At ARRCC, they create considered and engaging interiors at the leading edge of design. Working closely with their clients, they distil and transform their briefs to exceed original expectations. The practice believes in life-enhancing spaces that reflect both client and location, and through their refined approach to design, have developed a style focused on detail and substance.
Can you give us a history of the practice?
When ARRCC was founded as Antoni Associates in 1996, it was an answer to the need for a focussed interior studio for the architecture firm SAOTA. Our portfolio of successful projects over the past decades has created a solid foundation for expanding the range of projects globally. The new name, ARRCC (2015) reflects this consolidation into a strong and independent brand. As a leading interior design firm in South Africa, ARRCC has expanded internationally and is working in many locations including London, Paris, Milan, Moscow, New York, Sydney, Dakar, Barcelona, Ibiza and Geneva. Mark Rielly, Jon Case and Michele Rhoda are the directors of ARRCC and head up the team of 50 designers. The practice specialises in luxury residential interiors and the portfolio also includes hospitality and retail designs.
What about African design inspires you?
The African landscape is very diverse and difficult to categorise but it is in its creative and visual field that it is very inspiring. African design is full of symbolism, tradition and colour that is vibrant and energetic. Its fashion is influential, its music is moving and rhythmic and its food is evoking
Where do you see African architecture going in the next decade?
Africa is still very much a developing continent and is a land under construction with rapid urbanisation. Globally there has been a renewed interest in African art and fashion and this influence can be seen in all fields of design, including architecture. Already Africa has seen the birth of a number of star architects working globally and I think that in this next decade, rather than look outward there will be a more conscious shift that challenges international styles. African design will look at real world problems which are shared by all cultures across the continent and architects and designers will be transforming lives through innovative design and technology.
What do you have in store for the next twelve months?
ARRCC is currently working on several luxury residential projects in Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, Zimbabwe, Angola, Australia, UAE, the Bahamas, Spain, Moscow, USA and South Africa that will be completed in 2017. The first of a hotel chain, Noom Hotel, has opened its doors in Conakry and 2 more hotels will be opening this year in other parts of Africa, with more to follow.
What would you rate as ARRCC’s top five favourite projects to date, and why?
Having completed a number of luxury residential projects for this Client, which include homes in Paris, Dakar, Geneva and Cape Town, the Barcelona apartment is one of our favourites where the design is a blend of African influences combined with contemporary design. The interior has an Afro-contemporary feel which captures ARRCC’s global style and is focussed on detail and substance. This project was also featured as a finalist in the prestigious Andrew Martin Designer of the Year award.
Lume Beauty Atelier
This is a unique concept of a high end fashion hair salon and nail bar combined with a treatment spa. This boutique salon is situated in the middle of Cape Town and is luxury personified with an edgy and contemporary city feel. Here we have created a space where vibrancy and tranquillity co-exist in a carefully planned juxtaposition.
This is topped to be one of our most iconic interiors and is our first project in Miami. Working closely with SAOTA, this project’s design has gained a celebrity following which has led to many more projects in Miami and Los Angeles. The villa is located on Star Island, the most sought after real estate in Miami and involved the complete uplifting of the existing house and re-locating it at the entry to the property, to create a separate guest villa and to allow the new house to be built on the water frontage.
Set in an ancient Baobab forest, this contemporary private desert wilderness eco-lodge and equestrian centre, was created as an idyllic family retreat. This project takes luxury private lodge design and style to a new level with a bold and contemporary interpretation of the classic African tented camp, drawing inspiration from the surrounding arid landscape to blend both West African and European aesthetics.
This holiday villa is located on Ibiza, the Mediterranean summer hotspot and is located in the exclusive area of RocalLisa. The project scope included a complete gut and renovation of an existing house to create an entertainment villa in a contemporary Mediterranean style. This project is unique in its detail and quality of finish and reflects a living environment that is seductive and inspired by barefoot luxury living.
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