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Nicky Haslam wears a number of colourful hats. Author, events planner, writer (you may remember his quirky words from The Telegraph and Hello Magazine). He has even tried his hand at music. But his ultimate passion lies with interior design, and this is where he makes the world of decor and design spin. Love his style or hate it … Kitsch or cool …? The jury is still out, but there is no denying that Nicky is a character and he has had an incredible influence on this industry. I met him at the St Leger and Viney Design Focus morning, and despite playing the diva and missing our midmorning meeting, I later caught up with him and watched his lecture, which had me chuckling in the aisles. Nicky has led a life that is certainly worthy of the autobiography, Redeeming Features, that he has already published. Born in the UK, he has lived in many places and followed many paths, always hanging with the jet set. Today he can boast as past clients Mick Jagger and Bob Geldof (who, he says, ‘have great taste’) and Bryan Ferry, all of whom he now calls friends. He once decorated a morning room for Rod Stewart. ‘He doesn’t have good taste; I gave it to him,’ he exclaims about the rocker. From wearing riding chaps made from bear fur on his hunting farm to creating events for the royal family, Nicky courts controversy and inspiration and does it well. Between projects and homes he has decorated, Nicky reminisces on his friendships with photographer David Bailey and artist Andy Warhol, who, he says, ‘took me to Park Avenue and made me smart’. The unique pair actually made a movie together, called Kiss (‘Watch it if you are bored enough,’ Nicky laughs.) Fashion and design have always gone hand in hand and so it’s no surprise that Nicky dabbled in this world. He reveals that some of his fondest memories are of working for US Vogue when Diana Vreeland was at the

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helm: ‘Those were the days of whisky first thing in the morning, 15 cigarettes in the office, and looking at pretty clothes pictures.’ Nicky later took on the role of art director at a magazine called On Show, where he shot icons like the Beatles and Barbra Streisand on her one and only modelling shoot. He talks casually of his famous acquaintances, including the Duchess of Windsor, better known to us as Wallis Simpson, the woman who caused King Edward VIII to abdicate. According to Nicky, she decorated Buckingham Palace in pink and silver and liked to play poker with Churchill. ‘I am better for knowing her – she wasn’t shunned like everyone thought,’ he says. When it comes to decor, Nicky believes rooms should be pretty and exude comfort: ‘Everyone should look good in their room.’ At the end of his talk he showed us a photo of his dream home: a giant yellow house with an elaborate shell on top: ‘Anything with shell is fabulous, and I worship caterpillar fringe. Don’t you?’ Some of us nodded and some of us vehemently shook our heads. His style is certainly not for everyone. However, the span of his career proves his ability to shape this world, and with Nicky declaring his love for gold gilding and walls made solely of tassels – kitsch or cool – there’s no denying this man has stayed true to his vision and is a decor powerhouse, fur chaps and all …

Nicky Manson, Editor

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You tell us Property involves us all. What’s your view? Email CHURN OF THE CENTURY ‘Randy with brandy’ is an odd title for a brief note on the Roundhouse Restaurant in Camps Bay! Please query the claim that this building served as Lord Charles Somerset’s hunting lodge in the 18th century – he only arrived at the Cape in 1814! With the exception of the last five years, the Dutch controlled the Cape for all of the 18th century. It’s most unlikely that they would have allowed an English nobleman to go hunting there! Alan Campbell, via email You’re correct on the history front! The Roundhouse was built as a guardhouse by the VOC in 1786.The present-day proprietor’s website goes on to say: ‘Since then, the building has also functioned as a hotel, dance hall and, most famously, Lord Charles Somerset’s hunting lodge.’ As you point out, that would have been in the 19th century. As regards the title, the focus of the piece was the Roundhouse Restaurant’s brandy-pairing menu.

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We appear to be locked into the use of natural and manufactured tiles for many of the high-traffic surfaces in homes today. I’m somewhat surprised that recycled and synthetic options with a low carbon footprint have not yet come to the fore. A guilty party of note, we have homes with sandstone shipped in from India, manufactured floor tiles from Italy and Brazil and granite from as far afield as China. With hot water solar heating in one home and LED and solar lighting in most, there must exist a brand-new application for low-carbon-footprint home surfaces. Up on the Pipe Track in Cecilia Forest above our Constantia home is a bench made from some kind of recycled plastic which shows no signs of weathering after years of Cape rain, wind and sun. Now that material is an option for a chopping board surface in any modern kitchen! Andrew Pollock, Newlands Village


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et on the gorgeous 312-year-old

to the space. The comfortable setting is aimed

includes soy-and-honey glazed chicken wings

Vergelegen Estate in Somerset

at family dining and is open for breakfast, lunch

and to-die-for Asian-style fishcakes with

West, the new wine-tasting centre

and dinner.

Parmesan mayonnaise.

There is something for everyone here.

and the adjacent Stables bistro are

the perfect excuse for a day out.

bottle of any of Vergelegen’s vintages. The

Opening up onto a terrace overlooking

renowned chef, Garth Stroebel. The kitchen

generous wine selection consists of the estate’s

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centre is sunny and bright and offers

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Meals can be enjoyed with a glass or

The contemporary menu was developed by

Also on offer is a tapas menu served

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The wide selection of tasty finger foods

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4 Views of the Hottentots-Holland Mountains from the sunny Stables Bistro at Vergelegen Estate.


The tempting Vergelegen Burger served with shoestring fries at Stables Bistro. 3The bar at

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Ice cream and wine pairings, a new superfood menu, a touch of the Med in Camps Bay, and more winter foodie delights

Having worked in Bordeaux, France, and in the Napa Valley in California,


winemaker at the boutique wine estate, Constantia Glen, knows good wine

Q How do the Bordeaux and Napa Valley districts compare with each other? They are the complete extremes of each other in all aspects: heritage, architecture, culture, design, food, wine and the winemaking techniques. In Bordeaux, everything takes time and meticulous attention, whilst Napa is more rushed and vibrant. I enjoyed my


time in St Emilion. The wines of course,

Mezepoli Meze and Wine Bar is the newest addition to the Camps Bay

but also the food and the fantastic

strip, bringing a touch of the Mediterranean to the southern coast of

culture. On every day of harvest at

Africa. The sister restaurant to the Joburg institution, Plaka in Melrose

Château Bellefont-Belcier, everyone

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hours for lunch and sit around a table covered with baguettes and indulge in the fantastic food that the Château cook had prepared. In Napa, each person took a few minutes to munch a burrito in between the rush of grapes arriving. So I much prefer the French culture. In terms of winemaking techniques, the approach in Bordeaux was also more traditional, with a lot of extended maceration, whilst in Napa, shorter maceration was used, in order to make more fruit-forward, New World-style wines.

Q What’s your advice for aspiring winemakers? Keep things as natural as possible and

don’t overwork grapes or wine or try to steer the product into a direction that it is not suited to. Make styles of wines that are suited to your terroir.

Q Your favourite food and wine pairing? Slow-braised beef short ribs served with roasted parsnip purée enriched with butter, cream and a touch of nutmeg – with the Constantia Glen Five, of course. +27 (0)21 715 6110,

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ICY BUT NICE Clos Malverne, the family-run wine estate in the heart of the Devon Valley outside Stellenbosch, has been pairing its wine and home-made ice cream for some time. Estate chef, Nadia Louw Smith, and winemaker, Suzanne Coetzee, have now teamed up to create four ideal autumn pairings of wine and ice cream. These include preserved lemon and basil ice cream matched with the estate’s Sauvignon Blanc (one of SA’s top ten), and Le Café banana and caramel pancake ice cream paired with Clos Malverne’s flagship Cape Blend, Auret. +27 (0)21 888 4900,



SHINY-HAPPY-PEOPLE FOOD Cape Town-based health-food chain, Osumo, has just launched its new superfood menu. Keeping a close eye on international food trends, the team at Osumo realised the benefits of superfoods and how vital they are to attaining and maintaining good health. The new menu includes a variety of superfoods, such as walnuts, chia seeds, goji berries, organic spirulina and quinoa, to name a few. Next time you’re at one of Osumo’s branches in Cavendish Square, Sea Point or Canal Walk, why not give the goji berry smoothie a try, or the pink or green quinoa salads? Your body and mind will thank you. +27 (0)21 683 0353,

FROM THE WINTER GARDEN Chef Lucas Carstens of Simonsig’s signature Cuvée Restaurant has created a winter menu of contemporary dishes made from local produce and seasonal ingredients picked from the estate’s own garden. Expect to find classics, such as French onion soup, exotic dishes, such as lamb rogan josh, and more inventive dishes, such as Tarte Tatin with butterscotch and sour cream ripple ice cream. And as good chefs are wont to do, Lucas has made sure that each dish on his menu complements the estate’s renowned wines. +27 (0)21 888 4900,

BEAT THE SUNDAY BLUES At Nobu at One&Only Cape Town, Sunday evenings are about good sushi and delicious cocktails, with the Nobu Saketini, containing that great sushi accompaniment, sake, being the favourite. Sushi Sundays at Nobu have been garnering huge support, thanks to the expertly prepared sushi that has helped put this global restaurant brand on the map. The sushi chefs are world class, as is the quality of the fish and seafood. The best part, however, is the affordability of this sushi experience: R150 gets you six pieces of assorted nigiri sushi and eight pieces of sushi cut rolls. +27 (0)21 431 4511,

MUSTY MUST-TRY The traditional South African delicacy, moskonfyt, has been given a new lease of life, thanks to Kloovenburg, the wine and olive farm in Riebeek Kasteel. Moskonfyt is derived from a process of pressing and fermenting grapes to produce grape must, which is then reduced, without any additives. Similar in flavour to balsamic vinegar, moskonfyt can be enjoyed with salads, figs and cheeses as well as with ice cream and nuts. +27 (0)22 448 1635, | 11



Poltrona Frau, exotic fabrics, taps, chairs, and a scatter of nature

Italian luxury furniture brand, Poltrona Frau, now in its 100th year, recently opened its first South African showroom, in Green Point. We speak to


and exclusive agent of the brand.

Q Why the decision to open up a Poltrona Frau store in Cape Town?

Poltrona Frau’s move to Cape Town is a significant step in committing to the South African market, which the brand strongly believes in. Poltrona Frau has carefully chosen a showroom space in the heart of Cape Town’s design community, in De Waterkant, which will provide a central focus for architects and designers working on projects within the commercial and residential sectors. The company has the know-how associated with the contract sector and has local offices in major cities, such as New York, Paris, Doha, Abu Dhabi, Mumbai, Milan, Hong Kong and Singapore.

Q What are some of the brand’s iconic pieces?

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FRESHLY STACKED The Fresco Towel Shelf by Zack is a functional solution to storing towels in your bathroom. The design of this stainless steel unit is great for stacked and folded towels as it promotes air circulation to keep them as dry as possible. 086 153 3837,

Words Genevieve Fisher

Working with globally renowned designers, such as Giò Ponti, FA Porsche, P. Cerri, and many others, Poltrona Frau offers furniture pieces that aren’t only top quality but, from a design perspective, are also genius and exclusive. Our iconic pieces are Antropovarius, Larus, Ouverture, Rex, Vanity Fair, Chester, and many others. Poltrona Frau has upholstered many of the finest and largest audience halls of some world-renowned halls and theatres, and was commissioned to produce all leather interiors for Bugatti, Ferrari, Lancia, Maserati, Mini, Moto Guzzi, Mercedes Benz’s Maybach & SLR, and Pininfarina. When you sit on the chair designed Jean Marie Massaud, you will know why Poltrona got its reputation for fine craftsmanship. It is one of the most comfortable chairs I have ever sat on – and I’ve sat in many designer chairs in a number of showrooms! +27 (0)21 418 0726,



SITTING PRETTY AND GLOSSY Furniture and hardware supplies wholesaler Eclipse is now offering a new range of high-gloss chairs suited to indoor or outdoor dining. Made from polycarbonate and polypropylene-derived compounds, which together create the high-gloss effect, these materials are also strong, hardy and UV resistant. The result is light, easily movable chairs that can withstand any conditions. +27 (0)21 555 2282,

FABRIC FANTASTIC Lula Fabrics is celebrating its fifth anniversary with the launch of a new collection inspired by the East. The Silk Road collection takes its cue from the handwoven textiles of ancient China and the cities of Bukhara, Samarkand and Kashgar, which lie on the famous Silk Road between China and Russia. +27 (0)21 461 0620,

NATURAL TOUCH Peace River Trading’s newest range of scatter cushions takes its cue from nature. Made from cotton canvas, natural canvas, satin and velvet, the printed designs feature birds, flowers and orchids in green, orange, white, black and teal. We love a bit of outdoor inspiration in our interior spaces. +27 (0)21 421 1910,

TIP-TOP TAPS New to Womag’s range of designer kitchen and sanitaryware are Tocati kitchen taps, designed and manufactured in Italy by Armando Vicario. Manufactured from DZR brass, these ergonomically designed taps are chrome plated. A number of the styles are available in dramatic black brass, to enhance the look of any designer kitchen. Each tap comes standard with aerators, ensuring economical water consumption. 086 119 6624, | 13



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MIND THE GAP Gap Inc. recently opened three stores in SA – in Jozi, Cape Town and Pretoria. These launches mark the much-loved American clothing brand’s first foray into sub-Saharan Africa and we think it’s about time too. Find your nearest Gap store at Sandton City in Joburg, at Tyger Valley Shopping Centre in Cape Town and, soon, at Pretoria’s Brooklyn Mall. +27 (0)21 914 1390, +27 (0)11 783 5212;

SWAP MEET Started by an entrepreneur who is passionate about travel, takes scenes from the blockbuster movie The Holiday to new heights. Realising early on that kids and hotels don’t mix, Debbie Wosskow, a career mom who still wanted to travel with family in tow, decided that a home away from home was the way to go. And so came about LoveHomeSwap, a labour of love that allows like-minded individuals or families to swap their homes via the website, ensuring cost-effective travel – and absolutely no hotels. Debbie has identified four groups of people who would benefit from this service: empty-nesters who have time to travel; second-home owners who swap holiday homes instead of renting; families who need more space than a hotel can offer; and first-time homebuyers who can’t afford a holiday. It’s similar to social networking – you join via the website, browse the properties and then build up trust with the owners of those properties. A luxe subscription rate gets you a dedicated travel and concierge team as well as a soon-to-be-released identification product and bespoke insurance product. Take out a trial membership and discover grand mansions in the English countryside or compact apartments in New York City. Happy holidays!

ENGRAVED IN THE STARS London-based jewellery designer, Kirsten Goss, is so hot right now. We love her new Geo-Grafik

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studs and Octavia earrings. Available from Kirsten

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EGYPT IN YOUR BAG Designer accessory label, Missibaba, has launched its Autumn/Winter collection, called


Missibaba and the Search for the Golden Scarab, which is inspired by the mysteries of Egypt

Docklands Hotel in Durban has scored a

and the Adventures of Tintin. Taking as its starting points the series of comic albums created

‘bow-wow’ now that it has become the

by Belgian artist Georges Remi (pen name ‘Hergé’) as well as ancient artefacts, sealed

first pet-friendly hotel in the Signature

tombs and woven papyrus, Missibaba has created new bag, belt and jewellery styles that

Life Hotels collection. The hotel has no

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The Good Food & Wine Show, 24–25 May The Good Food & Wine Show will be held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre this month, showcasing a host of the latest national and international food and wine trends and featuring an immense celebrity chef line-up. You won’t want to miss this. Headlining this year’s event is Buddy Valastro, star of the smash hit reality show, The Cake Boss, Whitney Miller, winner of MasterChef USA, Michelin-star chef, Giorgio Locatelli, Reza Mahammad, who has just launched his new series, Reza, Spice Prince of India, and celebrity chef, Ariana Bundy. For the kids, famed CBeebies’ star, India Mister Maker, renowned for mesmerising even the most unruly of little ones with his arts and crafts, will be there to keep them busy while you get down to enjoying a great foodie experience. Tickets: adults R95, children 5–12, R50, children under five are free. 0861 915 8000,; +27 (0)21 702 2280,

Nederburg Taste Theatre at The Gugulethu Wine Festival, 25–26 May At this year’s Gugulethu Wine Festival (sponsored by Tops at Spar), Nederburg’s Taste Theatre will explore the impact that different food flavours can have on wine. Visitors to the event will have the chance to sample various foods prepared by MasterChef judge, Pete Goffe-Wood, paired with a selection of wines. Popular red, white and dessert wines from Nederburg will be available to sample with foods such as beef, tuna, cheddar cheese and chocolate. The event will be staged on the rooftop of the Gugulethu Square mall. Tickets: R80.;

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Stephan Welz & Co.’s Autumn Decorative and Fine Art Auction, 29–30 May The upcoming Autumn Decorative and Fine Art Auction by Stephan Welz & Co. will be held at the Great Cellar at Alphen Estate, Constantia. From fine art to a treasure trove of furniture and jewellery, there will be finds to suit all tastes. An item worthy of mention is a painting entitled Two Women, by Matisse protégée, Maurice van Essche, who came to Africa as part of a Belgian Government-sponsored painting expedition in 1939. The painting is credited with bolstering the modern movement in South Africa. Other rare finds are an 18th-century Cape stinkwood ebony and satinwood bureau bookcase that has been in the same family for 100 years,

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and a bright, bold bracelet set with amethysts, citrines and aquamarines. +27 (0)21 794 6461,

Feast of Shiraz & Charcuterie at Hartenberg, 2 June


Hartenberg Wine Estate will host the Feast of Shiraz & Charcuterie, where guests will be able to enjoy some of the finest flagship Syrahs from leading cellars, paired with superb artisanal fare. The estate has invited a select group of winemakers to showcase their wines and they will be joined by some of the top local charcuterie masters, cheesemakers and olive enthusiasts for a food-and-wine pairing feast. Other cellars who will be sharing their versions of the spicy Shiraz varietal are Boekenhoutskloof Winery, Boschkloof Wines, Cederberg Private Cellar, De Trafford Wines, La Motte, Raka, Rust en Vrede Estate, Saxenburg and Thelema Mountain Vineyards. Tickets: R180, including food and wine tastings.

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This beautiful home at Lake Michelle Lifestyle Security Estate offers glorious mountain views and much more


o expense has been spared in the design of this beautifully finished home in the Southern Peninsula suburb of Noordhoek in the Western Cape. Situated on an erf of  800m2 alongside the main lake at Lake Michelle Lifestyle Security Estate, the house has a total floor area of 519m2. The welcoming entrance hall of this north-facing home opens onto a large, open-plan dining area with living room, TV room, kitchen and scullery. The kitchen is kitted out with imported Italian wares, such as Smeg appliances and a built-in coffee machine. The home comprises two levels of living space, with three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a guest toilet on the ground floor. The main bedroom suite with lounge and open- plan bathroom as well as the guest suite with separate bedroom, lounge, bathroom and balcony are situated on the upper level. There is also a study in a loft-like layout one level above. The home offers fabulous lake and mountain views from all levels. All the bedrooms feature imported Italian cupboards, and the bathrooms are fitted with top-end imported sanitaryware. 1

The home features a high-tech security and entertainment system. In addition to the alarm there are CCTV cameras that are linked to six wallmounted televisions throughout the home (the largest TV is 74”). Smoke detectors are fitted throughout the home, for added peace of mind. The smart-home technology extends to a central music, Internet and movie hub system that is connected to each room in the house as well as to the outside of the home. The system can be controlled by remote or via an iPad. The views of the surrounding mountains are stunning, particularly from the loft level. In the courtyard is a large wind-protected wrap-around swimming pool area.  There is also an outside braai room with fold-away glass doors for uninterrupted views, even in bad weather. The designer garden is planted with three large trees and has direct access to the main lake via the private jetty. The lake is ideal for swimming, canoeing, sailing and fishing. Two and a half garages with automated doors and direct access to the home complete this spectacular property. For more information contact Jenny Shaw at Harcourts Back Wave on +27 (0)84 307 9256 or +27 (0)21 785 5227,

The sleek, modern property includes a high-tech security and home automation system. 2The courtyard is

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A HAPPENING A new commercial office block, Urban-Hub, in Cape Town’s historic Bo-Kaap neighbourhood, is a hybrid of old and new design aesthetics Words Genevieve Fisher Photographs Tim Lake and Supplied | 19

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Opening page Reclaimed wood from the previous building on the site has been turned into an attractive design feature at Urban-Hub, as demonstrated in the reception area. Opposite Some antique furniture provides a contrast to the contemporary spaces and nodes at Urban-Hub. This page, top Individual industrial-style lights have been grouped together to form an interesting lighting feature. Bottom The stairway from the ground floor to the first floor is flanked by the signature reclaimed wood.

tanding in the reception area of UrbanHub, you can’t help but think that this is a place you’d love to work from. As far as commercial office spaces go, Urban-Hub is the antithesis of the stale and clinical corporate ones that most people would imagine an office block to be – harsh fluorescent lighting, synthetic blue carpet tiles, long corridors and vending machines selling goods whose main ingredients start with an E. But walking through the slick glass doors at Urban-Hub, what faces you is as urban a space as can be: industrial chic in the form of concrete, red-brick and original old fire escape doors, a warm ambience, thanks to reclaimed wooden cladding, all of which is pulled together by a thread of cool in the form of contemporary art and furniture, not to mention a node where iPads are lined up for visitors’ use. But this is a place that’s more than just chic, hip and happening. As Jonny Friedman, CEO of Urban Lime, the property investment company responsible for this project, says, ‘It’s not a new development in the sense that it was built from scratch; rather, it is a restoration project, in that we worked with what was there already and transformed it.’ Structurally, there are five adjoining buildings dating from the turn of 1800s to the 1970s, which have been interlinked, to make up Urban-Hub.  The oldest of the buildings was owned by the same family since 1904.The newest one is a typical red-brick 1970s design and is now the knuckle of the development, where the modish reception area is. The transformed buildings now accommodate offices spaces ranging from 84m2 to 192m2, hotdesking units, a rooftop deck and garden, a restaurant that Jonny says will serve the best coffee in Cape Town – big props here! – and three retail shops. ‘We wanted to create a place where those working here don’t need to, and more importantly, don’t want to leave,’ says Jonny. From the get-go, Jonny loved the area and had his sights set on these buildings for nearly two years before the transformation began. His company, Urban Lime, based in London and for the last eight years also operating in Cape Town, has garnered a niche for itself in that it targets areas that most developers wouldn’t, finds a site, and turns it into a trendy locale. ‘We’ve had a lot of experience doing these sort of restoration projects and Urban-Hub was in fact modelled on one we did in the now popular Shoreditch area in London’s East End, which was a no-go zone until a few years ago,’ he says. Because he isn’t bashing down buildings, but merely restoring them to glory, Jonny knew about the history of these particular building and was as emphatic about retaining that sense of history as he was about modernising the spaces. And what a history it is. When Jonny enlisted the skills and insight of Aidan Hart, from Inhouse Brand Architects, Aidan and his team started stripping down and dismantling the many layers of these buildings. Backed with research, they uncovered a lot of what went on in them over the years, almost like a visual history book of the buildings and the area. ‘When we started working on one of the buildings in the hub, the old Delos building, through uncovering its many shells, we discovered quite a long and wild history,’ says Aidan. ‘The long retaining wall has as its bottom half an old stone wall that dates back | 21

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Above left Retro seating and contemporary artwork in the waiting area. Above right and opposite An old stool as well as wooden beams from the original building enhance the industrial feel of the premises.

to the first Dutch settlers. Above it is another layer of red-brick that is typical of the English colonial era.’  What’s even more interesting is that the original wooden columns have been stripped down to reveal extensive burn marks dating back to anti-apartheid riots that occurred in the area during the ’60s, which have now been revealed and become part of the look and feel of the space. Retaining the history of these buildings was just a part of Jonny’s brief to Aidan. ‘The practicality of making these buildings into one modern and contemporary office hub required a lot of work. We needed to create flow between the interior spaces of the buildings, maximise light and bring in an international feel,’  says Aidan. Jonny had seen Aidan’s work at the Test Kitchen and Carne SA restaurants and knew that he was the man for the job. Aidan’s expertise in spatial effects and his ability to tie nodes together is what Jonny needed in order for this project to work, namely, a special effects artist. Aidan says, ‘My starting point was to ask the question, how would this space be utilised? In other words, starting with the psychology of architecture, or the human aspect of the discipline, which is like figuring out a puzzle.’ The first piece of that puzzle

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was the idea of circularity as opposed to linearity. As he admits, ‘I’m not a fan of long passages or corridors – they’re negative spaces for me.’ The result is that, from the reception area, the voluminous space tapers off towards the back and directs you to other nodes by means of interesting wall features and stairs. On either side of the reception area there are the original metal fire escape doors that lead you into other areas, such as the restaurant on the left and more office spaces on the right. Both of these areas connect on a terrace at the top, with vertical gardens, dramatic views of  Table Mountain and the vibrant colours of the Bo-Kaap framing them in the foreground. One of facets of this development that really boosts its credibility is that it is located in the Bo-Kaap, renowned for its Cape Malay history, restaurants, mosques, and most of all, its rainbow- coloured old homes. ‘Urban-Hub is in a great location in the Bo-Kaap: it’s a stone’s throw away from town and the Cape Quarter and is visible from one of town’s main arteries, Buitengracht Street. So far the reaction from our tenants has been fantastic – they love the design, location, and the fact that it is not commercialised yet still a safe area,’ says Jonny, who holds his tenants’ opinion in high regard.

This has been the key to Urban Lime’s success over the last 20-odd years. As Jonny says, ‘We’ve established lasting relationships with our tenants over the years. We really value them and have in some instances built premises to accommodate their changing needs.’ Jonny believes that the tenant mix of  Urban-Hub will be the key to the development’s success. ‘The project is aimed at attracting small-tomedium-size businesses that have been around for at least five years and who are in the creative fields. We’ve created a space with a strong emphasis on networking that we hope will make tenants and their visitors linger longer.’ He points out that, although the pricing of units is on the high end, what tenants get for their money is a boutique office environment that includes top-notch security, ample parking, a receptionist and concierge, cleaning service, fast Internet access, and above all, a whole lot of style accolades, thanks to their being able to call this chic, happening hub their office. With thanks to … Inhouse Brand Architects, +27 (0)21 488 2400, Urban-Hub, +27 (0)82 836 9333,,

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Urban spaces and faces Interior design company Urban Spaces, has a passion for all things Cape Town

This page, clockwise from top A vibrant painting on canvas mirrors the dynamism of the winding staircase in this modern home in Gardens; Urban Spaces refurbished a concrete wine store to create a contemporary office space for Donkerhoek Data in Franschhoek; Java Junction’s streetwise look; the classy and cool ZAR Lounge at the Cape Royale Hotel in Green Point.

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Words Catherine Riley Photographs courtesy of Urban Spaces


t’s an exciting time to be an interior design company in Cape Town. For us there can be no better place to put our passion for design into practice,’ say design duo Stuart Allan and Reinhard Kretzen of Urban Spaces in reference to Cape Town’s status as World Design Capital 2014. Cape Town may not have New York’s skyscrapers or London’s sense of history, but it does have an energy created by its diversity of cultures, which ensures that South African design is constantly evolving, they add. What started out as Fusion Architecture, opened by Stuart in 2005, morphed into Urban Spaces when Reinhard joined the firm. Fusion still exists as a sister company, together with Emul8. These two companies focus on architecture and technological design. As a one-stop design and architecture firm, Urban Spaces can offer its clients competitive quotes. Because the three companies all operate under one roof, their office is a formidable think tank where the team members inspire one another and draw on one another’s expertise. Urban Spaces is well known in all the right creative circles. ‘We love being a small firm. We truly get to deal with people closely and we can see when we hit the spot with our work. We set out to provide a professional design service that is accessible to everyone. We know this and our staff know this, and this is our niche,’ say Stuart and Reinhard. Urban Spaces focuses predominately on the corporate and retail markets, national and international, specialising in office refurbs and the branding of trendy nightclubs and restaurants. They say, ‘We have always found that design and construction go hand in hand, and our preference has always been to manage our installations first hand, allowing us to make sure the result is true to the design vision.’ Their offices are based in the design hub of Observatory, in an old house that they converted to their urban space of choice. They’re inspired just by driving through Obs, where ‘Old’ Cape Town meets new design on every corner. ‘We also love the fact that Observatory is so central, as this allows us to service clients all over the Western Cape,’ they say. If you ask them which projects top their list as the most fun to do, they answer, ‘Wow! Tough question! We have worked for corporate, residential and retail – they all offer something. Obviously with office design it’s fun to create the perfect ergonomic environment, a place where people love to go each day.’ (Their offices are no exception.) ‘Whereas with residential, it’s actually an honour when someone chooses us to beautify their home. Retail has its own challenges, but we love the concept phase of a retail project.’ Stuart and Reinhard believe in and stick to the principle of taking one extra step with each job they undertake, always asking themselves, ‘Is there even more we can do?’ 086 111 2154,


All things bright and


Decorex Cape Town 2012 kept things real

Words Catherine Riley Photographs Tim Lake


ecorex Cape Town 2012 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre was an eclectic mix of colours, textures and creative concepts as the ‘Real’ theme encouraged exhibitors to consider urban design and rustic elements and to either upcycle existing decor or simply refurbish it. Interior architect Susan Tait of Urban Spaces, under the guidance of Stuart Allan and Reinhard Kretzen, was the lead designer of the stand, which resembled a modern living room combined with hints of a newsroom, with plenty of white, splashes of grey, and of course, The Property Magazine’s signature red. Stuart and Reinhard were inspired by the mag’s contemporary and sleek appearance. ‘It was about designing a unique feature point in the stand, which explains what the magazine is all about and complements the brand,’ they explain. ‘The stand was designed to be eyecatching, clean-cut and sophisticated, modern yet still inviting.’ Interesting features included swivel boxes displaying photographs taken from the publication and pigeonholes for storing copies of the mag. Urban Spaces’ sister company, Fusion Architecture, assisted with the technical specifications and logistical elements of the project. Quality shopfittings designer and manufacturer, Smart Space, was involved in assembling the stand and the signage was courtesy of Design-A-Sign. ‘Smart Space is our first choice for an inventive project, and Design-A-Sign have a work ethic like no other – always on time and a “can-deliver” attitude,’ say Stuart and Reinhard. For furniture, they sought out Créma Design for select pieces. The beautiful grey-and-red Malena armchair begged to be sat upon, while the cream Adelta Parabel Table and Foscarini Diesel Rock Floor Lamp made a stylish statement. ‘Créma Design always has very creative and luxurious pieces that designers and the public love.They are a quality brand and we enjoy working with them,’ say Stuart and Reinhard. Jack Black and Jack White stackable lighting fixtures from Tom Dixon added the final touch to the compelling space. Créma Design, +27 (0)21 434 0661, Design-A-Sign, +27 (0)21 595 2259, Fusion Architecture, 086 111 2154, Smart Space, +27 (0)21 704 3089, Urban Spaces, 086 111 2154, | 25

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LA Developments Cape, +27 (0)21 553 3617

Above LA Developments Cape is a multiple-award-winning master builder with over 20 years’ membership with the Master Builders Association, specialising in upmarket construction, mainly in the residential and commercial sectors. LA Developments Cape’s emphasis is on attention to detail, quality and delivery. The hands-on approach of its professional management team together with the company’s highly skilled workforce ensure that LA Developments Cape is able to consistently produce and deliver buildings of the highest standard, for which it is renowned.

Transparent-sea This West Coast home, despite being built according to constricting development guidelines, is surprisingly spacious, and its design pivots on the notion of transparency Words Genevieve Fisher Photographs Fiona Barclay-Smith


he landscape changes dramatically on the drive from Cape Town to Big Bay, even though the West Coast suburb is just 30km or so from the city. The light is harsher and the winds more challenging. The Cape West Coast is known for its tough climate, hardy fynbos and design vernacular. If you’ve travelled to the small coastal towns of Paternoster and Yzerfontein, you’ll have an idea of the region’s architecture – flat roofs, inner courtyards and weathered wood epitomise the look of the homes here and are employed to provide shelter against the climate. Waters Edge Estate, just outside Big Bay, is a shining example of this West Coast aesthetic, but has an added contemporary character that makes it undeniably chic.

Every which way you look there is weathered timber, whitewashed walls and horizontal roofs, framed by the seaside views. Darryl Croome, a director of Arthur Quinton Darryl Croome Architects, recently completed a home here. Retaining the defining characteristic of the area was the clients’ number-one priority for this family home. The view is postcard-perfect and can be appreciated from surprisingly inconspicuous points within the home. Darryl explains, ‘The interflow of spaces is the defining feature of this home.  The owners were lucky to secure a front-row site that looks onto the sea and the fynbos edging the ocean. Our task was to make this spectacular view as accessible as possible from anywhere in the home.’

The starting point for Darryl and project architect, Diana Grobler, was a principle that they prioritise above all else in their work: axial flow,  described as the way the various nodes or rooms in a home flow into each other and connect.  With the sea views dictating this flow, Darryl and Diana’s original floor plans were solid, and hardly changed throughout the construction process. ‘The whole house opens up fully towards the sea and there is no “lost” space. The central courtyard links the back formal lounge with the front informal family room, which looks onto the sea. By means of floor-to-ceiling sliding doors, this becomes one space, and there is a real feeling of transparency,  almost as if the sea is flowing through to every living area of the house,’ says Darryl. | 27


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Cori Quinton Interiors, +27 (0)21 417 4300

The red cedar floor-to-ceiling sliding timber shutters slide into cleverly built cavities within the walls of the home so that the central living node comprising the formal lounge, courtyard and informal family room, and beyond that the natural landscape, can be segmented to create privacy within this space. The shutters also have a protective function, not only from a security perspective, but also from a climatic one, protecting against the harsh wind and light. Red cedar timber was used, as it weathers well and adds to the beach house aesthetic. At 370m2, the site of the home is relatively small, if you consider that it’s a four-bedroom, three-level family home with a floor area of 517m2.  Darryl admits that the size of the site and the restrictive architectural guidelines of the development were the

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biggest challenges on this project, but also the most rewarding. The guidelines were extensive, with some of the most important ones calling for architectural elements that create light and shadow on simple white walls with crisp edges, strongly defined forms in a cubist composition with horizontal and vertical lines, all-concrete roofs, a simple, solid timber front door, and indigenous landscaping. Darryl understood the importance of the home’s remaining consistent with the West Coast look-andfeel of the development. He and the clients decided that it was best to enlist the construction company, LA Developments, which had already built eight of the remarkable homes on W   aters Edge Estate. Peter Bossenger of LA Developments Cape was the project contract manager.  Although the house was

completed towards the end of last year, Peter regularly checks in with the owners to see if everything is okay. Darryl says, ‘Peter was amazing; he really gave his all to the project, as he loved the challenge.  There was a good vibe between all parties involved,  from myself and Diana to the clients to the interior team to Peter. We had the ideal clients;  they were open to suggestions, but also very involved,’ says Darryl. He adds that from the get-go,  the clients’ enthusiasm for their new home was ‘refreshing’. ‘I knew the husband from my school days and he read  an article in The Property Magazine about our firm and decided to get hold of me. He and his wife brought us and our interior team, from our sister company, Cori Quinton Interiors,  into their former home in Rondebosch for us to get an understanding of their lifestyle and the


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This spread, top left This superb home was designed by Arthur Quinton Darryl Croome Architects. Bold

things that were important to them that they wanted to retain. It really aided us in creating  their dream home.’ The husband is an avid kitesurfer and he and his wife were emphatic that their new home encourage their beach-and-surf lifestyle. This motif runs throughout the home and reaches an apex of luxury in the main bedroom on the first floor. The bedroom isn’t large by an means, but two adjoining perpendicular sliding glass walls look out directly over the sea and fellow kitesurfers and you get the feeling that Robben Island is right there in the bedroom with you. At the foot of the bed is a freestanding bath from where you can watch the seascape unfold.  The glass walls open up onto a tanning deck.  This was built in adherence with an estate rule that disallows the front- row houses from blocking the views of the houses behind it;

and simple white forms are complemented by red cedar cladding and screens to provide sun control and privacy. Crisp edges are softened with planters, while steel edge beams add definition to the detailing. These elements reduce the massing of this home, while providing warmth and interest to the streetscape. Top centre and above Stable Marketing, founded in 1984, specialises in high-end products for all timber work and decor, including spruce structural beams, solid and engineered wood flooring, decking, cladding, sealer and maintenance products, Siegenia lift-and-sliding mechanisms, Leifheit cleaning products, infrared heating panels and African sculpture. The first image shows a custom-designed Western red cedar pergola and a Brazilian walnut decking with concealed stainless steel screws and custom tint oiled oak floors. The second image shows custom-tint oiled floating oak treads secured to the wall with a steel support structure. Centre Cori Quinton Interiors undertakes the full spectrum of interior design and decorating for high-end residential, commercial and hospitality projects. For this project, Cori Quinton Interiors installed predominantly custom-made furniture and also refurbished several pieces of sentimental value to the client. Window treatments, soft furniture and accessories were designed and sourced to fashion a cohesive interior, creating a contemporary, comfortable beach house. Centre left Joos Joiners was responsible for the majority of the joinery on this project, including modern high gloss combined with some dark wood sections of the kitchen. | 29


the courtyard allows the neighbours a clear view of the ocean.  There is a built-up ladder from the tanning courtyard to the home’s flat roof, allowing the client to check out the waves every morning. The interior palette was informed by a sense of calm, with grey and cool colours dominating. Cori Quinton, director at Cori Quinton Interiors, and her colleague, Sean Rice, project interior designer for this home, drew inspiration from the surrounding environment and the outdoor beach lifestyle that’s so important to the clients. ‘Being a beach house and a family home, the interiors had to acknowledge its surroundings, match the lifestyle of its occupants and compliment the architecture. The project also involved furniture which was predominantly custom designed and manufactured for the specific nature of this project as well as refurbishing a limited number of furniture pieces which had significant sentimental value to the client,’ says Cori. Both Darryl and the interiors team feel that the ease of flow in the house was translated into the dynamics between the team members. ‘We communicated and understood each other exceptionally well and the result is more than pleasing to us and the clients,’ says Darryl. It all goes to show how effective a certain amount of transparency can be when creating a dream home by the sea.

Professionals List … Arthur Quinton Darryl Croome Architects – Architects +27 (0)21 417 4300,, Cori Quinton Interiors – Interior Design and Decorating +27 (0)21 417 4300,, Joos Joiners – Joinery +27 (0)21 949 1776,, LA Developments Cape – Construction +27 (0)21 553 3617,, Stable Marketing – Decking and Timber Work +27 (0)21 593 5540,,

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CREATIVE CAPITAL If all corporate environments were to take a leaf out of the advertising industry’s decor and design book, then you’d find your days at the office much more inspiring Words Genevieve Fisher Photographs Supplied


dvertising is big business. It is also big on creativity, and in all instances this flair for the creative filters through into the places

these agencies call home. Here we bring you the inside story of how two agencies, one an industry heavyweight, the other relatively young, but destined for great things, have managed to create spaces that reflect their respective cultures and values. We also feature a new agency that has got a lot of heart and is focused on skills development.

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The palatial Woodstock home of 2011’s Agency of the Year, King James Group, is as regal as they come


ing James Group has some of the most provocative ads and campaigns behind its name, not to mention some blue-chip clients. But Group Creative Director Alistair King says that for its first 14 years the group had been ‘camping’, because it did not own its own premises. Until now. From the get-go it was Alistair’s and his partner, group managing director, James Barty’s, dream to one day own their own premises. Four years ago, when visiting their auditing firm, which was based at what was then Roodebloem Manor, a heritage property in Woodstock, Cape Town, dating back to the 1800s, Alistair had a jaw-dropping experience. ‘I couldn’t believe that such a property existed, tucked away amongst some very modest houses. The property was nothing short of spectacular. It was like driving into an oasis of impressive lawns, a stately manor house and an endearing washuisie. We told one of the partners there and then that they should speak to us should they ever want to sell, and they

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laughed because it was the furthest thing from their minds at the time,’ says Alistair. When entering the almost-150-year-old main building, the manor house, you can almost hear that laughter reverberating off the walls, pressed ceilings and incredibly voluminous spaces. Alistair and James have created a space that houses all seven of the communications agencies falling under the King James Group umbrella, where the balance between creative thinking, sophistication, history and humour is finely struck. The group is one of the few independent agencies to have garnered exceptional credentials over the years, but as far as Alistair is concerned, owning this new office space is one of the group’s proudest achievements. ‘It’s a profound feeling, owning our own offices. It’s one thing to own property as an investment, but it’s altogether another feeling to have one that feels like an essential ingredient to our company culture. We always felt a little out of character when we were in other buildings, and for the first time ever we now feel

that we’re in a place that mirrors our temperament and brings the right kind of energy to the creative process,’ he says. And talking about ‘the right kind of energy’, Alistair believes there’s been a marked difference in the agency’s growth since it moved to the premises just over a year ago, as evident from the sparkling awards from 2011 scattered around the agency and the fact that the team is now 100-odd people strong. Alistair says that the manor house, its lawns and the old washuis, where the first Jersey cows in South Africa were milked (the agency has a book describing how this was done) and that today houses the agency’s café, all have a dignity about them. ‘We were immediately attracted to it because it’s strong and substantial, and I guess that’s what we strive to be as a company,’ he says. The innate dignity of the property comes from its deep historical roots, made tangible by the 250-year-old fig tree rooted in the front lawn. With history come great stories, which anyone in advertising is tuned in to.



Above left and inset The boardroom at King James Group; tongue-in-cheek pen holders in the shape of a sharpener rest on a boardroom table that doubles as a ‘notepad’. Above The agency’s signature purple accents many of its office areas, such as this communal chill pod. Above right and inset The café is located in the repurposed old washuisie; several industry awards adorn the reception desk.

Built in the 1870s, Roodebloem Manor was the home of the Van der Byl family. Fast forward a few decades to when the property was bought by Charles Boyd and converted to the swanky Lord Milner Hotel, named after the governor of Cape Town, who used to frequent the hotel with his ‘companions’. ‘We often wonder what conversations and mischief have taken place between these walls – and we’ll do our best to contribute to that,’ Alistair says, playfully. With touches of the company’s statement colour, regal purple, accenting many of the communal rooms and office nodes, as well as some interesting light features, one thing that you can’t help but notice is the bare walls, save for a few pieces in the front reception area. When the agency moved into the premises it became incredibly busy with clients and so the team decided to do the space up room by room as opposed to doing it all in one fell swoop, specifically, the main communal areas, such as the boardrooms, agency bar and front lounge, whose look and feel was coordinated by

James’ sister, Caroline Drummond-Hay, an interior stylist. In addition to sourcing the furniture and decor pieces, Caroline consulted with Upstart Ventures about specialist office furniture. The result is rooms that are wonderfully warm, with interesting features and some unique pieces, such as the massive glass boardroom table that can be written on and washes off easily. The slow but steady process makes you believe in the virtue of patience. ‘For a company that looks after brand’s identities, we’re notoriously bad at looking after our own. We tend to let our brand evolve as people come and go. We also didn’t have the luxury of time to plan our space before we moved in, so we have started slowly, literally room by room. We made two decisions. The first was to be respectful of the building and not turn it into anything too flashy. The second decision was not to fill it with art that has no meaning to us personally’. An ongoing project of the agency’s is based on its Remember Book, a collection of the agency’s memories that was compiled four years ago. The

project continues with the work produced by the creatives in the form of sketches, storyboards, concept animations and the like, currently being primed for placement on the walls and, in some instances, on desks and other surfaces. ‘We’re very big on memories,’ says Alistair. ‘We’ve decided that everything adorning the walls must come from our staff or be part of our history. We want to be surrounded by the things that define us and have made us who we are.’ With history playing such an integral part in the agency’s culture, it is no wonder that Alistair says ‘the stars were aligned’ when the team got the news that the property was up for sale. Reclining in his chair, he recalls, ‘The first time I walked into the building, I pointed at this space and said “That will be my office!” The man sitting in it at the time, probably one of our auditing firm’s partners, just looked at me as if to say, “Keep dreaming, stranger.”’ Alistair did just that, and now adorning his office door is a golden plaque that reads: ‘His Lordship.’ +27 (0)21 469 1500, | 33




Promise Brand Specialists of Parktown North in Jozi keeps its promises, not only to its clients, but also to itself, as its premises reflect

key ingredient in creative professionals’ recipe for success is passion. When that wanes or is lost completely, it can be tragic. In some instances, however, as Marc Watson and James Moffatt, executive creative director and managing director, respectively, of Promise Brand Specialists, discovered, it can also be the motivating force to take the plunge and improve on the recipe. ‘James and I got to a point where we were unhappy in our careers, and being in a creative industry it’s so important to love what you do – in our opinion, more so than in any other industry. We felt a strong need to be able to steer our own course and be a part of something that has meaning for us. It was for those reasons that Promise began to take shape in our minds,’ says Marc. The starting point for Marc and James was to uncover the core values that they believed creative brand communications was about, and for them that meant trust, and keeping promises, promises that they as creatives make to clients and those that clients make to their consumers – a circle of trust formulated, respected and constantly encouraged between all three parties. ‘In the early stages of defining the kind of agency we wanted, we had a few inexperienced clients who had never been serviced creatively before. In helping them understand the process, we would discuss how the most important thing a brand communicates to a consumer is its promise – the thing that you should consistently expect from that brand,’ says Marc. The name ‘Promise Brand Specialists’ emerged from this idea and today it also serve as a reminder of their great ambition: to keep the promises

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they’ve made to themselves and ‘to create amazing things and maintain our love and respect for creativity’, says Marc. Fate obviously appreciated this honourable code that Marc and James had set for themselves. Marc recalls standing in a queue at the bank, which looked onto the hip and happening Workshop development in Parktown North, a commercial node bursting with creative businesses, and telling James that that was the perfect location for their offices. Lo and behold, a couple of months later, they moved all their equipment from their dinning room table and were sitting in their new space, ‘a broom closet’, as Marc describes it. ‘We quickly grew out of that tiny premises and moved three times within the Workshop before finding ourselves in the space we are in today,’ he says. They enlisted the help of JP Beukes, interior architect at One Point Zero, to translate their ambition into their work environment. JP had worked on the venue for the previous tenant, and Marc and James believed that his understanding of the space was imperative to its transformation. The team wanted to retain the existing open-plan studio feel of the space, to encourage the sharing of knowledge, encourage everyone to get involved in adding value to their jobs, and to have people inspire one another. ‘Most agencies contain a lot of different departments – client service, strategy, etc. We hate departments! They often have walls that separate them, in the figurative and literal sense of the word. At Promise we try to facilitate the free flow of ideas and conversation,’ says Marc. This fluidity of ideas and creative contributions by staff members has been executed in the form of a 30m-long raw wood table that curves snake-like

throughout the space. Everyone sits at this table at his or her individual workspace. Something else that Marc and James wanted the space to be was a refuge for their clients. Marc says, ‘I told JP that when our clients visited we wanted to make them feel like part of the studio and involved in the process of steering their brands. Part of our ethos is getting our clients actively involved at the relevant stages of the creative process. This has been successful in business terms as well, in that from time to time our clients will work out of our office when they need an escape from their own. It’s a good feeling, knowing that we’ve created a welcoming, happy place where we get a little work done too!’ The result of all the thought that has gone into the space to have it tie in with the group’s values is a remarkably chic and contemporary industrial space that’s warm and loaded with personality. ‘In an industry where we try so hard to distil ideas into their purest form, it was crucial that we approach our space in the same way,’ Marc explains. ‘It’s important that the most relevant and functional parts of the space come forward and everything that is superfluous recedes. The central work areas are finished in light raw woods, with the eye-popping yellow bulkhead above being the focal point and drawing your attention to the most relevant part of the space.’ Although Promise Brand Specialists is a small-to-medium size agency, we’re sure that by remaining dedicated to its staunch vision, it will in no time probably have to move again, to bigger premises, where more promises will be made, and more importantly, will be kept with +27 (0)11 442 2612, unwavering passion.

Clockwise from top left A communal desk helps break down departmental barriers and lets the creativity flow; a comfy, quiet alcove overlooks Parktown; a chill lounge flanks the workspace; a designer Smeg fridge is right at home in Promise Brand Specialist’s modern office; a bonsai tree enhances the tranquillity of this office space. | 35

Photographs Roeland Smith



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A new agency in Muizenberg, Cape Town, is filling a gaping hole in the local advertising industry – accessibility and skills development

Top right OFyt has the head lease on the well-known Old Post Office building in Muizenberg, where old industry hands nurture talented creatives from various backgrounds. Centre The colourful interiors of OFyt’s office space strikes a balance between the need for industriousness and the need for relaxation.


dvertising is an interesting beast. Not only is it a global, multi-billion-dollar industry, but also, out of all the multibillion-anything industries, it is the one where creative capital is the most treasured commodity. As with any money-spinning industry, accessibility is dependent on high- level skill sets. And we in South Africa are all too familiar with the story of such skill sets being a historically exclusive domain, particularly in a creative and specialised field such as advertising. The founders of OFyt, Gary Leih, Jono Shubitz and Paul Newman, stalwarts of SA’s advertising industry, recognise this. ‘We don’t believe it’s possible for anyone to live in South Africa and be in business here and yet be immune to the serious debates and conflicts that bubble and occasionally rage around inequality, transformation and discrimination. Unless you’re an ostrich, perhaps. We believe that action is needed now, in every way,’ says Gary. The name OFyt stands for ‘Old Friends Young Talent’, which reflects the agency’s business model, namely, to encourage and nurture young talent through the expertise that each of the founders and friends has gained during their

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extensive careers in advertising. Gary is the former CEO of Ogilvy Group UK and an Ogilvy Worldwide board director. Jono is a former Creative Directors’ Forum chairman and Loeries Awards judge. Paul Newman is a former banker turned airline industry marketer. ‘Our operational model is to gather together passionate young talent, which is predominately, but not exclusively, historically disadvantaged, and put it together with experienced old hands – ourselves,’ says Jono. ‘What we’re doing at OFyt may seem like a small thing in the grand scheme of things, but we believe that every step is a worthwhile step. This step will help build experience and momentum in our industry for those who have not had easy access to the industry until now.’ In addition to the three old friends, OFyt comprises 10 permanent staff members and 8 young graduates in the fields of marketing, graphic design and other industry-related fields. Their backgrounds and contexts differ vastly. Some of them are from Gugulethu, some are from Langa and others are from the Southern Suburbs and other areas around Cape Town. There are even staff members from Port Elizabeth. The common thread is the desire to learn, to

experience and to whip out some fresh, original and indigenous work, says Gary. Paul adds, ‘Our young team members are tasked with more than just creating locally relevant work. They also gather intelligence and insights where they live – in townships, the city and the suburbs. In this way they are both a creative resource and an insight factory for our clients.’ Another ‘old friend’ is the premises. OFyt occupies the ground floor of Muizenberg’s Old Post Office building, built in 1932. The ‘young talent’ in this sense is the warm and trendy open-plan interior of dark wood, interesting and colourful wall treatments and red-brick. The extended balcony overlooks Muizenberg beach and a row of surfboards stands waxed and ready should anyone at OFyt wish to hit the waves. Muizenberg is an appropriate place for a fledgling and unique agency: quite off the radar, scenic and, says Gary, ripe with potential. ‘When one looks at trends in urban redevelopment all over the world, including the Woodstock example of the Biscuit Mill precinct redevelopment, when the advertising and design industries move in, things really start to happen.’ +27 (0)21 709 0290,


INSPIRATION OFFICE Irini Karpathakis, Business Development Manager Tell us about your company. Inspiration Office is the leader in office furniture and has offices in Johannesburg and Cape Town. Our products range from bespoke, value-driven, environmentally friendly, locally produced pieces to awardwinning international brands. What are the latest trends in office spaces? Because of new technology and innovative business services, the modern workplace is in transition. The strong emphasis on teamwork means there’s an increase in the number of collaborative spaces. Integration of technology is key, allowing workers to operate with greater flexibility and freedom. Ergonomics and environmental issues remain paramount. Your top product solution? A solution should be fit for purpose and communicate the image and brand of the office it represents. Our products are highly practical yet beautiful, with high attention to design detail. Give us recent examples of your products in action. The Accenture offices represent an integration of environmentally friendly, locally manufactured solutions with imported task seating. We have also been appointed as the furniture supplier to the new Alexander Forbes and Allan Gray head offices in Sandton and Cape Town, respectively.

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This page View of the Park Station Gautrain access link.

of excellence The Creative Axis puts a new spin on architecture, as its expansive portfolio of public works shows Words Tammy Sutherns Profile photographs Michael Glenister Project photographs courtesy of The Creative Axis


ooking at some of the marvellous structures that the Creative Axis has designed, it is difficult for me to imagine the architectural company’s humble beginnings in Lenasia, Johannesburg South, when it had just one director and a couple of staff members. But the core mission of the company has resulted in a bursting portfolio. For example, the Civitas Building in Pretoria, which houses the National Department of Health, has been converted by the Creative Axis to a veritable tourist attraction with an impressive, slick glass facade. The firm’s work on the Innovation Hub in Pretoria portrays its founding principles of innovation and sustainability, while its Parks Station project shows how creativity and passion can be made to meet functional design.

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For Anil Parshotam and Bhavik Ranchod, architecture is weaved into the very fabric of their identities. Anil studied civil engineering at Wits University but realised very quickly that it wasn’t for him. He went to work for an architect for a year and then returned to university to complete a degree, which forged his path in the industry and eventually landed him the position of director at the Creative Axis (previously branded Naren Mistry Architects). He worked on projects throughout his degree and after his graduation, learning as much as possible about the industry. Bhavik, who was recently made partner at the Creative Axis, always knew that he wanted to be an architect, having been passionate about graphic design, art and buildings when he was a child. He says, ‘Architecture is art and engineering combined. I joined the Creative Axis four years ago

and never looked back.’ Both men have overseas work experience that provided different dimensions to their field. Anil worked in Australia for three years and recommends it for any young architect: ‘In Australia I worked on fairly large projects and everything that I learnt there, I was able to apply here. It changed my perception.’ The Creative Axis makes sure to keep abreast with technological advances in the field of architecture. Bhavik says, ‘When I started studying, we used hand drawings and we were still trained to hand draw. But as time went on, we got onto computers with 3D modelling. Technology now plays a big part in making the client understand the design.’ Today, thanks to Building Information Modelling, 3D software and computers, they are able to model a building in full and see every aspect of it, says Anil. ‘It gives the

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This page, clockwise from top left Enterprise Building entrance from the public square at the Innovation Hub; glazing detail at the Innovation Hub; Anil Parshotam, director at The Creative Axis; suspended gatehouse structure at the Innovation Hub; interior view of the foyer at the Civitas Building; view of the exterior glazing facade at the Civitas Building. | 39

DESIGN Profile

Top right Bhavik Ranchod, partner at The Creative Axis. Left, above centre and bottom right Atrium glazing at 88 Grayston Drive; entrance foyer at 88 Grayston Drive. Below left, top to bottom View of the main facade at 88 Grayston Drive; view of the Park Station Gautrain access link; interior view of the new Park Station north concourse that is currently under construction.

architect an opportunity to spend more time detailing the building, which will give you a better product.’ Anil adds that client communications have improved considerably now that clients can properly visualise the end product. The new technology also allows the architects to see how a building will respond to its environment and gives them greater opportunity to improve the building’s sustainability. Although ‘green building’ is a buzzword in the industry at the moment, it has always been a core and founding principle of the Creative Axis. Bhavik says, ‘The principles of architecture from way back are based on what you build around your environment and on making sure that your building is adapted to the environment.  At the Creative Axis, when we start designing a building, we consider those principles.’ Anil adds that technology allows architects access to research that shows the benefits of sustainable building, such as reduced water consumption. Anil says, ‘Sustainability is very important, both in terms of the longevity of the building and the long-term maintenance costs and operational costs. It’s great to design fantastic buildings, but, essentially, when you walk away from the building, you need to look at how the materials perform, how durable the materials are and the operating costs.’ Pretoria’s Innovation Hub, Africa’s first internationally accredited science park, shows just what the Creative Axis team is capable of. Created in a joint venture with M-Architects, the Innovation Hub contributes to the economy through the commercialisation of technology and development of technological capacity, entrepreneurial ability and intellectual capital. The design of the Innovation Hub building includes basement parking for 420 vehicles, the Innovation Centre and multi-tenant buildings separated by a large open piazza for gatherings and

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outdoor conferencing.  Anil says, ‘It was about making an iconic tourist attraction, to a certain extent, where people could look up to the skyline and see a building that was different from all of the others.’ The building is spacious and high-tech in its design, with red face-brick, glass and aluminium balustrades and steel staircases. No challenge is too big for the Creative Axis family, who now have offices across South Africa and are expanding into the rest of Africa as well as to Brazil.  Anil says, ‘I don’t see any request as strange; I take it as a challenge. It is part of an architect’s responsibility to be daring.’ One of the company’s most challenging projects was the upgrade of Loftus Versfeld Stadium, originally designed in the 1970s, to make it Fifa compliant. Anil says, ‘We were trying to build in areas where spectators were using the building and we were trying to work with a minimum budget. What was also quite a challenge was trying to work on a stadium that is landlocked by a very dense city fabric. We were able to pull that off successfully.’ It is these challenges that keep Anil on the edge of his architectural seat and ready to dive into the next project. He says, ‘What excites me is being able to design a building and explore challenging ways of putting something together. There is always a new solution. Looking at that solution, working it into the building and then building it and then going back to the building three years later and seeing how people are using the space and how the building has responded to the users is a process that we follow.’  For Bhavik, it’s his personal sense of accomplishment that gets him out of bed in the morning. He says, ‘It’s the feedback that you get from clients, when you’re in tune with what they want and you give them something better. It gives you that edge.’ +27 (0)11 854 5922,



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From wagon wheels to wine, we look at the history that rolls amid the hills of Durbanville and explore the vibrant suburb it has become


urbanville was originally intended as farmland, but in 1825 a group of farmers from Tygerberg asked Lord Charles Somerset, the district governor, for permission to build a church there. The Dutch Reformed Church that was built in 1826 is a national monument today – you’ll find it on Weyers Avenue. A small village began to develop between the church and the local outspan, Pampoenkraal. In 1836 the residents of Pampoenkraal petitioned the governor, Sir Benjamin D’Urban, to rename it Village D’Urban. With permission granted, the new name thrived until 1886, when it was changed to Durbanville, to avoid confusion with KwaZulu-Natal’s Durban.

In the 1870s, Durbanville became the Magisterial District of Bellville and was home to a jail and courthouse that still stands today at the Rust-en-Vrede arts and culture complex, another national monument. Since its earliest days, the name ‘Durbanville’ has also been synonymous with industrial development, an association that began with the King Brothers Wagon Works in the 19th century. Another industry close to Durbanville’s heart is winemaking. Durbanville is home to a number of reputable wine estates, including Durbanville Hills, which covers a number of estates cultivated from a relationship between Distell and nine leading vineyard owners from the Durbanville district. Durbanville Hills

was created to mark the ward as a prime wine-growing location. It is one of the two coolest wine regions in the Cape, thanks to the sea breeze that drifts inland from Table Bay and False Bay. This climate aids in the slow ripening of the region’s grapes, resulting in wines with fully developed flavour. Under the Biodiversity Wine Initiative (BWI) umbrella, the members of Durbanville Hills also actively protect their collective 210ha of endangered Renosterveld farmland. Nitída is the smallest wine estate in the region and is known for its handmade wines. It is named after the Nitída protea, or waboom, said to have been used by the Voortrekkers for building wagon wheels as well as for making medicine and ink.

TAKE A SIP Take time out to travel the hilly Durbanville Wine Route. Many of the estates have their own restaurant for you to enjoy a spot of lunch with your tipple. If you’ve had your fill of wine farms but still want to enjoy the fresh air, then visit the 3,5ha Durbanville Rose Garden, which features 500 rose varietals and 4 500 rose bushes. Another popular attraction is the national monument, Onze Molen. Erected in 1840 and restored in the 1970s, Onze Molen is one of just two tower mills in the Malmesbury district. The Tyger Valley Waterfront and Tyger Valley Shopping Centre are popular shopping destinations. For some culture with your retail therapy, visit Willowbridge Shopping Centre, which is home to a Barnyard Theatre. Durbanville also offers plenty of restaurants, a thriving nightlife along Edward Street, and a good selection of guesthouses.

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WHAT THE AGENTS SAY Joe van Rooyen, licensee for Seeff Durbanville, and Annien Borg, MD of Pam Golding Boland and Overberg, tell us why Durbanville is the place to be.

Q What makes Durbanville so appealing?

Above and bottom right Views of the Durbanville Hills cellars and vineyards. Centre right Nitída Wine Estate. Bottom left Hillcrest Estate, a boutique winery tucked away in the Tygerberg Hills, is also famous for its delicious olives.

JVR: Over the past few years, many of my clients have relocated to Durbanville from the Southern Suburbs. Durbanville offers less congestion and a better return on investment. There are sought after schools in the area, such as Curro Durbanville Private School, Gene Louw Primary and Chesterhouse School as well as the SNAP school, a special needs school for autistic children. Durbanville still has a rural feel, allowing residents and visitors to get away from the hustle and bustle, and there are also plenty of sought after residential security estates in the area. AB: Buyers want to eat, shop, work and play within close proximity to their homes and the Northern Suburbs offers that. The relaxed lifestyle, better security and immense natural beauty of the area are also compelling factors.

Q Who are the main buyers in Durbanville?

AB: The biggest activity is seen in the age group of under-30. The number of buyers in this age group was 73% up on the previous financial year, indicating a surge in first-time buyers entering the region. Buyers included a lot of young families buying into secure developments. Western Cape buyers account for 70% of the sales and the second-largest group of buyers is from Gauteng. There are some foreigners too. Cash buyers continue to dominate the market.

Q Are there work opportunities in Durbanville?

JVR: Yes. Durbanville is an active town and has a good percentage of passing trade.

Q Is Durbanville predominantly a residential, commercial or mixed-use area? JVR: It is mostly residential, although central Durbanville has become mainly commercial. With thanks to … Durbanville Hills, +27 (0)21 558 1300, Nitída Wine Estate, +27 (0)21 976 1467, Pam Golding Properties Durbanville, +27 (0)21 851 2633, Seeff Durbanville, +27 (0)21 975 5290, | 43

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The Commercial Property Dinner held at Hout Bay Manor’s Pure restaurant served up a generous helping of positive industry news


ure restaurant was the ideal location for our Commercial Property Dinner. The atmosphere was just that – pure and relaxed. The spacious restaurant’s ambience was peaceful and the eclectic decor, in cool hues of grey, was simply gorgeous. Tom Scott, head of Pam Golding Properties’ Private Office, had nothing but praise for Hout Bay Manor GM, Lucia Davadoss. ‘Lucia and her team have created something special and attractive for both international and local clientele,’ he said. ‘The service and food at Pure is excellent.’ Kim Faclier, MD at international online auction group GoIndustry DoveBid’s Property Africa division, loves anything that speaks to SA’s heritage, and remarked how pleased she was that the historical Hout Bay Manor had been restored to its former glory.

Still on matters cultural, EuroCape’s Frank Gormley shared an Irish anecdote before telling us about the not-for-profit Rainbow Academy of Music, Culture, Arts and Tourism he’s co-founded. Terence van der Walt of Siris Vintners joined us at the table to explain the pairings of the various courses with the excellent wines from Durbanville’s Nitída Wine Farm. Armed with this information, we could settle in to enjoy the dinner and discuss the latest developments on the commercial property front. Danie Antill, head of operations and new business at Louis Group, started things off on a positive note, describing SA as the ‘heartbeat of the continent’. ‘The potential of our country, and the Western Cape specifically, is enormous. The decay of certain areas in the Joburg CBD is a prime example of what can happen if there are no improvements or upgrades

within a city. Cape Town’s advantage is that we have a booming tourist industry and it is imperative that we as property owners keep our hands on our buildings and remain vigilant to source new ways to keep the CBD as clean and vibrant as possible.’ Broll’s Sanett Uys agreed:‘Cape Town is a fabulous place and the next decade will see it converting itself again to something better than before.’ Sanett added that the property market is improving. ‘In general, we are seeing some increase in activity and the enquiries for space in certain markets remains high.’ Jason Lee, national head of Rawson Commercial and best-selling author of Making Money Out Of Property in South Africa and Fast Forward your Retirement through Property, confirmed and that there is a lot of movement on the rental side. Commenting on the new developments sprouting up in Cape Town’s CBD,

Guest list Danie Antill Louis Group International, Melanie Coetzee Smith Tabata Buchanan Boyes, Donovan Dalton GoIndustry DoveBid, Lucia Davadoss Hout Bay Manor, Chantell Engelbrecht Media Nova, Kim Faclier GoIndustry DoveBid, Tony Galetti Galetti Commercial & Industrial, Frank Gormley EuroCape, Carrie Houba Broll Property Group, Michèle Jones The Property Magazine, Jason Lee Rawson Commercial, Adriaan Mentz Stauch Vorster Architects, Tharien Nel The Property Magazine, Catherine Riley The Property Magazine, Dave Russell Baker Street Properties, Tom Scott The Private Office of Pam Golding Properties, Sanett Uys Broll Property Group, Terence van der Walt Siris Vinters, Tony Vaughan Media Nova. | 45


notably the Portside building and 22 Bree Street, Jason said, ‘I think there’s a good sentiment that comes with seeing cranes and buildings and people on site – it’s what the country needs.’ In Tony Galetti’s view, these buildings ‘will  be good for keeping rental pricing in the Cape Town market competitive for a fair while’.  The director of Galetti Commercial & Industrial told us that, thanks to his group, the brand-new 17  000m2 Sandown Centre in Parklands is  almost 100% tenanted, and that the company has some exciting developments planned for Durban and Gauteng. The number of new developments, said Baker Street Properties’ Dave Russell, reflects the market’s confidence in the city.‘Major refurbishments of buildings, such as Newspaper House and Atlantic Centre, confirm the future of the city as a major commercial node. This will be complemented by the exciting new development plans for the V    & A Waterfront, which will continue to integrate with the city in the future.’ Melanie Coetzee of law firm Smith Tabata Buchanan Boyes said commercial infrastructure always brings with it a sense of opportunity, but that developers have to consider the public’s needs, too. ‘New buildings in Cape Town must enhance our mountain’s natural beauty and not obstruct it, and development must be sustainable and not rushed,’ she said. Associate  partner and urban designer at Stauch Vorster Architects, Adriaan  Mentz, added: ‘Commercial architecture has many challenges in southern Africa and it is critical that commercial developers and design professionals take pride in their contribution to the public realm of the city.’ Cape Town’s commercial property greats, a  tantalising menu, excellent wine and a grand venue amounted to an evening of pure pleasure.






Menu Welcome drink Nitída The Matriarch 2010 Méthode Cap Classique. Starter Prawn tian with cucumber and spring onion salsa. Paired with Nitída Sauvignon Blanc 2011. Amuse-bouche Mojito sorbet. Main Grilled rib-eye with crunchy potato, truffled wild mushroom, confit tomato and Calligraphy jus. Paired with Nitída Calligraphy 2010. Farmed salmon trout, gnocchi with asparagus, mange tout, oyster mushrooms and dill crème fraiche. Paired with Nitída Coronata 2010.

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Dessert Autumn Trio of Cointreau crème brûlée, spicy brandy ice cream and chocolate torte. Paired with Nitída Modjadji 2011. Pure at Hout Bay Manor


Baviaanskloof, Off Main Road, Hout Bay, Cape Town.

Coetzee 6Tony Galetti 7Danie Antill 8Donovan Dalton 9Sanett Uys

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Tom Scott 2Carrie Houba 3Lucia Davadoss 4Tony Vaughan 5Melanie Terrence van der Walt 11Kim Faclier 12Adriaan Mentz 13Dave Russell

Jason Lee 15Frank Gormley


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The Rule of Three After 21 years in real estate, there’s one question I’m asked constantly: how’s the market?

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sk the sellers who priced their properties correctly, chose the right agent and took all the essential measures to make sure their homes were attractive to buyers, and they’ll join me in my response: the market’s good! This doesn’t only have to do with the banks’ releasing their tight grip on bonds. I believe the market will continue to improve if we internalise just three monosyllables: know your worth. It’s a simple creed, but a profound one, and it applies to agents, sellers and buyers, equally. Agents need to understand the value they add so that they don’t compromise their worth. Sellers need to understand the value of their property and maximise its strongest features. And buyers need to feel that they’ve landed their dream home at a fair price. All three are achievable. Collectively, they are my definition of success in this exciting and ever- evolving industry. Most people ask about the market because they’re trying to gauge whether their property will sell. How soon will it sell? Will it sell at the right price? What is the right price? You’ll be glad to know that the banks and the economy don’t have all the control in property sales today. Much depends on the seller’s

approach. One of the biggest mistakes many sellers make is overpricing the property. Overpriced homes will sit on the market for far too long, will not be attractive to buyers and will cause the seller a lot of angst. Eventually, the seller will have to reduce the price, which will often be much lower than the price it would have been had the home been priced correctly from the start. If sellers understand the value of their home and are proactive in optimising its strengths, the property will sell. Quickly. Selling a home successfully means giving the right agent the right mandate at the right time. I realise it’s not that simple. Selling one’s home is, for the vast majority of homeowners, a highly emotional decision. Both psychologically and financially, we invest an enormous amount in our homes. Hearing that the price you want is neither reasonable nor possible can be disheartening. A good agent will remain abreast of all new trends and changes in the industry (such as current bank criteria), educate and support the seller, strive for the right price and keep clients informed about how they can get involved. While the right price may depend on factors beyond everyone’s control, there is one important process in which the seller should be fully engaged:

dressing a home for sale. As a woman in real estate, I’ve learned that dressing for success doesn’t just apply to my wardrobe. Here are my two top tips. One is in direct accordance with my wardrobe rules, and the other is … not. First, the finer details go an awfully long way to creating a powerful first impression. Second, leave very little to the imagination. In other words, don’t force potential buyers to imagine what the house would look like if the pool were blue and clear or the garden green and tidy. As real estate professionals, nothing we do is a perfect science. If it were, most of us wouldn’t do it as well or love it as much. But there are certain patterns that seem to emerge every time, no matter the state of the market or the size of the property. In over two decades in this business, I’ve learned that there is a recipe for everyone walking away happy, and it works in threes: sellers, buyers and agents need to internalise the value that each of them adds to a successful sale.

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Clearing the way

The Cape residential market is on the up and is showing signs of improvement, but delays in the issuing of rates clearance certificates for the purposes of passing transfer remain a hindrance to achieving the agreed-upon dates of registration of the transfer of a property, says conveyancer Denver Vraagom of Gunston Attorneys. Prior to the implementation of the new online rates clearance system by the City of Cape Town last year, a rates clearance certificate ordinarily took 7 to 10 working days to be issued as opposed to the current time frame of 20 to 25 working days. But once the teething problems with the new system have been worked out, the processing time should improve, says Denver. He adds, ‘Unfortunately, the delay associated with obtaining rates clearance certificates has resulted in some sellers having to service their existing mortgage bonds for longer than anticipated. In other instances, sellers have had to service their existing mortgage bond as well as pay occupational rent in transactions where the seller has sold a property and simultaneously purchased a new property and has had to take occupation of the new property prior to the registration of both transfers.’ On a positive note, says Denver, an unchanged interest rate coupled with the more flexible lending criteria of SA’s banks has enabled first-time homeowners to make a steady re-emergence in the property market. These same factors have also enabled property owners to exercise the option of registering further mortgage bonds against their property to finance improvements to their homes or to finance the acquisition of other assets. Denver adds that the Cape Town Deeds Office is operating efficiently and taking just seven to eight working days to process the examination of transactions lodged with it. +27 (0)21 702 7763,

Down by the river Building has begun at Brandwacht Aan Rivier, a secure lifestyle development launched by Pam Golding Properties in 2010. Of the 120 erven, over 100 were sold soon after launch, and transfer took place in November last year. Since then, some of the erven have been resold for profit, and now just eight erven remain available for purchase. These range from 628m2 to 999m2 in size, are located above a dam and offer spectacular mountain views. They are priced from R1,7 million to R2,75 million (inclusive of VAT). Brandwacht Aan Rivier will feature pretty lawns, walkways and bridges and electric fencing. +27 (0)21 887 1017,

In this market, you cannot afford to lose sight of what’s important – service delivery and constant feedback to buyers and sellers – Adrienne Hersch, CEO Adrienne Hersch Properties

Cutting edge The northern suburb of Edgemead offers a lot of potential to prospective buyers. Just 15km from the city centre and the airport, it is one of several garden areas in South Africa recognised for its attractive surroundings and its great range of properties, priced from R800 000 to R3 million. Last year the average price for a freehold property in Edgemead was R1,18 million and for a sectional scheme the average was R726 000. These prices open up the market to first-time people like to live in the area and opt to buy new homes there. ‘We’re seeing a definite increase in property sales values from 2010 to 2011 and we believe that the demand will increase as people look for a safe, centrally located community to set up house in, which is exactly what Edgemead offers,’ says Peter. +27 (0)21 559 7152,

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buyers. Peter Fourie, co-principal of Leapfrog Edgemead, says that


Ticking the boxes The Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) is to undergo an expansion designed by three Capetonian architects: Piet Bekker Miszewski Architects and Mokena Makeka of Makeka Design Lab. The

Law of the land

current CTICC building holds a four-star green rating, and the expansion

A 9 000m2, 19-storey commercial and retail development is being

is shooting for a six-star green rating. Bulelwa Makalima-Ngewana,

built on the corner of Bree and Prestwich streets in the CBD.

managing director of the Cape Town Partnership, has welcomed the

Property developer Abland, whose new offices will be in the space,

news, saying that this is a tangible example of what can be achieved

is behind the project. Bowman Gilfillan Attorneys is the main tenant

through partnerships. She adds that the expansion shows confidence

and will take up eight floors of the building. The ground floor will

in the city and that it will be economically significant. In line with Cape

house retail stores, eight floors will be allocated to parking and

Town’s World Design Capital 2014 status, the CTICC expansion will

the remaining 10 will be set aside as office space. Completion is

become a flagship architectural project of the city, and will also aid in job

scheduled for the beginning of August 2013.

creation, with an anticipated 10 000 jobs to be created by 2018.

+27 (0)21 934 2074,

of Stauch Vorster Architects, Anya van der Merwe of Van der Merwe

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School belle

Century City is to become home to a new school. Listed private school company, Curro Holdings, will build the school, which is scheduled to open in January 2013. Curro Century City will join the group as the fifth school built by Curro Holdings in the Western Cape. The premises will comprise a pre-school of 2 340m2 and a primary school built in two phases, at 2 511m2/phase. The school will be built on an erf of 17 282m2, which will also accommodate the school hall, the administration building and a rugby/hockey field. Curro Group aims to provide high-quality, affordable education. +27 (0)21 979 1204,

View to a thrill A mixed-use sectional title complex is on the market in Montague Gardens. The Gallery comprises 5 500m2 of office and retail space, as well as an additional 2 400m2 space with showroom and warehouse potential. Facing onto Koeberg Road, the complex has national tenants already in place. The office and retail space is priced at R22 million and the warehouse at R11,5 million. Guy de la Porte has sole mandate for the Gallery. ‘These retail units are offering a 10,5% investment yield that will appeal to a market where high-yielding properties are scarce,’ he says. Guy says the Gallery’s design is flexible and would suit any wholesale, retail or distribution business that requires high retail exposure. +27 (0)21 527 0077, | 51


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The five-star Palais Namaskar luxury hotel is a decor feast


esigned by Paris- and Marrakesh-based architect, Imaad Rahmouni, the recently opened Palais Namaskar is a gorgeous hotel set on 5ha of land between Morocco’s Atlas Mountains and Djebilet Hills. Part of the Oetker Collection, Palais Namaskar comprises 41 exclusively designed villas and suites as well as a Pool Palace, Mountain Palace and Water Palace. It is set within fragrant, manicured, Balinese-style gardens, surrounded by lakes.

3 The hotel is contemporary oriental in its look, with feng shui principles woven into the interior design. Complementing the decor are bespoke, handmade light fixtures by luxury lighting design company, Andromeda Murano. The Italian company’s aim was to create a magical place with reinterpreted modern taste and sensitivity and a unique mix of exquisite tradition and oriental fusions. The overall effect is simply breathtaking.

4 Some of the rooms offer terraces, while others feature Jacuzzis and heated pools. There is also a spa offering guests pampering in the most elegant setting. Dining options include a restaurant, tea lounge and a bar. Surrounded by golf courses, shopping centres and cultural hotspots, Palais Namaskar is only 30 minutes away from Marrakech-Menara Airport. +39 041 736 674,; +212 (0)5 24 29 98 00,

The main swimming pool at Palais Namaskar. 2–3Water features and lakes in the


hotel’s gardens. 4Handmade Murano chandeliers by Andromeda adorn the public

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spaces of the hotel. Imaad Rahmouni was responsible for the hotel’s design.

and leisure news from Africa.

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Protea flourishing in Africa

Protea Hospitality Group will be driving US$130 million (about R1 billion) into Africa with the construction of 11 new hotels. The expansion, one of the biggest in Africa by a hotel group, will bring to nine the number of African countries where Protea has hotels. The first hotel will be built in Nigeria. Plans for hotels in Uganda and Zambia are in the pipeline. Protea Hospitality Group CEO Arthur Gillis says, ‘As political stability and business opportunities increase, they create a greater need for the hotels.’ He adds that certain African countries are setting global economic trends in terms of hospitality and that the change of traditional trading partners has resulted in growth for these countries. The new hotels in Nigeria will include Protea Hotel Ibadan, Protea Hotel Select Emotan, Protea Hotel Select Ikeja, African Pride Avalon Hotel and Spa and Protea Hotel Asaba. The new hotels in Nigeria, Uganda and Zambia are expected to create 1 000 new direct jobs in the hospitality industry in those countries. 0861 11 9000,

It’s raining accolades The hospitality industry is booming across Africa, and big congratulations must go out to Rani Resorts, which won a host of awards at the World Travel Awards Africa and Indian Ocean ceremony in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt. Among the awards that the hospitality group scooped was one for the Leading Resort in Mozambique for its Indigo Bay Island Resort and Spa, while Pemba Beach Hotel and Spa scored it the Leading Hotel in Mozambique Award. Rani Resorts’ Stanley and Livingstone at Victoria Falls earned it the Leading Hotel in Zimbabwe Award. And Matemo Island Resort in Mozambique, the jewel in the group’s crown of African hotels and resorts, was named the Leading Resort in Africa. +258 21 301 618,

Pyramid dream The prospects for Cairo’s real estate market are looking up, according to Jones Lang LaSalle’s (JLL) Cairo Real Estate Overview. Ayman Sami, head of JLL’s Egypt office says, ‘If the

Indigo Bay Island Resort and Spa

country is able to address its political issues, then we are confident that activity will return to the market relatively quickly, as demand exists across a number of sectors.’ The economic stability of the country is very much linked to the political situation and has had a negative impact on the tourism industry and new investment in Egypt, says Ayman. Despite this, JLL has noted potential improvement in the Cairo real estate market, where there is demand for between 5 000m2 and 15 000m2 of office space and retailers continue to open new stores. Ayman says, ‘Investment opportunities currently lie in the mid-market segment across various sectors.’ +2 02 25777 836,

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Sanbona Wildlife Reserve’s Explorer Camp offers a succulent outdoor Karoo experience



and other wildlife. The enchanting view extends for kilometres, and only the sound of the crickets chirruping in the grass is there to distract visitors from their game- viewing. Comprising 54 000ha of mountains, plains and indigenous flora and fauna, the reserve offers a feeling of total isolation, a place where historic rock faces and caves are decorated with San paintings, and a variety of birdlife guards the skies. The Explorer Camp is a tailor-made safari. The walking trails are chosen by guests, who are then assigned a qualified, armed guide. The trail walks can last up to four hours. There’s an optional game- viewing vehicle for specialist tracking needs,

Sanbona Explore Camp allows guests to get back to a simpler way of life amid the

allowing guests to travel further afield to explore other walking trails and see what game awaits them in different parts of the reserve. Guests select the spot on which to pitch camp. Accommodation comprises three mobile canvas tents kitted out with comfortable camping beds. Each tent sleeps two, has its own bathroom facilities and provides optimal privacy. Meals are enjoyed under the stars, and guests need simply relax, put their feet up, and take in the magnificent surroundings.The Explorer Camp operates +27 (0)41 509 3000, from October to April.


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rugged natural splendour of the Karoo.

fantastic getaways in South Africa.

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orming part of the luxury leisure group, Shamwari, Sanbona Wildlife Reserve is situated between Montagu and Barrydale on the world-famous R62 and brings a whole new meaning to camping. The reserve’s Explorer Camp offers the more adventurous and active visitor a two-night outdoor tented bush camp along a shaded river line. The experience centres on being on foot in one of South Africa’s largest private game reserves, where the potential to have a close encounter with many different species of game is always a reality. The reserve is home to the Big Five, zebra, buck, giraffe


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Waterfront living Pam Golding Properties is marketing Ambermere Estate, which is situated on 300ha of prime land right next to the confluence of the Vaal and Wilge rivers. There are 61 waterfront stands available, each a minimum of 2ha in size and with at least 100m of private waterfront. Plots are priced from R750 000. Building regulations are strict, allowing future buyers two years to build on their plots, and only single-storey homes of a maximum 600m2 in size. All services will be underground, ensuring no unsightly cables are seen, as architectural guidelines are geared towards being sympathetic to the surroundings. In the last few years, more than 10 000 indigenous trees have been planted on the estate and the waterfront areas have been improved, including the building up of embankments and the construction of two marinas. Residents will be able to enjoy outdoor activities, including water sports and birdwatching. The estate is fully fenced and secure, in line with the reintroduction of game into the area. +27 (0)16 371 1377,

Bargain bay Property sales along the southern coast of KwaZuluNatal are seeing both local and upcountry buyers snapping up seaside property bargains. Deidre Ronnenberg, owner of the Aïda Amanzimtoti office, says the biggest driver of this activity is the proposed R100-billion upgrade of Durban’s former international airport, which is just 11km from Amanzimtoti. ‘The anticipated increase in local property values as a result of this development, plus the fact that the demand for long-term rentals


here is already increasing, is attracting a far greater

Homebuyers are showing increased interest in properties in the Eastern Cape town

number of investment buyers, and many of them

of Kenton-on-Sea, particularly in the middle-income market. Older, well-priced,

are paying cash,’ says Deidre. The South Coast

well- maintained homes are seen as offering good value or as having that ready-to-

fares well in terms of property values. For example,

move-in feel. Pam Golding Properties Area Principal, Michael Wilmot, says homebuyers

a spacious two-bedroom beachfront flat with

are drawn to the tranquil coastal lifestyle and unspoilt environment, which is ideal

garage costs around R650 000. Further down the

for young children. ‘We are seeing leisure buyers returning to the market, including

coast, there’s strong demand for retirement homes.

middle-income small families and young buyers and a younger generation of retirees,

An estimated 400 000 retirees reside between

mostly from Gauteng, Eastern Cape and Bloemfontein, and they are generally seeking

Umkomaas and Port Edward. Homes in this area are

properties in the range of R1 million to R2,5 million,’ says Michael. The growing number

popular for purchase, either as an investment or to

of young buyers includes parents who intend sending their children to private schools

accommodate new retirees.

in Grahamstown as well as parents whose children attend Rhodes University. Michael

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says Kenton-on-Sea is a popular holiday destination with relatively crime-free streets and a Blue Flag beach. +27 (0)46 648 1203,

Mall in the middle Middelburg Mall has reopened after a R500 million refurbishment. Moolman Group and Flanagan & Gerard Property Development & Investment say the facelift came about because of increased retail demand. Middelburg Mall is situated just off the N4 in Mpumalanga. The made-over interiors now have modern finishes, higher ceilings, new tiling, a fresh coat of paint and improved bathrooms. The mall has been extended by 10 000m2 to 43 000m2, and there is still room for further expansion. ‘It could eventually exceed 55 000m2,’ says Patrick Flanagan. The mall includes 94 shops, and most of them are let. Tenants include major banks and cellular companies. The anchor tenants are Woolworths, Pick n Pay, Game, Checkers and Edgars. Included in the retail mix are Clicks, Musica, Mr Price and Truworths. Among the mall’s chain restaurants are the household names Spur, Mugg & Bean, Wimpy, McDonald’s and Debonairs. +27 (0)13 244 1404, | 55

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