high demand. In 2018 designer Rachel Morley joined the team, complementing Lindsey’s expertise and bringing a wealth of commercial design experience and just two years on they’ve strengthened the team further.
“In February this year we’ve welcomed Neil Robertson,” says Helen, “and it’s going to be great having Neil on hand in our office.” No stranger to the current set up, Neil has been working closely with Rendall & Wright on some of the largescale, full-house renovations they’ve taken on since 2017.
Commenting on his recruitment Lindsey said, “It was clear from the outset that our professionalism, working style, expectations of quality and our attitude towards our clients complimented each other. I’m thrilled that Neil has joined us and brings with him a new skill set and technical knowledge to enhance our growing business.”
Starting out as a draughtsman designing office interiors and then transitioning to designing kitchens, bedrooms and bathrooms, Neil joined Cubitt Theobald when he was ready to expand his career.
“I was designing and overseeing all aspects of their in-house handmade kitchens as well as fitted cabinetry, joinery and bathrooms,” explained Neil. “I’m proud to say that my product knowledge and attention to detail resulted in beautiful end products. I believe my understanding of the technical and practical particulars, the bits that many people just wouldn’t notice, meant we always met our clients exacting requirements.”
Most recently Neil has worked alongside Rendall & Wright on their award winning renovation of Latimer House in Felixstowe. “Lindsey and I worked together to produce designs for all the joinery including a large bespoke kitchen and several bathrooms, plus the lighting and electrical designs for the whole house,” said Neil.
This latest award, the five star award for the renovation and design of Latimer House at the 2020 United Kingdom Property Awards, saw the team competing against the best property professionals across the European region. The awards are judged by an independent panel of over 80 industry experts and judging focuses on design, quality, service, innovation, originality and commitment to sustainability.
Latimer House was historically used as a girls’ boarding house and its original floor plan didn’t lend itself to modern family living. Lindsey worked alongside Wincer Kievenaar Architects and Cubitt Theobald Ltd building contractors to reconfigure of the building which involved redesigning the ground floor, extending the first floor to create a new bedroom suite and converting the loft to create two bedrooms with dressing rooms and ensuite bathrooms. A new heating system, full electrical installation, a new roof and beautifully landscaped gardens where the owners can enjoy the uninterrupted views of the sea all completed the project.
Perched on the cliff just beyond Cobbolds Point, the property holds an enviable position. During the investigation stage of the building works, hidden fireplaces and beautiful stained glass windows were discovered. Lindsey took inspiration from these while choosing the bold colours, warm textures and quirky patterns that she would use to create a homely scheme befitting such an imposing seafront property; “It’s always exciting to find beautiful hidden features and bring them to the forefront of my design. Each building tells a story of its history; celebrating this adds authenticity and heritage to the finished property,” enthused Lindsey.
Rendall & Wright have always been about offering a comprehensive, bespoke interior design and soft furnishing service for their clients. “Developing a property can be an extremely stressful experience” says Lindsey, “we carefully guide our clients to ensure the process is an enjoyable one and that the finished project exceeds expectations”.
Neil added, “I’m looking forward to bringing over 20 years’ experience designing kitchens and bathrooms, producing CAD drawings and 3D renders to the impressive services offered by Rendall & Wright. My skills will ensure it's easier for clients to visualise the end product.”
And despite COVID it looks as though 2021 holds plenty in store for Rendall & Wright. The year ahead sees Lindsey taking up the position of President of the BIID (British Institute of Interior Design) after being voted as the President Elect last June. “It’s slightly daunting but supported by the talented Council of Directors and with Lester Bennett as Vice President I’m looking forward to stepping into the role and challenging myself.”
“And we’re also excited to be working once again with Cubitt Theobald Ltd as we embark on the renovation of a beautiful large Hall near Halstead,” added Helen.