Adriaan grew up on the banks of the Olifants river in a small farming community. He matriculated from Paarl Gymnasium and went on to pursue his passion studying fine art. 

His professional career started in 1979, where he joined the world of academia, lecturing in fine art at Johan Cairns Art Centre, as well as lecturing part time in Art for the Department of Education and Rhodes University. Thereafter he lectured at the Jack Meyer Art Centre in Paarl.

He was appointed Director of the Tygerberg Art Centre in Cape Town and taught jewellery design at the Cape Town Teachers' College until 1994, when he was seconded by the Cape Town Education Department to the Ministry of Education and Culture of the Western Cape to establish the offices of the Minister and to act as private secretary to the Minister.

Three years later he established his own interior design business in De Waterkant, offering bespoke services to private clients. In 2002 the global stage called and Adriaan was invited to join Internationally renowned Italian Passementerie, Castellano-Beltrame. He joined the company as creative manager to lead product vision and direction. During his time at Castellano, Adriaan was responsible for product interpretation and colour development for all custom-made projects worldwide, collaborating with the design team and ensuring the production of all new collections throughout 63 countries. 

New collections were launched annually at the major European International Exhibitions, where Adriaan became famous for his elaborate exhibition stands, taking on the responsibility for the design, layout and styling of Castellano-Beltrame's five to six national and international stands every year, which took him around the world to  Maison des Objects and Biennale des Editeurs in Paris, Abitare Il Tempo in Verona, Decosit in Brussels, High Point in North Carolina, Proposte in Como, Heimtextil in Frankfurt, Decorex in London, Rooms on View and Decorex in South Africa.

Between constant travelling  he also had the responsibility for the introduction of innovative Book Programmes, Accessory Collections and new Marketing and Development proposals for international and national markets. Major clients with whom he worked included Dēdar, Elitis, Etro and Nobilis in Europe, Ralph Lauren, Robert Allen, Kravet and Stroheim & Romann in America; Andrew Martin, Osborne & Little and Romo in the United Kingdom.

In 2007, he returned to Cape Town and continued his interior design business, Adriaan Lochner Interiors, offering a bespoke service to private clients.

Design Philosophy

"Preserve the architecture's authenticity, enhance the location and reflect the client's personality and lifestyle."

These are Adriaan's design words to live by. He sees himself as “facilitator” of other people’s aspirations to a lifestyle and believes in always reflecting his clients’ personalities, together with their aesthetic preferences. He therefore, always evaluates the project’s context – the architecture, the location, the client’s personality and lifestyle. He then manipulates those parameters to create the lifestyle the client is seeking and dreaming of.

He believes in constructing an architectural idea first, in articulating a spaces, and then secondly, to design and plan the decoration which forms another phase (layer) of information that echoes the same idea. Every project will therefore be meaningfully integrated in the end. “The initial DESIGN CONCEPT AND IDEA are usually way more important to me than the DECORATION”.

He does not believe in the word “taste” as “taste” cannot be measured or defined. What is good “taste” for some might be bad “taste” for others. He prefers to use the term “aesthetic preferences” because peoples’ “tastes” are usually defined by what they have been previously exposed to. 

There is nothing arbitary about how Adriaan goes about his design work. His interiors are thoroughly planned step by step with integrity and meaning. He sources meticulously for items he believes are applicable for each project and will go the extra mile thoughtfully, cleverly and executes each project as it as if it were his own home.


Adriaan Lochner Lifestyle will undertake the entire design process from architectural design as well as custom furniture design to the decoration of the interior spaces and will source furniture and decorative accessories further afield should individual projects require it. Lochner works with a team of South African artisans to produce the appropriate work and pieces for each particular space and project, should it not be available. His close relationships with furniture manufacturers, antique dealers, craftspeople, art galleries and fabric editors ensure that his interiors are contextualised precisely to each client’s requirements as well as to the project’s location and architectural design.

To view a more detailed list of Adriaan's services, please take a look online here.