Too often in interior design, art is an afterthought, the element that gets dealt with long after the interior space has been arranged. By giving meaningful consideration to essential and future artwork positions at the onset of the design process, aspects such as lighting and ceiling design can be carefully coordinated to maximise the artwork’s impact on the space. Art has the power to inspire and denote the mood or personality of an interior.

Art is most effective in design when it is used to celebrate architectural moments and punctuate spaces – be it a well-lit striking sculpture at the end of the passage or an abstract painting over a beautifully styled bed. Above all, art is subjective and the story must be appealing and hold meaning to the buyer. Successful interior spaces contain the right amount of evocative art that is pleasing to the eye, true to the owner and helps the space tell a story.

One of our designers, Nina Sierra Rubia, talks about her inspiration and use of art pieces in a recent ARRCC project: “We saw the curation of the client’s collection as an opportunity to showcase a mix of both established and up-and-coming South African artists. We incorporated some serious pieces such as the bust from Lionel Smit and a piece by Nelson Makamo, as well as a tongue-in-cheek installation art piece from Frank Van Reenen. In this project, our biggest considerations were what worked with the scheme, the right format and most importantly, what suited the personalities of our clients”.

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