Project: Old Mutual Alternative Investments
Following Inhouse Brand Architects’ successful design and installation of Old Mutual Investment Group’s head office in 2010, as well as its Specialised Finance Branch in 2013, this leading interior design firm was the clear choice to re-imagine the interior design of the premises occupied by Old Mutual Alternative Investments.
Because Old Mutual was already familiar with Inhouse’s expertise in conceptualisation and implementation, the renowned insurance company gave the Inhouse design team free-rein when it came to the interior fitout. Inhouse’s Creative Director, Aidan Hart, and Associate Director, Moiisha Visagie, who led the project, decided on a scheme that would bring a welcoming sense of warmth to the area.
The aim was to create a space that was true to the Old Mutual Alternative Investments brand – one of the largest alternative investment managers in Africa. Inhouse also wanted to integrate a ‘human’ element into the design. This was achieved through introducing quality natural materials such as timber – specifically harlequin and stained oak – and leather as well as selecting a colour palette of earthy tones.
The reception area is the first point of contact where visiting guests can immediately appreciate this stylish sense of warmth. A striking reception backdrop, crafted from timber and shaped into fins, serves as an eye-catching design element. The waiting area features comfortable leather seating, wooden furniture, and indoor planting, which reinforce the natural aesthetic.
The same design concept flows through to other sections of the office. The traditional, corporate look-and-feel of the boardrooms was softened through the installation of wooden wall paneling and curtains. In the meeting rooms, these same features were repeated along with timber fins and splashes of green, adding an organic emphasis to these spaces.
The kitchen, or café area, received an equally organic makeover. Green walls are prominent in the design. Pendant lights that are crafted from timber hang over the countertops. Plants are again introduced to signify an undeniable earthy atmosphere.
Overall, the design scheme emphasizes quality and implements natural touches throughout, creating a space that cohesively represents the brand in a sophisticated and contemporary manner. With yet another successful design for the Old Mutual Group, Inhouse continues to impress as the interior design firm of choice for South Africa’s leading investment firm.