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DECO CONTENTS DECO DIGITAL Keep up to date with Elledecoration.co.za

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DECO NEWS What’s new in the world of decor and design

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DECO STYLE The stylish life of fashion designer Thebe Magugu

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DECO FEATURE Ten creative collaborations we’re loving right now

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DECO AT HOME WITH Inside the modern home of fashion anthropologist, writer and digital content producer Kenny Morifi-Winslow

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DECO SHORTLIST Cameroonian architect Hermann Kamte on his favourite things

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PHOTOGRAPHS SARAH DE PINA, HELENIO BARBETTA/LIVING INSIDE

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SHOPPING 50

DECO TRENDS ’80s pop, Mediterranean cool and faded romance

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DECO INSPIRATION Usher in the new season with the latest fabrics

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DECO ETC A selection of statement sofas in a variety of shapes, styles and finishes

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DECO TOOLBOX Our quick guide to updating your bedroom

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NEW HEIGHTS Interior designer Donald Nxumalo transformed an outdated house in Northcliff, Johannesburg, into a swish, sumptuous abode that makes the most of its picturesque location

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SENSE & SENSIBILITY The creative owner of a top-floor family home in Milan, Italy, updated the interiors with custom pieces and furniture by artists and designers with whom she used to collaborate

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GREEN PEACE Based on the key principles of sustainability, eco-design and environmental sensitivity, Morukuru Beach Lodge in De Hoop Nature Reserve is the perfect luxurious off-the-grid retreat

106 SMALL INDULGENCE Compact meets character in this 47m2 apartment in Kenilworth, Cape Town, where its interior decorator owner has injected her bold personality into her small space in a big way

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LIVING 124 DECO HOTELS Explore San Francisco Proper Hotel by Kelly Wearstler and the refurbished Singita Pamushana Lodge in Zimbabwe 130 DECO GETAWAY Ideas on where to head for your next local escape 134 DECO EATS Discover David Higgs’ new Johannesburg restaurant Saint 142 DECO GARDENS All about trailing indoor plants COVER IMAGE BY ELSA YOUNG

146 DECO SELECTS ELLE DECORATION’s decor stylist’s current top pieces


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‘This month’s issue includes homes that successfully combine innovation with traditional features, drawing on natural elements of light, landscape and height’

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ith the shift of seasons, there’s an invigorating spirit in the air – it’s time to take a bold, new look at our environment, our lifestyles and the way we see ourselves. I recently helped remove the doors in a home belonging to a friend whose partner is disabled. The doors were obstructing his wheelchair access to the bathroom, kitchen and other areas, so of they came. The resulting space suddenly looked completely diferent, with the entire home now one uninterrupted, flowing area. It was an extraordinary transformation that suddenly revealed potential to make further changes. But most of all, the illusion of more space – achieved simply by removing a few doors – significantly altered the way people felt inside the home. With perceived barriers eliminated, there was a new feeling of intimacy (some might say intrusiveness) and initial hesitancy to enter rooms with no door demarcating boundaries. This soon gave way to a sense of freedom. In that same free vein, this month’s issue includes homes that successfully combine innovation with traditional features, drawing heavily on natural elements of light, landscape and height. A house featured in Northclif, Johannesburg – long a favourite vantage point over the city, especially at night – has made the most of its elevated position, but in a subtle, discreet way. The owner of an apartment in Cape Town’s southern suburbs has maximised space, but completely customised it, thus imprinting her personality and lifestyle on its decor. And in keeping with the changing season, our garden feature focuses on hanging plants that bring natural greenery – and all the freshness and tranquillity they evoke – into an interior space. Enjoy!

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f the many words of wisdom spoken by the late Franca Sozzani, I always return to one of her most quoted when having to confront a variety of situations, whether related to matters of taste or not. ‘You can’t always please everyone and, above all, you shouldn’t’ is an especially apt musing from the Italian editor, who knew all about marching to her own beat and defying conventions with a fearless approach to her work and life. (If you haven’t seen the documentary Franca: Chaos and Creation directed by her son, Francesco Carrozzini, look out for it on Netflix.) Sozzani’s thoughts on the matter of pleasing everyone can be broadly applied, as a general defiance against others’ expectations or to how we choose to think, eat, dress or decorate our homes. The latter is of particular interest to me, especially when it comes to the perceived rules of what works, what doesn’t, and what constitutes ‘good’ or ‘bad’ design. It’s all highly subjective, of course, and boils down to what makes us feel happy, comfortable, relaxed and, most importantly, authentically ourselves in our homes and favourite spaces. In this Style and Design-themed issue, we present a variety of interpretations of the subject, from the gloriously individualistic homes by two young South Africans working in the field of interiors to a pair of luxe lodges that tap into their unique locations and regional cultures. The space that currently has all of Jo’burg abuzz is cool pizza restaurant Saint, which just goes to prove the power of a creative, joyfully expressed interior. I hope you feel just as inspired.

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ANNALIZE NEL Despite being born and raised in Paarl, Nel is definitely a Jozi girl at heart. After school, she travelled to America, where she did her first introductory course in photography. When she returned to SA, she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Fashion Photography at Tshwane University of Technology, then relocated to Johannesburg in 2013, where she now specialises in food and decor photography. She shot David Higgs’ new restaurant, Saint, for this issue.

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OPE N SE ASON Make a swoon-worthy spring statement that’s both romantic and thoroughly contemporary by combining dusky pinks and warm earthy tones in the season’s latest sumptuous textiles. Kirkby Design’s new Chelsea range of relaxed 100% linen ofers a versatile palette of contemporary hues with a soft, stonewashed look that enhances its natural charm. The Cheyenne range by Pierre Frey, piece-dyed using a special resin, has a beautiful vintage look, and is available in 31 deep and luminous colours. (clockwise, from top left) lamp Palnet low table lamp by Tokujin Yoshioka for Kartell R5 650, True Design; fabric Kirkby Design Chelsea fabric in Grape R1 199/m, Romo South Africa; fabric Cheyenne fabric in Mordore by Pierre Frey R2 775/m, Mavromac; tie-back Toronto tassel tie-back R100, MRP Home


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Leading homeware store @home is expanding its range of Gavin Rajah oferings with a new collection of scatter cushions designed by the local fashion atelier. Inspired by the laidback lifestyle of Portugal, the cushions feature intricate motifs reminiscent of azulejos – glazed painted ceramic tiles traditionally used in Portuguese buildings – in alluring azure blue shades with hints of Mediterranean yellow and cream. home.co.za

IN STORE

After opening its doors in Johannesburg two years ago, LaForma SA has moved its showroom to the design centre of Kramerville, presenting a considered space characteristic of the brand. From tables and beds to wall hangings and vases, you’ll find an array of products on display, all infused with a relaxed international feel and eclectic flair. The showroom is open from 9am-6pm on weekdays, and 9am-2pm on Saturdays. laformasa.co.za

SURFACE DESIGN

Fans of Love Milo will be pleased to hear that the nature-inspired boutique homeware store has launched its debut wallpaper range. Made with PVCfree 100% recyclable materials printed with non-toxic inks, the wallpapers are an eco-friendly option and come in five designs – the Dragonfly, Triangle, Branch, Magnolia and Stripe (pictured here), each of which are available in three colourway options. Shop the wallpaper range at lovemilo.com.


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Eastern Cape-born Abongile Ntsane is making waves on the local design scene with her exquisite ceramic creations that include vessels, jewellery and planters. Her brand, Udaka Tribe, is built around the African proverb ‘If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together’ and Ntsane says that she draws great inspiration from her continent and its people. ‘Lots of my concepts are inspired by my heritage. Because of the many influences and encounters I have had while growing up, much of my work reflects my experiences,’ she says. Her ceramics, which were shown at Decorex South Africa last year, feature a range of varied techniques, resulting in one-of-a-kind pieces infused with character. ‘Making the work is spiritual in itself – it’s a very healing and meditative process,’ Ntsane says. ‘There is absolutely no feeling like that of clay in your hands. It becomes what you want it to be. It has a memory.’ x @udakatribe


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With its modern African aesthetic, custom finishes and expert team ofering 10 beauty services all under one roof, Rock & Reign Beauty Spa is a welcome addition to Durban’s Florida Road. Owners Thabani and Lorraine Makhanya turned to Wendy Douglas of Douglas and Douglas for the interiors, who dove into the project head-first, successfully turning around the design within just six weeks. ‘The clients’ brief to us was an open one,’ says Douglas. ‘Their only request was to create something glamorous.’ And glamorous it certainly is. A gold, black and cream colour palette combines with arched hair stations and screens reminiscent of the 1920s, while woven chairs, zebra-skin rugs and geometric upholstery give the space a luxurious local feel. ‘Our concept for the look of the salon was Durban Art Deco inspired with an Afro-Glam injection,’ says Douglas, and from looking at the end result, it’s clear she achieved all of that and more. b@Rock & Reign Beauty Spa, douglasanddouglas.co.za

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Belgian decorator Victoria-Maria Geyer has long been an ardent lover of Pierre Frey fabric house, using an array of its textiles in many of her projects. So it’s no surprise that she has collaborated with the brand on a capsule fabric and wallpaper collection featuring her own imaginative illustrations. Les Venimeuses – or The Venemous – consists of two designs in rust, midnight blue or gun barrel grey: the first (pictured above) depicts a swirl of serpents reminiscent of 18th century animal engravings, while the second is composed of the Ouroboros, an ancient Egyptian symbol portraying a snake eating its own tail. The bold collection epitomises Pierre Frey artistic director Patrick Frey’s belief that ‘to create is to dare’. pierrefrey.com, victoria-maria.com


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Cape Town-based furniture design company Kino, headed by product designers Nico Hendriksz and Anton Louw, was last year’s winner in the Best of 100% Talent category at 100% Design South Africa. The duo has once again come out on top at the show, with their masterfully crafted Heildronk Kas and the Neut Drinks Cabinet being named Best Furniture Design at this year’s event, proving that Kino is longer just a name to watch. kino.co.za

ISL AND LIFE

Mothercity Hardware has come a long way since launching its debut sideboard and console lockers a few years ago. Its latest piece, an industrial-cool, freestanding kitchen island, is a master stroke by founder-designer Marco Simal: not only is it fully customisable, it can also be matched with a curated collection of fittings and appliances. Not surprising it won the award for Best Product Design at 100% Design South Africa. mothercityhardware.com

ON SHOW

From 12 to 14 October, the Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair takes place on the rooftop of Johannesburg’s Hyde Park Corner, showcasing the best in design, food and wine from artisans across the continent. Pavilions designed by five creatives will serve as conceptual focal points throughout the fair, linking exhibitors with similar oferings: think the Textile Pavilion by Sindiso Khumalo, the Homeware Pavilion by Michael Chandler and the Lifestyle Pavilion by Babylonstoren among others. sanlamhmc.co.za.


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Innovation meets luxury in City of Dreams’ new landmark hotel in Macau, whose boundary-breaking design by Zaha Hadid Architects has made a notable impact on the city known as the ‘Vegas of China’. Named after the Greek god of dreams, Morpheus (meaning ‘shape) is the world’s first ‘free-form exoskeleton-bound high-rise architectural composition’, with a twisting steel geometric grid that negates the need for internal walls or columns. A total of 770 guest rooms, suites and sky villas occupy the 40-storey hotel, which also boasts a rooftop spa and pool, and 12 glass elevators provide visitors with panoramic views of the sculptural interiors designed by Peter Remedios as well as the city below. cityofdreamsmacau.com, zaha-hadid.com


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THE STYLISH LIFE OF THEBE MAGUGU ‘I’ve always loved fashion,’ says Magugu, who adds that while growing up in the Northern Cape, his only avenue into the world of couture was FashionTV and seeing his mother dress. ‘My mother was very influential in making me fall in love with fashion. She’s a great style enthusiast and her love and respect for the industry made me grow into it as well,’ he says. ‘My most cherished memory is of her buying me a big black sketch pad as a tactic to stop me from drawing dresses on any other surface!’ After graduating from LISOF in Jo’burg with a degree in fashion and apparel design, Magugu was approached by Woolworths to complete an internship at its head oice in Cape Town. This opportunity led to more work experience, and he soon decided to start his own fashion label. ‘I went into it head-first and although there have been some setbacks, there have been just as many accomplishments,’ Magugu says. It’s the juxtaposition of interesting silhouettes that sets Magugu’s work apart, and last year he showed his first collection at SA Fashion Week as part of the Woolworths Style by SA range. ‘I have deep respect for education, and my collections are inspired by subjects I took at college, namely home economics, geology, social sciences and gender studies,’ he says. ‘Women are wonderfully complex and layered, and I approach my work in fashion not only with these traits in mind, but also with the intention to accommodate their highly functional nature – and lives.’

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A fashion designer from Kimberley, Magugu likes combining modern and traditional elements to form a new aesthetic Who’s most influenced your career? The iconic David West. He supported me from the minute I graduated, and his encouragement is why I’ll always credit him. I’ll never forget his influence on me. What’s been your career highlight to date? I’m proud to reveal that I’ve been chosen for the International Fashion Showcase by the British Council, the British Fashion Council, the London College of Fashion and Somerset House. What’s an important part of your everyday style? Functionality is essential to me, so I’m often carrying multiple bags at a time or a really oversized one. It plays into my personal aesthetic and reminds me of the way Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen looked circa 2009. Which fashion designer should everyone have their eye on? Very interesting work is coming from the young brand Artclub and Friends. What’s on your decor wish list? A pink sofa from Sofacompany.com. Where’s your dream destination? Paris, the original home of high fashion. What’s your favourite piece of furniture? The Hawker’s Rocking Chair No 1, which I created in collaboration with craftsman Emile Millward.

clockwise from top Spring/ Summer 2018 Gender Studies campaign; Flynn sofa R11 299, Sofacompany.com; Thebe Magugu Spring/Summer 2018 collection; Paris, France.


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Sometimes obvious, at other times surprising or even seemingly random, the connections between brands, artists, artisans and otherwise creative individuals can produce the most sublime results, as revealed in some of the DECO team’s favourite, most innovative and inspiring design collaborations from across the globe Text LEIGH ROBERTSON, KAREN TENNENT

this page The Bella lamp is one of three original designs from AAKS x UNHCR’s Weaving For Change project with refugee Tuareg artisans from Mali living in Burkina Faso.

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CREATING WITH A CAUSE AAKS may be best known for its raia handbags made in Ghana, but the fashion label by Akosua Afriyie-Kumi has recently launched a long-term home decor project with UNHCR that sees refugee Tuareg artisans living in Burkina Faso producing exquisite handcrafted pendant lights using time-honoured Malian weaving techniques. The initiative, called Weaving For Change, aims to bridge the gap between design and craft by enhancing a skill that is traditionally used to create basket lids for food platters used in cultural celebrations. A combination of woven straw, dyed leather, colourful organic yarns and hammered bronze results in a unique collection that is not only beautiful, but also provides a poverty-stricken community with a chance for a new life. aaksonline.com

ON BOARD

THE ART OF FASHION From Stephane Conradie’s chic monochrome ofering that references her primary training as a printmaker to Marlene Steyn’s fantastical kaleidoscopic creation, The Artist in Collaboration is a limited-edition range of sand-washed silk twill scarves featuring original works by 10 South African artists. The collection is exclusively available at the Norval Foundation boutique in Cape Town. norvalfoundation.org

Following its debut collaboration with Ardmore Design in 2016 on a pair of silk scarves adorned with the lifestyle brand’s quirky African prints, Hermès has reimagined one of the motifs as custom skate- and surfboard designs. Ardmore’ Designs Savana Dance is infused with Zulu iconography and depicts a monkey (a symbol of wit and intelligence) being chased by a leopard (a symbol of royalty) through a swirling sea of giant King Proteas. This is the first time that Hermès has worked with a South African studio, which has led to an increased recognition of Ardmore Design on an international scale. hermes.com, ardmore-design.com


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CATWALK TO KITCHEN The Gucci Décor collection of crockery and vases blooming with decorative florals, twisting snakes and other ubiquitous motifs was made possible thanks to the expertise and specialist skills of Richard Ginori, the renowned Florence-based porcelain factory founded in 1735. At the heart of this collection is a commitment to craft and the artisanal skill associated with Italian makers, as well as a desire to celebrate the rich culture of Italian art. gucci.com, richardginori1735.com

COLOUR WASH London-based artist Yinka Ilori is no stranger to channelling the traditions of his Nigerian heritage in his contemporary design pieces and furniture. For his collaboration with emerging architecture practice Pricegore for the second Dulwich Pavilion, an interactive temporary outdoor structure to be unveiled at next year’s London Festival of Architecture, Ilori looked to the vibrant multiculturalism of Peckham, known as London’s ‘Little Lagos’, for inspiration. Aptly titled the Colour Palace, the lightweight structure will comprise brightly hued timber louvres which create shifting layers of pattern when viewed from diferent perspectives around the pavilion, a flexible public space that can be used for performances and other activities. yinkaillori.com, pricegore.co.uk

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AFRICAN AESTHETIC Drawing on its extensive network of creatives from across the continent, Design Indaba has teamed up with decor powerhouse IKEA on an exciting new collaboration that will see the brand’s first exclusive African homeware collection go on the market next year. Key members of the IKEA team are working alongside 12 designers on the project, including Laduma Ngxokolo of MaXhosa by Laduma, product designer Bibi Seck, architect Christian Benimana, fashion designer Selly Raby Kane and textile designer Sindiso Khumalo. designindaba.com, ikea.com


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CONNECTING FOR GOOD When Something Good Studio founder Zydia Botes approached five of her favourite female artists and illustrators to produce a range of playful, stylish jacquard throws and blankets, the criteria she provided was simply this: ‘happy vibes and girl power’. ‘They all said yes, and that’s how it started,’ says Botes, who launched the company in April this year and has already been cast into the spotlight through her win for Best Surface Design at this year’s 100% Design South Africa. Artists Renée Rossouw (whose blanket is pictured here), Karabo Poppy Moletsane, Janet Lightbody, Tammy Joubert and Fran Labuschagne are among the first wave of collaborators, with the resulting limited-edition blankets proving versatile, functional works of art that celebrate local craftsmanship. somethinggoodstudio.com


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Eclectic design ingenuity intersects with generations-old skills and craftsmanship in a new collection of limited-edition rugs for New York gallery R & Company. Look to Cheetah Hayworth, La Brea Brad Pitt, the Quasidodo and a motley crop of curious beasts manifested into handmade woollen carpets by design and fabrication studio Haas Brothers produced in partnership with Amini Carpets, a family business that fuses the contemporaneity of its Milan base with the traditions of its Afghanistan roots. Titled Woven Forms, the rug collection made its debut at last year’s Venice Biennale, and is on show at Cape Town’s Southern Guild for the remainder of the year. r-and-company.com, thehaasbrothers.com, southerguild.co.za


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CULTURAL INTERPRETATION Two creative studios are drawing on their Nigerian ancestry in a partnership that has culminated in an Afro-minimalist jewellery collection inspired by the African tradition of strength and evolution. With a name that means ‘symbol’ in Yoruba, ÁMI merges accessories brand Adèle Dejak’s luxurious aesthetic with design movement Afrominima’s Afrocentric minimalist approach in striking pieces that speak of the African Renaissance story and signify courage, strength, hope, pride and prosperity. adeledejak.com, afrominima.wixsite.com/design

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LIMITED EDITIONS Since it launched early this year, The Trenery Guild has looked to a who’s who of South African artists and artisans to collaborate on a series of activations, from exhibitions and talks to the creation of a small-batch gin by boutique distillery Pienaar & Sons to gift its customers. With a brief to ‘interpret and celebrate’ the apparel brand’s anchors of premium quality and craftsmanship, the participants have included the likes of textile artist Pierre Fouche, Yswara tea’s Swaady Martin and perfumer Marie Aoun of Saint D’Ici. Most recently, The Trenery Guild worked with Nkuli Mlangeni of The Ninevites to produce a bespoke handwoven rug in salmon, sage and slate hues inspired by its new-season range. This month, it’s the turn of ceramicist Lisa Firer, who took her cues for a ceramic dish from a black-and-white Trenery fabric print. trenery.co (right) Nkuli Mlangeni of The Ninevites produced an original rug for Trenery in collaboration with a women’s co-operative in Prince Albert, using hand-dyed yarns that were spun especially for this project. theninevites.net (below) Lisa Firer works with a unique slab-building process to create magnificent, hand-rolled porcelain forms that reference patchwork, fabric and the beauty of nature. lisafirer.co.za


this page Light streams through large windows in Kenny Morifi-Winslow’s dining room, where a 12-seater table from Westgate Walding Auctioneers holds homeware from H&M Home. The sideboard is from @home. opposite In the centre of the table are vases and a candle-holder from H&M Home, while chairs from Westgate Walding Auctioneers speak of Morifi-Winslow’s love of combining old and new finds.


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URBAN IDENTITY Having lived in London, Cape Town and New York City, fashion anthropologist, writer and digital content producer Kenny Morifi-Winslow has called many cities her home. But now it’s in a revamped historical building in Johannesburg that she has found a space to call her own Text NTOMBENHLE SHEZI Photographs SARAH DE PINA Styling & production SANRI PIENAAR


hen Kenny Morifi-Winslow began looking for a home in Johannesburg with a central location that was close to her parents’ house in Houghton, she was drawn to Braamfontein, a bustling suburb that has become known as the cultural hub of the city. ‘I was initially looking at Maboneng or Newtown, because I wanted something that was in the city. I have never enjoyed the suburbs – they come with their own issues,’ she says. She soon discovered a modern-industrial residential building nestled next to the recently updated 44 Stanley Ave and, after moving in at the beginning of the year, has been working steadily to renovate the space into something that resonates with her personal style and passions. The building – part of which was historically used as a refinery – features a number of diferent-sized sub-divided units with exposed cement counters and floors, steel beams, mezzanine levels and large windows that let in a generous amount of light. Her new space did, however, have a few undesirable elements, and MorifiWinslow was quick to get rid of a row of built-in cabinets in the living area, dated mustard blinds and giant slate tiles in the bathroom. Now the room has been completely retiled and its blue walls repainted in a crisp white hue. Upstairs, she ripped of the bedroom’s cheap cupboard doors to reveal the rails, resulting in an exposed storage solution that is light, breezy and perfectly on trend. Describing her aesthetic as a mixture of functional, Nordic, farmhouse and minimalist, Morifi-Winslow’s love of organic materials is immediately apparent throughout her home, where her inclusion of plants, wood, leather and woven details warms up what

this spread (from left) MorifiWinslow relaxes in her bedroom in a chair she inherited from her mother; the open shelving unit in the kitchen includes ceramics from GardenShop, a basket from Zambia and glasses from Jamie Oliver’s Kitchen. The bread boards in the background are from H&M Home; an artwork by Morifi-Winslow’s partner Anthony Bila is displayed on an easel from Wetherleys in the bar area. The crystal is from Waterford Crystal and the candlestick is from H&M Home.


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could very easily have been a cold, industrial apartment. A simple black-and-white colour palette creates a clean backdrop against which her personality – and a collection of new and refurbished pieces – can shine. As a self-proclaimed DIY girl, Morifi-Winslow has had a hand in upscaling items found at reclamation yards, auction houses and second-hand stores, and her living area boasts an array of repurposed finds, such as a spray-painted school locker, a hand-stained dining room table and a re-upholstered retro chair. When she’s not discovering gems in out-of-the-way locales, one of Morifi-Winslow’s favourite places to shop for home decor is H&M Home. She often collaborates with the brand, and recently hosted a chic brunch in her home for like-minded creatives. ‘I like to have full control over the products that I choose for my home, and H&M Home produces some beautiful smaller pieces that fit into my aesthetic,’ she says. Some of Morifi-Winslow’s most treasured items in her apartment are the artworks on display, such as a triptych of line drawings by her partner photographer Anthony Bila, who also gifted her with a specially-commissioned large-scale print by Ben Eagle for her 25th birthday. ‘Our relationship is partly built on our shared interest in art,’ she says. There are framed exhibition posters too – including one that depicts Pablo Picasso’s African period – as well as two textile stamps from Mali that remind Morifi-Winslow of the anthropology of fashion. ‘I think we are very lucky in Africa that we are connected to the roots of style and design,’ she says. ‘This is something I believe is worth celebrating.’ thethirdcitizen.com x @kennyjmw THE STYLE & DESIGN ISSUE ELLEDECORATION.CO.ZA 41


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this page In the living area, a print by Ben Eagle contrasts with a glazed-brick wall, whose earthy hue and texture complement the leather sofa from @home and wooden side-table from Amatuli. opposite (clockwise from top left) Linen and throws from H&M Home adorn a bed from Lotter’s Pine in the master bedroom; Morifi-Winslow’s dressing table from Westgate Walding Auctioneers is home to another piece by Bila and reflects her affinity for muted tones; the contemporary master bathroom is given a touch of olde-worlde charm with a Victorian bath; Morifi-Winslow stores her jewellery in a metallic case from H&M Home.

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1. Wood This is my favourite material to work with and I consider it to be the fingerprint of Mother Nature in artificial buildings. As an alternative to unsustainable building materials, wood has a great role to play in shaping a better world, afordable housing and a greater quality of life.

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HERMANN KAMTE An award-winning architect and founder of HKA | Hermann Kamte & Associates, Kamte describes himself as ‘a funny and amazing guy’ with a terrible singing voice At only 26 years old, Kamte already has a string of accolades to his name, including receiving a WAFX Prize in 2017 at the World Architecture Festival for his Lagos’ Wooden Tower and being chosen to speak at Architecture ZA in Pretoria this year. But for the young entrepreneur, it’s not about the prestige, but what his work can do to make the world a better place. ‘Being able to offer a service to the community is what drives my passion for architecture,’ he says, adding that growing up in Cameroon made him realise that he needed to work to improve Africa’s future. ‘For too long, Africa has solved its problems in a state of emergency and we know today that this does not work. I believe in preventative architecture: we no longer want spontaneous cities, but adaptive ones that anticipate our needs by providing maximum comfort with minimum damage to the environment. We want smart cities.’ After earning his Masters in Architecture with distinction at EAMAU in Togo in 2016, Kamte set up HKA in Yaoundé, Cameroon, the following year. ‘I like to create projects that are more beautiful, creative, innovative, sustainable, ecological and smarter than before,’ he says. ‘My aim is to give African architecture back its magic – I want to make people smile, I want to make people happy, I want to make people dream!’ (from top) Lips bench by HKA; Lagos’ Wooden Tower; Yaoundé’s Town Hall; Pyramid of Djoser in Egypt designed by Imhotep; statue of Confucius in Thailand.

3. The National Museum of Togo, Lome The first time I visited this museum as a student, I was overcome with emotion. It’s a beautiful space with a small collection and a powerful message, and I chose it as my case study for my Bachelors degree. 4. Lagos’ Wooden Tower Although this is considered to be my most famous project, I am no more proud of it than any of my others. I love all my creations with the same intensity because they are part of me, and each was born in response to a very specific challenge and ofers a unique solution. 5. National Geographic’s Megastructures I remember watching this TV show as a child and loved seeing what man could do with some sand, pebbles and a little bit of ingenuity. It helped fuel my dream of becoming an architect one day. 6. Yaoundé, Cameroon This is my home and where my firm is. Everything seems possible for me here. Even though I travel extensively and consider myself a citizen of the world, in Yaoundé, I get a strong feeling that I’ve never experienced anywhere else. 7. My Cameroonian heritage Heritage is of great importance to me and I’m known for including cultural touches in all my work. I believe in the power of architecture to give value to our cultural heritage across the world. Every place has a story to tell, and it is the job of the architect to interpret and convey this to society. In this way, I believe that architects are creators of culture.

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2. Imhotep, Confucius and Steve Jobs These would be my dream dinner-party guests, as well as Leonardo da Vinci, Mozart, Sun Tzu and Beethoven. I would invite all the great inventors, philosophers and thinkers of past ages to dine with the young generation of our time and speak about creativity, life and leadership.


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TRENDS • ETC • DECOR • TIPS • BEDROOMS

Discover the top three decor trends on our radar (p50), a refreshing array of inspiring spring fabrics (p54), an out-of-the-ordinary sofa selection (p62) and our Toolbox guide to bedroom basics that will help you update your space with ease (p64)


’80s POP Graphic silhouettes, vivid brights and bold, eclectic styles merge in an eye-catching aesthetic characteristic of the Decade of Decadence. If you want to make an impact, this is the way to do it (clockwise, from top left) rug Asymmetric multi rug R16 279, KARE; light Metro light R3 220, Dokter and Misses; table Globe Trotter Chess End table by Marcel Wanders from R18 370, Roche Bobois; catwalk Adam Selman Autumn 2018; chair S chair by Tom Dixon R26 229, CRÉMA; lamp Atollo lamp by Vico Magistretti for Oluce R38 600, Casarredo; table Joop occasional table R15 900, La Grange Interiors; vase Aurora conic vase R769, KARE; lamp Rayon table lamp R20 063, Okha


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MEDITERRANEAN COOL The beauty of natural materials is their rich texture, neutral colour palette and earthy appeal. Layer a selection of pieces in a range of organic finishes for a refined, yet relaxed feel (clockwise, from top left) chair Wood-carved corner chair R7 500, The Crown Collection; fabric Falling Water fabric by Jim Thompson R1 700/m, T&Co; table Roman coffee table R17 900, La Grange Interiors; catwalk Roksanda Spring 2018; bench Sarah bench from R17 300, Anatomy Design; bench Solid oak bench R6 990, LIM; server Moroccan server R349, The Storer; vase Pisac ball vase R495, Weylandts; vase Large stoneware vase R399, H&M Home

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FADED ROMANCE Today’s pastels are muddier than their bubblegum brethren, making them the ideal choice when creating a softer scheme with a modern edge. Don’t be afraid of introducing more than one shade (clockwise, from top left) cushion Zeta scatter cushion in Velour Vintage Rosa R600, Sofacompany.com; print ‘Mansion’ print R1 282, Lemon; wallpaper Vista wallpaper in WPLC0209 R656/m2, Lemon; lamp Kizu table lamp by Lars Tornøe for NewWorks from R8 040, Establishment.co.za; catwalk Adam Selman Autumn 2018; chest of drawers Duco three-drawer unit R8 300, Studio 19; bath tray Calgary lacquer bath tray R699, La Grange Interiors; teacup Jelly teacup by Patricia Urquiola for Kartell R225 and rug Lake rug by Golran for Moroso R123 000, both True Design; stool Three-legged bar-stool R2 473, James Mudge


this spread (clockwise, from bottom left) fabric Chelsea fabric in Parchment R1 199/m Romo South Africa; tie-back Toronto tassel tie-back R100, MRP Home; fabric Suspicious fabric from the Carlucci range R4 740/m, Home Fabrics; fabric Prince of Wales fabric in Cream by de Le Cuona R5 783/m, Mavromac; fabric Magical fabric in Pearl Blue R334/m, Hertex; wine glass Elisabeth Leaf red wine glass R384 for set of six, Spilhaus; glass Machine Collection drinking glass by Diesel Living with Seletti R1 686 for set of three, Generation; vase AC41 off-white vase by Ashleigh Christelis R3 000, Kim Sacks Gallery; bowl Boat-shape Coral Wave bowl R995, La Grange Interiors; figurine Marble figurine R400, The Golden Goose Artistry; server Mid 20th century vegetable server R6 500 for set of 60, Billy Moon; spoon Scallop spoon R80, The Golden Goose Artistry


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MATERIAL WORLD The latest fabrics are a throwback to the Golden Age, with silks, linens, fine velvets and cottons being the textiles of choice. Usher in the new season with blooms in all shapes and sizes anchored by solids of crisp blue, warm earth tones and classic patterns Photographs SARAH DE PINA Production & styling SANRI PIENAAR Assistant PIETER VON WIELLIGH


this page (clockwise, from top left) fabric Cleopatra fabric in Sovereign by de Le Cuona R 783/m Mavromac; fabric Rogier fabric in Sage by Couture R1 035/m, Hertex; fabric Lilac & Rose fabric in Cream POA, St Leger & Viney; fabric Gingham fabric in Stone R597/m, Halogen International; fabric Minos fabric in Forest by Richards Smith for No9 Thompson R2 135/m, T&CO


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this page (clockwise, from top left) fabric Chelsea fabric in Mustard R1 199/m, Romo South Africa; glass Champagne glass, Stylist’s own; glasses Ripple Champagne saucers by ferm Living R660 for set of two, Mezzanine; tray Crystal version Dallas tray in Cobalt Blue by Julie Hugau & Andrea Larsson R9 900, Casarredo; fabric Butter Soft linen fabric in Cloud by de Le Cuona R5 783/m , Mavromac; side-table Antique sidetable R890, Decade


this page (clockwise, from top left) fabric Rogier fabric in Sage by Couture R1 035/m, Hertex; fabric Lange fabric in Sky by Schumacher POA and fabric Crowther fabric in Blue and Yellow from the Jean Monro range POA, both St Leger & Viney; fabric Weathered Web fabric in Orb by de Le Cuona R4 140/m, Mavromac ; fabric Tweet fabric in Honey from the Couture Collection R748/m, Hertex; fabric Prince of Wales fabric in Tan by de Le Cuona R5 783/m, Mavromac


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this page (from left) fabric Laveno Mache fabric in Azzurro C&C Milano R3 108/m, Halogen International; fabric Cavaillon fabric in Bleu by Pierre Frey R4 860/m, Mavromac; fabric Magical fabric in Oasis R334/m, Hertex


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BOX SEAT Make a bold style statement in your living space with a sofa that bucks convention Photographs SARAH DE PINA Production & styling SANRI PIENAAR Assistant PIETER VON WIELLIGH Location TONIC DESIGN

(clockwise, from bottom left) rug Viscose rug R25 000, Paras Carpets; table Huri coffee table R34 000, Tonic Design; tray Blue oval Art Deco mirror tray R2 250, Billy Moon; glasses Ripple glasses R780 for set of four and Ripple carafe R660, all by ferm Living at Mezzanine; vase Molly vase R3 700, Casarredo; sofa Elgon sofa from R24 000, Tonic Design; cushion Lelievre scatter cushion R2 752, Roche Bobois; cushion Magnolia scatter cushion R1 595, La Grange Interiors; chair Slab chair by Tom Dixon R8 836, CRÉMA; side-tables Marble side-tables, Tonic Design; vase Eliza vase in Aubergine R1 595, La Grange Interiors; vessel Dale Lambert vessel R2 335, Kim Sacks Gallery


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1. sofa Silver lake sofa by Patricia Urquiola for Moroso POR, True Design 2. sofa Memphis three-seater sofa in Peacock velvet R10 999, @home 3. sofa Alcove Plume three-seater sofa by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec for Vitra from R76 686, CUBE 4. sofa Oslo sofa by Anderssen & Voll for Muuto R71 345 and 5. sofa Hackney sofa by Sebastian Wrong for HAY R65 215, both CRÉMA 6. daybed Hadley daybed in Lulu Charcoal R15 199, Sofacompany.com 7. sofa Hayworth sofa R19 000, SHF

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SLEEPING BEAUTIES Where better to catch a full eight hours’ repose than in the dreamiest of bedrooms? Find inspiration for updating yours with easy-to-achieve looks that encourage relaxation Compiled by SANRI PIENAAR Assistant PIETER VON WIELLIGH


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LIVING LARGE Contemporary homes with generous openplan layouts present an ideal opportunity to reinvent the bedroom into a functional piedĂ -terre: a comfortable and inviting informal lounge for laid-back entertaining. Ottomans can double up as casual seating, making them a considered option for more compact areas. Il Sereno by Patricia Urquiola patriciaurquiola.com Photo by Patricia Parinejad


NEW NEUTRALS While grey in its many iterations remains a stalwart neutral, it’s been temporarily shelved to make space for a new spectrum with warmer undertones. Think gentle taupes, dusty pinks, sage greens, ochres and duck-egg blues for a scheme that embodies serenity.

shop the look (clockwise from top) bed Brad Letto bed by Ceccotti Collezioni from R250 000, Limeline; cushion Magical scatter cushion in Old Port R650, Haus at Hertex; lamp Boule lamp by Sebastian Herkner for Pulpo R14 500, Casarredo; blanket Lilac yarn blanket R2 899, KARE; mirror Slant standing floor mirror by Kino R8 500, Design Store

(clockwise from top left) Hotel Perianth designhotels. com; Hotel St George Helsinki stgeorgehelsinki.com; The Home by ferm Living fermliving.de


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MIX AND MATCH

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Pick a neutral as a base colour, then layer it up with diferent shades of that hue as well as complementary accents for a cohesive feel. The soft, almost washedout tones of the new neutrals ensure that they can easily be combined for a cool, eclectic aesthetic.

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LAYER IT UP Call it ‘considered maximalism’, but even sworn minimalists will appreciate a more orderly layering of eclectic elements to introduce a bit of drama into an otherwise ordinary space. Play with shapes and scale for a surreal looktwice efect. Replace conventional white surfaces like ceilings with a strong focal colour, and swap the standard percale linen for a bolder alternative.


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MODERN BOHEMIAN

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Forget the hippy connotation of the boho look. Now it’s all about channelling the free-spirited ’70s style into a sophisticated, worldly aesthetic that combines jewel tones like regal purple, midnight blue and matt gold against a crisp white backdrop

shop the look (clockwise from top left) cushion Posh scatter cushion in Velour Midnight Green R599, Sofacompany.com; headboard Petal cane headboard from R6 000, Design Store; bed Fantasq bed by Samuel Accoceberry from R60 390, Roche Bobois; lamp Ellisse lamp by Federico Palazzari R23 900, True Design; cushion Posh scatter cushion in Velour Amber R599, Sofacompany.com

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MONASTIC ORGANIC Achieve a serenely earthy aesthetic by using a monochrome colour palette as your base and offsetting it with tactile touches in natural materials. Mix heavyweight linens and wool or mohair carpets with chalky walls and sleek contemporary pieces in wood, rattan and jute

shop the look (clockwise from right) headboard Bishop cane headboard R6 900, Design Store; lamp After Glow table lamp by Vincenzo De Cotiis for Ceccotti Collezioni R110 000, Limeline; blanket Wild Honey woollen blanket by Hinterveld from R2 180, Knus; bed Cindy bed R28 000, Tonic Design; rug Hill rug from R11 000, Bofred

(clockwise from top left) The Home by ferm Living fermliving.de; Seaside Abode by Norm Architects normcph.com; Hôtel La Maison Champs Elysées designhotels.com


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Unless you’ve inherited an old farmhouse (in our dreams), you might not have the luxury of stone flooring and arched ceilings. But you can get the look by introducing raw finishes such as textured floors and walls in putty tones. Create contrast by decorating the space with minimalist, cleanlined furniture, using mirrored cupboards as an intriguing focal point. From linen to light fixtures, keep it current with white additions.


BALANCING ACT Go as bold as you like with patterns, but be sure to balance out the detail with blank areas. Choose a primary colour theme for your scheme and ensure it runs through the patterns and solids for a cohesive look. Add contrast by identifying an analogue hue that complements your primary colour.


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PATTERN MAD A hot trend to try is the mixing and matching of repeat prints and patterns. Choose from ornate geometrics, abstract motifs or pretty botanicals, and take a fearless approach when throwing them all together. Matching pyjamas optional

shop the look above (from left) mirror Neo classical painted gilded mirror R16 800, The Crown Collection; fabric Moorea fabric in Cream on Coral by Anna French R2 609/m, St Leger & Viney; tray Design bone tray R2 220, Cécile & Boyd below (from left) cushion cover Feather scatter cushion cover R2 200, Ardmore; cushion Duna scatter cushion R1 210, Mezzanine

(from top) The Home by ferm Living fermliving.de; Bloomsbury Collection by Clarke & Clarke Available at Home Fabrics homefabrics.co.za

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HOMES

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Inside an elegant family home in Johannesburg designed by Donald Nxumalo (p76), a superbly stylish house in Milan (p86), the luxuriously laid-back Morukuru Beach Lodge in De Hoop Nature Reserve (p96) and a compact, characterful apartment in Cape Town (p106)


this page Characterised by its plethora of pattern, the seating area features a couch from Donald Nxumalo and chairs from Egg Designs upholstered in fabric from Nxumalo’s The A-List collection with Hertex. opposite Homeowner Thabo Tefo stands on the second level of his family home next to a custom armchair from Donald Nxumalo.


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NEW HEIGHTS When creative mastermind Donald Nxumalo was tasked with the renovation of an outdated Northcliff home, his focus on opening up the interiors and layering them with tactile additions resulted in a luxuriously contemporary aesthetic that’s a breath of fresh air Text NTOMBENHLE SHEZI Photographs ELSA YOUNG Production & styling SANRI PIENAAR

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this page In the dining area, a light fitting from Streamlight illuminates a glass-topped table from SHF and chairs from Donald Nxumalo. opposite (from left) Light streams in from almost every angle of the three-storey house, highlighting its clean lines and wooden textures; ‘The client must see themselves in what I bring together,’ says Nxumalo of his design philosophy.

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ocated on the second-highest ridge in Johannesburg, Northclif is where project manager Thabo Tefo found a property that he knew would be his family home. Although it boasted scenic surrounds, the house was in dire need of rehabilitation, so Tefo enlisted the help of young interior designer Donald Nxumalo of the eponymous studio. ‘It was an old house that was carpeted everywhere, including in the bathroom,’ says Nxumalo, adding that despite its flaws, he saw potential in the unique space. The designer, who was given an open brief from Tefo, began a large-scale renovation of the three-storey property, which took just over a year to complete. His first step was to open up the interiors, and he started by knocking down the walls between the kitchen, dining room and lounge to create one large living area. Next, he made the exterior accessible from inside the home, establishing a harmonious flow by using cleverly placed mirrors to seamlessly connect diferent parts of the layout. Wanting to enhance the height of the rooms, he painted the wooden ceiling white and amplified the volume with sculptural light fittings: a dramatic spiralling piece complements the dining table, while two cocoon-inspired floating bubbles implore you to look up. During the day, the rooms are awash with natural light and at night, the diferent levels are illuminated with a soft white glow. While modernising the space was Nxumalo’s first point of departure, the second was layering the interiors with sumptuous fabrics and interesting lines. One of the most notable attractions is the asymmetrical black and white wallpaper in the living area: emphasising the height of the room, it extends all

the way up to the ceiling, and when contrasted with marble floors and patterned rugs from African Selectives, it gives the reception room a level of understated sophistication. ‘What’s nice about clients like Thabo is the trust that they place in me,’ says Nxumalo. ‘Everything is luxurious in the fabrics, the mirrors and the wallpaper, all of which also have a metallic undertone, making the space both glamorous and adult, yet still fitting for the whole family.’ On the top level of the home is the main bedroom, which comprises a sleeping area, en-suite bathroom and dressing space that boasts neutral hues ofset with shimmering copper tones. The bathroom, in particular, is where Tefo’s ainity for stylish innovation can’t be missed. Designed with a luxurious, spa-like aesthetic, it features a wooden bench for the shower, which was created both for comfort and to balance the opulence of the custom Versace tiles. In an atrium that once housed a Jacuzzi, Nxumalo built an impressive walk-in closet complete with a skylight. ‘My favourite room is the main bedroom, which also opens to the outdoors and surrounding greenery,’ says Tefo. ‘Wherever you look, whether inside or out, you see the foliage. At the end of a long day, I can relax either on the couch inside or outside on the balcony, and wind down while watching the city lights.’ The garden is lush and evergreen, needing little work to maintain, while the views are breathtaking and the house feels as if it’s moulded itself into the landscape. At night, people driving past have been known to park their cars on the side of the road simply to sit and take in the magnificent skyline from Northclif Ridge. It’s a serenely idyllic residence that doesn’t need ostentation or excess to endear it to its owner. ‘The house does not impose itself,’ says Tefo. ‘It just is.’ Qdonaldnxumalo.com THE STYLE & DESIGN ISSUE ELLEDECORATION.CO.ZA 79


this spread With its creamcoloured counter tops, gold accents and lights from Lighting Warehouse, the kitchen was designed to conceal most of the usual appliances, giving the space an airy feel. ‘Appliances tend to date a kitchen, so we tucked most things away to modernise it,’ says Nxumalo.


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Appliances tend to date a kitchen, so we tucked most things away to modernise it

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this page Northcliff is known for its weighty real estate and lush surrounds, boasting large gardens and picturesque views of the city’s leafy northern suburbs. opposite The master bedroom includes an oversized headboard from Donald Nxumalo.

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this page Neutral hues dominate in the guest bedroom, where subtly patterned wallpaper adds interest and references the foliage outside.


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this page Moveable wings made of fabric and metal shield the dining area and become support elements for works of art in this home in Italy. The light is from the owner’s family collection. opposite Homeowner Clara Ceccherini was instrumental in the interiors’ unique design.


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Sense & Sensibility Opposites attract in this family apartment in Milan, Italy, whose innovative renovation was informed by the unexpected choices of its creative owner Text and production CHIARA DAL CANTO Photographs HELENIO BARBETTA/LIVING INSIDE

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HOME MILAN this spread A marble Romeo table by Roberto Lazzeroni takes pride of place in the dining area, which includes Leggerissima chairs by Gio Ponti and Colombo Sanguineti’s Tigullina armchairs re-produced by Eligo Studio – the atelier that renovated the apartment.

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this page A two-sided version of Valentina Giovando’s Musibah server was created for this home. opposite (clockwise from top left) Elena Carozzi’s work acts as a backdrop to a bookcase by Giacomo Moor; Eligo Studio’s Alberto Nespoli; the TV lounge features a cashmere cushion and throw by Avant-Toi Home, while a rotating panel holds the TV; glassware by Margherita Marzot.

hen looking for a family home, Clara Ceccherini promised herself that she would never live in a house with a brick-clad façade. But the founder of Baboon communication studio happily changed her mind when she came across a light and airy apartment on the top floor of a building from the 1960s that overlooks a tree-lined avenue. Ceccherini and her husband instantly fell in love with the space thanks, in large part, to the naturally bright interiors and the home’s beautiful terrace. The owners called on Eligo Studio to renovate the apartment. The atelier – which is renowned for its unique approach, original design language and ability to incorporate traditional Italian elements in a contemporary setting – agreed to take on the entire project, designing not only the spaces, but also many of the furnishings, right down to the details on the light switches. The interior layout has only been partially modified, but the changes have helped create a harmonious flow from one part of the home to the next. This is not an open apartment, and each room retains its own personality and privacy, but the improved spatial distribution encourages a shared lifestyle and, most importantly, allows light to spread through the entire home. In the entrance, 180 degree rotating panels upholstered in bordeaux-hued fabric act as a screen that can be used to shield the dining area. Playing with the theme of opening and closing, revealing and concealing, the feature has the added benefit of being able to accommodate works of art. Another innovative addition is the re-configuration of the apartment’s original corridor into a wing that divides the interior: on one side, it houses wardrobes facing the bedrooms; on the other, it becomes

a strong scenographic detail in the living area on which rests a bookcase custom-designed by Giacomo Moor that comprises iron uprights, old glass sheets and brass frames. On both sides of the wing, an artwork painted on yellow silk by artist Elena Carozzi adds a decorative element of considerable impact. The impressive artwork, which was created in Carozzi’s studio and then assembled on-site, also relates to the apartment’s architecture, making the layout feel simultaneously free and structured. From the entrance, the gaze can go from the living area to the dining area, to the TV room and the kitchen, without meeting any obstacles. And, thanks to the glass doors present in the home, it maintains transparency while at the same time isolating the various spaces – an efect that was also achieved with Valentina Giovando’s specially-made two-sided Musibah server, which has been used to separate the dining and living areas. This division of space is just one of many deliberate decisions that were made when designing the apartment, with Ceccherini’s expressive colour palette being another careful consideration. From the sky blue of the walls and the matching deep shade of the entrance panels and sofa in the living area to the brass accents in the furniture and the mustard yellow of the wing adorned in painted silk, everything is subtly balanced and complemented by the clean white resin floor that runs throughout. Sense and sensibility, minimalism and decoration, fluidity and structure – these are the polarities upon which this renovation was developed with the help of professionals in stylistic harmony with the homeowners. It is this merging of creatives, expertise and ideas that resulted in a unique space imprinted with the signature of those who worked on it. Qbaboon.it, eligostudio.it

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this page The airy terrace was a big selling point for the owners. opposite (clockwise from top left) Black stone tops contrast with a perforated storage unit in the kitchen; a Murano glass piece by Eligo Studio enhances one of the walls; Cascina Bollate nursery oversaw the design of the terrace; sculptural ceramics from Sicily and Este complement a veined red marble kitchen counter.


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this spread In the bedroom, a cashmere throw and pillow from Avant-Toi Home adorn a Vienna bed by Eligo Studio. Valentina Giovando’s Love Sutra screen boasts decorative brass and glass elements, whose shimmer is echoed in her crystal and metal Helix bedside lamp.


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CECCHERINI’S ADVICE ON HOW TO PERSONALISE A NEW SPACE Give your home a one-of-a-kind feel with custom pieces ‘I personally asked to have an artwork by Elena Carozzi. We met through our careers and I immediately loved her work: her colours are normally intense and the pictorial gesture very evident. In this case, we proceeded by subtracting and using precise shades, with the silk support giving shimmering results.’ Be flexible ‘We hadn’t thought about a terrace – it wasn’t in our plans – but today we enjoy the privilege of the space, and taking care of plants has revealed some green thumbs in our family.’ Add sentimental touches ‘I loved the idea of surrounding myself with pieces by artists and designers with whom I used to collaborate.’ Don’t be guided by only one point of view ‘The final outcome is a good synthesis between my husband’s rational and pragmatic expectations and my own experimental nature.’ Express yourself ‘The colours were chosen following the heart, and are a true expression of what we love.’


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LODGE DE HOOP this spread ‘We believe sustainability means firstly consideration for the natural environment, then using as much regional product as possible in the creation and maintenance of the building, and also creating employment opportunities for local residents,’ say Ed and Anka Zeeman, the owners of Morukuru Beach Lodge in De Hoop Nature Reserve.

P E ACE With its picturesque natural surrounds, alluring aesthetic and commitment to sustainable living, Morukuru Beach Lodge in the Western Cape is the epitome of a luxurious off-the-grid retreat Text KAREN TENNENT Photographs GREG COX Production JEANNE BOTES


this page Interior designer Janine Feikes-Butter has brought the outside in with woven additions, organic textures and wooden details. opposite ‘I’ve always loved this sofa,’ says Feikes-Butter of the Songololo sofa by Haldane Martin in the bar. ‘It’s timeless.’


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ituated on the coastline of De Hoop Nature Reserve lies Koppie Alleen, a secluded spot known for its white sand dunes, limestone clifs, abundant fynbos and prime whale-watching. It’s an idyllic slice of paradise and, with Morukuru Ocean House 1km away, a fitting location for Holland-born owners Ed and Anka Zeeman’s 100% of-the-grid addition to the Morukuru Family. ‘This site has the most magnificent views of the dunes and is very close to the beach. These two factors influenced how we went about getting the project of the ground, and we incorporated as much glass as possible to take advantage of the setting,’ they say. Building Morukuru Beach Lodge with the same principles of sustainability, eco-design and environmental sensitivity as Ocean House was essential for the Zeemans, so they called on architect Nick Plewman and Dutch interior designer Janine Feikes-Butter, with whom they’d worked on the previous property. Known for his sustainable approach, Plewman used local materials throughout the lodge, sourcing stone from Bredasdorp quarry and recycled railway sleepers from Caledon for the structure’s façade. Inside, a two-storey circular wall is the central point around which the building’s five suites – each with its own private balcony, sitting area, fireplace and statement chandelier by Riaan Chambers – revolve. ‘It’s important to create little nooks where people can relax,’ says Feikes-Butter. ‘To achieve this, we used single chairs that can be moved around to form separate areas.’ This clever use of seating is especially apparent in the bar, where a black leather Songololo sofa by Haldane Martin winds around the space, acting as an arresting element while also providing a comfortable place from which to admire the sweeping

sea views. Here, Constance Guisset’s large Vertigo pendant lights create a graphic silhouette on the wood-panelled ceiling, while patterned scatter cushions and armchairs add a monochrome geometric touch and speak of Feikes-Butter’s love of textiles. While the bar’s palette is predominantly black and white, yellow bursts draw the eye and connect the space to the designer’s overarching scheme. ‘I like colour, but it’s important to create harmony between the inside and outside,’ she says. ‘In the bedrooms, I’ve used combinations of yellow, green and blue to reflect the environment and the flora and fauna. In the dining area, I concentrated on marine hues to emphasise the colour of the sea.’ She’s also echoed Beach Lodge’s surrounds through her inclusion of natural textures: from mats on the floors to baskets on the walls, there’s a plethora of organic woven additions that result in a tactile aesthetic with an inherently South African feel. Maximising natural light was of particular importance when designing the lodge, especially considering its of-the-grid status, and Plewman included expansive glass windows that simultaneously flood the interiors with light and frame the vistas beyond. Ambience is achieved with a selection of custom fittings that rely on electricity generated from solar panels on the roof, while fireplaces and pullet burner boilers provide heating. ‘We know that our livelihood is derived from our natural surroundings, so we’re very conscious of how we impact on the environment,’ say the Zeemans. ‘At the lodge, water’s drawn from a natural borehole, our gas cooking comes from a Biorock system and we buy most of our produce from nearby farmers. We believe that investing in green and conscious building is the future and a must for all hospitality operators.’ Qmorukuru.com

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this page (clockwise from top left) All of the bedrooms feature swivel chairs by Leon at CCXIX upholstered in fabric by Designers Guild; the Dune View suite includes an outdoor rock bath; ‘The colours enhance the unique setting, but never dominate or overpower,’ says Feikes-Butter. opposite A Riaan Chambers chandelier made from recycled materials takes pride of place in one of the lodge’s suites.


this spread Wood merges with stone in the en-suite bathrooms, whose water is drawn from a natural borehole and heated by pellet burners. ‘Morukuru Beach Lodge is 100% off the grid, which means we need to be extremely aware of our resources,’ say the Zeemans.


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THE ZEEMANS’ QUICK GUIDE TO LIVING SUSTAINABLY Conserve energy in your home ‘We all need to be mindful of the earth’s limitations. Coming from Holland, we’ve been exposed to plenty of information about power conservation and alternative energy sources like solar and wind. Many people still aren’t very good at being thoughtful about simple energy-conserving measures such as switching of lights and preserving heating or cooling by using insulation or shutting doors and windows.’ Invest in an electric car ‘We use electric vehicles to move our staf between the staf village and the two guest lodges, as we know they’re much more environmentally friendly than fuel-driven cars.’ Go biodegradable ‘Our organic amenity range is bought from a South African company called Rain, which is based in nearby Swellendam, and all of our washing and cleaning requirements are serviced by 100% biodegradable soaps.’ Ditch the plastic ‘As a business, we’re concerned about single-use plastic water bottles and are developing re-usable Morukuru Family bottles, which will cut down on this waste. Our rubbish is also sorted along recycling principles, into diferent categories and collected in special containers.’ Above all else, be conscious ‘The human race has to embrace environmentally conscious building and living, as our planet’s resources are limited. It’s basically a question of survival!’


LODGE DE HOOP this page The lodge is surrounded by coastal fynbos and looks out to the Indian Ocean. opposite Whale chandeliers and sculptures by Wildetecture were specially commissioned for the project and reference the fact that De Hoop Nature Reserve is considered to be the best place in South Africa to see southern right whales.

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this page In this small yet spirited Cape Town apartment, laminate flooring from Florstore creates a neutral base against which pieces like a gold-leafed bamboo floor lamp by Juj Living make a statement. opposite An heirloom mother-of-pearl inlay table holds an array of treasures.


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SM A L L I N D U LG E N C E Interior decorator and former magazine decor editor Juliette Arrighi de Casanova’s bijou home in Kenilworth proves that big surprises can come in the tiniest packages Text LEIGH ROBERTSON Photographs MICKY HOYLE, ADEL FERREIRA (PORTRAITS)


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n the colour-charged, vividly imaginative headspace of interior decorator Juliette Arrighi de Casanova, there’s always room for a touch of animal print. ‘I consider it a neutral,’ she laughs, plumping a zebra scatter cushion on her moss-green velvet sofa. ‘Although there are strict degrees of what’s considered sophisticated versus plain vulgar.’ No stranger to cajoling the best from a seasonally changing panoply of patterns, textures and palettes, Arrighi de Casanova has established her young decorating business of the back of several years’ working in the magazine industry as a decor editor. Prior to that, she gained on-the-ground experience styling private homes under the mentorship of interior designer Andrea Graf. Unsurprisingly, the crafty repertoire of industry tricks she finessed over this time proved expedient when it came to dealing with the blank slate of her own new apartment in Cape Town’s southern suburbs. ‘Bought of-plan, the apartment was very basic,’ she says, ‘and I was limited in my choices by budget constraints and a lack of space.’ Indeed, with a footprint measuring a micro 47m2, it’s the ultimate compact lock-up-and-go home for the itinerant traveller she is. The challenge was to transform it into a comfortable, practical home and workspace that would also resonate with her distinctive personal style. While some might think a less-is-more approach would be the key to handling a space of this size, for Arrighi de Casanova, the opposite seems to apply… within reason, of course. ‘If something doesn’t have a function, there’s no need for it,’ she says. ‘But, like many people, I had to work with what I already have, and I can still walk around my big table with ease. It taught me that you don’t have to be afraid of using larger pieces in a small space. If anything, I think bigger is better. I didn’t hold back with the scale of things.’ Neither did she hold back when it came to the exuberant aesthetic of her home, working of a base of black and white, with light charcoal vinyl floors and natural textures such as jute for warmth, then adding bold strokes of blue-and-white chinoiserie, pops of acid yellow and splashes of pink. On the walls, Piero Fornasetti prints hang alongside acrylic canvasses that she painted herself and a few sentimental inherited works. ‘I don’t like empty spaces, and certainly not empty wall space,’ Arrighi de Casanova says. ‘I like to fill things up, whether it’s with a plant in the corner or a mirror and a piece of art on the wall.’ For this interior designer, it’s all about layering. ‘I like to mix and match patterns and shapes and to create diferent lines, thereby keeping the eye interested,’ she says. ‘When do I stop? There are no bounds for me!’ It’s completely in sync with a design aesthetic she describes as contemporary, fun and personality-filled. ‘I love it when you walk into a space and can immediately identify it with the person who lives there,’ she adds. Taking inspiration from her travels, especially visits to her ‘second home’, Paris, and influenced by the multitude of exotic homes her ‘gypsy-like’ French father has lived in over the years and the more classic, worldly style of her interior designer mother, Arrighi de Casanova is a natural when it comes to creating narratives. ‘It’s all about finding the stories and weaving them together,’ she says. ‘There’s always a thread that ties everything together.’ Qjujliving.com

this page Homeowner and interior decorator Juliette Arrighi de Casanova at work at her vintage Tulip table by Eero Saarinen in the open-plan living area. opposite An inherited wood-and-rattan shelving unit has been styled with tableaux of books, art and objets. The graphic black-and-white Ashanti stool is from Weylandts.

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this page A photographic print by Jen Jengo crowns the bed. opposite (clockwise from top left) Arrighi de Casanova adds one of her own canvasses to her art wall; reclaimed cane chairs were given a new lease of life with a coat of paint and fresh upholstery; the sideboard in the living area is from Vamp; Delft wallpaper from Cara Saven frames the bedroom entrance.

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this page Monochrome tones with a splash of blue and textural jute carpeting from Rowley & Hughes make a striking vanity space, anchored by walls painted in Plascon’s dramatic Tribeca hue. The bone-inlay mirror is from CÊcile & Boyd and the basket from Design Afrika.


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Everything you need to know about San Francisco Proper Hotel and the Singita Pamushana Lodge (p124), local travel destinations (p130), David Higgs’ new restaurant Saint (p134), trailing indoor plants (p142) and the pieces our decor stylist is loving right now (p146)


this page A mixture of artworks grace the walls of San Francisco Proper Hotel’s lobby. opposite (from top) ‘Getting to work on this historic building in this emerging area was such a cool experience for me,’ says Kelly Wearstler; the 131 rooms were conceived as modern pieds-à-terre and each includes a lounge.

ELEGANT EXUBERANCE With its detailed patterns, custom furnishings and contrasting interiors courtesy of renowned American designer Kelly Wearstler, San Francisco Proper Hotel is the epitome of curated contemporary eclecticism Text KAREN TENNENT Photographs MANOLO YLLERA


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hile designing San Francisco Proper Hotel, Kelly Wearstler says that she ‘conjured up an extensive backstory. You’re in this cool, bohemian woman’s home, and it’s like a series of living rooms. This woman lives here with a black cat called Charmaine, who hangs out on the rooftop, and you are just lingering in her eclectic, artful salon – perhaps waiting for her’. True to Wearstler’s vision, the hotel is a bold, characterful haven infused with deep colours, rich textures and painterly wallcoverings characteristic of the designer’s signature artistic aesthetic. The interiors are a tasteful blend of old and new, referencing the hotel’s historic location in a 20th century flatiron building and merging it with contemporary additions. Graphic light fittings and artworks contrast with original cornices in the spacious lobby, while the 131 Modernist-inspired bedrooms feature hi-tech amenities and oversized ’50s-style furnishings. This juxtaposition continues in La Bande, San Francisco Proper’s fashionable café and market, where casual dining takes place at black communal tables ofset by glazed tiles in shades of green and black-and-white stripes. For a more sophisticated all-day eating option, Villon restaurant and lounge features blue panelled walls, two-tone wooden floors, high-bevelled ceilings and elegant marble and brass accents, making it the ideal place in which to sample an inventive menu by Chef Mikey Adams that is inspired by San Francisco’s extensive culinary culture. The finishing touch is Charmaine’s rooftop bar, a lively social spot reminiscent of a Parisian terrace that boasts unparalleled views of the city. With modern-romantic decor that’s a nod to the Viennese Secession art movement – complete with sumptuous area rugs, statement fire pits and patterned seating – it’s a final reminder of Wearstler’s updated European salon-style design that runs throughout this breathtaking hotel. properhotel.com


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this page Wearstler combined several styles throughout the hotel, as seen in the Modernist-inspired bedrooms with their Victorian florals. opposite (frop top) Charmaine’s rooftop bar and lounge features clashing prints and retro seating; Villon restaurant was designed with reference to French Cubist painter Jacques Villon.

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WILD SPLENDOUR Singita Pamushana Lodge in Zimbabwe’s Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve has reopened with a swish new look informed by its beautiful natural surrounds and local heritage Text LEIGH ROBERTSON Photographs MICKY HOYLE

If it’s the full, unbridled game-viewing experience that draws you to the bush above all else, an expedition to Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve in south-eastern Zimbabwe, occupying 130 000 acres of pristine protected wilderness, will likely not disappoint. Add to this its outstanding ofering of rock art sites dating to the late stone age, and the allure of this lesser-trodden natural paradise is ever more apparent. With the reopening of Singita Pamushana Lodge after an extensive refresh and expansion, the reserve also promises to entice and reward a more design-conscious traveller, not least those familiar with the considered, highly detailed approach so characteristic of the Singita stable. Working with longtime associates GAPP Architects and Urban Designers and design firm Cécile & Boyd, part of the luxury safari group’s brief was to up the accommodation ofering with the addition of two new suites while enhancing the existing main lodge to make even more of its spectacular location, built as it is on a hill with sweeping views of the reserve and Malilangwe Dam. A series of multi-level decked platforms, some covered, others open to the sky, both


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extend the lodge’s communal living areas and provide a connection to the environment. The new clif-top fire pit and bar, which has the efect of floating above the dam, provides a diverting spot for drinks. ‘The main feature is the surrounding nature and wildlife,’ notes Geordi de Sousa Costa, lead designer of Cécile & Boyd. ‘Our key priority was not to overshadow this with overly strong design.’ As a result, the tones are neutral and earthy, from deep olive to tobacco tan and charcoal, punctuated with flashes of brass and rhythmic geometric patterns that reference the region’s Shangaan culture. A deep reverence of the local heritage pervades the lodge’s design language, from the liberal use of stone in architectural elements to the carved wooden pieces, artifacts, and woven rugs and cushions that complement the contemporary lodge aesthetic. singita.com


DECO GETAWAY WSTAY Now’s the time to catch the West Coast’s annual wildflower display at its best. Make a weekend of it with a stay in one of the region’s rustic villages, from Yzerfontein to Dwarskersbos, where the newest retreat in the Perfect Hideaways portfolio is located. Situated right on the beach, 28 & Sunny ofers swish lodgings and dreamy sea views. perfecthideaways.co.za

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SVISIT The Richmond Café and Rooms For road-trippers making the trek from Cape Town to Johannesburg, the Richmond Café and Rooms in the Northern Cape is a simple yet stylish stop-over spot just of the N2. Cosy and chic, the rooms are perfect for an overnight stay, and the Karoo lamb chops are just one excellent option of the menu. Richmond is also known as the city in South Africa with the highest concentration of bookshops, so you’ll be able to pick up a read before resuming your travels. therichmond.co.za

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this spread A bespoke, handwoven tapestry hangs behind the reception desk at Saint. Featuring a centaur, African angel and cupid, this mythological piece was designed by Sarita Immelman at Grid. ‘It represents Saint perfectly,’ says interior designer Irene Kyriacou. ‘It has a bit of everything… whimsical wonder, local flavour and international flair.’

DIVINE INSPIRATION David Higgs’ new Sandton restaurant Saint is a sinfully intoxicating blend of sophisticated decor, down-to-earth food and a dash of spectacle Text & production FIONA DAVERN Photographs ANNALIZE NEL


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aint is no everyday eatery. Hostesses are clothed in David Tlale creations, custom Stefano Ferrara pizza ovens fire up the kitchen and images from the Sistine Chapel, among others, are mapped via 4-D projection onto a vaulted ceiling. This drama extends to the restrooms, where basins take the form of supplicant hands sculpted by Damien Grivas. Chef and restaurateur David Higgs and his business partner Gary Kyriacou found the inspiration for Saint in a Manhattan hotspot in New York City. ‘When Alexander Wang walked in with a troop of models and started ordering pizza and Champagne, we knew this was a combination we wanted to bring home with us,’ says Higgs. ‘Essentially, Saint’s all about the energy that a beautiful room and simple food bring. It’s not poncey and hushed – it’s expressive and unassuming.’ Interior designer Irene Kyriacou worked closely with Reddeco design studio to create a space with a distinct Italian influence that incorporates a play on the Renaissance, and Mid-Century Modern and mythological elements. ‘The challenge was finding the perfect balance when merging such strong styles,’ she says. ‘I wanted to include references that told a story. The best way forward was to go large, with pieces like the deconstructed-sculpture bar panels.’ Surrounded by hotels, banks, law firms and the JSE, Saint caters for people on the move. Included on the menu are light pasta, risotto and gnocchi dishes, as well as grills, salads and desserts. The wood-fired Grillworks adds a smoky flavour and crisp texture to vegetables, fish and meats before they’re added to other dishes like pastas. But the main focus is the Neapolitan pizza, courtesy of Head Chef Matt van Niekerk and Chef de Partie Tyler Clayton, who went to Milan, Italy, to learn from pizza masters Gennaro Rapido and Gino Sorbillo. ‘Standard and consistency are key,’ says Higgs. ‘If a pizza isn’t the right size and shape, has too much sauce or there isn’t a simplicity and balance of flavour, it doesn’t make the serve. ‘I really want to push the team to be creative,’ he adds, ‘so you’ll also see mains like octopus casserole with chorizo, bean, kale and garlic.’ The happiest part of his day? ‘Seeing the confidence of the young chefs growing. And tasting the first pizza of the day.’ The MARC Building, 129 Rivonia Rd, Sandton 010 594 5888 saint.restaurant x @saint_jhb


BURATTA WITH SALSICCIA AND ORANGE Serves 2 • 100g buratta ball • 100g salsiccia • salt and pepper, to taste • extra-virgin olive oil • 3 orange segments • 5g pumpkin seeds • pinch coriander seeds • parsley • orange zest, to taste Remove buratta from fridge an hour before serving. Crisp the salsiccia in a pan with a touch of olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Place the buratta on a plate for serving and top with the hot sausage and oil. Arrange the orange segments, sprinkle with pumpkin seeds and dust with salt, black pepper, coriander seeds and parsley. Finish with fresh orange zest, to taste.

this spread (from left) Chef and co-owner David Higgs in the bar, where the chairs are by Thabiso Mjo of Mash T Design Studio and the deconstructed sculpture behind the bar is by Damian Grivas; the 1 000m2 restaurant seats approximately 230 people and features a vaulted ceiling where moving art is created by four 4-D projectors. The ceramic façades on the pass are by Rialheim and mirror the tiled roofs of old Italy; pendants by Flos illuminate the blushing shades of the cement wall tiles by Wolkberg. ‘The soft terracotta tiles are the element I used to guide me when selecting the other decor pieces,’ says Kyriacou, who worked with a number of furniture designers, including David Krynauw and Guideline.


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Essentially, Saint’s all about the energy that a beautiful room and simple food bring. It’s not poncey and hushed – it’s expressive and unassuming


BAKED PROVOLONE Serves 6 • 600g smoked provolone • 9 cocktail tomatoes, halved • extra-virgin olive oil • 1 serrano chilli, deseeded and chopped • olive breadsticks, to serve Heat oven to maximum setting and slice the provolone into 100g sections. Put provolone into an ovenproof dish, top with tomato halves and dress with a splash of olive oil and serrano chilli. Bake until soft and bubbling. Serve piping hot with olive breadsticks.


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TJING TJING MOMIJI & MOMIJI LOUNGE S Sandwiched on the middle floor between Tjing Tjing Torii (previously Dear Me), which offers casual, Tokyo-style brunches and bento boxes, and the shrine-red Tjing Tjing Rooftop Bar, Tjing Tjing Momiji is a chic Japanese restaurant with a reservation-only bar lounge. Designed to create an unforgettable experience, the kaiseki (haute cuisine) offering is a 10- to 12-course tasting menu with a recommended sake-and-wine pairing. Expect clean and uncomplicated dishes using mostly seasonal ingredients and decor that’s pared back with light shades of maple, accented by black privacy screens. 165 Longmarket St, 021 422 4374 x @tjingtjingbar

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TRAILING INDOOR PLANTS Cascading and hanging plants add a fresh dimension to shelves in the home Text MARY MAUREL Photograph INGE PRINS

I can’t visit a nursery without bringing a new green friend home, and when shopping for plants, I often look for ‘trailers’ – plants that cascade over the edge of a container and hang in the air. They remain low in the pot and are perfect for shelves where there isn’t much space overhead. And, when placed on a high shelf, they tumble down to eye level where they can be admired. The most common mistake with indoor plant care is overwatering. I avoid those that need frequent moisture and keep my watering to one day of the week to help me keep track of how much each plant is receiving. Feeding depends on the plant. I use diluted liquid fertiliser every few weeks in spring and summer on many of mine, but not on cacti or succulents. It’s important to take note of a plant’s light requirements: while good for a succulent, a sunny windowsill with direct light is not the best spot for every indoor plant. However, if you have a plant that survives, but fails to thrive in a given spot, it probably isn’t receiving enough light. Don’t be afraid to move a plant around to determine where it’s happiest. Pictured here, I have arranged a selection of trailers on shelves in my home alongside an array of collectables, and the juxtaposition of the green element adds life and a unifying softness to the arrangement. While all hanging, the leaf forms are variable – most are fine and delicate, but some are more robust. I often re-arrange the shelves to enjoy new combinations of tendrils alongside one another and find a diferent balance between the various plants. Having lived with these indoor plants for a while, I can’t imagine my home without them.

FAVOURITE TRAILING PLANTS Inch Plant (Tradescantia zebrina) Devil’s Ivy (Epipremnum aureum) String of Pearls (Senecio rowleyanus) Chain of Bananas (Senecio radicans) Chain of Hearts (Ceropegia woodii) Donkey’s Tail (Sedum morganianum) Heart Leaf Philodendron (Philodendron cordatum)


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