By Design | Issue 3

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Schanè Anderson (second from left), CEO & Creative Director of OLALA INTERIORS accepting the prestigeous awards.


Best Interior Design Private Residence Africa


estigeous awards.

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Curating Luxury Living Meet the Design Team with the philosophy of curating approachable, elegant spaces with easy & luxuriously contented living areas. “We know the importance of authenticity & treat every project uniquely to develop its own personality & signature.� With a collaborative approach to clients, the Design Team delivers a fabulous experience on every project. Numerous travel opportunities enables the Design Team to bring home the very best of international design concepts.




Navigate through the OLALA INTERIORS retail showroom and meet the team that makes magic happen.




Schanè Anderson walks us through this dream home adorned with blue hues & velvets.

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A stylishly modern, minimalist home, Debbie Steinhobel takes us for a tour through this fabulous home.

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Rugs are becoming a musthave design essential rather t h a n a s i m p l e n e ce s s i t y, choose your favourite. OLALA INTERIORS

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ISSUE #03 EDITOR Stephanie du Preez Email:

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think you will agree that the two homes featured in this issue have that definite wow factor. A house, fabulous or not, is not simply bricks and mortar - it’s the finishing touches, the design details — the art, the accessories, the textures and colours, the fittings, the fixtures - that truly make a house a home. Schanè Anderson drove the design on a dream home, infused with soft blues, in the ever gorgeous Zimbali Coastal Estate, where family and friends can be entertained in elegant style, while Debbie Steinhobel created and delivered the design on a home that makes extraordinary use of colour, light, and textiles (page 58). Situated in Simbithi Eco Estate, this strikingly contemporary, minimalistic home is a haven of cool with generous indoor-outdoor space. Although each of the homes featured in this issue are distinctly different, all illustrate a common truth: interior designers are interpreters—artists of space who take a vision and make it come to life. The artistry of collecting and assembling objects and materials is masterfully demonstrated in the OLALA INTERIORS retail showroom. Krystel-lee Terblanche takes us on a tour of this fabulous space and gives us a taste of the inner workings and enthusiastic energy of the team that makes it all work. We’ve also included a roundup of chic and elegant rugs. A must have design essential, they are soft underfoot with the ability to anchor and finish off a space, Michael Anderson gives us the lowdown on rugs in all their current and on-trend colours, styles and textures (page 24). OLALA INTERIORS scooped yet another International Property Award in the category Interior Design - Private Residence, cementing the company’s international acclaim. And hot on the heels of this award, OLALA Interiors has been shortlisted for none other than three categories in the upcoming International Design & Architecture Awards. Currently in its 10th anniversary year, these awards showcase the best global designs that are as innovative as they are diverse both culturally and geographically. Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony to take place in central London on Friday 20 September 2019. Follow the links on page 10 & 11 to vote for us!

And last but not least, we chatted to OLALA INTERIORS hands on Factory Manager, Riaan Grobbelaar, who shared some insight into the world of custom, bespoke furniture design and manufacture. We hope you find the inspiration for the rooms and spaces in your life— go beyond your routine and let your imagination soar...


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GORGEOUSLY BEAUTIFUL Bishopscourt An explosion of patterns & textures - Take a glimpse of a work in progress in Cape Town...


ANOTHER AWARD CLINCHED - TIME TO CELEBRATE OLALA INTERIORS received the 2019/2020 International Property Award in London for Interior Design - Private Residence. A great evening all round with Schanè Anderson, Debbie Steinhobel, Louise Niemand, Ockert Dixon & Svend Littauer. // 08



BAIE MOOOI HERACLEUM THE BIG O by Bertjan Pot & Marcel Wanders The Heracleum lamp is a force of nature! Just like the plant that inspired it, the lamp is expanding, transforming and growing new leaves to crown this exciting new design season. Chat to one of our Designers about incorporating this wonder into YOUR interior design


Abstract art on your walls. Low sheen, textured vinyl wallpaper. INQUIRE IN STORE STAYING INSPIRED Schanè & Debbie visited Basel, Switzerland and fell in love exploring this creative, vibrant city. They visited, amongst others, Basel Art, Miami Design and VitraHaus - the birthplace of the famous Eames Chair what exceptional craftsmanship! OLALA INTERIORS

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A VISUAL FEAST Situated in one of KwaZulu Natal’s premier shopping locations, OLALA INTERIORS retail showroom is a customized, luxury experience - take a visit with us as we navigate this magical space. // 12


ith a purposefully high staff to customer ratio, and an experienced, uniquely skilled team to boot, the personal shopping experience at OLALA INTERIORS showroom is taken to another level, particularly for customers that prefer one-to-one service.

// Sandy Davies Shop sales assistant (Weekends);

Quintin Van Zyl Shop Sales Consultant; Doreen Hind Shop sales consultant; Precious Shop sales assistant; Armin Bezuidenhout Shop sales assistant; Sue Boulle Shop sales assistant; Lyn Christie Shop sales assistant; Krystel-lee Terblanche Showroom Manager

The showroom team is made up of a complimentary mix of personalities and energy. Each employee has been specifically recruited in order to give OLALA INTERIORS clients the absolute attention to detail their needs require. We chatted to Krystel-lee Terblanche, newly appointed Showroom Manager, who offered some insight into the successful running of the retail side of OLALA INTERIORS. OLALA INTERIORS

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“We take pride in our store providing a sophisticated, elegant & energetic environment for our customers.�

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WHO DECIDES WHAT PRODUCTS GO IN THE SHOWROOM? A collaboration between the owners Debbie Steinhobel and Schanè Anderson combine the latest trends providing a wide product selection that customers can choose from. WHERE DO THE PRODUCTS COME FROM? Both locally and internationally. We have a set of local national suppliers as well as international suppliers sourcing products from the UK, the USA and Milan, Italy. We go out of our way to source the best local products to the most exclusive range of high end international products, appealing to every customer and budget. WHO DECIDES HOW THEY ARE PLACED IN THE SHOWROOM? Myself and the showroom team ensure that stock ordered is strategically placed in the showroom providing synergy and a pleasant shopping experience. Thus, appealing to our shoppers’ senses i.e.: Touch, Taste, Smell, Sight and Sound. Customers should be able to find complete ranges grouped together and settings styled in such a way which makes gaining access to stock effortless and comfortable. Through the merchandising customers can then take advantage of the harmonised space while taking their time and enjoying our store.

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2 5 // 1. TEAMWORK Precious & Sue

merchandising kitchenware on our Cedar topped French Oak Dining Table 2. HEAVENLY HEADBOARD detail display showing what we are able to manufacture 3. CERAMIC MONKEY holding artichokes – one of our most popular décor accessories 4. BLACK & WHITE Contemporary

Setting – a firm favourite setting amongst our clients 5. ADJUST & PERFECT Doreen assisting at Candles & Bath 6. WE LOVE VELVET! Front Setting with Velvet Scatters in its many shades 7. FRONT WINDOW SETTING showing the mix of contemporary design with organic teak wood & glass



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WHAT PRODUCTS CAN CUSTOMERS EXPECT TO FIND IN STORE? We stock a wide variety of furniture and home-ware products such as candles, diffusers and bathroom accessories. Standing, table and hanging lights. Crockery and kitchen ware from crystal glasses, scatter cushions to throws. We also have custom-made sofas, dining tables, exclusive imported once off feature furniture pieces, cabinetry and more. KEY BRANDS STOCKED? Clients can expect to find the following brands in store: * Voluspa (USA) * Charlotte Rhys (Local) * African Collection (Local) * Woodwick * Moooi (Dutch) * Le Creuset * Carrol Boyes

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We typically supply hospitality grade, premium 100% Cotton Percale linen, which we can then also have embroidered with clients initials. We also supply feather/goose down inners for luxurious downtime. Le Creuset, Carrol Boyes and Crystal for the kitchen and Charlotte Rhys for bathrooms. We manufacture a substantial amount of the furniture and cabinetry locally, with a few items being imported. We are agents for most brands like Klight, Spazio and Chair Crazy.


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WHAT SERVICE DOES THE TEAM OFFER CLIENTS? Our professional team deals with clients best by first engaging and assessing the customers needs. The team can then offer solutions to satisfy our customers with their required purchase or by setting a follow up appointment for our interior services or bespoke design. The showroom team is well equipped with the knowledge of design and dĂŠcor principals to be able to assist clients with informed decisions about their purchase as well as gaining advice on how to harmonize and balance their living space. We always strive to deliver the most informed information to our client to create an opportunity for repeat business.

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CURRENT CUSTOMER FAVORITE PRODUCTS? We are noticing a trend in solid brass, high-detail contemporary design table bases with an organic mix of wood. “Glamour and luxury mixed with organic material finish.” Velvets are currently the number one choice followed by sustainable eco-friendly fabrics and woods for longer lasting durability and functionality. These types of products and pieces are trending on a larger scale which our customer seems to enjoy. PLANS FOR AN ONLINE STORE? Definitely, plans for an on-line store are brewing. Customers should be excited about what we have in store for them!

Each order is designed by either the customer or by our OLALA INTERIORS design team, using state of the art software technology. There is no limitation on imagination!” Krystel-lee Terblanche


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CUSTOM/BESPOKE ASPECT OF THE SERVICE OR PRODUCT? We provide customized product and services in accordance with our customers specifications and taste. Our product, brand and service are unique as it speaks to something more than our customers needs. OLALA INTERIORS are able to provide our customers with the option anything from headboards, dining chairs, solid brass dining table bases to walnut, oak or cedar-wood solid tops, in whichever colour stain of their choice. We are able to custom design and manufacture bedside pedestals, dining and coffee tables, ottomans, chaise’s, barstools, dining chairs, headboards, sofas and occasional chairs and full cabinetry. Customers have the opportunity to walk into our store with any idea and have our sales staff transform their concept into a full bespoke feature for their home. We make products from scratch or sketch and specific to a customer’s order. We keep customers informed all the way through the process, from the concept to completion.

Each order is different and personalized to the client’s requests allowing every customer to invest in something completely exclusive from our store to their home. Each bespoke order is designed by our OLALA INTERIORS design team using state of the art software technology and of course no limitation on imagination is spared. We are excited to offer this exclusive service and we enjoy getting ourselves involved with existing and new bespoke pieces. Offering our flexibility and pushing our boundaries with design and customer excitement. There is no limit to what bespoke products we can produce, the only limitation would be imagination and practicality of course. Ideas can theoretically go straight into production especially since we have it all in house and access to equipment and machinery in our factory. So please pop into our amazing store and come see what we have to offer. #OlalaRetail

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I always begin a room with the rug; it is literally the foundation of the space. I then go on to the furniture.� Lee Radziwill

ACACIA RUG: Allow this rug to take centre stage in any room. Free-form, contemporary design. [240x340] R38,962.00 //

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BLOCK PARTY - OCEAN: Modern geometric design in calming ocean inspired colours for // both indoor & outdoor use. From R3,745.00


RUGGED Affordable, stylish and optimised for every room in the home. Pinpoint your style and get your interior spaces perfectly anchored.


oldly patterned or sublimely mono-chromed, rugs have the ability to draw a room together, create boundaries and to establish an overall balanced look.

Rugs and carpets are becoming a must-have design essential rather than a simple necessity, with muted shades making subtle statements, along with artisanal carpet trends. A great rug can magically transform a room—but its potential doesn’t stop at the floor. From the dining room to the bedroom to the bathroom, use rugs creatively and get inspired to beautify your interiors. Whether you use them on floors, walls or draped over furniture, textures play an important role - soft like silk or hard like sisal? Shiny or matte, cut pile or looped - the options are endless. The pricing of rugs is very much dependent on the fibres and methods used to manufacture. You literally get what you pay for. Machine made rugs are always made with man-

made and sometimes even recycled man-made fibres and are generally affordable with pricing starting anywhere from R550 per square meter. Handwoven rugs traditionally use natural fibres such as wool and cotton mixes, which come at a raised premium and start at around R3,800 per square meter.. Hand-tufted is time intensive and is generally priced dependent on the amount of colours used and the intricacy of pattern and design. The most expensive is the handknotted rugs, the majority of contemporary designs which come from the India / Nepal regions. Pricing starts from about R7,800 per square meter ranging up to R22,000 per square meter for beautifully intricate designs with high knot counts and high silk content. And when it comes to outdoor carpet trends, be more exploratory than a novice and challenge yourself with a seriously bold and decadent colour, much like the ochre rug featured to the left. Washable, durable and undeniably stylish, these outdoor rugs will dress floors both inside and out. Here Michael Anderson from our Cape Town office gives us a few of those endless options to consider... OLALA INTERIORS

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PICASSO - SPLASH: The design of

// this exquisite rug features a design reminiscent of Picasso. From R4,470.00



// intriguing design that bounces light in all directions. From R4,470.00

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SCREED - MUSHROOM: At the cutting edge of décor design. From R4,470.00 EXPRESSIONIST - BLUESTONE: A moody & artistic design, very sophisticated and contemporary. From R4,470.00




// contemporary rugs are the perfect

ERODE - POLAR: Emulating a weathered effect, this rug will turn a mediocre room into a beacon of style and elegance. From R6,050.00 MELROSE - BLACK: These cool, addition to floors. Geometric patterns are very in right now. From R4,105.00



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WOOL & SILK RUG: Define your living area elegantly and luxuriously. The combination of wool and silk create a delicate texture and lustrous sheen, while the soft palette // adds exceptional beauty. From R90,068.00


AKINA RUG: Featuring an eye-catching, oversized floral print, use this rug to brighten up a room. [240x340] R30,992.50





// Abstractly modern with a touch of colour.

MURANO RUG: Anchor your chosen interior.


// of colours with extraordinary shade placement,

[240x340] R31,523.80

PARADISE - MIDNIGHT: The oversized leaf motifs set a relaxing & inviting interior. For both indoor & outdoor use. From R3,745.00 SPLASH RUG: A perfectly choreographed dance distributed in a precise, yet whimsical way, creating a truly transitional presentation. From R107,999.00


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A dream home where family and friends can be entertained, infused with blues.


lue is the colour of the sky and sea. It is often associated with depth and stability. It symbolizes trust, loyalty, wisdom, confidence, intelligence, faith, truth, and heaven. And who doesn’t want a bit of heaven in their home? Owned by an astute businessman and commercial property developer, this family home situated in Zimbali Coastal Estate, was the culmination of his vision and identity. The OLALA INTERIORS team collaborated with the sole aim of bringing his wishes to life. And to life they came!

With the walnut and marble clad stairs welcoming you into the home, the Raimond Puts Pendants allow you to peek into the universe even on cloudy nights. Designed by a mathematics professor, the Raimond is a sphere created from a series of triangular shapes. The intricate spheres of Raimond transport the electrical current. The LED terminals then join these paths to create an atmospheric ambiance. The transparent lenses are specially detailed to spread warm white light in every direction. Functional may as well be beautiful.

// DINING ROOM Solid timber dining table surrounded by classic dining chairs upholstered in fabric ROMO Black Orosi

French Blue with grey-wash on beech legs. Sumptuous velvet hexagons on a metallic effect are displayed in a palette of rich jewel-like tones. The Itek Fully Blue rug finishes off the space. OLALA INTERIORS

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// INFORMAL LOUNGE An open line of sight from the kitchen to the living

room makes for a free holiday atmosphere. Still on point with the soft French blues in the lounge, complimented by lovely tactile velvets and woods (all sourced from sustainable and renewable forests).


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The main living area or formal lounge is lit by two vast hammered bronze candle holders. Focussing on sustainability, Schanè chose wallpaper with water-based colours, organic coatings and recycled fibre. The wallpaper used on the columns is by Omexco, who specialize in sophisticated printing and embossing techniques. A team of in-house designers is in permanent dialogue with a highly qualified production team to create new designs, unexpected visual effects, subtle colours and creative textures. The paper is enhanced with a shimmer of gold, silver or copper, reflecting light shimmering as sunshine plays through the windows.

The materials, textures and fabrics have been used beautifully. “It is important

to use a lot of textures when you layer rooms. A very good example of this is the beautifully textured chenille punctuated by a metallic effect ribbon, gives a glamorous touch to an understated design. This also brings up the golds again reflected not only in the wallpaper but also in the candle holders and tables”, says Schanè. The Tibetan hand-knotted rug, made of 100% wool and silk, once again plays on the coppers and rusted golds used in the scheme. Scatters ROMO Black Abiko Eucalyptus.


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The light fitting used in the staircase leading upstairs is the Moooi Heracleum. A very fine pendant lamp, its designer was inspired by the fascinating Heracleum plant. The 63 white leaves/lenses out of polycarbonate enclose the modern LED illuminants. They derive out of a very naturally looking structure out of wire mesh. These leaves/lenses are not frozen into one position and you are able to freely adjust them. Moooi offers the canopy of the Heracleum with the surface either in nickel or in copper.

Architecturally designed to be airy and light by architect, Nitesh Sing from Ergonomic Architecture, nature comes naturally to you in this free flowing home. The OLALA INTERIORS team fittingly fulfilled the brief and added texture, colour and beautiful lighting to the natural ambiance of this magnificent home.

SNUGGLE CORNER The landing area was designed to be a window overlooking the lagoon and breakers – and the client // thought we should try and fit in a snuggle corner where he and his daughter can retreat to at the end of a day - turning a small space into a functional happy place.

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BAR AREA Over the bar hags a replica Lindsey Adelman 5 Lights Branching // Disk Modern Chandelier. The cabinetry is framed with foiled cork wallpaper. The fabric on bar chairs is a Romo Black Jacquard Velvet called Inachi Eucalyptus – an opulent velvet with an intriguing irregular geometric pattern and lustrous sheen compiled of a brilliant mix of viscose and cotton. Colour and tone are subjective and differs from person to person and lighting. Jacquard is a fabric in which the design is incorporated into the weave instead of being printed or dyed on.

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masculine room with panelled stitched headrest and general pedestals with views over Zimbali Lakes and the ocean. A monotone colour scheme repeating the stormy, moody blues and charcoals. With a dark linen velvet by Mark Alexander on the headboard and an occasional chair and footstool in Quintana shadow chenille [Chenille is the French word for caterpillar whose fur the yarn is supposed to resemble]. What s the difference between velvet and chenille? Chenille looks and feels very similar to velvet, but is made using a different process. Velvet has a smooth and even surface, while chenille’s texture is generally more nubby. But both are great upholstery fabrics. Flanking the bed are rose gold aluminium tube LED lighting. A splash hand-knotted Nepalese rug inspired by clouds, giving movement and wallpaper by Anthology - Cobra Sapphire.


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“Simplicity, carried to an extreme, becomes ELEGANCE.” JOHN FRANKLIN


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// GUEST BEDROOM #2 Textured luxury continues with smoky glass pendants and a headboard upholstered using Kirkby Design Cloud Abyss: Quirky and playful, this 3D velvet with a graphic hexagonal structure is softened by a premium triple quilting to give a plush finish. Designed with upholstery in mind, this fabric is ideal for statement pieces. The chair is upholstered in Villa Nova – Katas Agate: A characterful fabric with a contemporary diamond geometric weave. Katas takes influence from traditional Scandinavian folk textiles.

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SAPHIRA WALLPAPER // A contemporary print collection that comprises graceful, colourful blooms on an indulgent cotton-satin and a versatile cottonlinen. The delicate touch of watercolour creates a montage of hazy florals and striking magnolias in a fusion of colours. Cascading stripes intertwine an array of shades and a luxurious viscose velvet featuring a medley of rich brush-strokes creates a textural sensation and depicting a striking, trailing magnolia in a fusion of gentle pastels and versatile neutrals. OLALA INTERIORS

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// A LITTLE PRINCESS ROOM The Lolita table lamp

was designed by Nika Zupanc for the unique manufacturer Moooi. Just as Nabokov did with his literary character ‘Lolita’, designer Zupanc plays simultaneously with traditions and stereotypes, with frivolity and bourgeois. She embedded these characteristics skilfully and not without irony into the Lolita product line: lace borders, the colour pink, almost cute-naïve shapes. Lolita is topped by a diecast shade with glossy lacquer on the outside, while the inside is optionally decorated with gold coating. Thistledown velvet used on headboard: A sumptuous velvet with a charming, subtly mottled appearance, presented in a sophisticated palette of neutral shades and rich tones. An alluring sheen and luxurious soft texture gives an added touch of elegance and opulence. ROMO Black Viridis Silver Wallpaper from the astratto collection. A spectacular irregular spray-dyed effect stripe with subtle iridescence.

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// CORNER GUEST BEDROOM Decidedly more masculine with Tom Dixon Lights.


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// BATHROOMS Antique

gold mirror, hand-blown glass pendants and Zimmer Rhode Palisade wallpaper.

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The essence of interior design will always be about people and how they live. It is about the realities of what makes for an attractive, civilized, meaningful environment, not about fashion or what’s in or what’s out. This is not an easy job.” Albert Hadley


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// PATIO Extendible table and Salone outdoor seating by Mobelli.


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VISIT OUR SHOW ROOM THE SIMPLE, APPROACHABLE WAY TO DECORATE YOUR DESIRED SPACE WITH EASE OLALA INTERIORS consistently source a wide range of unique and innovative products both locally & internationally for purveyors of extraordinary beauty. • Bespoke Furniture • Fragrances & Candles • Functional Art • Lighting • Kitchen Appliances • Fabric & Wallpaper • Designer Brands

Shop639b Ballito Junction Compensation Road, Ballito


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ituated in Simbithi Eco Estate on the Dolphin Coast in KwaZulu Natal, this sumptuous home with sweeping views of the golf course and greenbelt, is a home away from home for it’s owners and is used for (very) regular weekend getaways. The owners love for this area began 22 years ago in nearby Umhlanga and since then, the couple have built three homes on the dolphin coast and have definitely learned a thing or two!

This contemporary, minimalistic designed home is a haven of cool with generous indooroutdoor space.

“In our initial meeting with the client, the brief was to create a contemporary, minimalist home with just a touch of drama”, says Debbie Steinhobel, Managing Director of OLALA INTERIORS. The sublimely dramatic entrance of the home makes a perfect introduction to the rest of the home. Alan Barnard from Alan Barnard Architects says “In our practice, we have a few architectural philosophies when designing houses like this. One of those philosophies is to have a great sense of entry into the home and I think this has been achieved here because albeit large, it’s mostly the view that captivates when you enter the home.” Adding a specially commissioned, striking portrait painting by Mabette Vermaak to the entryway elegantly adds to the drama. Debbie adds “A dark coloured exterior was chosen for this home because it works exceptionally well in a contemporary setting. It highlights against the natural landscape - the contrast between dark and light just suits this particular home.” OLALA INTERIORS

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After the client expressed how much they enjoy open plan living, a free-flowing ground floor comprising of the kitchen, dining room and living room with the beautiful pool area in front and the stunning courtyard behind was successfully designed facilitating natural air-conditioning, much needed in the all year balmy climate of the Dolphin Coast. Visual interest is built up in different layers, with an overarching sense of warmth, elegance and calm, that feels majestic and welcoming. The living spaces maintain a neutral, tonal palette,

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and Debbie made use of many natural elements throughout for a fresh sense of luxury living. In the ground floor living area, distressed leather scatter cushions on the fabulously intimate U-shaped sofa, designed by OLALA INTERIORS, creatively paired with a charming chenille flat weave MURANO rug [a painterly brush-stroke design with textural layers of colour innovatively interpreted] from the ROMO collection by Louis De Poortere, ensure a varied juxtaposition of textures.

// DOWNSTAIRS LIVING AREA Varied textures and fabrics in soft palettes. The Otishi wallpaper, by ROMO with an alluring wood grain design created by fine metallic lines, displays subtle movement and intriguing detail.


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Naturally beautiful elements combined with statement pieces create a unique space. From the wooden sculpture in the courtyard to the teak root bases used on the patio table and also in the entrance tables topped with glass, add another layer of natural elements. The courtyard was key to Alan’s design. “Another philosophy of ours is to bring courtyards into our designs and we did so here by opening the courtyard up to the sky so we brought light and air into the room and a free-flowing breeze throughout the living area”, says Alan.

“It also creates a fabulous spot to relax and unwind. Free-flowing, connected dining areas were a must for entertaining. We added the hanging chairs in the courtyard, which are so whimsical and a beautiful wood sculpture all just makes it a cozy space to be in”, adds Debbie. OLALA INTERIORS

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ELEGANT DINING AREA The space makes for // a memorable feature. The starting point for the design was the dining table with its geometric base and thin sleek top. The hand-crafted leather chandelier over the dining table as well as the use of leather on the dining chairs is practical as well as adding fantastic texture - both helping to pull the scheme together.

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// GEOMETRIC TABLE BASE custom made by OLALA INTERIORS adds a subtle modern twist.

// CONTINUING with the geometric theme, hand blown glass vases with the protea flower which symbolizes change and transformation across cultures.

// DINING CHAIRS Dove leather with antique stud detail with a Villa Nova chenille flat weave rug with subtle metallic highlights, create a charmingly distressed look with a variation in texture and tone.


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FAMILY, FRIENDSHIP & FOOD A place to celebrate all three in this expansive, bespoke kitchen created for socialising & entertaining...

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Flooded with natural light, the sleek and cleanly minimal kitchen is sublime in whites and charcoal. The most important aspect of the kitchen is the centre island, which is one solid block of stone, it really has a dramatic effect, topped off with hanging pendant lights with a touch of gold and blown glass. The kitchen complements the architecture of the space by focussing on delivering perfect flow between the multiple living and entertaining spaces. A place to celebrated family, friends and food, it was important for the hob to face the living area, so one can still chat to guests while cooking.


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// THE STAIRS to the upstairs living areas are coated in charcoal epoxy for a bit of theatre but they do not detract from the beautiful golf course and greenbelt views that Simbithi Eco Estate is known for. The toned down palette responds very well to the artwork and furniture, with tones playing off one another in unexpected ways.


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The private upstairs lounge is a cohesion of minimalistic combined with the beautiful warmth in this space. There is an interesting story behind the artwork by Phila Mabaso. Phila was actually a waiter when the owners first met him and he is now a full time artist - all his hard work and creativity

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have certainly paid off. Debbie drew inspiration from the artwork, which compliments the room beautifully, to choose the colour scheme. It adds to the luxurious touches. Debbie used light coloured sofas to add glamour and elegance. “OLALA INTERIORS designed the sofas to compliment each other. They are oversized

and comfy - you can really sit down here with your friends and enjoy a glass of wine�, says Debbie. Aviva Stanoff Endless Summer delicate palm leaf wallpaper was used to create deliberate luxury, paired with a soft silky rug to ensure luxury underfoot. Extra glamour was added with the molecule lights.

Sculptural lights add a nice element that pulls the room together. The fire pit is also part of this intimate private space. It was designed dropped down a level, so that when you are standing in the doorway, you can get a lovely view of the fire from the room.


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MASTER BEDROOM // A space for busy executives to kick their shoes off, put their feet up, watch some telly, pour themselves a drink. This space was created to be the owners sanctuary. The sleeping area still has its own privacy even though it is part of a bigger suite - a feature wall was incorporated into the design to separate the master en-suite from the bedroom emphasising the notion of openplan living. Many different velvets and wallpapers were used in this space. The clients fell in love with the hand-blown glass pendants the moment they saw them and they had to be one of the features of this room.

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// MAIN EN-SUITE Minimalist simplicity, featuring a free-standing bath which takes pride of place, the vast bathroom boasts a spa-like feel and an atmosphere of unpretentious luxury.


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For a house to be successful, the objects in it must communicate with one another, respond and balance one another.� Andre Putman

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clients wanted a touch of drama in this room and they definitely wanted a black and white room. Debbie used a very striking black and white geometric pattered wallpaper that sets the tone for the room. Gold accents on the hanging pendants along with the riotously floral scatters take things to next level glamour.


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Design is a plan for arranging elements in such a way as best to accomplish a particular purpose.� Charles Eames

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GUEST BEDROOM A tribal, Shibori wallpaper in soft grey tones was used, paired with // a genuine leather headboard and a tribal rug and that brings the whole look together.


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“The interior of the house personifies the private world; The exterior of it is part of the outside world.” STEPHEN GARDINER // 86


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Hands on Factory Manager, Riaan Grobbelaar, shares some insight into the world of custom, bespoke furniture design and manufacture.


RIEFLY DESCRIBE YOURSELF I like to get things done! I enjoy building people up and helping them make the most of themselves and their particular talents. HOW & WHY DID YOU GET INTO THE FURNITURE MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY? Originally from Gauteng, I started out with my own furniture manufacture and installation company 11 years ago after seeing a niche in the market for quality, custom made furniture. I have a passion for working with my hands and seeing a project through to completion is important to me. Furniture manufacture has become more and more bespoke and the opportunity to create custom pieces is increasingly important in our industry. FAMILY LIFE? I am married to Lizelle (13 years) and we have two children (Nicole 10yrs and Ryan 6yrs). I enjoy any and all things adventurous (spear fishing, kayaking, anything that gets your blood pumping), I’m a rugby fanatic and do also

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enjoy golf. My wife and I made the move down to Ballito in 2012 and we both started at Olala Interiors, with Lizelle in the design office and myself in the furniture manufacturing division. YOUR ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES? As the most senior person in the factory, I take responsibility for all activities of the factory including the day-to-day operations such as scheduling, time and quality management, providing leadership to the team and developing strategic plans to increase production and revenue. My objectives are usually tied to the amount and quality of the items that the factory is producing. DESCRIBE THE TEAM YOU WORK WITH? Dynamic and hardworking - they are a team of highly skilled craftsmen with extensive experience in furniture manufacture and installation. There is a great sense of camaraderie in the factory - it has taken time to get there but my team and I have learnt that you can enjoy your work and have fun

doing it - this possibly makes our products all the more fantastic! Our cohesive team has a strong work ethic, I’ve tried to put people together who work well and gel. The team is around 23 strong, consisting of a site manager, installers, a floor manager who oversees cutting, first and final assembly, sanding and preparation, spray-painting and finishing.

// RIAAN GROBBELAAR Factory Manager with his wife Lizelle and kids, Nicole & Ryan

tables, occasional tables, bedroom pedestals, headboards and coffee tables - it’s a BIG one! WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE PIECE/PRODUCT/MATERIAL? I have so very many favourites. Driving around seeing homes that we have produced products for or done installations at, gives me a great sense of pride. My favourite raw material has got to be solid wood, particularly oak, ash and American walnut. DESCRIBE THE DESIGN & MANUFACTURING PROCESS? The Olala Interiors designers meet with their respective clients and bring the overall design brief to the factory. We discuss different ARE YOU WORKING ON ANY SPECIAL PROJECTS AT THE MOMENT? An 1800 square meter home! We are manufacturing and installing all the kitchen cabinetry, counter tops, scullery, laundry, built in cupboards, plasma units, study desks incorporated into cupboard units, bathroom vanities, dining room

concepts and incorporate any technical knowledge and issues, then go about choosing materials and discuss production strategy - as you go along you can see what works and what doesn’t, take the design and use knowledge to see if we can make it work to be functional. This is then discussed with the manufacturing team and manufacture begins. VISION OF THE FUTURE? WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN 5 YEARS? On a beach, somewhere warm! No really, I want the factory to be expanded to full capacity and running as seamlessly as possible.

Be understandable, approachable & have the right mindset - your team will appreciate it.” OLALA INTERIORS

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“Through the collaborative approach between our clients and our staff, we are able to successfully deliver an enjoyable & innovative experience for each and every project. Our team remains friendly, approachable, talented, resourceful, ingenious, original, imaginative, inventive, inspiring and most of all, driven!�

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Schanè Anderson (second from left), CEO & Creative Director of OLALA INTERIORS accepting the prestigeous awards.


Best Interior Design Private Residence Africa

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