In living colour
An art-filled home in Cape Town celebrates colour and shape in dynamic fashion
The design wing of SAOTA (Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects) is known for its super premium residential projects that combine high-end design pieces with stunning locations and striking artwork. We did a quick-fire q&a with the designers on their latest project in Cape Town.
The owner’s art collection was the starting point of the scheme – how did ARRCC bring together these disparate pieces as a cohesive whole?
The art is a combination of pre-owned art from the clients’ existing collection as well as some pieces they bought specifically for the new home. The client’s unique collection of contemporary African art also incorporates seamlessly into the interior design, adding another, complex layer to these experiences.
How was the colour palette conceived?
As the project had no interior design in place, we essentially started the project with a blank canvas. The white walls and open-plan spaces presented an exciting opportunity to fully apply the ARRCC design philosophy without any restrictions. This is a contemporary, high-end interior project but at the same time also a family home, so the design had to be tailored to both these demands. As such, we opted for unconventional colour and pattern combinations while still allowing room for the clients’ ever-growing art collection.
There’s a strong sense of geometry throughout – lots of bold shapes. What was the thinking behind this?
Given the white walls and timber floors, geometric elements in the furniture and fabrics were essential in order to introduce focal points and depth into the interiors.
Texture and pattern seem to be a strong theme (second to colour). What effect did the designers want to achieve here?
We went with an unconventional but harmonious use of colour, pattern and texture that aims to evoke different experiences in these spaces – sometimes cocooning and other times energetic.
The natural textures are a soothing contrast to the bright colour and contemporary graphic shapes. Were these materials introduced to achieve a sense of balance?
Being a family home it was important to introduce not just texture but a sense of warmth to the spaces.