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Anncha Briggs, designer and art consultant

Anncha Briggs

Board Assistant Secretary, Designer

Anncha Briggs, ASID, ASRID
design and art consultation
Allied Member of ASID, 1987; Legislative Co-Chair, Interior Design Coalition of Arkansas 1993; Registered Interior Designer 1995; NCIDQ certified, 2000; and USGBC-Arkansas Chapter, 2003.

The designer on our team was born in Sweden, but also raised in Egypt, Ecuador and England. She graduated from the Interpreter’s department at the University of Heidelberg, Germany and the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, with degrees in Languages and Philosophy. She married and moved to Little Rock in 1970, where there were no job opportunities in her field. Little Rock lacked a fun, informative design store. So in 1972 her iconic store, the Design Center, filled with Scandinavian Imports, arts and crafts, opened.

Hobbies now became a career. Eventually a position teaching German at UALR also became available. Remodeling her first home led to many client requests. Restoring her own home in the Quapaw Quarter and placing it on the National Historic Register followed.

As a curator of art shows and organizer of an ART Partnership specializing in Russian Avant Garde Art, she found art pieces which now are part of the Arkansas Arts Center‘s permanent collection and individual collections.

At the Arkansas chapter of the USBGC, she facilitates the green residential discussion group. “Remodeling and restoration work, salvaging what is still useful, water issues, combining old and new with original art is my focus.”
Anncha was honored when a long time client called her a role model and dedicated the publication, Arkansas GREEN GUIDE, to her.

She has been featured in the High Profile section of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, participated in sustainable projects like the Heifer International Building and the Donald Reynolds YMCA in Warren, Arkansas, but most of all, she is thankful that she has “word of mouth referrals, longtime clients, and now their children, who keep asking me to help them.”

  • Location: Little Rock, Arkansas, USA