Alison Antrobus created her solo interior design firm in 2002, and built a brand dedicated to the luxury residential market. Joined by Ruby Ramirez later on after a common experience for the London based Design and Development firm Yoo Ltd, they decided to combine their creative talents and build a partnership based on their common vision of design service.
Together, they have succeeded in balancing their experiences and inspirations to define their own creative vocabulary. Design Ethos is how they call it. And it speaks to who they are as individuals more than anything else, for these two know no boundaries in creativity. Each project embodies their ability to interpret the truth of each of their client’s stories; which becomes translated into a dialog that subtly mixes materials, details, patterns, textures, water and sky in a unique image. Because they are positively grounded, and very good listeners, they know that the project as seen by their client is always first priority.
Challenging and bold, their projects convey unique warmth blended with a strong contemporary artistic vision. Circulations, angles, and perception… any detail they bring to a project is only there to ignite a new emotion and develop a unique narrative. More than a picture, Alison Antrobus and Ruby Ramirez want to design unforgettable experiences. Anything else is decor. The strength of their design resides in their ability to write a story, faithful to their clients’ vision, and interpret the story with their own tools. They are space designers, and their thoughts manifest into three dimensional shapes and patterns that embrace people when they enter a private residence, a hotel, a retail store or a building. Here Antrobus + Ramirez share one of their most recent projects with us, a sprawling, contemporary holiday home in South Florida…
Creation / planning process
We started by creating a fictional client for this home. The clients are retired, well-travelled with personal interests in the arts. They’ve chosen Palazzo Del Sol as their family vacation home with their primary residence in Chicago. The home reflects elements of design from their travels while creating personal spaces for their expanding family as their children create families of their own.
This helped to inspire the overall design, as well as the specific décor elements and accessories. We also drew inspiration from the views and balconies, which led us to engage more “exterior-type” design elements throughout the residence. We achieved this with both materials and details.
How it went?
We’re extremely proud of the resulting design. We feel as though the ambience helps to deliver the ultimate in luxury, the ability to sink into a relaxed lifestyle and forget about the world beyond.
Favorite room / part of the project and why?
One of our favorite aspects of the project is the division between the study and dining room. Whenever possible, we prefer to explore ways to define spaces with details other than a typical partition. This space is the best example of this as we suspended wood shelves off of a structural column that we wrapped in the same brushed limestone as the entrance. All of a sudden what was once seen as a “column in the middle of the space” is now part of a beautiful bookcase.
On a personal note, we were excited to showcase rugs within the project from our first eponymous collection that will launch this October in LA at WestEdge.
Any issues / problems you had to overcome during the project?
This is a sprawling residence, so we wanted to find creative ways to divide the open space. We reconfigured the floorplan by creating “pockets of interest” that become anchor points for different functions. One way we did this was to position louvered screens made from Oak stained in ebony to carve out the study and family room. The detailing of the louvered panels is a modern twist, reminiscent of exterior window shutters as part of our goal to bring the outdoors in.