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Being unique is the ultimate competitive advantage. The new Panamera Sport Turismo. The Panamera provides its own benchmark. As a Sport Turismo it is now in a class of its own. With powerful engines delivering up to 404 kW (550 hp). And a design that sets standards of its own. Built for people who go their own way: www.porsche.com/PanameraSportTurismo. Priced from R1 431 000 including a 3 year/100,000 km Driveplan.

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DEAR READERS

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INSIDER Let high-glam cutlery

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RADAR What’s happening in the world of design

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H&G VISITS Donald Nxumalo at his Johannesburg studio

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SHOPPING Your festive season gift guide for ďŹ ve aesthetic archetypes

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ZEITGEIST Meet the extraordinary South Africans who are making a real difference

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FOOD Turn over a new leaf with radicchio

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STYLE Julian Treger highlights

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DIRECTIONS Raise your decor game with bold local fabrics

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DESIGN SOLUTIONS Elevate your

summer cooking with a handy guide to outdoor kitchens

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SHOWROOM Make a bold

statement with these plush rugs

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PLANTS Grow half-hardy annuals and perennials for a vibrant palette of cutting owers

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KNOW HOW Franchesca Watson gets practical about the water crisis

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BEYOND BOUNDARIES

An award-winning Robertson garden preserves one of the most threatened habitats on earth

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TRAVEL Discover the ecoconscious Bisate Lodge in Rwanda

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P H O T O G R A P H S : C R O O K E S & J AC K S O N , H E N R I Q U E W I L D I N G , M I C K Y H OY L E

Childhood memories inform a renovation that achieves the balance between past and present


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DEAR READERS

December 2017 he last month of the year can feel like a rally of conflicting focus for us all. Wrapping up at work coincides with getting your head around Christmas, gift shopping, entertaining for days, festive friendly decor styling, and probably gearing up to go away on a proper vaycay. Making space for downtime nd I felt this issue should supply a spectrum of inspiration, dreamy distraction and a little reflection. There is a swoon fest of gift ideas, a visit to designer Donald Nxumalo’s swish studio in Jozi, first-hand feedback on standout international design products and concepts from contributing editor Julian Treger and a story to take to heart on the people passionately driving alternative altruistic projects within our communities. The interiors are an edit of jazzy saturated colour statements in artist Kurt Pio’s funky apartment, the alluring appeal of superb style in a coastal holiday house, a very exciting way to live simply and mindfully in a compound of glass pavilions and a gorgeous example of artisanal craft and collections in the Cape. Plus, something to think about to really take summer’s la dolce vita next level. Outdoor kitchens! We show you how in eight compelling ways. So, holidays, welcome back, we are ready for you!

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In Beyond Boundaries (page 92), Heidi explores a garden that is championing an endangered habitat.

Crookes & Jackson head into the volcanic forest in Rwanda for a closer look at Bisate Lodge, page 111.

Turn to page 42 for Julian’s roundup of the trends dominating the London art and design scene.

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HOUSEANDGARDEN.CO.ZA HOME TOURS Step inside artist Kurt Pio’s café-meetsclub apartment as he shows us how to achieve a high-impact roomscape.

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P H O T O G R A P H S : E L S A YO U N G , TAO FA R R E N - H E F E R , S U P P L I E D

H&G discovers under-the-radar charities making a real change in South Africa.


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FAMILY FEASTS SERVED WITH WONDER AND JOY SET YOUR TABLE FOR A CELEBRATION With beautiful crockery, glassware and table décor from @home, your guests can expect an epic celebration full of festive joy. Be ready with extra drinks and lots of dessert, everyone is going to want to stay on for more.


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THE SCOOP ON SHOPPING, STYLE, DESIGN & CULTURE

The Midas Touch Let high-glam cutlery elevate your table this festive season Whether they’re going to end up under the tree or on your table, two-tone black and gold titanium cutlery from Nicolson Russell is the gift that keeps giving. ‘Always the centrepiece – you can’t take your eyes off of them,’ says founder Emma Russell, who has designed a wide range of show-stopping pieces.  nicolsonrussell.com

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RADAR

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No photographer captured the heady joy and unique style of 60s Malian youth culture quite like Malick SidibÊ. From young couples dancing in tree-lined streets to the energetic fashion of a daring, newly independent nation, his work reects a unique moment in the country’s history. Now, a year after his death, more than 250 pieces – the largest exhibition of Malick’s oeuvre – is being showcased at the Cartier Foundation in Paris. Titled Malick SidibÊ, Mali Twist, it runs until 25 February 2018.  fondationcartier.com

COVET

Hand-painted porcelain jewellery by French brand Noch Bijoux is now available at Maison Mara in Cape Town, while Pezula Interiors have just unboxed a shipment of the coolest design and decor coffee-table books.  maisonmara.co.za;  pezulainteriors.co.za

‘LIONISE’ GIFT TAGS, R50 (FOR 5), ALOVESUPREME  ALOVESUPREME.CO.ZA

In The Now The need-to-know highlights and happenings this month

H&G HEARS SA swimwear brand Granadilla has two pop-up stores in Jo’burg – in Sandton and Morningside. Pick up its bold prints on bikinis, shorts, towels.  granadillaswim.com

‘KOI’ SWIM SHORTS IN BLUE, R1 000, GRANADILLA

UPDATE

Need an instant injection of highfashion frivolity? Missoni Home’s latest wallcovering collection, available exclusively at Dreamweaver Studios, is every bit as bold and patterned as you’d expect from the storied brand. Expect wallpaper in vibrant graphics and profusions of orals.  dreamweaverstudios.co.za

The Locrate Market is presenting Makhelwane Festival, which will see homes in Soweto transformed into eateries and galleries showcasing pieces by various local artists. From 15 to 17 December.  makhelwanefestival.co.za


MUST HAVE

Alfresco dining is anything but dull – especially when you pull these enamel dishes out of the picnic basket.  africanova.co.za

VISIT

In the age of cross-over brand extensions and capsule collections, bathroom manufacturer Kohler has created something refreshingly original: a gallery space in Jo’burg that showcases the brand’s products alongside collaborations with stand-out local talent, including Studio19, Copperleaf Studio and Aureum.  africa.kohler.com

REMIX

Jordanian-born artist Hamzeh Alfarahneh has collaborated with Guild Store on ‘Not Just A Comb’, a series of bold pieces. ‘The project tells a story beyond the utility of the combs,’ he says. ‘They add an element of fun.’  southernguild.co.za


Donald Nxumalo Inside the chic new studio of Johannesburg’s favourite young decorator

NEED TO KNOW After completing his BTech in interior design at the Tshwane University of Technology seven years ago, Donald has been actively honing his craft at different studios. This would eventually lead him to breaking away and starting his own brand, DNX Interior Design, four years ago. Though most of his work – corporate and residential – is focused in Johannesburg he has created spaces as far afield as Uganda and Kenya.

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here is a quiet, reassured maturity in the work of Donald Nxumalo, the decorator whose meteoric rise from fresh-faced televisioncompetition winner to established decorator to industry ‘it’ boy, that belies his youth. With the recent relocation of his studio, DNX Interior Design, he’s made his place in the industry not only official – but permanent. ‘I have always been an avid enthusiast of shape and form,’ explains Donald. ‘My passion for interior design is coupled with my heritage. There is always a hint of Ndebele culture in everything I do, whether simply as inspiration or as physical attributes.’

Donald has been practicing his craft from a small studio in Jo’burg’s design district Kramerville, a space that, through his growing list of clientele, has had to come to terms with its own rapid expansion. ‘We’ve been outgrowing ourselves for months and it couldn’t be ignored anymore. The time had come to move.’ The new base of operations, while still in the same neighbourhood, offers an entirely different experience. ‘It now encompasses a showroom and offices in one amazing space. The two areas are linked by screens, so visitors get to see what goes on behind the scenes, into the “brain” of the business.’

T E X T: P I E T S M E DY; P H O T O G R A P H S : A N N A L I Z E N E L

L E F T DETAIL OF A RUG IN DONALD NXUMALO’S STUDIO; THE DESIGNER PORES OVER A FABRIC SWATCH BOOK IN HIS STYLISH JO’BURG SPACE


H&G VISITS DONALD’S DECOR INTEL If you’re looking to create a super glamorous interior my advice is bring in luxurious wallpaper, especially something highly detailed and maybe just a little whimsical. Make sure it covers the entire room, literally hugging the corners, to really achieve a sense of excitement in the space. Mirrors are another clever way to amp up the feeling of luxury in a room. Not only

do they make a space feel much larger than it actually is, they’re also a great way of introducing movement and playing with visual perception. They really make walls come to life. In terms of fabric, you can’t go wrong with beautiful velvet, especially in upholstery. Finish the look off with a fringe detail. Use rugs to soften an interior and bring warmth to a space.

Opt for ones with a thicker pile so that you really get that feeling of your feet sinking into them – pure comfort. The essence of style is ďŹ nding ways of injecting your personality into a space. Rather than have every room look like a catalogue, introduce antiques, souvenirs and photographs that will add a comforting, lived-in feeling to any space.

C LO C KW I S E , F R O M TO P R I G H T INTERIOR DECORATOR DONALD NXUMALO; CLEAN LINES AND HIGH COMFORT IN THE NEW STUDIO; THE TERRA NOVA COLLABORATION WITH HERTEX FABRICS

One of Donald’s most exciting ventures to date has been a collaboration with fabric house Hertex, which saw him create the Terra Nova collection. The range draws inspiration from the late photographer Malick SidibĂŠ. Explains Donald, ‘These prints translate the energy that was captured by his lens in post-French colonialist Mali.’ As with everything he does, the collaboration is stamped with Donald’s signature: a fusion of comfort and clean lines as well as a heady dose of modern African luxury that doesn’t shy away from its place as part of a global design movement.  dnxinteriordesign.com DECEMBER 2017 HOUSEANDGARDEN.CO.ZA

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SHOPPING

Select treats to satisfy the discerning design lover ‘BLUME’ TIMBER SPREADER AND SPOON, R89 EACH, BOTH WOOLWORTHS

No bells or whistles for the tricky-to-please

Mi ‘COCONUT’ CHAIR IN GREY, R9 995, LA GRANGE INTERIORS

‘ZEE’ BRASS CLIP, R200, DETAIL’24; RIGHT: TEA TOWEL, R250, MEZZANINE

FRESHWATER PEARL DISC EARRINGS, R125, POETRY

PINCH POT, R245, AND UTENSIL HOLDER, R645, BOTH WEYLANDTS

APSLEY HOUSE

MINI LOCKER WITH TRAY TOP, R3 950, MOTHERCITYHARDWARE ‘MAITRE D’ SAUTE PAN, R1 295, WEYLANDTS

SMEG 50S RETROSTYLE KETTLE, R2 229, @HOME


GUCCI ‘BLOOM’ EAU DE PARFUM, FROM R1 335 (50ML), RED SQUARE; PAISLEY PRINT FLEECE BLANKET, R1 299, ZARA HOME ‘FEATHER’ CUSHION IN ROYALE VELVET, R2 200, ARDMORE DESIGN

‘PORTOFINO’ 18-CARAT GOLD, TOPAZ AND DIAMOND DROP EARRINGS, R93 000, CHARLES GREIG

Think classic, sumptuous and gorgeous for the

ASTIER DE VILLATTE ‘DELHI’ INCENSE, R600, MAISON MARA

Domestic Goddess

DEBORAH BELL ADVENT MIXED MEDIA ON PAPER ARTWORK, EVERARD READ

SALTED CARAMEL CROWNS AND HAZELNUT PRALINE HEARTS, R122, MELISSA’S VINTAGE SIXTIES ITALIAN URN, R1 400, LIAM MOONEY STUDIO

SELETTI INDUSTRY GARDEN CHAIR, FROM R6 498, GENERATION DESIGN

WATERMELON PRESERVE, 500G, R76, MELISSA’S

BLUE AND GOLD STRIPE CUP, R180, POETRY; CAST-IRON TEAPOT, R525, WOOLWORTHS

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Bishopscour t Drive, Cape Town Oggie FSC European Oak Cerato Danish White, hand-chiselled with WOCA Denmark UV White Oil - 20/6 x 260 x 2200

...wide plank oak floors hand-crafted to your specific design needs. Cape Town: 021 510 2846 | Paarden Eiland Johannesburg: 011 262 3117 | Sandton Durban: 031 000 1000 | Umhlanga nick@oggie.co.za www.oggieflooring.com


The Sensual Modernist Craves bold, strong shapes, curves and glossy finishes ‘CROCO’ NAPKINS IN CHARCOAL, R400 (PER PAIR), ARDMORE DESIGN

‘KISUMU’ SERVER, R70 000, TONIC DESIGN

SANELL AGGENBACH MEDEA METAL-PLATED WOOD SCULPTURE (60X15X15CM), POR, WHATIFTHEWORLD

CHUCK WEBSTER CATHEDRALS I ARTWORK, DAVID KRUT PROJECTS ‘EYE OF HORUS’ EARRING, FROM R340 (FOR PAIR), TALISMAN COLLECTIVE

EMERALD POTTERY COLLECTION, FROM R220 EACH, THE COLLECTION STUDIO

BLACKENED WOOD ICE BUCKET, R895, WEYLANDTS

ZOYA AND OKHA ‘STONE’ RUG, FROM R53 000, OKHA

FERM LIVING ‘STAMP’ TEA TOWEL, R180, DETAIL’24

SIMON AND MARY ‘50/50’ WOOL FELT AND HEMP HAT IN MAROON AND BLACK, R750, MEMEME

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TOM FORD ‘FUCKING FABULOUS’ EAU DE PARFUM, POR, APSLEY HOUSE


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‘DRUMMIN’ ZULU STOOL, R3 450, DOUGLAS AND DOUGLAS

GAS BIJOUX ‘SONGE’ EARRINGS IN SILVER AND GOLD, POR, SPILHAUS

ASHA ZERO NXB ACRYLIC ON BOARD ARTWORK, SMAC GALLERY

INDIAN ALMIRAH, R8 995, WEYLANDTS

STRIPED THROW, R599, H&M

‘JK’ JUMPER IN CHARTREUSE, R2 300, JOTA KENA

The Free Spirit Funk speaks to a generation who knows it all and finds inspiration everywhere ‘ESPARDINIA’ ESPADRILLES IN YELLOW, R800, ESPADRIL

MARSHALL ‘STOCKWELL’ SPEAKER WITH CASE, R4 599, TAKEALOT

‘TEXTURED’ JUG, R199, AND GLASS TUMBLER R29.99, BOTH H&M

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LAKIN OGUNBANWO TWIST OF FATE PRINT, WHATIFTHEWORLD

‘OLD MAKENGE’ BASKET, R495, WEYLANDTS

The Globetrotter

MILK MAID STOOL, R1 254, LIAM MOONEY STUDIO

DE PADOVA ‘FIREFLY’ PORTABLE LAMP, R13 908, GENERATION DESIGN

Wants for nothing but will thank you for sophisticated nomad gear

JBL ‘FLIP 4’ WIRELESS SPEAKER, R1 999, SUPERBALIST

OMEGA DE VILLE PRESTIGE 50T ERS R E ’S

‘HORIZON 55’ ROLLING LUGGAGE IN FUCHSIA, POR, LOUIS VUITTON

TRUE UTILITY ‘SCIXORS’, R160, CAPE UNION MART

‘MLGF1.2’ R3 250, MA BY LADUM

AESOP ’MARRAKECH INTENSE’ PARFUM, R1 390, AND EAU DE TOILETTE, R1 290, LOADING BAY For stockists’ details, see page 134

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TOM FORD ‘ANDREW’ SUNGLASSES WITH BARBARINI LENSES IN HONEY, POR, APSLEY HOUSE


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For Goodness Sake Meet the extraordinary South Africans who are ďŹ nding happiness in creating their own charity initiatives Tony Gum

ArtAngels Initiative, Cape Town

T E X T: N I K K I L O M B A ; S T U D I O P R O D U C T I O N : M A R T I N J AC O B S ; T O N I G U M P H O T O G R A P H S : S U P P L I E D

The gracious and alluring power of Tony Gum is hard to ignore. The smart-beyond-her-youth artist, represented by Christopher Moller Gallery, is most deďŹ nitely one to watch not only for her talent but for the good work she’s doing. ‘I am an artist in learning and being able to help by producing art seems too good to be true,’ she shares. Tony is donating art to the ArtAngels Initiative annual fundraiser that has raised over R18 million and supports the NGO The Click Foundation that is transforming the educational system of schools through introducing innovative technology for effective learning. ‘The work that The Click Foundation does for literacy is close to my heart because I believe in education as a foundation for growing your dreams.’ Though this is ‘all brand new’ to her, what started as a conversation at this year’s FNB Joburg Art Fair ‘set off something inside me and I decided to dive in and get involved,’ she says. ‘This year’s charity auction was my ďŹ rst – and a ďŹ rst of many.’  artangelsinitiative.com;  clickfoundation.co.za

ARTIST TONY GUM R I G HT THE CLICK FOUNDATION EMPOWERS CHILDREN THROUGH THE MEDIUM OF TECHNOLOGY

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‘This is a social enterprise, so the idea is to grow the business and to create jobs’

Daniel Botha

Daniel Botha is the man behind social enterprise SurfPop, which is making waves across the shores of Cape Town – and the world. What started as a simple gesture to share the beauty of surďŹ ng with pupils of a school in Masiphumelele (aptly meaning ‘let us succeed’ in Xhosa) has grown into a project that is now fully involved in the children’s education, having just ďŹ nished building a classroom to educate students on various topics outside of the school curriculum. SurfPop is not just about splashing around in the water, though, but rather about supporting each child for the rest of their lives. Starting with their schooling, followed by a commitment to provide them with a tertiary education and, ďŹ nally, the opportunity to work for SurfPop. Daniel explains, ‘this is a social enterprise, so the idea is to grow the business and to create jobs for the boys currently in the programme as well as the new ones still to come.’ To make this possible there is a volunteer programme which entails a tailor-made trip to Cape Town and includes working for SurfPop.  surfpop.co.za 36

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DANIEL BOTHA FOUNDED SURFPOP, AN ORGANISATION THAT CHAMPIONS EDUCATION THROUGH SURFING OPPOSITE

PAG E , F R O M TO P GABRIELLE

IMMELMAN, OF PUKKA THEATRE, USES THE ARTS TO CREATE AN IMMERSIVE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT; GINA ATHANS STARTED THE LOVE ARMY, A NONPROFIT ORGANISATION FOCUSING ON EMPOWERING WOMEN

DA N I E L B O T H A P H O T O G R A P H S : K A R L R O G E R S , TAO FA R R E N - H E F E R

SurfPop, Cape Town


Gabrielle Immelman, Pukka Theatre, Cape Town

Gabrielle Immelman may only be 27 years old but she has an impressive education behind her, most recently including being part of a prestigious programme at the Lincoln Center in New York, and is boldly building her own theatre company – Pukka Theatre. Using art as a didactic medium for primary school children, as well as an introductory to music, movement, poetry and puppetry. ‘We use theatre because it gives kids with different interests and competencies an opportunity to learn in an immersive learning environment,’ says Gabrielle. ‘This is layered with important lessons and a constant establishing of values.’ A non-proďŹ t side of the business looks to under-resourced schools and shares the power of Pukka Theatre, and the magic of the arts, with them.  pukkatheatre.com

Gina Athans

GA B R I E L L E I M M E L M A N P H OTO G R A P H S : K A R L R O G E R S , L I N D S E Y A P P O L I S ; G I N A AT H A N S P H O T O G R A P H S : A N N A L I Z E N E L , S U P P L I E D

e Love Army, Johannesburg South African beauty Gina Athans is the leading lady of her own army, one in the name of self-love and empowerment for women. The Love Army is a nonproďŹ t organisation established by Gina, who is passionate about ‘contagious social change’. She goes on to say, ‘the more people we can help, the more people they can help.’ Uniquely, she identiďŹ es vulnerable groups of people or organisations and intercedes with a variety of established tools and programmes. Her belief is that a change in mentality from a victim mindset to the victory of selfempowerment is essential and one that is ustainable with an inuence over all areas of life. The Love Army is a truly powerful catalyst that is encouraging women across the country to take care of themselves and take charge of their lives again.  thelovearmy.org.za DECEMBER 2017 HOUSEANDGARDEN.CO.ZA

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‘There is magic in coming together with someone who wants to turn their life around’ Nikki Lomba

‘Changing lives is a passion of mine; there is magic in coming together with someone who wants to turn their life around,’ explains Nikki Lomba, who has established her own charity foundation. On returning home to Cape Town after living abroad for a few years, she was concerned with the homeless crisis in the city that became alarmingly worse. This lead to her offering her assistance to an NGO and, without planning to, establishing the Nikki Lomba Foundation. Today she works with a group of young boys who were living on the streets and in shelters and uses soccer (as well as one-on-one meetings) as a way to connect. ‘Success can be seen in that most of the players are now working in jobs and, ironically, don’t have time for soccer practice and matches, wishing to rather get together and focus on sustaining their progress.’ You can also spot her in the Bo-Kaap, where she takes care of vulnerable children in and around the informal settlement ‘the Kraal’ that is notorious for gangsterism, drugs and prostitution. ‘I would like to try prevent the next generation of children from succumbing to their environment, and carrying on this perpetual cycle’.  082 373 7711 NIKKI LOMBA OF THE NIKKI LOMBA FOUNDATION IS USING SOCCER AS A MEANS TO HELP HOMELESS CHILDREN

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A crisp, leafy salad is a miraculous thing: It lends satisfying bulk to a light meal and bright balance to a heavy one. But the restaurant leaves, they are a changin’. It seems like just yesterday that chefs of every stripe were obsessing over alt-Caesars and reinvented wedges. But this year it’s definitely chicories – a family of hardy, pleasantly bitter, multihued lettuces – that are having their moment in the salad spotlight. Some varieties, like escarole and radicchio,

feel familiar; others, like boutiquey speckled castelfranco and finger-spindly tardivo, look fantastically exotic. With their satisfying, toothsome crunch and big flavour, they’re the not-so-blank canvas upon which chefs apply everything from a classic Roman-style anchovygarlic dressing to avocado, seaweeds and nutritional yeast. Chefs everywhere are falling hard for these of-the-moment veggies and you can too. Q

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Crunchy and bitter. Available in round and oblong leaf form.

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Mild flavour. Large, dark-green leaves with a crisp texture.

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Along with the usual displays of everything from tribal art to contemporary design, a new direction this year at The Pavilion of Art and Design was the focus on wall decoration, which was a welcome departure from the usually furniture-centric proposals. These ranged from Italian artworks on the walls of Dimore Studio (middle right) to extraordinary terracotta friezes from 1960 at Didier Luttenbacher from Paris. There was a beautiful leather wall divider and a tapestry by Raoul Ubac at Galerie Alexandre Guillemain (far right), and a great brutalist Italian style ceramic wall at Galerie Hervouet (right), plus superb wall hangings at Londonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Rose Uniacke. As for furniture, I loved the poetic wood and brass ladder by designer Valentin Loellmann at Parisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Galerie Gosserez.  pad-fairs.com

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At Frieze, the trend for a few years has been for extraordinary stands that transport attendees into different worlds. Last year, The Nahmad Gallery was notable for recreating a 60s collectorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s house as well as a Dubuffet sanitarium setup. But this year the standout was Bronze Age, an ersatz archeological museum by Hauser & Wirth (left). Recalling Damien Hirstâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s show at the Venice Biennale, but better executed, they created a fake mini-museum complete with charity boxes, postcards, key rings, a cashier and security guards to focus on bronze objects ranging from the authentically ancient through to Duchamp, Arp and beyond. Truly something special and a poignant play on the currently controversial issue of what a museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s role is, what does art render real-fake or fake-real and the commerce of the conceit.  frieze.com;  hauserwirth.com 42

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Fresh from the Zeitz MOCAA opening, architect Thomas Heatherwick unveiled a new design for a table at the Danny Katz Gallery, his ďŹ rst in many years. The table, made out of compressed paper, alters from an elongated lozenge into a circle in seconds, in a typically Heatherwick transformation of elegant engineering. Available in large (edition of 7) and small (edition of 12) sizes.  heatherwick.com


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Contributing editor Julian Treger highlights recent game-changing trends on the London art and design scene

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I loved the clever merging of cultures at artist Hank Willis Thomasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s show, The Beautiful Game at Ben Brown Gallery, which combined shirts worn by football teams in Africa to form quilts that simultaneously replicate some of the great artworks of the twentieth century and Ghanaian Asafo ďŹ&#x201A;ags (below). This was a powerful take on the intersection of art, sport, geopolitics, modernism, nationalism and human nature and forced viewers to see uncomfortable connections between our past and our present.  benbrownfinearts.com. Follow Julian Treger  instagram.com/juliantreger

Passion, Power and Politics The V&A followed up on its Bowie, Pink Floyd and Revolution (60s) show with a multisensory opera exhibition that uses music to transport viewers to extraordinary moments in the history of opera â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Venice in the seventeenth century, the London of Handel, the Vienna of Mozart, Milan and Verdi, Paris in the nineteenth century and Shostakovich in early twentieth century Moscow. Walking through the paradoxically silent rooms, visitors took it all in via Bowers & Wilkins headsets. These immersive experiences are the latest trend for exhibitions. It is on until the end of February.  vam.ac.uk

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FROM BACK, LEFT TO RIGHT ‘MARBLE’ FABRIC IN CHARCOAL, R650 PER METRE, ‘TERRAZZO’ FABRIC IN BLACK, R650 PER METRE, AND ‘MARBLE’ FABRIC IN NUDE PINK, R650 PER METRE, ALL INDIGI DESIGNS; SOLID WOOD VINTAGE HAT STAND, R2 350, VAMP; ‘CLIFFORD’ DAYBED, R29 700, BOFRED; ‘POP’ FABRIC IN NUDE PINK, R650 PER METRE, ‘OPTICAL’ FABRIC IN INDIGO, R650 PER METRE, AND ‘TERRAZZO’ FABRIC IN NUDE PINK, R650 PER METRE, ALL INDIGI DESIGNS


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BRINGING THE HEAT Take a cue from these outdoor

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kitchens and serve up serious style at your next alfresco outing

There’s a keen difference between being ‘outside’ and ‘out in the open’, says Alison Gray Thomson of Boffi Studio, which offers world-class outdoor kitchen design solutions. ‘Even the sturdiest kitchens will take a knock in the outdoors, especially in salty, coastal areas,’ she says, ‘so it’s always a good idea to have some form of protective cover or weather-proofing.’

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Carefully considered storage is vital; you want the space to appear clutter-free without sacrificing on functionality. ‘I would look at deep shelves with fold-away doors,’ says Julia. ‘Storage boxes are also a great idea. You can stack almost anything inside them and they’re easy to pack away or carry around.’ 52

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Take your cue from braai culture and invest in a unit that is self-contained, recommends Alison. ‘This idea of an “adventure kitchen” makes it feel completely separate from the main house.’ It comes with the added bonus of hiding unsightly gas bottles and clutter, too.

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Despite their seemingly simple appearance, designing an outdoor kitchen that functions smoothly is no mean feat. ‘The most important factor, in terms of finishes, is durability,’ explains Generation Design founder Julia Day, who has designed the outdoor entertaining spaces of beach houses and game lodges across the country. ‘Stainless steel, aluminium and weatherproof timbers work brilliantly and look fantastic.’


GET LIT Coal, wood or gas – there’s a stylish outdoor oven to meet your needs

Just because it’s outside doesn’t mean that your alfresco cooking experience should be any less kitted out than its roofed counterpart. Running between inside and outside makes for not only an unpleasant experience, but also risks the food being burnt, so make sure to stock up on everything from tongs, knives and cutting boards to corkscrews, glassware and plates.

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In this ingenious kitchen, the homeowners have opted to extend the indoor kitchen outside, effectively creating an open-air space that, thanks to a concertina door, can be quickly enclosed when sporadic summer showers roll in. This is a great idea for homes with small courtyards or narrower spaces that don’t allow for entirely separate outdoor cooking areas.

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‘Be aware of the space that you have and use that as the starting point of your kitchen design,’ says Julia. ‘Make sure the space doesn’t create unnecessary visual obstructions.’ Not only does this apply to making the most of views (after all, what’s the point of being outdoors if you’re not making the most of it) but also to technical aspects, such as electrical components and gas bottles. These have to comply with installation regulations even if they are outdoors and are best hidden from view.

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Always make sure the terrain of your outdoor kitchen is perfectly level. The last thing you want is toppling coals and oil running into the sides of pans. Q

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ummer is all about colour in the cutting patch, with half-hardy annuals and perennials coming into play. ‘I like to use hot colours in a summer arrangement, because it sums up that time of year,’ says flower farmer Rachel Siegfried of Green and Gorgeous. ‘You get the intensity of colour from sunflowers, rudbeckias or crocosmias, and it creates a different mood to the earlyseason arrangements.’ In our summer arrangement, Rachel has used crocosmia hybrids as the star player, with their elegant arching sprays of vibrant, deep orange flowers clashing beautifully with lipstick-pink Zinnia elegans. ‘I love pink and orange together; I am trying to create a mood rather than following any rules of the colour wheel,’ says Rachel. These strong forms are balanced by softer fillers such as Ammi majus, nicotiana hybrids and Sanguisorba officinalis, which Rachel says is one of her favourite perennials: ‘I love the way it floats around and you can’t really see the stems.’ Other perennials for this time of year include echinaceas, heleniums and rudbeckias. Berries such as the hypericum, as well as Viburnum opulus, can easily be woven into your arrangements. Rachel finds half-hardy annuals the most useful group at this time of year, as they flower for such a long period – often for a good three or four months. ‘If you keep picking them, they will keep on flowering right through until winter,’ she says. Most of the half-hardies can be sown under cover towards the end of winter. They need plenty of warmth initially, so should be germinated in a covered seed tray indoors and then grown on in a cooler, sheltered situation outdoors or in a greenhouse. ‘The only trouble with halfhardies is that you do have to wait until mid-September to plant them out, as any hint of frost will damage them,’ says Rachel. Your efforts, though, will be rewarded with a bountiful supply of flowers that will often take you right through autumn. Q

A BRIGHT PALETTE OF FLOWERS, INCLUDING AMMI MAJUS, NICOTIANA HYBRID, ZINNIAS, CROCOSMIA, ANTIRRHINUM MAJUS AND ZINNIAS

BELOW, FROM LEFT SUNFLOWER; ANTIRRHINUM MAJUS

RACHEL’S ARRANGEMENT MIXES ORANGE AND PINK FLOWERS, FILLED OUT WITH GREENY-WHITE AMMI AND NICOTIANA

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Rachelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best half-hardy annuals

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SNAPDRAGONS are fantastic for ďŹ&#x201A;ower arranging, with generous spires of clustered ďŹ&#x201A;owers adding bulk. Rachel recommends the tall and statuesque hybrids that come back strongly when cut. Sowing must be done with care, as the seeds are minuscule and prone to damping off. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Sow the seeds really thinly, so they have space to breathe, and keep in a sunny position so the atmosphere doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get too damp,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; advises Rachel. COSMOS is easy to germinate and grow â&#x20AC;&#x201C; although in richer soils it can produce too much foliage at the expense of ďŹ&#x201A;owers, so do not feed the soil too much. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;If you are not conďŹ dent about arranging ďŹ&#x201A;owers, it is easy to make cosmos look fantastic in a simple jug or vase, and you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need anything else with it.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; CLEOME, or the spider ďŹ&#x201A;ower, provides a more exotic

look for an arrangement later in the season. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Cleomes are a bit of a pain to pick as they are so spiny, but theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re worth it because they provide contrast,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; says Rachel. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;They are airy plants â&#x20AC;&#x201C; you can look right into the ďŹ&#x201A;ower â&#x20AC;&#x201C; so they add volume but not density.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; The Cleome â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;White Queenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; is brilliant and just about glows at night. SUNFLOWERS are a good ďŹ ller. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;I like to arrange sunďŹ&#x201A;owers of different sizes and colour tones with softer things like fennel or dill.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; SunďŹ&#x201A;owers can be sown direct in late spring â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and often do better when sown outside, although you have to keep an eye out for slugs. ZINNIAS are very useful for the ďŹ&#x201A;ower arranger, with a huge variety of strong, punchy colours available. Available from Hadeco  hadeco.co.za; Seeds for Africa  seedsforafrica.co.za

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KNOW HOW

Shifting Tides Landscape designer Franchesca Watson gets practical about the water crisis and how it is changing the garden landscape

CHANGED PERCEPTIONS OF BEAUTY Because we now have to work only with sustainable, raw materials in terms of water-wise plants â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and with little water, increasingly hot temperatures, extremes in terms of drought and ďŹ&#x201A;ood â&#x20AC;&#x201C; we have

to open our eyes and minds to a different kind of beauty: combinations of succulents, grasses and other dry-climate plants, more use made of hard landscaping details as a foil to the generally stronger look of water-wise plants, more gardens planted with trees and shade underplantings to cut down on water requirements. Above all, less lawn. Perhaps we need to allow the gardens to have an off period, as they would in nature during the dry season â&#x20AC;&#x201C; with understanding and acceptance, there is glory in the grasses turning blonde and the structure of the garden being revealed with leaf loss. We certainly need to be more careful about our plant choices and become unfettered by our previous preferences â&#x20AC;&#x201C; there is a plant, indigenous or otherwise, to ďŹ ll every visual and speciďŹ c part of the garden â&#x20AC;&#x201C; we just need to take the time to select properly. Thus gardens will become more individual as a response to a deeper understanding of each siteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s particular conditions and there will hopefully be less slavish reproductions of a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;styleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;.

NO INSTANT GRATIFICATION No longer can one have exactly what you may be dreaming of, nor can one possibly have everything all at once. The system of creating a garden means that garden establishment may take a much longer time as one creates a space that can be more independent of our control in providing water. Perhaps it needs to be installed over a period of years, section by section being planted and then weaned before the next section is tackled. We may need to plant smaller plants and learn to wait. We may need to plant for more shade. Our money should go into conditioning and protection of the soils with composts, mulches and water retention gels, more responsible and ďŹ&#x201A;exible drip-irrigation systems and grey-water systems. We have to understand how nature works and try to mimic it as much as possible to ensure success. Franchesca Watson  082 808 1287  franchescawatson.com Q

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e are now all well aware that our water circumstances are irrevocably changed forever. Water is no longer just expensive, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s increasingly not justiďŹ ably available for something as secondary as gardening. And even if individuals have the means to pump water out of the ground, we have to be realistic â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the resource is not replenishing and has a limited lifespan. So where does this leave the gardener? Those of us who cherish beauty and also understand that by gardening we are abetting nature, connecting to a lifeline of positivity and adding to the health of the planet. I think it all just got a lot more interesting.


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P H O T O G R A P H : E L S A YO U N G / F R A N K F E AT U R E S

SUPERB HOMES AND STYLISH GARDENS THE STORIES AND STYLE THAT MAKE THEM

ARTIST KURT PIO HAS CONVERTED THE DINING ROOM OF HIS CAPE TOWN APARTMENT INTO A BAR AREA THAT FEATURES ONE OF HIS STRIKING EMERALD PAINTINGS. ‘I DON’T COOK BUT I DO INVITE FRIENDS OVER FOR DRINKS,’ HE SAYS. ‘THE DARK JADE BLUE TIES IN NICELY WITH THE ARTWORK.’

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The Cape Town apartment of artist Kurt Pio is a high-octane rollic of sassy colour and statement graphics

EMERALD CITY

THE HARBOUR-FACING TERRACE OF KURT PIO’S CAPE TOWN HOME IS PERFECT FOR SUMMER SUNDOWNERS AND HE HAS MADE IT COMFORTABLE WITH BLACK-AND-WHITE CUSHIONS AND A MATCHING AWNING, GOLD STOOLS FROM CÉCILE & BOYD, AND DRIFTWOOD THAT HE HAS COLLECTED ON BEACH WALKS OPPOSITE PAGE KURT IN HIS STUDIO


T E X T: K E R R Y N F I S C H E R ; P H O T O G R A P H S : E L S A YO U N G / F R A N K F E AT U R E S ; P R O D U C T I O N : F R A N K F E AT U R E S

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urt, why did you set your heart on this space? I was looking for an apartment with a roof terrace or a rooftop garden, and the space attracted me because of its proximity to everything – I can walk to my studio, there are great bars and restaurants nearby, there’s even a bicycle lane right in front that takes me to the promenade in seven minutes. It ticked everything on my wish list: two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a bathtub, which was one of the most important things.

Did you tweak the layout at all? No, some minor carpentry changes aside, I’ve kept it exactly as it was when I moved in. Take us through the floor layout... Most of the living space in here is open plan. As you walk in there’s a stairwell to your left that takes you up to the rooftop garden terrace. To the right is the guest bedroom and bathroom. From the front door you walk straight into the dining room and kitchen and it opens onto the living area. Just beyond that, large concertina doors take you out onto the balcony which runs the full length of the apartment.

You’ve worked in a super intense colour palette – was that a knock-on effect from your work? It was pretty instinctual. My home reflects my work. I was inspired by a surfboard that I had painted malachite green two years ago – and it just stuck with me. As did the green of the large emeralds that I painted for another exhibition. The citrine yellow is something new. It’s an egg-yolk shade and is quite similar to that of the Veuve Clicquot champagne branding. Gold is also very prominent in my work. I’ve been making a series of abstract paintings that are either gold with emerald green or gold with pink; I love how the two DECEMBER 2017 HOUSEANDGARDEN.CO.ZA

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play up against one another. I also happened to make some surfboards two years ago for a show in Cape Town and they were gold-leafed. One of those surfboards remains in my home. Every time I do a series I generally keep back one painting and that’s always in my home. My mother hates the gold curtains in the main bedroom, but I love that it’s fun and easy going. I think I totally get away with it. You play with scale a lot. What was the process there? I think it’s just what I do. As with the gems, I love the idea of taking something that is small and enlarging it, because it becomes quite abstract. I also played with mirrors, which expand the space and brings light to darker areas. I often take the mirror from floor to ceiling, as you can see in my lounge area. Then there are smaller mirrors that are just scattered around the apartment. There’s also a very large Victorian one in the main bedroom. Art really is such a central force in your life, but it isn’t where you started. I studied interior design and loved it, going on to join a small architectural firm. I hated every minute of it; I lasted six months and had full depression. I moved back home and the only thing I could do, and felt like doing, was to paint. It was a kind of therapy. So I started to paint in my mom’s garage and slowly but surely one person commissioned me to do something, and then another. Since then, the highlight has definitely been my first solo show in America. Two hours into opening night the gallery owner came and whispered in my ear that I’d just sold out. What informs your creative process? I love to travel. It’s something that I’ve always done. And it definitely does help with my work. Sometimes it just helps me to get away, get a new perspective. It’s great to get the different visuals, to look at the window displays in New York, London or Tokyo and see the things that stick out for me. There’s synchronicity when I’m dabbling with something and then I see it repeatedly. I know this is definitely something I need to focus on and use in my work. 74

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IN THE DINING ROOM KURT HAS LAYERED A PAIR OF GOLD STARBURST MIRRORS ON EITHER SIDE OF HIS EMERALD PAINTING. THE BOX SEATING THAT HE HAD BUILT IN DOUBLES AS STORAGE. THE TWO WOODEN SENUFO STOOLS WERE GIVEN NEW LIFE WITH A COAT OF EMERALD-GREEN PAINT


‘I love the idea of taking something that is small and enlarging it, because it becomes quite abstract’ GILT PANELLED MIRRORS IN THE SPARE BEDROOM BOUNCE LIGHT. THE STRIKING BLACK AND GOLD PAINTING IS BY KURT, AS IS THE BLACK AND GOLD MOBILE. THE BEDSIDE TABLE IS CÉCILE & BOYD DESIGN OPPOSITE PAGE IN THE LIVING ROOM, A BLACK AND WHITE RUG FROM IKEA, GOLD STOOLS ARE FROM WEYLANDTS AND BOOKSHELVES THAT HAVE TRAVELLED WITH KURT FROM PREVIOUS HOMES HAVE BEEN GIVEN A FITTING LICK OF GREEN PAINT


How do you live in this space â&#x20AC;&#x201C; calm, private enclave or urban party pad? My home is deďŹ nitely a bit of both. I am a bit of a hermit, a recluse. I love to be alone, but I also enjoy socializing. I love having friends around. I got rid of my dining room table and I replaced that with two cafĂŠ tables, purely because I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like to cook. I never have friends round for dinner. The idea of having a kind of cafĂŠ or nightclub feel was more important. I can work here during the day and at night they turn into bar tables. So the home deďŹ nitely lends itself to socializing, it has great open-plan, indooroutdoor vibes. But at the same time I very much enjoy my own company. Where do you get your furniture from â&#x20AC;&#x201C; is it vintage, second-hand, or do you tend to go out and buy new pieces? I go through phases; as I evolve I also change my home. The initial idea was to have this as a lock-up-and-go but since I have 97 pot plants now, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s deďŹ nitely a degree of maintenance. But the furniture is a mixture of things, a little bit of old with new, vintage mixed with contemporary pieces. The cafĂŠ tables were bases that I chose and then had black marble tops custom made. Other pieces, like the set of shelves, have come with me from my last two homes, but theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve changed colour in each home. The massive antique chest of drawers thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in my bedroom has lived with me in three different homes. I love them. The drawers are heavy and hard to open and close, but I use them daily and I would never get rid of them. The French gilded chairs have also travelled with me for a while. They were maroon velvet, so I just updated them with painted canvas. There are some African pieces that have also changed. They also get a lick of paint to suit the new environment. My previous home was Victorian so when I moved into this home I had to get rid of most of my furniture except the real stand-out pieces, such as the chest of drawers and the French furniture. I had to start from scratch â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and that was pretty cool, having a clean slate that allowed me to play with the new pieces. What youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve created here is part chic Parisian cafe, part seductive New York

rooftop club. What are your rules for midsummer party alchemy? Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve purposefully set the kitchen up to look like a bar counter, with the copper mosaic and large mirrors creating the feeling of expanse. I love the idea of coloured glassware â&#x20AC;&#x201C; amber, green and gold â&#x20AC;&#x201C; for wine and cocktails, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a bit of fun. Lighting is really important and I like to change it up so that it feels different each time using ďŹ&#x201A;oor, wall and overhead lighting as well as smaller lights hidden on shelves. Adjust the amount of light based on how many people youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re entertaining. The dark wall and ceiling colour immediately gives it that nightclub

feeling. My apartment is so bright during the day that it can handle those darker tones. During the day it appears as a navy blue, at night itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dark green. Also, I have a serious love for indoor plants. They bring life into a space and I contrast their colour against the walls to create a more dramatic, layered effect. So, whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s next for you? Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m gearing up for my second solo show in America. There will be some paintings of diamonds, possibly champagne bottles, and some paintings of large-scale US dollars. Really, just playing with colour again.  kurtpio.co.za Q

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KURT KEPT THE KITCHEN CABINET FRAMES THE ORIGINAL CHERRY WOOD BUT HAD THE DOORS REPLACED WITH BLACK ONES FINISHED OFF WITH HORN AND BRASS HANDLES. THE SPLASHBACK IS A METALLIC MIRROR MOSAIC THAT BRILLIANTLY PICKS UP ON THE ORANGE WALL BEHIND IT

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FOR THE GHENT, NEW YORK, RETREAT OF ARTIST CORVOVA LEE AND MEDIA EXECUTIVE BOB GREENBERG, ARCHITECT TOSHIKO MORI CREATED FOUR DISCRETE STRUCTURES. THE MAIN PAVILION IS AT RIGHT, WITH THE EXERCISE AND COOKING PAVILIONS SHOWN AT LEFT

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IN CLEAR SIGHT ARCHITECT TOSHIKO MORI HELPS A TECH-SAVVY COUPLE BOLDLY REIMAGINE GLASS-HOUSE LIVING WITH A CLUSTER OF SLEEK STRUCTURES TEXT FRED A. BERNSTEIN PRODUCTION SAM COCHRAN STYLING MICHAEL REYNOLDS PHOTOGRAPHS THOMAS LOOF

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ABOVE BUDDHIST SCULPTURES ARE DISPLAYED ON CUSTOM-MADE SHELVING IN THE MASTER BEDROOM. THE CHAIRS ARE BY MAARTEN VAN SEVEREN FOR VITRA RIGHT AT DUSK, THE SETTING SUN CASTS A WARM GLOW ON THE GLASS EXPANSE

ouses need e it from Bob Greenberg, a media executive, and his wife, Corvova Lee, an artist. After purchasing a 97-hectare plot in New York’s Hudson Valley nine years ago, the Manhattan-based couple enlisted architect Toshiko Mori to not only design a weekend retreat but also act as their teacher. With Toshiko, a longtime Harvard professor, the pair studied some of the country’s best-known glass dwellings, among them Mies van der Rohe’s 1951 Farnsworth House, outside Chicago, and Philip Johnson’s 1949 Glass House in New Canaan, Connecticut. If these mid-century marvels offered an 82

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education in style, they also presented a few sobering lessons. ‘Too cold, too hot, foggedup glass, no ventilation,’ Bob says, rattling off some of the buildings’ disadvantages. ‘These homes were not very livable except in perfect weather.’ And so with Toshiko’s help, the couple set out to reinvent the glass house. That meant tackling practical problems as well as providing more space than either the Mies or Philip icons. But how to do all that while retaining the sleek aesthetic? Their solution was to create four small structures connected by concrete walkways – a kind of modernist Adirondack camp. With an open plan that contains a combined living/dining/

kitchen area plus the master bedroom, the main house is all Bob and Corvova need when they’re up for the weekend alone. (At 115 square metres, it’s roughly the same size as the Farnsworth House.) There’s also a cooking pavilion, where they can entertain large groups, and an exercise pavilion for yoga and Gyrotonics. Situated slightly apart from that clutch of buildings is the guesthouse, complete with two suites and a modest living room and kitchenette. Instead of cooling and heating a vast house that’s mostly unoccupied, the couple can use any of the four volumes (which total 372 square metres) as needed. ‘It’s an anti-McMansion statement,’ says Bob,


CLOCKWISE, FROM FAR LEFT THE COOKING PAVILION’S CONCRETE TERRACE, IN THE FOREGROUND, FEATURES AN OUTDOOR KITCHEN WITH A VIKING GRILL AS WELL AS A SUITE OF FURNITURE BY RICHARD SCHULTZ FOR KNOLL; THE MASTER BEDROOM; THE MASTER BEDROOM PAVILION LIT UP AT NIGHT

who realised just how little space he and his wife actually required when, during construction, they would occasionally sleep in an Airstream trailer on the grounds. Remembers Toshiko, ‘Bob and Corvova asked me to reduce the size of each building so the experiences could be more intimate. It’s about living in each moment and appreciating the specific space one occupies.’ To develop super-slim structural frameworks for the pavilions, Toshiko turned to Bill Baker, the engineer responsible for Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world. While the architect didn’t want Bill to hide any

‘IT’S ABOUT LIVING IN EACH MOMENT AND APPRECIATING THE SPECIFIC SPACE ONE OCCUPIES’ supports – ‘it’s important for people to see what’s doing what,’ Toshiko says – she did want them to recede. Bill came up with a network of columns that, at five centimetres wide by five centimetres deep, are even smaller than the home’s window mullions. ‘It’s very radical, with an amazingly delicate appearance,’ Toshiko says of the residence, which Bill refers to as a ‘one-story skyscraper’ on

account of all the innovation that went into it. ‘At this very human scale,’ he notes, ‘every detail matters.’ The materials palette was likewise tightly controlled, with splashes of white paint, polished-concrete floors, and aluminium accents, which Toshiko gave a MacBookstyle gleam. Wood, though nearly absent inside, is nonetheless ever-present on the grounds, where the homeowners added DECEMBER 2017 HOUSEANDGARDEN.CO.ZA

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ARRANGED BENEATH A BESPOKE LIGHT FIXTURE IN THE MAIN HOUSE ARE A JEAN PROUVÉ DINING TABLE AND MAARTEN VAN SEVEREN CHAIRS. THE CHINESE ART INCLUDES A LIMESTONE STELE FRAGMENT, A STANDING BUDDHA, A JADE CONG AND AN ASSORTMENT OF BI DISKS

OPPOSITE PAGE, FROM TOP THE MASTER BATH’S LACAVA TUB IS EQUIPPED WITH VOLA FITTINGS; WHITE CABINETRY AND A BACKSPLASH OF BACK-PAINTED GLASS LEND A SLEEK LOOK TO THE MAIN HOUSE’S KITCHEN

conifers, dogwood and winterberries with the help of landscape designers Edwina von Gal and Richard Herbert. (Each building is like a terrarium in reverse.) While Bob and Corvova love to experience nature on weekends, they both confess they would prefer to do so without having to change out of their city clothes. Those tend to be Comme des Garçons. Thirty years ago, the couple met when he was shopping in one of the brand’s stores and she was employed as a stylist for the Japanese label’s founder, Rei Kawakubo. When it came to furniture, the pair worked with Toshiko to choose the home’s small number of pieces. Black leather 84

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seating by Dieter Rams mingles with a Mies cocktail table, while moulded-plastic chairs by Maarten van Severen join a Jean Prouvé stainless-steel dining table. Confronting that sleekness is the couple’s trove of Chinese sculpture, much of it produced during the Northern Qi dynasty, from AD 550 to 577. ‘That was a very rich period culturally,’ explains Hudson, New Yorkbased antiquities dealer Tom Swope, who sold Bob and Corvova many of the works, which provide touches of historic patina. For Bob, however, the compound is all about the future. His firm, R/GA, an advertising agency that has expanded into digital marketing, helps companies use

internet technology to maximum effect. The goal was for the residence to be what he calls a ‘connected home,’ with lighting, security, heating/cooling, and other systems that could all be controlled from anywhere on the property – or, for that matter, anywhere in the world. Fine-tuning those systems took three years, recalls Corvova, admitting that what was for her husband a pursuit of passion sometimes felt like a neverending process. But not long ago Bob let a delivery truck through the front gate by touching his iPhone. ‘I was in Portugal, on a boat,’ he says triumphantly, adding, ‘The house works.’ Q


‘LYNGBY’ WHITE PORCELAIN VASE, R1 900, ANATOMY DESIGN

Exercise pavilion

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Cooking pavilion

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THE GETAWAY’S UNCONVENTIONAL FLOOR PLAN; THE PAVILIONS ARE CONNECTED BY CONCRETE WALKWAYS. ALTHOUGH THE PROPERTY IS DESIGNED FOR ENTERTAINING, THE MAIN PAVILION IS ALL BOB AND CORVOVA NEED WHEN THEY’RE AT THE RESIDENCE ALONE.

Guest pavilion

‘SIKU’ DINING TABLE, R19 995, WEYLANDTS

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handmade tale Art, antiques and custom furniture come together in the ultra-artisanal interiors of a home that celebrates the best in local craft TEXT DEBORAH RUDMAN PRODUCTION MARTIN JACOBS PHOTOGRAPHS ELSA YOUNG

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THE ENTRANCE HALL FEATURES A ROBERT HODGINS ARTWORK AND ANTIQUE RUGS FROM WEITSMAN CARPETS AND TURKEY

OPPOSITE PAGE A VIEW OF THE HOUSE, AS WELL AS ITS VERDANT SURROUNDS, FROM THE TOP ENTRANCE


uilding a house today is often a swiftly efficient process, with an outcome that is resolutely modern, with all the requisite features and fittings that proclaim ‘new’. It’s quite another thing to create a home that is elegantly timeless, like this one, situated at the nexus of the Western Cape suburbs of Bishopscourt, Wynberg and Alphen. It wouldn’t be a stretch to imagine that it’s been in existence for generations, quietly ageing gracefully as the decades pass. Its sense of longevity is partly attributable to the design elements that deliberately recall an earlier era. The owners, formerly resident in Johannesburg, had long dreamed of a Cape Town base that drew together elements of a Cape Dutch farmhouse and the Cape Georgian vernacular – both firmly rooted in previous centuries. The search for their dream house eventually brought them to a large property high above the Constantia Valley, densely covered in pine trees and allowing only tantalising glimpses of Constantiaberg beyond. Over the next two years, a major undertaking took place: first, the land had to be cleared – many of the pine trees were felled. Patrick Watson was the landscape architect chosen to tame and sculpt the grounds. To enhance the magnificence of the location, he and his colleague Iwan Roux planted some 450 new trees (including olives). They created a circular, allembracing sweep of landscaping, with the grounds edged by the few remaining pine trees and the mountains of Constantiaberg framing the scenic ‘amphitheatre’. The original vineyards of the property were retained, however, their grapes regularly consigned to neighbouring Klein Constantia. Water was to be a thematic feature: there’s a long stretch of swimming pool, and – especially loved by the owner – a reflecting pool, inspired by the famous version in the Alhambra in Spanish Granada. At dusk, she says, it particularly comes into its own, mirroring the sky and the fringes of trees.

b CLOCKWISE, FROM TOP LEFT HANGING LIGHTS IN THE KITCHEN ARE FROM THE FRENCH HOUSE IN LONDON; A PATH LEADING THROUGH THE PATRICK WATSON-DESIGNED, IWAN ROUX-LANDSCAPED GARDEN; THE DINING ROOM BOOKCASE IS LINED WITH INDIGO-DYED CLOTH FROM MALI; ROBERT HODGINS’ LITTLE MISS PRISS ARTWORK; THE SWIMMING POOL


‘I can’t overemphasise how important the contribution was of the craftspeople involved’

IN THE FRENCH-OAK FLOORED KITCHEN, THE ROUND TABLE AND CHAIRS ARE BY PIERRE CRONJE WHILE THE OVEN BEHIND THAT IS FROM ILVE


Next came the house itself. Cape Town architect Philip Briel was commissioned to help give effect to the coupleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ideas. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;He was alive to all the possibilities and sensitive to our vision,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; says the owner. The original design envisaged a single storey, but it evolved and now the main house is ďŹ&#x201A;anked by a traditional jongmans huis on one side and a private ofďŹ ce-bedroom suite on the other. The upper ďŹ&#x201A;oor houses the main en-suite bedrooms. Adding to the exterior architectural authenticity are gables and, delightfully, a tin roof. Extra-high ceilings, deep mouldings, interior shutters, and glass-paned interior doors are also undeniably Cape farmhouse-style. The sun room is both a restful, comfortable, family space and one of the best view sites in the house. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t overemphasise how important the contribution was of the craftspeople involved,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; says the owner. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The entire team brought passion and skill in equal measure.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Among others, she credits Andy de Klerk of Cabinetworks, in particular Jarvis Ball, who made eye-catching bookcases; and Guy Wood of Van Dijk Studio, who was responsible for the extensive brass work. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The old skills are slowly being lost,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; she notes. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m grateful that we could still have true artisans here.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; The homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s well-established air is also due, in part, to the thoughtful relocation of pieces from the coupleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Johannesburg home. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Even though theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been transplanted here, into a very different environment, it all works,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; she says. Art is everywhere, representing the cream of South African artists as well as international up-and-coming stars. Works by William Kentridge, Robert Hodgins and Walter Meyer mingle with heirloom and bespoke pieces. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;There is beauty in every corner of the Cape Peninsula,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; says the owner, gesturing towards the spectacular surrounds. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a privilege to live in this part of the world, in this house.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Andy de Klerk Cabinetworks 021 422 3830; Iwan Roux 082 570 7822; Philip Briel  philipbriel.com; Van Dijk Studios 021 557 4074 Q

CLOCKWISE, FROM TOP RIGHT THE TAPESTRY IN THE ENTRANCE HALL WAS DESIGNED BY CAROLINE CULLINAN AND WOVEN AT STEPHENS TAPESTRY STUDIO; A WORK BY WILLIAM KENTRIDGE HANGS ABOVE AN ANTIQUE CHINESE CHEST IN THE LIVING ROOM; EXTERIOR VIEW OF THE STUDY AND COURTYARD; THE DINING ROOM BOOKCASE WAS CONSTRUCTED AT ANDY DE KLERK CABINETWORKS

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beyond boundaries An award-winning garden in Robertson is lauded for the rehabilitation of one of the most threatened habitats on earth TEXT AND PHOTOGRAPHS HEIDI BERTISH

SIMPLICITY AND REPETITION ARE EFFECTIVE DESIGN ELEMENTS IN THIS ROBERTSON GARDEN, AND COMBINING THESE WITH SOFT FLOWING LINES AND CLEARLY DEFINED FORMS CREATE A SPACE THAT INTEGRATES SUCCESSFULLY WITH THE SURROUNDING RENOSTERVELD

OPPOSITE PAGE WATER SOFTENS THE GARDEN AND PROVIDES A SOOTHING RESPITE FROM THE HARSH MIDDAY SUN. LOW SLUNG ARCHITECTURAL WATER RILLS ARE A RESPONSIBLE WAY TO ADD WATER AS IT IS CONTINUALLY RECIRCULATING

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IN BRIEF

SIZE Approximately 1 hectare with 8000 square metres of new planting SOIL TYPE Disturbed Renosterveld replenished with local compost and specialised plant species X FACTOR A designer garden that morphs into the surrounding landscape primarily using wild Renosterveld plants


PATHWAYS THROUGH THE GARDEN WERE KEPT TO A MINIMUM AND DESIGNED TO HUG THE LANDSCAPING RATHER THAN BISECT IT. THE OWNERS AVOIDED USING HARD PAVING FOR THE PATHWAYS, PREFERRING THE COMPACTED RED CLAY OF LATERITE SURFACES LINED WITH MATURE ACACIA SIEBERIANA TREES

OPPOSITE PAGE A PLANT SELECTION OF GRASSES AND INDIGENOUS SPECIES INTEGRATES THE HOUSE AND GARDEN WITH THE SURROUNDING LANDSCAPE

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uring summer, in the evenings, the kudus get so close to the house you can hear them munching on the Acacia tree pods in the garden,’ say the homeowners of their Robertson garden – so tucked away one would be hard-pressed to know it even existed. The vegetation of the area, traditionally called Renosterveld, is one of the most threatened habitats on earth and known for its extraordinary diversity of bulbs which bring a glistening profusion of colour to the Klein Karoo landscape

in spring. The name is derived from the Afrikaans word renoster, meaning rhinoceros, which is thought to refer to either the black rhino that roamed the area in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries or the predominately silver-grey colour of the vegetation similar to that of rhino hide. Previously a game farm with no dwellings, the land was completely uninhabited save for sporadic grazing buck and wildebeest. The homeowners chose


Designer Profile Danie Steenkamp, of DDS Projects, designed a garden that skilfully disappears into the surrounding mountains.

Danie completed his studies in Landscaping and Town Planning, and a post-graduate degree in Sustainable Development Planning, at the University of Stellenbosch. He established DDS Projects in 2011, now based at the Groot Drakenstein Handelshuis, alongside his nursery

specialising in droughttolerant planting, just outside of Franschhoek. Danie designs and implements gardens for an enviable list of clients. He feels working on this garden, for which he was awarded ‘Best Environmental Landscape Work’ by the South African Landscaping Institute, resonated with his deep affinity for the Klein Karoo veld in which he grew up. ‘For as long as I can remember I’ve been interested in natural systems and the idea of creating environments. I find the way we relate to our surrounds fascinating, and it excites me to create interesting landscapes which speak to the environmental or cultural context in which they are found.’

the farm because of its spectacular natural beauty – the vegetation, water, game and breathtaking views of the surrounding Langeberg Mountains. Conservationists by nature, the only change the couple made to the fauna was to safely relocate the black wildebeest. ‘They have a tendency to become aggressive,’ says the homeowner, who enjoys jogging on the property. ‘I’m fast, although I’m not sure I could outrun a wildebeest if he was up for the chase,’ she laughs, ‘but the DECEMBER 2017 HOUSEANDGARDEN.CO.ZA

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‘When the wind moves through the grass, the movement patterns in the garden are the same as in the veld. It creates a beautiful synchronicity between the two spaces’

BOLD, ORGANIC-SHAPED BEDS HAVE BEEN PLANTED WITH A SWEEPING MATRIX OF ARISTIDA AND INDIGENOUS GRASSES SUCH AS MELINIS AND THEMEDA, AND THEN INTERSPERSED WITH WILD, INDIGENOUS BULBS COMMON TO THE RENOSTERVELD HABITAT. THE RESULT IS A GARDEN THAT SKILFULLY DISAPPEARS INTO THE SURROUNDING LANGEBERG MOUNTAINS

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Design Intel Danie’s top five design considerations to get the look.

Be bold in your design Create visual interest and structure to a relatively flat site by carving architecturally shaped planting beds A limited plant palette creates drama in the landscape and leads the eye away from imperfections The texture and movement of grasses in a garden downplays the transition from domestic garden to wider landscape and makes the garden feel more expansive Use the surrounding landscape and naturally occurring plants as the starting point

WATER IS RETICULATED THROUGHOUT THE GARDEN IN RILLS, ADDING MUCH ENJOYMENT FOR THE RESIDENT BIRD LIFE. THE ADDICTIVELY FRESH FRAGRANCE OF NATURALLY OCCURRING HELICHRYSUM AND PELARGONIUM SPECIES FRINGE THE WALKWAYS AROUND THE HOUSE

OPPOSITE PAGE FOR THE OWNERS, THE PIÈCE DE RÉSISTANCE ARE THE LARGE ACACIA, DOMBEYA ROTUNDIFOLIA AND ERYTHRINA LYSISTEMON TREES THAT WERE PLANTED – HERE THE SEDUCTIVELY GREEN STEMS OF INDIGENOUS ACACIA XANTHOPHLOEA LINE THE ENTRANCE TO THE HOME


rooihartebees, springbok, zebra, eland and kudu remain â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve built a dam to provide year-round drinking water for them.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Under the experienced guidance of designer/landscaper Danie Steenkamp, the garden became a project informed by similar conservationist attitudes â&#x20AC;&#x201C; with the focus on rehabilitating the surrounding Renosterveld disturbed whilst building the home. Environmental and planting specialists were consulted and great lengths taken to source plants typical to the area, with the primary objective to restore the vegetation and reinstate functioning ecosystems. To increase the diversity of planting, seed was procured from small, independent producers specialising in endemic vegetation such as Rosenia oppositifolia, Dicerothamnus rhinocertis â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Renosterbosâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and Ruschia species. The unique plant palette positively impacted on the design of the garden as well as the mandate to integrate house and garden with the surrounding landscape.

Danie designed large planting beds of naturally occurring indigenous grasses such as aristida, themedia (rooigras) and melinis species. The grasses were used as a protective web into which indigenous bulbs such as Ornithogalum sp., Boophone disticha â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Veld Fanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and Drimia capensis â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Branduiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; were planted, as well as a natural carpet in which to seed and reinstate the original natural Renosterveld over time. The result is a composition of simple, bold shapes and forms. Visually strong, yet with a ďŹ&#x201A;uidity that allows one to experience the magnitude of the landscape without interruption. For the owners, the garden allows for the experience of nature, slightly tamed and reďŹ ned, but retaining all the essential elements of a natural African landscape. The sounds of the birds and animals, the smell of the Acacia trees, the rustle of wild grasses in the early evening breeze and a peace that comes from knowing the surrounding vegetation is protected for years to come. Danie Steenkamp  ddsprojects.co.za Q

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THE MAINE Architect Gil Schafer explains a renovation that achieves the

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ATTRACTION how childhood memories informed balance between then and now

TEXT GIL SCHAFER PHOTOGRAPHS SIMON UPTON CAPITALISING ON THE NATURAL LIGHT IN THE GREAT ROOM OF HIS HOME IN MAINE, USA, ARCHITECT GIL SCHAFER CREATED TWO SITTING AREAS. THE NEUTRAL-HUED BACKGROUND INCLUDES JUTE RUGS AND SOFAS DESIGNED BY HIM

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THE DINING AREA, IN A CORNER OF THE GREAT ROOM, REFLECTS GILâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S DELIBERATE MIXING OF WOODS. SLIDING GLASS DOORS LEAD OUT TO THE WRAPAROUND DECKED TERRACE

OPPOSITE PAGE, CLOCKWISE, FROM TOP LEFT THE LIBRARY; THE HALL; SIMPLE WHITE-OAK PLYWOOD PANELLING IN THE LIBRARY; TRADITIONAL AND MODERN WOODEN FURNITURE SITS IN HARMONY IN THE GREAT ROOM


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am a gic to both lobster and blueberries. But the peripatetic childhood I enjoyed allowed me to spend time in that coastal place, and although my memories of that time are vague and impressionistic, they are highly sensory. As an adult, I felt the draw to explore the area in greater depth and started renting houses on the Blue Hill peninsula during the summer. I embraced the remoteness there – the disconnectedness from modern life. But it was an oddly ugly house, just a few feet from the water’s edge with a view across the bay, that really got its hooks into me. It was for sale and I was weak. The early-Nineties, chalet-style house had, as the saying goes, ‘issues’. On the plus side was a nine by nine square metre great room with a double-height, peaked ceiling looking out at the view. Unfortunately, the floors, beams and ceilings throughout the house were stained a vibrant, disagreeable orange. Small windows cut off your view of the horizon and made the rooms feel shabby and claustrophobic. The upstairs was a mostly windowless attic. Yet, for me, the utter absence of architecture was a positive. If I had bought a classic nineteenth-century Maine clapboard or shingle house to restore, it would have become a nest of woes and a money pit. My orange chalet, by contrast, was mute: a featureless box that I could tailor to my needs and vision relatively easily without having to make much of a statement of any sort. The greatest head-scratcher – how to lay out the great room – was one I finally 104

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solved using interior decoration as much as architecture. I began drawing various furniture plans, finally arriving at a yin-and-yang arrangement, with two back-to-back sitting areas: one facing the water, the other orientated toward the fireplace and a TV. The kitchen, once stuck in a corner, was reorganized to run lengthways opposite the sitting areas. A long floating island would serve as the informal dividing line between the room’s two sides. This improved the whole space, connecting everything in the room visually and otherwise with the entirety of the house, and giving it a relaxed air. I knew I would need to find a balance between modernity and tradition. The structure’s barn-like simplicity felt contemporary, yet the heavy timber beams and trusses, the gabled ends and the clapboard siding all suggested a vernacular barn building. In the end, I needed to find a way to articulate an interior that had the airiness and simplicity of a modern building but also connected with memory in a similar way to my other work. Ultimately, I introduced certain elements, such as the horizontal and vertical wood-plank walls and the wrought-iron thumb-latch handles and strap hinges on the plank doors, which reached back to rural history. I balanced them with modern elements like the bent-edge hardware on the kitchen cabinetry and the oak plywood panelling and slate mantel for the library. My hope is that the house belongs unmistakably to the present yet retains a connection to traditional Maine architecture that is neither old-fashioned nor gimmicky. Throughout the house, you will find a smattering of vintage midcentury modern furniture, mostly Scandinavian. There is a strong tradition of Modernism throughout New England (I had actually looked at a residence by Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius). I then filled in around them with other antiques and custom pieces. In the end, the key was not to be too slavish to any one period.

‘I knew I would need to find a balance between modernity and tradition’ Personally and professionally, my Maine house hassled me down a new road. But something happened in the course of getting the place in shape that still resonates. When the contractor was digging a well for the house, the rig seemed to grind away for hours. After going down about 152 metres, they hit water, but were only coming up with four litres or so a minute. Nonetheless, the crew chief advised that we stop. ‘If we keep going, we’ll hit saltwater, and then the whole well will be contaminated,’ he said. ‘Right now we have clear, pure water – it’s not a lot, but if you go too far, you’ll lose it all.’ Experienced architects and designers push the envelope all the time, yet have an innate sense of when they’ve gone just far enough. Practicing classical architecture for 30 years taught me when and how to bend and break the rules, and creating this house has led me further still toward the nexus between history and modernity and the ways in which that might be achieved. I have no idea what awaits on the next stretch of my creative journey. But I plan to keep digging for the pure stuff. Q


THE WHITE-OAK PLYWOOD PANELLING WITH BUILT-IN SHELVING IN THE LIBRARY CONTRASTS WITH THE WHITE BEAMED CEILING. THE GREY SEATING, INCLUDING A PAIR OF DANISH ARMCHAIRS, IS BRIGHTENED WITH PATTERNED CUSHIONS. THE PAINTING IS CUBAN


CLOCKWISE, FROM FAR LEFT THE HOUSE SITS ON THE EDGE OF BLUE HILL BAY IN MAINE; A GUEST ROOM’S WALLS AND CEILING ARE COVERED IN PENNY MORRISON ‘ASHOK’ LINEN; THE HOUSE IS LOCATED ON THE WATER; THE SEATING AREA IN A GUEST ROOM

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C LO C KW I S E , F R O M TO P L E F T SIX THATCHED VILLAS GENTLY HOVER OVER THE FOREST CANOPY; EMERALD-GREEN ACCENTS IN A BEDROOM IS REMINISCENT OF THE SURROUNDS; EACH LUXURY VILLA HAS ITS OWN PRIVATE DECK; THE VIEW ACROSS THE VALLEY TOWARDS MOUNT BISOKE

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for over 18 years until her murder in 1985 (an act reportedly linked to her conservation efforts in the area). â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The overall concept for Bisate Lodge is based on the principle that purpose is the new luxury,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; says company COO Grant Woodrow. The purpose here being not only conservation but also the championing of Rwandan culture. To this end, the lodgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s architecture and interiors exalt local building traditions in a sophisticated way. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;This was an opportunity to tease out a contemporary architectural response to rather inchoate stimuli of

a primordial volcanic landscape,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; says architect Nick Plewman. Inspired by the land and its people, the structures of the six luxury forest villas echo the rounded silhouettes of the countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s many foothills; its thatched roofs a nod to the architecture of the Rwandan royal palace. Inside, sumptuous interiors by lead designers Artichoke and local fashion entrepreneur Teta Isibo of Inzuki Designs reinforces this connection through the use of colourful local textiles and motifs, the application of the time-worn decorating technique imigongo and use of volcanic stone and ďŹ&#x201A;amed granite. A vibrant fusion of traditional craftsmanship and modern design sensibilities. But the purpose is more than just offering grand accommodation. The project aims to reforest about 27 hectares (previously laid bare due to agricultural activities) in the Albertine Rift area. Also on the agenda is recolonising many indigenous fauna, including 12 endemic bird species, some of the 120 butterďŹ&#x201A;y species found nearby, and the great mountain gorilla of which only 880 remain today. Attention to the latterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plight is driven through immaculate gorilla treks at Volcanoes National Park. Reclining softly on a private deck with birds ďŹ&#x201A;icking from branch to branch and a vista of the Virunga volcanoes in the distance, it seems indeed that here the old adage is true: wise men do build their homes on a rock. And they protect it ďŹ ercely.  wilderness-safaris.com


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CRAYFISH RITZ SERVES 8

For basic mayonnaise 1 egg 2T lemon juice 1t garlic, grated or finely chopped 1t Dijon mustard 1 cup sunflower oil sea salt, to taste For crayfish 5 live crayfish 400g shrimps, cooked, peeled and deveined 1 ⁄2 cup basic mayonnaise 1 ⁄4 cup tomato sauce juice of 2 limes 100g spring onion 3 ripe avocados, chopped (optional) fresh limes, to serve Maldon salt, to serve gold flecks (optional) SHAVED BEET SALAD WITH BROAD BEANS AND WATERCRESS

For the mayonnaise 1. Place all the ingredients

except for the oil in a food processor. Blend until combined then, with the motor running, slowly add the oil, one drop at a time, until the mayonnaise starts to thicken. Season and set aside.

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For the salad 6 medium chioggia beetroots 6 golden beetroots 250g broad beans, podded 1 ⁄2 red onion, finely sliced 150g watercress 114

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200g baby spinach For the lemon vinaigrette 1 ⁄2 cup extra-virgin olive oil 1 ⁄4 cup fresh lemon juice 1t Dijon mustard sea salt and freshly ground black pepper 1t honey 1. To make the vinaigrette, whisk together all the ingredients until emulsified.

Set aside. 2. Using a mandolin peeler on its finest setting, shave the beetroots very thinly. In a large mixing bowl, toss beets in the vinaigrette to ‘cure’. Set aside. 3. Bring a pot of salted water to the boil and add the broad beans. Blanch for 2 minutes, strain and refresh in iced water. Pop the ‘beans’ out of the membrane and set aside. In a large salad bowl toss all ingredients together and serve.

cook crayfish is to first place them in the freezer, which slowly puts them to sleep. Bring a large pot of heavily salted water to the boil (sea water is best, but of course this is not always practical) and add the crayfish. Cook until crimson, about 5 minutes. Remove from the pot and place in iced water to stop the cooking process. When cool enough to handle, cut each crayfish in half, remove the vein and carefully remove the flesh and chop into chunks. Set aside to cool. 2. In a large bowl, mix together the cooked shrimps, crayfish, mayonnaise, tomato sauce, spring onion,

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avocado (if using) and lime juice. To serve: Fill each crayfish half with the crayfish mix. Mix together the Maldon salt and gold flecks and place in salt dishes on the table. Serve with fresh limes.

PRIME RIB ROAST SERVES 4 TO 6

For the rib 1 standing rib roast (prime rib), (1.3 to 5.4kg)

sea salt and freshly ground black pepper For the roast cauliflower 1 head cauliflower 3 to 4T butter 3 ⁄4 cup breadcrumbs (preferably sourdough) 2t chopped parsley or thyme 3T roughly chopped toasted nuts of your choice (walnuts or almonds) sea salt and pepper For the rib 1. Preheat oven to 70°C.

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MENU cooking, heat the butter in a non-stick frying pan and fry the breadcrumbs until golden. Add the parsley and nuts, frying for another minute. Season with sea salt and pepper, to taste. 3. Serve cauliflower sprinkled with warmed nut crumble.

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Season roast generously with salt and pepper. Place roast on a rack set in a large roasting pan, or on a wire rack set in a rimmed baking sheet. Place in oven and cook until centre of roast registers 49 to 52°C on an instant-read thermometer for rare, 54°C for medium-rare, or 57°C for medium to mediumwell. In a very low oven such as this, it will take around 5.5 to 6.5 hours. 2. Remove roast from oven and tent loosely with foil. Rest for at least 30 minutes and up to 1.5 hours. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 260°C. (Start the roast cauliflower at this stage; recipe follows). 3. Ten

1. To make the sugar syrup, bring 3 cups water and 3 cups sugar to the boil, reduce heat and simmer for 3 minutes. Remove from heat and chill. 2. Using a cocktail shaker, add all the ingredients except for the soda water. Shake vigorously for about a minute. Pour through a strainer into 2 coupe glasses. 3. Top with soda and a twirl of lemon peel. Q

minutes before serving, remove foil, place roast back in hot oven, and cook until well browned and crisp on the exterior, 6 to 10 minutes. For the roast cauliflower 1. In a large pot, steam the

whole head of cauliflower in about 2.5cm of water, or to the top of the stalk just below the florets, covered, 8 to 10 minutes. 2. Drizzle over a generous amount of olive oil and season. Place in a very hot oven, about 260°C, for 45 minutes until the edges of the florets begin to blacken and char. While the cauliflower is

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Look after your relationships. My current role entails working with members of the design and lifestyle press and getting the products â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and the stories behind them â&#x20AC;&#x201C; out there. Whenever we launch something new or have an in-store activation there are always key people I know that I can rely on. In life relationships make or break you.

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