Building into the hillside gives you a totally different view and setting compared to other types of terrain. In this leafy suburb in Cape Town, local design studio ARRCC designed a glass-fronted home featuring vibrant colors and an exploration of indoor-outdoor spaces.
It’s a high-end interior project, but also at the same time it’s a family home so it was important to hit both of these design points to create the perfect place. “There are bespoke elements throughout, but it never feels fussy. We also opted for unconventional colour and pattern combinations while still allowing space for the clients’ ever-growing art collection,” explains the team at ARRCC.
“By working with the homeowner’s wide and varied art collection we were able to create spaces that allow for a dynamic dialogue between the artworks and furnishings,” says ARRCC director Mark Rielly. While some of the art was used from the home owners’ existing collection, there were some new pieces acquired specifically for the Hillside View home.
Straight away you’ll notice in the entry hall this geometric structure joinery piece Arlequin C, designed by Ferruccio Laviani from Emmemobili. As well as an artistic piece, the home owners can use this hallway area as a functional space to sit down on the two tone suede sofa and remove their shoes and store them in this large colorful piece, which has pigeon holes for storage.
“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.”
Dramatic Hillside View
Peeking through into the kitchen we can see the granite-and-wood counter with a stunning backdrop. A selection of OKHA bar stools are arranged in various styles adding to the eclectic look and feel of the home against a solid neutral background with rich materials.
There’s a lot of vibrancy and color in the informal lounge, where a custom-designed DJ booth sets the mood and the large marine-blue rug keeps the room chilled out. Low height furniture is styled with teal cushions, and fun chevron ottomans from Missoni Home. Items from bespoke design studio OKHA can be spotted around the room, like the colorful balloon like glass vases on the Baxter side tables. By the fireplace you’ll spot the Gloob armchair and Lean on Me standing lamp by OKHA designer Adam Court.
The dining table is an ebonised French oak table, paired with brass-edge black leather dining chairs from Henge, who also supplied the driftwood-like light suspended above.
As a natural extension to the indoor-outdoor feel of the informal living room, the outdoor covered terrace is another perfect spot for entertaining and family time. Alongside the swimming pool, the terrace features a fireplace, heavy-duty barbecue and a pizza oven as well as a swing chair! The perfect spot to enjoy dappled sunlight through the timber beam terrace.
On the staircase wall you can see a series of laser-cut, coated-steel cladding that was then also back-lit for dramatic effect. It creates a stunning sharp contrast with the white and striking against the stairway’s angles.
Unwinding in Comfort
On rainy days, the home movie theater is the perfect place to snuggle up with its selection of sumptuous sofas and daybeds. No hillside views required for the movie room, so this sits tucked in the basement alongside the cigar room, which also doubles up as a wine cellar. In case you needed a reminder that you’re here to enjoy the wine, the coffee table’s round barrel-like shape match the surroundings in a subtle nod.
With its balance of soothing textures and playful colorful motifs, backed by an art collection that fits perfectly in place, this hillside home is great to look at both inside and out.