Amos and Amos is a London-based interior architecture firm renowned for its minimalist design approach and "tough-luxe" aesthetic. Founded in 2009 by the dynamic duo of Jaki and Darryl Amos, the firm brings a unique blend of luxury and edge to its designs. Jaki's background in designing for Aston Martin and Darryl's experience as a joiner and interior architect contribute to their meticulous attention to detail and precision.
Their design philosophy is an ode to minimalism, purity, and restraint, focusing on creating beautiful spaces by engineering out anything superfluous. This minimalist approach is evident in their residential and corporate projects across the UK and Sweden, each characterized by luxurious yet edgy spaces. They favor gently patinated metals over polished ones and deeply veined, honed marbles instead of glossy varieties.
Amos and Amos's work spans from high-end residential developments to corporate headquarters. One of their notable projects is The Wardian in London's Canary Wharf, a landmark residential development centered around the principles of biophilic design. Another significant project is a workspace for the global brand AKQA, situated in an old boatbuilding warehouse on the docks of Gothenburg, Sweden, which has won numerous awards and global recognition.
Their design process begins with a series of workshops involving clients, architects, landscape designers, and the digital team to create a shared vision and framework. The studio's environment is relaxed, encouraging team members to draw inspiration from various sources, including art, fashion, interiors, and architecture. They also emphasize collaboration with emerging British design talents to create bespoke pieces.
The firm’s expertise extends to designing spaces that reflect the geographical location, culture, climate, and the clients' vision. They draw inspiration from iconic figures like Tadao Ando for purity of form, Carlo Scarpa for incredible detailing, and artists like Richard Misrach and Jean-Michel Basquiat for their use of color and avant-garde eclecticism.
In residential interiors, such as the top-floor penthouses at 21 Wapping Lane, Amos and Amos have demonstrated their ability to create luxurious and functional spaces. The master bedrooms in these penthouses are inspired by luxury hotel suites, featuring walk-through wardrobes and large bathrooms with Carrara marble tiles. The living spaces are connected to terraces and balconies, covered in faux grass to create a private garden feel.
Their own living spaces reflect their design ethos, splitting time between a classic Victorian home in London and a converted barn in England's Norfolk Broads. Both spaces exemplify their commitment to minimalist design and the blending of luxury with a unique edge.
Amos and Amos's approach to design is not just about creating aesthetically pleasing spaces; it's about crafting environments that embody a narrative, shaped by the story of the place and the people who inhabit it. This dedication to storytelling through design makes their work stand out in the field of interior architecture.