It’s hard to believe that it’s only been three weeks since we’ve relocated to the new A.M.A Selections office. If you follow us on Instagram, you’ll know we purchased an apartment and did a complete renovation of the space. We still have some finishing touches left to do but, because we’re too excited to wait, we’ll be sharing more of the inspiration and design process with you here until we’re ready for the full reveal!
For now, I’m sharing the beginning of the process and why my partner Andre and I felt this space was the right office choice for our company.
It’s important to work in a space that makes you happy and inspires you. We spend a lot of time at the office so it should be a place that we enjoy being in. The ultimate goal? To have a space that felt more like a home than an office. Our office is a reflection on our brand and, ultimately, Andre and me. This place is where Andre and I host our team, business partners, friends and family so it was important for the space to feel comfortable and chic.
It took almost two years for Andre and I to find the right office for our company to grow into. We looked at all different types of real estate – rental or purchase, apartment or store front. As our team is constantly in and out of the office for client arrivals, departures, property visits and meetings, we quickly realized that being in the city center would be more of a nuisance than an advantage in regards to traffic and parking. We then expanded our search on the outskirts of Cannes center. Not surprisingly, it was difficult to find a property that provided everything we needed (ample parking, building access, and good location with easy access to city center and highway).
The day we visited this apartment everything felt right about the space and we couldn’t have asked for a better location – situated in the prestigious Bas Californie area of Cannes, only a few minutes from the famous Croisette (the main seaside promenade). Moreover, the 19th century building is one of the most historically significant properties in Cannes and used to be a luxury hotel that hosted aristocrats and royals from around the world. As our company is in luxury hospitality, this was all quite serendipitous.
We’ll be sharing more information on the building’s fascinating history in another post soon.
Andre and I have a particular fondness for Haussmann and Belle Epoque style and architecture. These architectural styles originate from Paris, however, the Belle Epoque architecture can be seen throughout the coastal towns of the French Riviera. This is due to wealthy aristocrats and royals who began to frequent Nice and Cannes during the Belle Epoque era (late 1800s to 1920s) and built holiday homes in the surrounding areas.
I am incredibly lucky to have a job that allows me to see so many beautiful properties that I can draw inspiration from! There are a number of properties in the A.M.A Selections portfolio that are inspired by the Belle Epoque style including Villa Lauder in Cannes, Chateau Du Cap in Antibes and Villa De La Pinède near Monaco. Our office is also in a classic Belle Epoque building which is why the space has high ceilings and beautiful molding. The goal in designing our office was to have a clean, modern space that highlights the traditional elements we fell in love with.
In keeping with our philosophy, we wanted the conference room to feel like a dining room and for the main room to feel like a living space. To accomplish this, we chose statement chandeliers and furniture that you wouldn’t usually associate with an office. We also wanted to personalize the space which we did by introducing antiques and personal items that we’ve purchased on our travels.
If you’d like to see more of our office, I will be posting about the renovation and design process in several segments over the next couple of months.
xo – Mariek Anselme