architect and interior designer brighton

about ar:ior design

Founded by James Bennett & Catherine Smith in 2012, the studio is a Brighton based architecture & interior design practice that is dedicated to creating totally bespoke projects that demonstrate integrity, intelligence and flair.

The aim is to remain small so that we can be involved in every project from start to completion, offering clients a highly creative, practical and ultimately personal service.

We have an extensive library of finishes and materials which is constantly updated, along with a wealth of technical knowledge, together with the assurance of many years of experience. That’s how we are able to interpret a vision into reality.

The Clients:

Our current client base is mainly residential. Over the years, we have collectively and invidually worked on the design of new homes, complete renovations, remodelling and extensions of period houses, designing joinery and interiors to existing homes and complete interior fitouts.

Many of our clients have a well-defined sense of style and don’t want to buy into a branded look. Consequently they like to be involved in the design process, even though they might have little free time. By using our resources and experience, we can make that whole process and journey both efficient and enjoyable for all involved.


Arior design is one of few companies that design unique schemes that involve everything from structural work to furnishing, and we pride ourselves on having the right people at our fingertips to realise them.

When needed, we collaborate with huge network of talented, dedicated people with whom we have worked for years and trust. They range from 3D visualisers, to bespoke joiners, curtain makers and contractors.

All projects are well prepared before going on site with every possibility considered, so that they complete on time and within budget. We also constantly monitor each project to ensure that the work meets our meticulous standards of perfection.