They’re Brill And They Know It
I’ll never forget the first time I stumbled upon this video on YouTube. It was made by Journey For, a Belfast-based company, specialising in creative media/film. It showcased one of the interiors designed by Interior Design firm, Brill (who are also located in Belfast).
I probably watched this short film about 4 times in quick succession. The combination of slick, edgy video production, and the contemporary, industrial-inspired design of the space impressed me to the highest level.
There were a few reasons as to why this video had such a huge impact on me. It was around this time that I had begun to appreciate the aesthetics of industrial design elements. The joys of the Tolix chair had become a huge inspiration to me (I bought a genuine one, high five!), I had discovered the genius of the naked bulb and I was frustrated that Northern Ireland seemed to be lagging behind (as per usual) when it came to cutting-edge design, in comparison to other major cities.
But this video changed that.
I was utterly excited to learn that this style of contemporary, urban design was (slowly) being introduced to Northern Ireland by local Designers and I wanted to hug someone, ANYONE in celebration.
I hadn’t seen a Tolix chair anywhere in Belfast until approx. 3 years ago, when I spotted them huddled in groups outside a city centre cafe. They were a welcoming kaleidoscope of day-glo colours: a striking contrast to the grey concrete beneath them. Without hesitation, I stepped closer to investigate further (they weren’t genuine but hey, even retailers have a budget). I wasn’t aware at that time, that Brill were the designers responsible for the design of this space.
After drooling at countless images of their designs and salivating at their inspiring quotes, I came to the conclusion that yes, Brill were in actual fact… brill.
They’ve left their design imprint on a wide range of spaces, including retail, office and residential, with a portfolio that boasts many esteemed London commissions. I quickly came to the conclusion these dudes were big-players in the Interior Design field and I was proud, inspired and maybe a little jealous (only a wee bit) of their immense talent and skill.
Their portfolio of work includes a wide spectrum of styles, from edgy industrial, to the height of luxury, where their signature style of punctuating a space with considered injections of colour is prevalent.
Their spaces are commanding, they have presence and they entice.
If you’re just as inspired by the brilliance (see what I did there?) of this talented Interior Design team, I strongly recommend that you check out their website.