Art-filled Joburg Home by ARRCC

WORDS Amelia Brown IMAGES Elsa Young


Cape Town-based interior studio ARRCC crafted the contemporary interiors of this five-bedroom home designed by Cimato Moroldo Architects.

“This house had to be as multifunctional as possible,” says ARRCC director Mark Rielly, “so that it could adapt to family holidays, feasts with friends, and more formal moments when hosting executive guests.”

The double-volume entrance is reached by way of a concrete bridge over a water feature. Dark-grey exterior walls are contrasted by a stark, white, light-filled interior. “The move from dark walls to expansive, open spaces created an indoor environment that allowed us to give breathing space to the owner’s impressive art collection and introduce very specific furniture pieces that have their own voice within this space,” explains Mark. “The home is almost gallery-like, while still maintaining the casual comfort of a living environment.”

The ground floor holds the dining room, bar, cinema, formal lounge, family room and kitchen. A graphic wooden screen runs along the entrance hall offering a partial glimpse into the living areas. “It was inspired by the work of Japanese architect Kengo Kuma,” explains Mark of the screen, “and adheres to the interior’s philosophy of natural, simple, bold elegance.” The screen is both a separation and a link in the open-plan home.

More art is on display upstairs. Each en-suite bedroom is furnished with a different accent colour and features textures of wood, marble, wool and ceramic. “Besides being a space for entertaining, this is a house in which to lie back, relax and just enjoy being home,” adds Mark.

For more beautiful spaces, follow ARRCC on Instagram and check out this beautiful Paris apartment designed by the studio here