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64 12 ED’S LETTER Thoughts from the editor 16 LUXURY INVESTMENT NEWS The objects that enrich our lives can also offer financial security if you know what to choose


18 SO MUCH MORE THAN A NUMBERS GAME If you’re investing in art purely to make money, you’re missing the whole point 20 THE UNKNOWN CELEBRITY AUTHOR We discover why South African writer Iain S Thomas is barely known to home audiences 24 GRUB’S UP! As unappetising as it sounds, larval therapy is making a comeback in the fight against antibioticresistant superbugs

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26 WATCHES NEWS Collaborations between watch manufactures and car marques tell fascinating stories 28 INSIDE SIHH 2019 The mood was upbeat at this year’s Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie

46 SECRET GARDEN We visit a home in Mallorca that is a celebration of simplicity

30 30 JEWELLERY NEWS Classic beauties, audacious moderns and singular spoils 32 JEWEL IN THE CROWN How provenance secures the highest jewellery prices at auction, especially when infamous nobility is involved 34 FASHION NEWS From statement pieces to must-have accessories 36 A SOFT TOUCH The season’s ski-wear isn’t all cumbersome togs and faux-fur everything; it’s (thankfully) cashmere 38 IT’S NOT BUSINESS, IT’S PERSONAL The salon couture experience is making a welcome comeback in our age of disconnect 42 DÉCOR NEWS Décor and design news to spark direction and creativity 44 FUTURE PERFECT How iconic design house Flexform is future-proofing itself in a fast-moving world

64 INHERITANCE IS THE ENGINE OF SURVIVAL Aston Martin takes automotive inspiration from the ennobling effects of design, architecture and art 70 TRAVEL NEWS Your guide to far-flung places and exotic spaces

54 ACCELERATE NEWS The latest on modern classics and super performers 56 IN THE THEATRE OF UNREPENTANT EXCESS Richard Webb test drives Brabus’s G500 simply to hear its Jurassic roar 58 ON SHOW Luxury mobility has a new home at Melrose Arch 61 THE KIDSTON FILES Simon Kidston reveals that the true beauty of a car lies in its heritage

72 WHEN IN HELSINKI Where to stay, drink, dine and relax in the Finnish capital

86 TASTINGS NEWS Fine foods and wine trends from around the world 88 MOUTHWATERING MOTHER CITY Cape Town’s new epicurean outposts await

73 EXTREME OCEAN & ICE A voyage across the Southern Ocean to see the Great White Continent

92 TWO DECADES IN THE MAKING With a new winemaker and a new flagship wine, it’s time to resample Tokara

76 SAILING WITH THE MAN WHO WASN’T DARWIN Writer and photographer Mark Eveleigh boards a traditional Indonesian sailing yacht to follow in the steps of naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace

94 THE VERY BEST… ART Contemporary artist Igshaan Adams speaks about the work that has had the most profound effect on him and the impact he wishes to make on his audiences



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This issue will expand the depth and breadth of your passions with the best in luxury investments, design and décor, fashion and style, watches and jewellery, and food and wine. It will also encourage a little exploration, a little indulgence and some quirk. We’ve included a bigger-than-usual motoring section, written mostly by our automotive writer, Richard Webb. He’s been snooping around car marques’ bespoke divisions, and talking design, heritage, craftsmanship and future ambitions with the best in the motoring world. In fact, no other journalist from Sub-Saharan Africa has seen the Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato literally being handbuilt by craftsmen. I know he could have written a book about what he saw there but we forced him to distil the feature down to a mere six pages, while allowing the arresting imagery to share page space with his words. This is luxury brand heritage at its best. We’re got some fascinating non-motoring reads in this issue too. Susan Newham-Blake interviews South African commercial poet, Iain S Thomas, whom we’ve dubbed ‘the reverse Rodriguez’ – his books are best-sellers and he’s quoted and revered by Hollywood but, bizarrely, almost no one in South Africa has heard of him. Health writer Kathy Malherbe delves into the science of the medievalsounding larval therapy – yup, that’s maggots to you and me – but they’re proving to be a strong weapon against antibiotic-resistant superbugs. And if travel is on your radar right now (when is it not?), take your pick from the Maldives, Indonesia, Helsinki, and the hottest destination at the moment – the very cold Antarctic. These stories are designed to challenge, intrigue or simply relax you. Private Edition in a nutshell, really.


FEMALE LEADERSHIP IN REAL ESTATE In many aspects, real estate is still a bastion of male domination. It’s an industry in which women remain underrepresented at senior level and are far less likely to attain executive positions, even though they make up at least half of the estate agents in the field.

nine-to-five job, so it allowed them to still be available to children and family. It didn’t require a university degree and certainly didn’t have the entry barriers that the industry has today. And, let us not forget that many of the largest real estate firms, not only in South Africa but globally, are run by family dynasties where the baton has typically been passed down to the sons which has reinforced male domination in a relatively traditional industry. I choose to show emotion to my staff as well as ask for their opinions. I am not afraid of my own tears – it makes me authentic. I would rather be myself than try and overcompensate by being tough and clinical.

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I have begun to notice a change abroad as there are now more female CEOs in the industry in the United States and Europe than before, especially compared to South Africa where I feel we are a little behind the changing times. There are now a number of very influential women in executive positions, including the COO of Sotheby’s International Realty Global, Julie Leonhardt LaTorre. Forging a career in a maledominated field can be challenging, and the women currently at the top of the industry have worked very hard to reach their goal. The best advice I can offer others who strive to make their way up the real estate corporate ladder is be as knowledgeable as you are authentic. Gender diversity in senior positions in any industry is crucial for a number of reasons, not least because the different management styles bring in new perspective and allows decision-making to become more multidimensional and thus more comprehensive. Real estate is still one of the best industries for women who want to create their own destinies. It’s one of those careers where you can be your own boss, set your own hours and reap the rewards of all your hard work.




here are many inspirational and successful women currently in the industry who are more than capable of following in the footsteps of female pioneers like my grandmother Aïda Geffen, and Pam Golding, who were instrumental in shaping the local industry. Notwithstanding that, I was lucky that my dad was a naturalborn entrepreneur who is self-made, and my mother set the training standards of the company. They are an inspiration to me. But why aren’t those numbers translating to more women moving up the ranks into management positions in their local offices and at the national level? South African women generally experience a level of insecurity when it comes to going out and getting what they want. Even when I was appointed CEO I felt that I had to prove myself, not only as a woman but also as a parent, and I’m not sure I would have felt as much pressure had I been a man. Unlike men, most women will wait for an opportunity to come to them, they won’t ask for that promotion or request inclusion in a management training programme. And they usually do so out of fear. Fear of negotiating, of being turned down, fear of failure. So they wait their turn, hoping it will happen without them having to ask. However, I believe that it is not only lack of spirit and confidence that hampers women’s advancement in the industry today. Back in the day, real estate was a lucrative and appealing industry for females as it offered more flexible hours than a

LIQUID GOLD In the glamorous world of passion investments, whisky is the new luxury asset of choice. Last year was a transformational one for rare single-malt Scotch whisky. One bottle set a new world record of £700 000 in October, only to be beaten a month later by one that sold for £1 million before the buyer’s premium. Both were bottles of The Macallan, distilled in 1926. Values for certain old-vintage rarities soared past previous records, achieving almost unimaginable new auction highs. The Knight Frank Rare Whisky 100 Index (KFRW100), which features 100 bottles of the world’s most desirable rare Scotch whisky and tracks UK auction prices, increased by almost 40% during 2018. However, 21 bottles in the KFRW100 did lose value last year. The bottom 10 would have cost £25 410 at the end of 2017; by the end of 2018, that stock had shrunk by 27% to £18 670. As with all investments, the potential for punishing losses is very real. Looking to 2019, prices will continue to harden for the right bottles from the right distilleries, as well as increased interest in more affordable bottles from the second tier. But certain pockets could see a correction.

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FANCY THAT! According to the latest results in the Knight Frank Luxury Investment Index, jewellery as an asset was down by 5%. But Oren Schneider, an advisory board member for the Fancy Color Research Foundation, says 2018 was a fairly positive year for fancy-coloured diamonds and she continues to see pricing stability. Prices across most colours and sizes rose slightly on average, even though the Chinese economic slowdown caused a decline in the number of fancy-colour diamond retail transactions. At the top price points, where supply is permanently short, values were practically unaffected. In terms of colour, blue diamonds were the top performers last year, with values of yellow ones weakening slightly, and pinks remaining stable. Fancy intense blues performed particularly strongly, with some sizes rising in value by almost 12%.

NORVAL FOUNDATION RECEIVES SOTHEBY’S COMMENDATION In December last year, the Norval Foundation became the first art foundation in Africa, and one of only five globally, to be commended by Sotheby’s international auction house for curatorial excellence. An amount of $300 000 is awarded to help museums break new ground by supporting shows that dare to deviate from mainstream productions. The Sotheby’s jury chose to award the Norval Foundation for its solo exhibition of works by Jackson Hlungwani opening in February 2020. Amid the buzz of the Investec Cape Town Art Fair in February this year, Robin Woodhead, the chairman of Sotheby’s International, and Hannah O’Leary, head of modern and contemporary African art at Sotheby’s, hosted a dinner acknowledging the commendation. (Pictured below: Louis Norval addressing guests.) Attendees included high-profile South Africans, international art collectors, artists, and museum directors and trustees, who enjoyed a cocktail reception and exclusive preview of the upcoming exhibitions, titled ‘Trade Winds: Yinka Shonibare CBE’ and ‘Collector’s Focus: Nudes in the Sanlam Art Collection’.

STRONG MARKET FOR AFRICAN CONTEMPORARY ART South Africa has consistently remained at the forefront of African contemporary art, and Sotheby’s has been responding to the current strength of the market and its visibility in the global market forum. Last year’s sales saw new records for South African artists such as Claudette Schreuders, Nandipha Mntambo and Gavin Jantjes. The forthcoming sale, which will take place in London on 2 April 2019, includes a strong selection of South African art, including works by Peter Clarke, Lucas Sithole, Lucky Sibiya, Nicholas Hlobo, William Kentridge (pictured above), alongside giants from the wider African continent such as El Anatsui, Ibrahim El Salahi and Chéri Samba. Sotheby’s specialists visit South Africa regularly to provide appraisals for upcoming sales in every category in London, New York and Hong Kong. (If you would like to know how much your art or object might be worth and how to sell it, or require any information about upcoming sales at Sotheby’s, email

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s volatility continues to characterise global markets, investors are increasingly considering safe-haven assets. While gold remains a favourite, there are others that hold a store of value and are featuring prominently in discussions around wealth creation and preservation. One of these is art, the rise in interest being attributed to the record-breaking prices a number of pieces have fetched recently at auction. Art made headlines globally in the last two years when Leonardo da Vinci’s painting ‘Salvator Mundi’ sold for a

record $450 million in 2017, and David Hockney’s ‘Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures)’ sold for $90 million at a Christie’s auction in November 2018, setting a new record for a living artist. While works of South African artists like Irma Stern, J.H. Pierneef, Alexis Preller, Edoardo Villa and Robert Hodgins perform well, we are also witnessing a shift in preferences that mirrors global trends. As the profile and fetching price of internationally renowned contemporary artists like Banksy skyrocket, so too are the profiles of young, contemporary local artists. And they’re growing in both prominence and performance at auctions. We saw record prices at just about every local auction in 2018. Whether due to a poor stock market and a tough economy, or in spite of these factors, there has been a resurgence in art investment. While this has been beneficial for artists, it’s been good for investors too. But buying only art as an investment can be tricky, and investors will do well to remember that alternative assets, which could include art, should make up five to 10 percent of their portfolio. It’s tempting to speculate on what type of art will yield the best returns. But, given the variety of options available (sculptures, paintings, etc), it could be folly to do so unless you’re an art expert.

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However, if investment returns are your primary incentive for investing in art, then I believe you’re missing the point. I’ve never considered art purely as an investment; it’s about the appreciation of beauty combined with a desire to create long-term wealth. Art is an opportunity to have fun and feed a passion, and making a return down the line (if you happen to get it right), is a great bonus. With these criteria established you can focus on eliminating some of the risks. After all, investors tend to hold on to a piece of art for 27 years on average. Art is also an illiquid asset, like private equity and venture capital investments, which is an important factor to take into account. Investors should also consider the extrinsic value of art collecting – it’s a journey that gives them the opportunty to meet and engage with amazing people. This is why Investec partners with the Cape Town Art Fair each year. This iconic three-day event not only offers our clients an opportunity to invest in valuable artworks, it allows them to connect and engage with us and each other over a shared passion. It’s all part of what makes art collecting so enriching, from both a financial and personal perspective. 


If you’re investing in art purely to make money, you’re missing the whole point, says JONATHAN BLOCH, joint head of Investec Wealth & Investment in Cape Town.




was waiting for my flight after a business meeting, browsing the shelves at Exclusive Books at OR Thambo when a cover caught my eye. It looked like a lined page torn from an old school exercise book. The title, a handwritten scrawl, read: I wrote this for you: Just the words. I flipped through it. At first it wasn’t clear what I was reading – a collection of poems or inspirational quotes – but I couldn’t stop. I bought the book and devoured it on the plane, my heart sitting in my throat.

Back home in Cape Town I looked up Iain S Thomas online. I discovered that he is a bestselling international writer, a poetic sensation in the US, Canada, Indonesia and many other countries. But what surprised me was that he is South African and I’d never heard of him. He has only recently been published in South Africa, and rarely been invited to any local literary events. In contrast, he’s toured extensively overseas, packing out auditoriums with adoring fans who relish everything he publishes. I was intrigued so I tracked down his email and set up an interview in a coffee shop in Hout Bay where he lives. When you imagine a man with the ability to write with beauty, you don’t picture Iain S Thomas. Sitting at

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South African international best-selling author and poet Iain S Thomas is quoted and revered by Hollywood celebrities but is barely known here at home. SUSAN NEWHAM-BLAKE tracked him down to find out why.


a wooden table drinking a glass of water, he looked like Thomas decided to approach US publishers to see if a truck driver – tattoos, a beard, a peak cap, but with the anyone would be interested in publishing his poems. bluest of eyes. He was initially hesitant, maybe suspicious It took a while but eventually they found a Canadian of any interest from a South African. It’s the first thing publisher who was keen. The book I Wrote This For You we speak about – his lack of recognition here. He was came out in 2011. It quickly made it onto the Amazon, surprised I’d found a copy of his book. As far as he was iBooks and Barnes & Noble best-seller lists, resulting in aware his books were not available in South Africa and Thomas developing a cult-like following. However, he there was little knowledge of his existence here – of his says he finds this status very uncomfortable and goes to 106 000 Facebook fans only 1 000 are from South Africa. great lengths to get himself off any imaginary pedestal by ‘I guess my work is not strictly viewed as South making himself real to his readers and fans. African,’ he says. ‘Publishers here want stories set in ‘I talk a lot about my struggle with depression. I try South Africa.’ However, he is adamant his work is a result humanise myself. I am no different to anyone else.’ of being South African. ‘I went to a private boys’ school. Surprisingly, a big part of his following comes One day I woke up and realised I’d had this privileged from American celebrities. He’s been quoted by Steven upbringing and the limited perspective it afforded me. I Spielberg, Kim Kardashian and Dawn French. Arianna couldn’t write about what it was like to experience racism, Huffington has used his poetry in her books and wrote for instance. So when I started writing I made a promise a personal recommendation helping Thomas receive an to myself that I would never mention gender, race, age or American visa for extraordinary ability and achievement. location in any of my work. That what I wrote could be for After the US, his biggest fan base is the Philippines. ‘As everyone, that it wouldn’t alienate anybody.’ David Hasselhoff is to Germany, I am to the Philippines.’ Thomas knows about not fitting in. ‘High school was And like nobody has a clue why Germany has fallen for a very alienating experience for me. I was creative and Hasselhoff, Thomas has no idea why he resonates so didn’t do rugby or other activities that were revered in strongly with that particular audience, only that he does. an all-boys school environment. My art teacher was the Today Thomas writes full time and refers to himself as only person who believed in me and taught me that there is something in As far as he was aware his books were not available life for everyone.’ It was during a visit to his in South Africa and there was little knowledge of his hometown of Port Elizabeth at 26 existence here – of his 106 000 Facebook fans only that he bumped into his old teacher 1 000 are from South Africa and became motivated to embark on his own creative endeavour. ‘I had been thinking about doing something creative a commercial poet. ‘There are only about 20 of us in the for some time. I wanted to produce something that was world,’ he says. This is true. If you are one of the rare poets not about ego or myself. The ad industry, where I worked to get a collection published, you’ll be lucky to sell 200 as a creative director at the time, is very ego-centric. I copies of it, never mind make a full-time career out of it. wanted to make whatever I created about the reader. After After the interview, I am left stunned by this very seeing my art teacher I had an idea. I’d made an online ordinary guy from PE who’s achieved something quite friend in Japan who had just started photography, Jon extraordinary. At the age of 38, Thomas has attained Ellis, and we decided to embark on a project together.’ almost unheard of success in a notoriously difficult In 2007 they started a blog called ‘I Wrote this for You’, industry, and nobody in South Africa seems to have a compilation of poems and thoughts written by Thomas noticed. Though surely it’s only a matter of time… and inspired by Ellis’ photography. Thomas’s book Every Word You Cannot Say was After a few months the blog exploded with hundreds launched in February. He will speak at the Kingsmead Book of thousands of people visiting it, mostly from the States. Fair and Franschhoek Literary Festival in May 2019. 

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GRUB’S UP! THE SCIENCE OF LARVAL THERAPY Larval therapy, used extensively until antibiotics were discovered in the 1930s, has come back into vogue. And while it might sound medieval, modern medicine reveals that it works, and could be the weapon against antibiotic-resistant superbugs for healing wounds, KATHY MALHERBE discovers.



he prevalence of ‘incidental maggots’ is well documented in World War I, particularly in the case of wounded foot soldiers who, after spending weeks in the trenches, were transferred to field hospitals for treatment. Their foul-smelling dressings led surgeons to expect the worst decomposition and infection. What they found instead were perfectly clean wounds. Incidental maggots had been at work, removing the dead flesh, destroying the bacteria and promoting healing. So, if maggots clean wounds so efficiently, why are they not the first line of medical treatment for bad wounds? Liz Morris, an advanced wound-care practitioner at WoundNet Wound Clinic in Claremont, Cape Town, explains: ‘Firstly, surgical techniques have improved and, secondly, in 1928 Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin. This was the first antibiotic, one of the greatest inventions of all times, and the death knell for bacterial infection.’ That is, until the prevalence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. ‘This is one of the reasons maggot therapy is making a comeback,’ Morris says, as it is particularly effective at cleaning chronic wounds, such as diabetic ulcers, in order to achieve healing.

MAGGOT FARMING The scientific definition of a maggot is a ‘soft-bodied, legless larva of a fly or other insect, found in decaying matter’. Medicinal maggots are really smart little critters and, contrary to what one might think, are squeaky clean. Morris uses maggots regularly, particularly on diabetic patients, at the clinic. These maggots are farmed by Surgimaggs in Pretoria, a division of Inqaba Biotec. The first batch originated from a Swiss laboratory and continues to be grown in a sterile environment. Dewald Swanepoel, the technical specialist for wound care at Surgimaggs, says, ‘We use the Lucilia sericata species because they are rather particular about their dining habits – they only eat dead tissue.’


A SEEK-AND-DESTORY APPROACH According to Swanepoel, the maggots seek and eliminate dead tissue and bacteria through a triad of assault: debridement, antimicrobial activity and stimulating growth of live tissue. Maggots actually do a remarkable job of debridement. The hundreds of little hair-like structures on their bodies turn them into mini-bottlebrushes – the minute spines scrape along the wound as the maggot wriggles, loosening dead tissue. Their secretions liquefy the dead tissue which is ingested. Each maggot is capable of removing 25mg of necrotic material from a wound within just 24 hours.

They also secrete saliva that contains deoxyribonuclease (DNase). This enzyme plays an important role not only in debridement but also in inhibiting microbial growth. Morris describes it as making ‘maggot soup’. Ingredients include the exudate or fluid from the wound, partially digested remains of dead cells, microbes, antibiotic-resistant bacteria and biofilm (the starch layer on the wound that is so difficult for antibiotics to penetrate). They slurp this up and in the process reduce oedema (swelling).

MAKING A MEAL OF IT The maggots are ordered according to the size of the wound, usually 5-8 maggots per cm2. The flies in the lab are stimulated to lay eggs which are collected, disinfected and grown in an environment free of microbes. After 24 hours they reach the right size (1-2mm), after which they are packaged in a wound bag, placed within a sterile container, induced into a comatose state and transported in a cooler box to hospitals. They are then warmed and woken up. Although almost microscopic when they arrive, after feeding for over 72 hours they are fat and satiated at around 1.5cm. One can’t help thinking perhaps a little smug too, after they have cleaned up the wound and removed the infection by destroying harmful bacteria. They have a right to be; it’s a job very well done. Maggots look after their own wellbeing too, by protecting themselves against infection. In fact their guts are highly effective killing machines, so once ingested the microbes are in fact destroyed. It’s a primitive form of ‘seek and destroy’.

NEVER SAY NEVER Morris says, ‘The stomach-turning reaction to maggots is because most people know them from nasty encounters at their dustbins. But these are incidental maggots and are quite different from medicinal maggots.’ Diabetic patient Andrew Cochrane believes there is no yuk factor when it’s a choice of maggot therapy or leg amputation. In fact, he says, ‘it’s the medical practitioners who often balk at the idea’. Indeed, as US-based entomologist, physician, and biotherapy practitioner Ronald A Sherman notes: ‘Patients tend to have not only a morbid fascination with maggot therapy but also a willingness not often shared by the applying practitioner.’ Using maggots in wound therapy could very well be the subject of a TV medical drama – As the Skin Crawls, they could call it – but it’s efficient, safe and costs very little. There may be a lot not to like about the thought of maggots wriggling in your wound, but it can literally save life and limb. 

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ON TRACK Whether they are about pure innovation or a reimagined concept, the stories behind watch design offer many hours of fascination.

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LIMITED EDITION The Vintage BR V2-94 R.S.18 will spark the imagination of anyone obsessed with F1. The lightweight carbon-fibre dial offsets the black-and-yellow reference to the colours of the Renault Sport Formula One Team. Spot the yellow internal minute track and two counters, one in red for optimal legibility of the chronograph function that measures performance on the track, and the tachymeter scale on the bezel that allows the car’s speed to be instantly calculated over a prescribed distance. Turn it over and you’ll see a depiction of the Renault car and its serial number on the sapphire case back. It’s limited to 999 pieces.


DISRUPTIVE DESIGN Roger Dubuis unveiled the highly complicated Excalibur One-Off timepiece with tremendous fanfare at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie this year. The watch is inspired by the Lamborghini SC18 Alston (the only single-build hypercar ever created by the marque), its design reflecting the SC18’s aesthetic codes, with the compact calibre being developed around a single frame to mimic its tubular structure. The mesh of the strap comprises nylon fibres like those in Pirelli tyres. Roger Dubuis enlisted the help of the Pirelli engineers to realise a strap design with very good torsional and traction resistance, achieving an authentic skeleton effect through extensive openworking.

POLE POSITION There’s a story behind Sir Jackie Stewart’s Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona. A reward for winning one of the Monaco Grands Prix in the late ’60s, he says it reminds him of the ‘old times and the most glamourous, most colourful, most exciting Grand Prix of the whole season’. Also that he was ‘good enough and fast enough to win it’. Introduced in 1963, the timepiece was designed to meet the demands of top professional drivers. The Calibre 4130’s performance emanates from the use of a vertical, not lateral, clutch to activate the chronograph, which is able to function for a long time without negatively impacting the precision of the watch.

INNOVATION CHAMPION Scuderia Corsa and Hublot debuted a limited run of 25 Hublot Ferrari Big Bang personalised timepieces in December 2018 in honour of the first 100 victories of Scuderia Corsa, racing with Ferrari. This is the second collaboration between the two marques, the first being the 2016 launch of a similar edition to celebrate the team’s multiple championship titles won across several series, a win at Le Mans, and the crowning of the first-ever female champion in International Motor Sports Association history. The new timepiece incorporates carbon fibre from the team’s Ferrari 488 GT3 and innovations such as a new bezel in carbon disc brake and ceramic.

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here were more than 23 000 visitors, a record attendance, at the 29th edition of the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) in Geneva this year. It’s a highlight on the luxury goods calendar, with international media, retailers and buyers immersing themselves in relentless rounds of meetings, interviews, presentations, informal dinners and glitzy evening affairs (usually attended by celebrities and brand ambassadors), in only four days. Eighteen of the world’s leading fine watchmaking manufacturers displayed their treasures at the Palexpo convention centre, but it was remarkable to see how the numbers of independent watchmakers at the fair’s Carré des Horlogers had swelled to 17 (from nine in 2015). And editors ask me to single out my favourites – their number varying according to space dictates. Ten watches, maybe? Eight? I’m not sure that anybody’s ever taken the trouble to count the number of masterpieces revealed each year – because they really are masterpieces, love them or hate them. Where does one even start? I take a subjective view, if I’m not confined to ‘simple’ categories such as collectibles, complications or colours. Naturally, I look for the stories behind the creations. What was the inspiration for the designers? Why that theme? Those jewels? That rare craft? These are the ones that interest me, and the ones I remember, because after day one everything is a blur. Note-taking becomes more laboured and we journalists thank our lucky stars for voice recorders and flash drives. Panerai’s Submersible editions were a talking point, especially those limited editions offered with exclusive experiences. Take the

Submersible Mike Horn model, for example. The owners of the 19 watches on offer will get the chance to accompany Horn on his mission to preserve the Arctic. And at the IWC booth, a restored World War II Spitfire had been dismantled and reassembled just for SIHH to promote the additions to the manufacture’s Pilot line such as the Pilot’s Watch Timezoner Spitfire Edition ‘The Longest Flight’. The fighter plane is due to be flown around the world by two ambitious pilots, who were at the fair to elaborate on their journey. Montblanc and Jaeger-LeCoultre opted for natural décor, with the latter decorating its booth with spruces carefully transplanted from the Vallée de Joux. Bringing those natural elements into the very dry, heated space of the Palexpo provided some welcome relief, especially for those who arrived and left the centre in the dark. I was fascinated by Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Master Ultra Thin Moon Enamel, a new design with a guilloché dial, a decorative technique I had the privilege to practise albeit on a brass surface and under instruction. Cartier’s representation of its iconic Panthère is more astounding than ever and I was hard-pressed to remove some of the maison’s samples from my wrist. The Piaget Possession range featured some beauties too, the most dazzling being the high-jewellery model with fully paved dial, case and diamond river bracelet so supple it clings to the wrist like a second skin. Next year the SIHH will take place from 26 to 29 April, just before Baselworld from 30 April to 5 May, to make it easier for visitors travelling long distances to attend both fairs. Book now if you want to stay in Basel for the latter. Accommodation is always at a premium and the city is likely to attract more attendees travelling from the Geneva event. If needed, look to a bordering country, like France, and commute daily. I look forward to sharing some of my favourite stories, and complications and collections, from the SIHH in Private Time with the next issue. 

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The Doha Jewellery and Watches Exhibition, held in Qatar earlier this year, saw iconic diamond leaders Graff unveil yet another collection of magnificent pieces, painstakingly hewn from rough stones, many sourced from their own mines. Described as ‘radiating glamour’, the jawdropping assortment of white and coloured diamonds under the brand’s name caused quite a stir. Thanks to their sculptural fan-like beauty and the minimal use of metal in their manufacture, these 11-carat pieces of ear candy had showgoers and diamond-lovers aflutter.

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SHIMMERING SPOILS Had Joan of Arc lived in the 21st century, she might have worn this masterpiece by New York jewellery house Harry Winston to her victory gala dinner. Such is its power and showstopping quality. The cluster design where groups of diamonds appear cemented to one another with little or no visible metalwork is unique to the brand and has remained a favourite motif since the 1940s. The Winston Cluster by Harry Winston diamond necklace features an extraordinary 195 marquise and pear-shaped diamonds and is indeed a 136.66 carat exercise in sheer mastery.

NUDO NEWNESS From the house of Pomellato comes a powerful new series of additions to the iconic Nudo collection of colourful stones set in their classic standalone style. A sweetie jar of colours and exciting explorations in unusual gemstones (iolite, essonite, peridot and red tourmaline) embrace individualism and take things one step further with magnificent cocktail-style rings dripping in black and brown diamonds as well as pendant earrings and the simplest necklaces dotted with stones. A range of studs also joins the family in an equally juicy choice of colours and in the trademark simplicity so integral to the Nudo brand.

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The classic ballet was the inspiration for the iconic De Beers Swan Lake collection – an exercise in supreme femininity and exquisite craftsmanship and skill. It features an array of fancy-cut diamonds in a kaleidoscope of subtle colours and each piece showcases a modern take on classic cuts and settings. Like its namesake ballet, there is a lightness to the collection – seen in these fancy colour earrings in dazzling yellow, orange and white. Key to their striking design? The perfectly spaced formation of each differently coloured and cut diamond – not unlike an impeccably timed corps de ballet.

A STAR IS BORN Inspired by the mysteries of the cosmos and tapping into the age-old fascination of the unknown, the Les Galaxies de Cartier collection from the iconic French jewellery house is a sight to behold. The limited-edition jewellery offering (there are only 14 pieces in the collection) makes continual cosmic references – showcased in this Fractal Meteor cuff, a confection of rose gold with milky quartz and moonstone which together send a dazzling design statement to infinity and beyond. An undoubtedly out-of-this-world collection that dazzled audiences at Paris Fashion Week 2019 – and with good reason.




jewel that survives the French Revolution must be a robust one indeed. The piece in question, a naturalpearl pendant, belonged to a monarch renowned for her love of jewellery and most of life’s other luxuries, Marie Antoinette. Before her captivity in 1791, she carefully wrapped her collection of jewels in cotton, placed them in a wooden chest and sent them to her nephew, the Austrian emperor, for safekeeping. They were restored to Madame Royale, Marie-Thérèse of France, following her release in 1795. With no children of her own, the jewels were bequeathed to an adopted daughter and niece and thus found their way into the House of Bourbon-Parma where they remained for 200 years. In November last year the pendant emerged at Sotheby’s Geneva where it gained further infamy, prompting an extended bidding battle between two buyers competing via telephone. The presale estimate was set between $1 and $2 million; however, it was eventually sold for an eyewatering $36.2 million, setting a new auction world record for a natural pearl. The previous auction record of $11 million was for ‘La Peregrina’, a piece owned by Elizabeth Taylor and one of the largest and most perfectly symmetrical pearls in the world. It also has a rich history spanning some 500 years. The tale of the pearl’s discovery on the coast of the isle of Santa Margarita in Panama is up for debate. Some claim it was discovered by an African slave who traded it for his freedom. Others believe it was found in 1513 when African slaves weren’t yet on the island. It found its way into the hands of Don Pedro de Temez, the administrator of the Spanish Colony, and was named ‘La Peregrina’, which means ‘the wanderer’ or ‘the pilgrim’. It’s first pilgrimage was to Europe as a gift to Prince Philip, son of Charles V of the House of Habsburg. Philip later gave it to Queen Mary of England whom he married. After Mary’s death, her sister Elizabeth honoured her request to return the pearl to the Spanish Crown where it remained for more than 250 years. In 1813 ‘La Peregrina’ disappeared from Spain, along with Joseph Bonaparte who abdicated and fled the kingdom following an English invasion. He left it to his nephew, the future Napoleon III of France, who later sold it to Lord James Hamilton, Duke of Abercorn, in whose family it remained for nearly a century. (Incidentally, the pearl, whose original size was 55.95 karats, was so heavy in a necklace that it fell out of its setting on various occasions.) In 1969 the jewel went on auction in London and was bought by Richard Burton (for $37 000) for the great love of his life, Elizabeth Taylor, for the great love of her life – extravagant jewellery.


Extravagance is perhaps the best way to describe a diamond once owned by the ‘Sun King’, Louis XIV. The gem experienced its share of royal adventures before appearing in the 1839 catalogue of famous jeweller Henry Philip Hope, after which it became known as the Hope Diamond. Hope’s collection has been described as the most valuable ever assembled by a private individual, and included the Hope Spinel and the Hope Pearl. (The collection became the centre of a nasty family feud involving a reckless grandson who sold various pieces off to finance his bankruptcy.) The Hope Spinel, set in a 19th century brooch, was estimated at up to £200 000 when it went on auction at Bonhams London in September 2015. However, that was just a fraction of what it fetched – a record-breaking £962 500. The Hope Diamond was donated to the Smithsonian Museum in 1958 by Harry Winston, and in 2005 a major exhibition of the world’s greatest pearls was held there. The Hope Pearl appeared on loan, and so the two pieces were reunited for the first time since Hope’s death. The Hope Pearl is owned by an anonymous British collector. 


Some of the most valuable items of jewellery ever sold at auction were owned by infamous members of royalty, giving them almost priceless provenance, says HELEN CLEMSON.



Adept at finding the remarkable in the everyday, Cartier’s new Guirlande de Cartier, is testament to the luxury brand’s diversity.


This expansion into leather goods is the culmination of Cartier’s captivation with its most iconic object – the case. Embodying the spirit of the maison through this interpretation of the classic red box, the petite and elegant accessory is designed in supple calfskin and stamped with a gold frieze. Available in three sizes, and four bold jewel-like colours, the faceted bag is a modern tribute to the emblems and heritage of the house.

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CAPED CRUSADER An unmistakable hallmark of the advent of winter, the classic camel coat caters to eveningwear and corporate garb alike. A timeless finishing touch, and chic in any circumstance, it’s a musthave item. This streamlined version by Max Mara, in classic biscuit-coloured wool, with its clean lines, asymmetrical fastening and show-stopping collar, is an elegant accoutrement to your mid-season wardrobe, and one that heads easily into winter. The looser, less structured fit – less trench, more cape – gives it extra elegance, à la old Hollywood.

NEW YEAR, NEW SHOES Celebrating Lunar New Year, Michael Kors’ recent whimsical stopmotion video, directed by Virgilio Villoresi, embodies sparkle and tone-on-tone drama in a big, bold way. With a glamorous narrative of travel and international style, highlighting the brand’s jetset heritage (via a small aeroplane motif and the skylines of Paris, New York and Shanghai), the short film shows off various Michael Kors items to stylish and playful effect. In keeping with the traditional hues of Lunar New Year, the campaign highlights special editions, including a glitzy version of the white Poppy lace-up sneaker featuring gold detailing.

RED ALERT An exercise in exquisite craftsmanship, the Tom Ford Buckley duffel is an ideal accompaniment to inflight or everyday on-the-go style. The baby brother of the larger version (there’s also a backpack and briefcase in the range for next-level luggage coordination), it’s a handy day-trip bag, ideal for carrying everything you need, or a perfectly sized holdall for a brief work commute. Textured leather, elegant brass hardware and beautifully crafted handles and finishes give away the Italian tailoring, while the stunning crimson shade makes it a statement piece as well as a total classic.

SKIRTING THE ISSUE Having created a name for itself as an icon of British heritage, Burberry has in later years ventured more into avant-garde territory, carving a niche as a stalwart of contemporary style. This elegant and edgy lambskin skirt combines both tradition and modernity via exquisite tailoring and innovative detail. With its classic lines and unexpected zip detailing, its peekaboo effect is at once charming and cheekily provocative, industrial and elegant.

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n New Year’s Day, Italian creative director, author and fashion editor Giovanna Engelbert posted an image of herself on Instagram draped head to toe in an oversized cream knit maxidress. Days away from giving birth to her daughter, Engelbert had positioned her Rubenesque frame against a typically wintery European backdrop: evergreen trees covered in snow. Standing at what looks like the base of Verbier or Val d’Isère (we’ll never know), her style choice really captured the current mood of cold-weather fashion as she welcomed in 2019. Engelbert had obviously chosen something suitably comfortable for a heavily pregnant woman. However, the former Vogue fashion editor and author of Gio_graphy: Fun in the Wild World of Fashion (Rizzoli) knows something about garments for ski season that many of us don’t, ie pack away that puffer jacket. At least for the photographs. While fleeces and jackets and items like base-layer garments from sportswear brands who specialise in lightweight polyamide fabric are key (skiing is sweaty business, after all), cashmere pieces are just as important. And, it’s not only about being chic,

but rather about style with benefits. ‘Ski-wear seems to have gone full circle: from natural fibres, to high-performance synthetics, back to natural fibres,’ says Ava Edwards, founder and owner of Alabaste, a luxury cashmere collection based in Cape Town and London. ‘With natural fibres offering antimicrobial benefits and easy-care machinewashable options, there are so many more earth-friendly ways to be stylish on the slopes these days,’ she adds. While the classic cashmere sweater or scarf is still a must-have, accessories for keeping your ears and head toasty on the slopes in this deliciously soft fibre are also available. Oh yes, it’s time to embrace the beanie. I asked Edwards about its popularity, especially after a certain age. ‘Many of my clients worry about how they’ll look in a beanie or headband,’ she reports. ‘All I can say is, once they try one on, they are converted. I have clients aged from 30 to 75 buying them.’ And

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what about hot hues? The new year has seen dour grey give way to ‘oatmeal’, ‘biscuit’ and ‘sand’, as well as an injection of colour. Edwards says yellows are having a moment, and haute couture brands like Gucci have added vivid hues to their current cashmere collections. For men the bright trend in cashmere reigns supreme too. Paul Smith’s Red Dip-Dye Stripe Scarf (albeit a blend) will certainly make sure no one misses you on the slopes. Sartorial choices aside, consumers are also demanding ethical manufacturing and sourcing processes. ‘I have become far more aware of the provenance of products and the responsibility of the retailer,’ says Edwards. ‘Cashmere is an extremely difficult fibre to yield, so it shouldn’t be cheap.’ She cautions against buying seemingly super-soft cashmere (often with added silicone) at heart-stopping prices, only for it to pill and ultimately dissolve. Alabaste sources only from Mongolia due to its superior quality. ‘Our factory is fully audited and the goats are raised in excellent conditions, and are only hand-combed in spring,’ she says. And it’s those practices together with glorious colour palettes and easy-wear benefits that mean cashmere is the knit of the season – and certainly the one for skiing. 


The season’s ski-wear isn’t all cumbersome togs and faux-fur everything. It’s cashmere (thank goodness!), says fashion writer HELEN CLEMSON.

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IT’S NOT BUSINESS, IT’S PERSONAL The salon couture experience is making a welcome comeback in our age of disconnect, proving to be the perfect antidote to throwaway fashion bought in faceless, mass retail spaces. WORDS HELEN CLEMSON

I Lady Primrose Potter and Mrs JD McKinnon at a private fashion show at Georges Salon, Melbourne, Australia, in November 1956

t’s a way of shopping that seems so old-fashioned now: models silently gliding up and down a small salon space, presenting garments to a chosen few while the designer looks on, knowing these shows could either make or break a collection. But this is how couture shows were staged before World War II, usually in small studio spaces, often at the designer’s headquarters, selling directly to clients, who would return for a series of fittings over a period of about six weeks. There was nothing quick – or showy – about acquiring good clothing. In those early days, before the advent of the catwalk, the emphasis was on the client rather than publicity, and photographers were not allowed in. Christóbel Balenciaga followed the same principle. As Susan Irvine wrote for ‘At 3pm the models would glide in, their eyes fixed on the beyond like

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visitants passing through from another world. Balenciaga personally taught them never to make eye contact, pirouette or smile. Attention must always be on the clothes. The shows typically lasted for an hour or more as up to 200 outfits passed back and forth. The only sounds were the swoosh of dress trains and the press of feet on the grey carpet. Dress numbers or names were not called out as at other houses; instead the models held numbered cards. Balenciaga never named his clothes or collections. If you were interested in a dress, you jotted down its number in a little notebook provided for the purpose. Afterwards, you made an appointment with your vendeuse or, if you wanted to buy right away, were led to a fitting room. From then on, you were assigned to a premier d’atelier or “workroom head”. Only these most experienced tailors and dressmakers conducted fittings.’


studio, showing them a collection at a time based on the season (she produces two a year catering to summer and winter). ‘My clients are all big international travellers and many are swallows with homes overseas but they love to buy local,’ she reports. And while there’s a lot of biglabel bag and shoe shopping going on when clients are abroad, Moinet believes it’s loyalty that keeps them coming back to Cape Town to buy their seasonal wardrobes. That and the relationship they have with her. ‘They get my undivided attention as well as styling advice – it’s so personal,’ she explains. ‘While some would find it too personal, the majority want the one-on-one experience because it’s so tangible.’

Two icons of haute couture: American actress Ava Gardner at a fitting with Christian Dior at the designer’s private salon (Paris, 15 June 1956)

PRÊT-À-PORTER WON’T CUT IT Fast forward roughly 80 years. For many, online buying means speedy garment gratification without fighting the crowds. Even if you are shopping couture, so is everybody else these days and Maison Louis Vuitton on Place Vendôme isn’t exactly the most sacred retreat in Paris. The kickback to either shopping en masse or being a digital label hound is going back to the very essence of haute couture; re-entering the salon space. ‘We got lost along the way but fashion seems to be reverting back to that, as well as to the notion of buying quality items as opposed to throwaway fashion,’ says Sally-ann Moinet, designer and owner of Sally Moinet Designs, based in Cape Town. Moinet only sees clients in her city-based

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Balenciaga’s clients were a mix of the stereotypical ladies of leisure as well as glamourous working women of the day (devotees included the Duchess of Windsor, Grace Kelly, Jackie Kennedy and Helena Rubinstein). Moinet too has a variety of customers, ranging in age from 40 to 60, who demand classic and stylish pieces with a certain edginess and, of course, obsessive attention to detail. They also demand extra service. The new fashion salon concept doesn’t have a doors-shut-at-five-o’clock-andwe-are-never-available-on-weekends policy. Where there’s a smartphone with WhatsApp, there’s a question waiting to be answered. When clients travel, they get in touch for shopping and styling advice, which is ‘all part of the service’, explains Moinet. The designer also puts together looks, tailored to each client and what they bought. Some things never change in the world of bespoke: the power of the personal. Texan oil heiress Claudia Heard de Osborne was such a Balenciaga fanatic that she kept a suite at the Ritz Paris just for her couture and asked to be buried wearing the label. ‘There are clients who buy the entire collection, each season in every colour,’ says Moinet. ‘And, they keep the pieces and wear them year after year.’ After all, who really wants to throw away beautiful crafts? 





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The merging of time-honoured tradition (each rug is hand-knotted according to ancient practices) with cutting-edge, classic styling gives Paco Rugs a foot in both worlds. The finest dyes and wools from around the globe express abstract patterns and inspired elegant designs – ultimately creating works of art that would look as apt on a gallery wall as they do underfoot. The timeless nature of these striking oeuvres is made literal by the company’s dedication to quality – a Paco creation is guaranteed to last for generations, making it the equivalent of a modern heirloom.

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HUMAN NATURE The Nativ collection from Roche Bobois evolved from designer Raphael Navot’s intricate woodwork pieces, which mesmerised the company’s creative director Nicolas Roche. The collaboration expanded from his carpentry, with the larger collection underpinned by a commitment to craftsmanship and quality. With every piece a tribute to texture – wool, leather, wood – the collection is sensual, inspired by nature, and meant to be felt. This imperative is driven home further by the organic nature and familiar, yet progressive shapes of the pieces.

BACK TO BASICS Dedicated to creating useful and beautiful furniture, Fyrn reminds us why craftsmanship and a creative heritage are so important in contemporary design, and why they’re so important in creating considered and beautiful things that last. With a woodworking lineage going back to the early 1900s, the company’s designs are grounded in generations of skill, and a deep understanding and love of furniture-making. With this solid foundation, Fyrn seeks to create contemporary pieces that speak to a modern homemaker and design aficionado, whose appreciation for design extends beyond the surface. At the heart of their work is the desire to bring people together, and build closer families and stronger communities through pieces that become part of your story, with the patina of each memory adding to the intrinsic value of the pieces you surround yourself with.

FOLLOW THE SUN Art pieces as much as décor objects, Okha’s accessories elevate an interior with the most minimal effort. The curated range includes glassware, wood and mirrors, reflecting Okha’s dedication to handmade luxury. The Solar Mirror, with its glowing moody spheres, delivers an ambient atmospheric effect as well as a practical surface by which to check your visage – form and function in one.

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ost architects and modern-interiors specialists will agree that we have one of the world’s first starchitects, Charles-Édouard Jeanneret or ‘Le Corbusier’ to thank for the minimalist mores so prevalent today. It was Le Corbusier and other visionaries like Mies van der Rohe and Frank Lloyd Wright who extended their spare-design philosophies to the interior spaces that occupied their builds – and for Le Corbusier, this included the tubular metal-framed furniture he designed. It is Modernist design traits like these that can be seen in some of Italian brand Flexform’s most iconic pieces: the A.B.C. created in 1996 includes the armchair and ottoman duo, which emanates a cubist-like soul, and later pieces such as the Magister (1982) and Groundpiece (2001) sofas.

They represent a masterful marriage of proportion, balance and comfort. While beautiful design has always been at the heart of the Flexform brand, it is relevance that has remained key – and perhaps this is exactly why, after 60 years, pieces from collections old and new, are as sought-after as ever. ‘We are proud to say that many products in our collections are not just best-sellers but long-sellers, which to us is far more important than anything else,’ says Giuliano Galimberti, Flexform’s head of export sales and member of its board. ‘Perhaps if we had to name one factor responsible for our success I would say it is our consistency over time and sticking to our identity and values regardless of trends.’ There’s no doubt that Flexform is in it for the long haul, and this is especially evident with their

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After 60 years, iconic Italian design house Flexform is as relevant as ever. But how does a heritage design brand future-proof itself in a world that is moving as fast as it is? asks décor writer, VICKI SLEET.


longstanding and famed relationship with Italian starchitect Antonio Citterio. The association spans 40 years and is as solid as the brand’s quiet confidence: ‘We have to recognise that among all the designers we collaborated with, he is the one who really helped us to shape our identity,’ says Galimberti. Described by the company as their ‘deus ex machina’, Citterio is responsible for translating Flexform’s core commitment to modern design into new, yet lasting collections. are released annually at the Salone del Mobile, Milan, where the company has exhibited each year since its launch in 1961. As the company’s art director, it is Citterio’s role to lead and collaborate with relevance, and over the years this has resulted in collaborations with the likes of American starchitect Daniel Libeskind and, most recently, Italian golden boy Carlo Colombo, whose modular Newbridge sofa system (released in 2018) embraces the brand’s modernist emphasis with societal demands for comfort and ‘Netflix and chill’ time. A world where 3-D printing and the mass production of lesserseen elements is helping many design companies to stay afloat is anathema to Flexform. ‘Up to 70 percent of our product is still handmade. Of course, we make the most of the available technology but it is still the know-how of our very skilled craftspeople that makes the difference,’ says Galimberti. Likewise, the meticulous use of the very best materials in the manufacturing process is key: ‘One of our favourite materials is saddle hide. We feel it ages beautifully and is perfect for creating products that aim at being timeless,’ he says, adding, ‘we don’t follow trends, we are much more influenced by travelling or other cultural factors. The latest collection, and our last sectional sofa, Campiello, for instance, were very much inspired by Venice (campiello is a meeting place where Venetians take their

aperitivo) and by the colour of the Venetian Lagoon, blending shades of grey, green and blue.’ Flexform offers its clients both bespoke and high design, offthe-peg pieces, such as the Flexform Mood collection. Launched in 2001, Mood has always straddled classic and contemporary style and was designed with both domestic and contract spaces in mind. With Citterio’s careful curatorship (designers such as John Hutton and Stefano Gaggero are as famed as the collections they create under the Mood label), it has become a cornerstone of the Flexform business, carrying its own level of desirability. And for those who are looking for something that is perhaps a little less design-pedigreed and more quirky, Galimberti is frank. ‘We are totally aware that we cannot please everybody. If a customer cannot find anything suitable in the collection... that’s fine, as we do not like to compromise.’  In South Africa, the Flexform and Mood collections are only available at Flexform Johannesburg at IL Lusso.

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Tucked away behind a stone wall in a lush, landscaped garden on the west coast of the Balearic island of Mallorca, lies a discreet holiday home that is a celebration of simplicity. WORDS NOREEN JOHNSON PHOTOGRAPHS GREG COX STYLING SVEN ALBERDING (BUREAUX)

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implicity is the ultimate sophistication’ is a remark often attributed to Leonardo da Vinci. This very contemporary sentiment does seem as if it could have originated with the legendary Renaissance artist, designer and architect. For those leading successful, hyper-busy, 21st-century lives in a very large city, simplifying one’s existence can seem like a utopian dream rather than a genuine possibility. Which is probably why the current owners of this holiday home in Deià on the west coast of the Spanish island of Mallorca decided to acquire this particular property – and why they asked

DÉCOR Opposite: With its natural textures and pared-back but comfortable locally sourced wooden furniture, the sheltered veranda offers the perfect place of repose Below: At the threshold of the property, a wooden reclaimed door with custombuilt iron lock and key, sourced from Galería Rustic in Santa María del Camí sets the tone for what lies within. The large terracotta pots flanking the doorway are by potter Pere Coll in Pòrtol, Mallorca

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The floors throughout the interior are made from a lime mortar base, and here, in the dining area, chestnut ceiling beams were installed. ‘We love chestnut as it is harder than pine, has a lot of character and can be treated with natural processes to create very interesting effects and patinas,’ says Manuel Villanueva of More Design. The ceramic wall lights are from More Design’s own Drop series, and the hanging lampshade was sourced by the homeowner


Deià-based design firm More Design to work on its rejuvenation with them. The homeowner, who is the creator of more than one cooler-than-cool fashion label, and her partner, a famous musician, were instantly attracted by the extensive spread of land that surrounds the house and its magnificent exposure to the wild coastline, explains Oro del Negro of More Design. ‘The site is well known as the old orchards of Son Bleda farm,’ he says, adding that the property included ‘a typical summer cottage built in the 1970s: open-plan, very basic and rudimentary, but honest’. That was the upside. Listed under the ‘Not So Great’ column were that the home’s layout was highly compartmentalised into small areas, and that the building had not been constructed very well. So, says Del Negro, although the project was technically ‘a renovation, it rapidly became a full-blown new build, albeit one that respected the original footprint and volume’ of the preexisting house.

From the very beginning, More Design felt that the most important aspect of the renovation would be to keep it simple. ‘Discretion and humility are words that come to mind,’ Del Negro explains, as ‘both the client and ourselves believe that bold gestures are often best expressed in an understated nature’. The completed home includes three bedrooms and three bathrooms, as well as open-plan living, dining and kitchen spaces. Neither the private nor the public areas are especially large – indeed, the house very definitely has the feel of a country cottage rather than a rambling holiday villa – but the use of multiple built-in furniture pieces and a restrained interiordesign scheme that prioritises natural textures and colours combine to make it seem cosy and contained while still being light-filled and laid-back. Wood, natural stone, wrought iron and glass – complemented by locally sourced textiles and décor items such as vintage glassware and traditional wovenpalm accessories – are used throughout

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Above: (left) All the components of the en suite bathroom were custom-made by More Design. The pivoting brass mirror was created by local artisans Toni Calafell and Cristaleria Colomes; (right) Built-in elements such as wardrobes and bedside enclaves cleverly perform the task of making small rooms appear more spacious


Below: The ultimate sophistication Right (clockwise from top left): Protected by dry stone walls, the lush tropical garden is able to thrive; the main bedroom has a typical Mediterranean feel; the stone path was designed to appear to emerge from the wall; ‘Fewer objects mean more time to daydream,’ says Oro del Negro of More Design. The enclosed patio allows just that

the interior spaces. Every element has been carefully and sensitively selected, with the emphasis placed on subtle layering without any sense of clutter or confusion. A sheltered, comfortably furnished veranda and numerous glass doors lead out onto the remarkably lush garden. The garden brief was to respect the mature trees in the wild forest on the lower part of the property, and to create a traditional Mallorquin patio with plenty of greenery close to the house. The planting was carefully designed by Katerina Christensson of the Garden Company. As Christensson says, ‘Here, given the perfect situation surrounded by windprotecting dry stone walls, we could plant a tropical, evergreen courtyard with typically cold-sensitive plants that might ordinarily be difficult to grow in Mallorca.’ These include exotic banana trees (Musa ensete or Ensete ventricosum) and the very fragrant red frangipani

(Plumeria rubra) as well as a lime tree and a passion-fruit vine. Rounding off the planting are some gorgeous ferns, with the Philodendron selloum’s poignant foliage combining with sago palms (Cycas revoluta) and slender lady palms (Rhapis humilis) to give the garden close to the house ‘the ultimate tropical look’, says Christensson. Both outdoors and inside the house, an utterly tranquil atmosphere has been created. As Del Negro says, the most satisfying effect of how the finished project has turned out is the way it appears rustic and simple, yet preserves all the comforts life has to offer. Whether its occupants are spending a relaxing afternoon reading on the veranda, clustered at the kitchen island preparing a meal together, or gathered around the interior fireplace to chat while enjoying a glass of wine on a cool autumn evening, the house enlarges and enriches these holiday pastimes. 


Perfectly situated for maximum enjoyment of the property’s spectacular sea views (‘miramar’ in Spanish), this specially designed area was conceived as a place to gather friends and host special events. The built-in perimeter benches and a vintage drinks table, sourced by the homeowner, provide comfort, simplicity and the intended conviviality of the space



There’s been a steady uptick of ambitious, highend automotive commissions over the years, as well as an increased use of exotic materials, normally reserved for the lapidary-minded, in their creation – from incredibly thin granite facings and classy ceramics in alluring colours to tanzanite and diamonds, with techniques like English blacking (associated with fine gunsmithing) also being incorporated. Not to be outdone – or outshone for that matter – BMW presented their M850i xDrive Night Sky special edition, which happily coincided with the orbit of Earth through ‘asteroid 2003 EH’, earlier this year. The coupé features 600g of real meteorite fragments on the centre console trim plate, start/ stop button, gear selector, the top of the iDrive click wheel and door-sill inserts. ‘The entry speed of the meteorite into the atmosphere was about 72km per second – roughly

260 000 km/h,’ says Dr Thomas Müller of the Max Planck Institute, with whom BMW consulted. This earth-tethered car is rather more pedestrian, but nevertheless challenges gravity with its more than adequate 390kW, 750Nm V8 to deliver 0-100km/h in 3.7 seconds and a top speed of 250km/h. The sheet-metal is handfinished with a black base under the graduated coats of San Marino Blue, followed by seven layers of clear topcoat, each mixed with varying tinsel and bronze pigments. All this effort is made as a homage to that ‘blue hour’ every morning and evening of twilight when the indirect sunlight takes on a calming blueish shade. As with the constellations from that vast cosmic ocean, endlessly deep in every direction, you cannot buy this BMW. However, it does show that our imagination is everything, and it’s most definitely a preview of things to come.

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The BMW M850i xDrive Night Sky special edition redefines the limits of what is possible.


THE CAR YOU’VE NEVER HEARD OF Last year at the Pebble Beach Concours d’ Elegance, SSC North America stunned audiences with their next-generation hypercar, the Tuatara. According to CEO Jerod Shelby, ‘It will have an unmatched drag coefficient of 0.279, with track-level handling characteristics, and a top speed that will easily surpass the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport’s 431km/h.’ Award-winning automobile designer Jason Castriota, led the SSC team in the creation of what Top Gear described as the ‘latest salvo in the race to build the world’s fastest car’. Its predecessor, the Ultimate Aero, took the world by storm when it became the world’s fastest production car in 2007.

SUSPEND YOUR DISBELIEF ‘If it’s completely new, why does it look like the last one?’ If I had a rand for every time I was asked that, I’d have, oh, at least R30 by now. Detractors may have a point, but then again, they don’t, because this really is all new. I drove the Carrera S Coupé version of the Cabriolet pictured earlier this year and felt at once that it will reassure existing 911 fans with its lithe and exploitable handling, but it will also find those new customers who will love the more digital persona of this car. A new eight-speed PDK automatic gearbox, fantastic trick suspension, better brakes, a refreshed interior and loads of technical stuff will make you feel like you can really drive this car. Both open and closed versions of the Carrera S share the same 3.0-litre, twin-turbocharged flat-six, which are good for 3.5 seconds in the 0-100km/h dash. If my experience with the Coupé holds true for the Cabriolet, it will be a world-class driving machine and a major headache for most other brands in this space when it arrives at the end of this year.

JOIN THE (WHEELS) CLUB Under strip lights and standing on a spotless floor are rows of cars – Porsches, McLarens, Bentleys - it’s a Top Trumps car park. In fact, it’s a secure storage garage called Wheels Club, a place for luxury and exotic car lovers who don’t have room to park yet another Ferrari on the drive, or who just want to leave their DB11 in caring hands and drive it as and when the fancy takes them. But your money buys more that just a parking space. The facility, less than 5km from Sandton City, offers 24-hour, on-site security guards and CCTV cameras. Their exquisitely furnished boardroom and mezzanine area are made available to members only, and can be reserved for functions and meetings.

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he G-Class was originally developed by Mercedes-Benz for the Shah of Iran and for military use in the ’70s. But in 1979 it was made available to civilian buyers. Hand-built in Austria, the Geländewagen or G-Wagen was at first a basic off-roader, with a modest line-up of engines and body styles, but by the 1980s it was being sold as a status symbol to the wealthy. At first glance, the 2019 model doesn’t really look any different to its immediate predecessor. It’s bulked up a bit but the basic boxy shape and utilitarian heritage remain. Inside, however, Mercedes-Benz engineers have redesigned things pretty much everywhere – it’s all-new, with very few parts carried over.

For Brabus, ‘refiner’ of Mercedes-Benz vehicles, there was, however, still plenty that could be fettled and enhanced. Established in Germany in 1977, Brabus’s mission has been to make fast and luxurious cars even faster and more luxurious. My recent visit to the firm revealed a deep fascination for the unique. ‘Cars are rarely fully individual. So we transform each one into something exclusive, a truly limited-edition luxury statement,’ says CEO, Constantin Buschmann. ‘We are at the interface of hi-tech and high-end luxury, which allows us to develop many more exciting business ideas, like our subsidiary Startech, which now applies the same magic to Aston Martin, Bentley, Land Rover and Maserati,’ he adds.

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I was let loose on one of their latest models – the Brabus Mercedes-Benz G500. I set the sat nav to the foothills of rugged Schöckl mountain near Graz, Austria, which took me through Cologne and Frankfurt. Slinking through these cities with ease, it burbled and crackled through the gears in Sport+ which, of course, fed my inner child to no end. You sit very high, but with its adaptive dampers there’s plenty of grip as you sweep through bends. Happily, for purists, none of its on-road manners will blunt its mountaingoat personality on Schöckl or, closer to home, in the Richtersveld. Brabus has massaged power from the four-litre, eight-cylinder bi-turbo engine to make it even more compelling: up from 310kW to 368kW and from 610Nm to 710Nm of mountain-moving torque. An exclusive Brabus body design and 23-inch Monoblockforged wheels create an even more extravagant appearance. Inside, upholstery craftsmen have applied especially soft and breathable Mastik leather and Alcantara to offer plutocrats endless possibilities in terms of colour variety and design variants. But rationalising the need for a €259 900, 2 500kg off-roader capable of 0-100 km/h in just 5.7 seconds is tricky. The thing is, this car defies logic in a devil-maycare display of granite-tough charisma. What hasn’t changed is that outrageous curb appeal. There’s nothing else available quite like the G-Class, and whether you’re buying it to cruise Camps Bay or ascend Sani Pass in the rain, it’ll handle that and more, with sublime comfort and capability. So, if the standard G500 is not mad enough, then it’s Brabus all the way. 


Brabus founder Bodo Buschmann had a maxim: ‘Never work for money; work for passion instead.’ So, naturally, RICHARD WEBB felt compelled to test drive one of their latest refinements, the G500, just to hear its Jurassic roar.


ON SHOW The future of luxury mobility has a new home at Melrose Arch, writes RICHARD WEBB.

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new proliferation of niche automotive brands is causing legacy luxury car marques to make brave decisions – such as producing the types of cars they would not have contemplated in the past. The ones that appeal to a growing class of clients, for whom even the high-volume carmaker’s highest-priced products don’t have enough curb appeal. South African purveyors of the world’s luxurious supercar marques, led by Daytona CEO Justin Divaris, believe that some people find even luxury premium is not differentiated enough. ‘Daytona’s clients are increasingly reaching outside of their sector by mixing and matching the ultra-expensive with the more affordable. We see clients trade up from, or buy, a new BMW 7-series as well as a Rolls-Royce,’ Divaris says. The stories a luxury brand like Daytona tells also go beyond the aspirational lifestyle of their clients and are more grounded in authenticity and social responsibility. This shift has created new opportunities for Daytona to engage with affluent consumers by making a meaningful contribution to their lifestyles. By focusing on individual consumers and embracing a progressive interpretation of the idea of luxury, Daytona makes an effort to fully understand the new modern luxury consumers’ mindset. ‘Affluent consumers increasingly shop with purpose, which is why we have opened a new experience centre for our brands.’ Located in Melrose, the space covers 8 000m2 of distilled Aston Martin, McLaren, Rolls-Royce, Pagani and Brabus brand indulgence. As a result, Daytona believes its luxury automotive offerings will become ever-more personalised and convenient. ‘We welcome consumers seven days a week,’ Divaris confirms. ‘We believe that contemplation is also a luxury, so we have built a candy store for supercars, where clients can dine in Naked Kitchen and Coffee Bar restaurant while soaking up these automotive art forms. ‘Investing in the luxury market takes research and time, but it can also be extremely fun and rewarding. Affluent, modern consumers are redefining luxury at every touchpoint in their purchasing journey. The investment we have made in our new showroom clearly signals the confidence we have in the luxury car market and in South Africa as a whole.’


An increasing number of high-net-worth individuals and a relatively small number of legacy prestige brands have created a market for ultra-exclusive new ‘future collectibles’.  ‘Aston Martin is signalling its second century of existence with the DB11, Vantage and DBS, and a sizzing line-up of next-level cars, some of which will be using groundbreaking electric powertrain technology. We are also excited about the DBX SUV, the mid-engine supercars, and the Lagondas,’ says Divaris.  McLaren is surely the inventor of the contemporary limited-edition supercar. Their 1992 F1 was incredibly expensive 27 years ago but to buy one today, you’ll need about R200m. ‘Rather more “affordable” models are available in our McLaren showroom,’ explains Divaris.  Pagani has entrusted Daytona to launch its first dealership in Africa. ‘The company usually remains tight-lipped about forthcoming models, but one thing we do know is that the Italian master craftsmen are working on an even more potent version of their BC hypercar,’ Divaris adds.  Then there’s Rolls-Royce’s Cullinan that boasts a twin-turbo V12 and more quality features than you could ever imagine in an SUV that is massively competent off-road. 

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THE KIDSTON FILES Social-media influencers are becoming ‘so last season’ as old-fashioned skills and talent make a comeback, says RICHARD WEBB after talking to ‘classic-car supplier to the very, very wealthy’ Simon Kidston in London.

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Left: Glen Kidston and Woolf Barnato celebrate their victory at Le Mans in 1930 Below: One of the five 1900 SSZs that participated in the 1930 Mille Miglia, the legendary race of 1 000 miles from Brescia to Rome and back

TO THE AUTOMOTIVE BORN Kidston, it seems, came out of the womb interested in cars. Blue-eyed and coolly persuasive, the intuitively

fashion-spry Kidston speaks of his early years. ‘I grew up at Southover House in Dorset, a modest country estate punctuated by fast cars in the garage and a small aircraft in the farm hangar. And dogs, lots of dogs.’ As he pours us another glass of Chablis, he confides, ‘My family always loved cars, not flashy ones, but always fast. Some cars radiate beauty. Their aesthetic has something pleasing to some and not to others. With a car much of the attraction is in the heritage. A great beauty has a combination of all those attributes.’ Kidston runs Kidston SA, a boutique classic automotive advisory firm, differentiating itself from auction houses like Bonhams, Gooding and RM. ‘Some have thousands of staff, dealing with hundreds of thousands of clients. We’re a team of 10 and represent no more than 20 cars at a time, acting as an agent for the collector. This is not a car dealership. We don’t have a garage, forecourt, or an inventory. It’s about helping clients to buy and sell rare cars, advising them of the best approach.’ Kidston undertakes a huge amount of historical research for each car, dedicating more time than auction houses usually can to every consignment. ‘We understand that there is no such thing as a perfect car. Our buyers make informed decisions based on that historical research,

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nfluencers have been around for hundreds of years. Josiah Wedgwood became the 18th century’s most famous potter through innovative, artsy products differentiated by celebrity and royal endorsements. As ‘Potter to Her Majesty’ he demonstrated the early power of the ultra-influencer. Centuries later, after the ill-fated 2017 Fyre Festival in the Bahamas turned out to be a high-profile fiasco – and the subject of a subsequent Netflix documentary – questions are being asked about the responsibilities of social-media influencers. As influencing trends and personalities come and go, sustainable influence should be underpinned by a powerful combination of authentic personality and individual style. Enter stage-left one Simon Kidston. The credentials for Kidston, a dual English-Swiss national, read like the ‘Who’s Who’ in the world of classic cars. Educated in Italy and Switzerland, he supplies vintage and classic cars to the very, very wealthy. Heritage and legacy run deep here: his father, uncle and grandfather were all raffishly good-looking British military officers, and his uncle was one of the famous ‘Bentley Boys’. He’s also the cousin of Cath Kidston, the famous British modern-vintage designer. It was in 2012 at BMW Group’s Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este – where he was the multilingual master of ceremonies – that I first met Kidston. We reconnected recently at his Mayfair bolthole – the famous 5 Hertford Street Members Club in London – where royals, fashionistas and A-listers congregate. His club, for all its heritage, manners, dress codes, clashing patterns and prints, is a surprisingly unpretentious place, and it sits rather well with Kidston’s character.

Above: Simon Kidston inspects a vintage 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO. Only 36 were produced from 1962 to 1964, and this particular car won Le Mans in 1963 Right: Simon Kidston believes the beauty of cars lies in their heritage

the support available for restoring ‘Cars are the products of human endeavour, and for me it’s them and knowing the potential the human stories that bring cars to life. Cars are a wonderful upside or downside of a car. We medium for getting people together’ handpick restorers and supervise everything to completion. ‘Folded metal doesn’t get world, Kidston says that dealing through a broker is often folded on its own. It gets designed, built, moulded, like ‘kissing through a gasmask’, but finding a meeting of restored and raced by people with passion. Cars are the minds on price is often difficult enough with the buyer the products of human endeavour, and for me it’s the and the seller holding totally different objectives. ‘I like to human stories that bring cars to life. Cars are a wonderful deal with a person who respects the car, not someone who medium for getting people together.’ With the average sees it just as an asset, and who may not keep it the way it price of the vehicles he sells around R18 million, he’s came out of the factory,’ he says. really helping people to create and maintain a legacy.


THE LOCAL LINK Kidston seems to possess an endless stream of stories, each one as fascinating as the last. There is a South African link here, too. ‘In 1930 my uncle Glen won the Le Mans race with a Speed Six Bentley and soon after took another record by flying between Wiltshire in the UK and Cape Town in a 313kW radial-engined Lockheed Vega – at an average of 212.1km/h for the 12 070 km. He was in the air for a total of 57 hours and 10 minutes. Lieutenant commander Glen Kidston and Captain Thomas Anthony Gladstone both died on 5 May 1931 while flying over the Drakensberg mountains in a de Havilland Puss Moth ZS-ACC. ‘Flying into a gale and a thick dust storm that had whipped up, the wing sheared off about 27km north of the tiny mountain town of Van Reenen in the Drakensberg. To this day there remains a sandstone memorial near the crash site.’ In handling some of the most expensive cars in the

‘Now more than ever we are seeing a dramatic change of focus and a new set of collectors are coming to the fore. Increasingly we are being asked to find cars from the ’80s and ’90s. Bugatti Veyrons are now seen as collector cars – no longer “new” but not quite old enough to be classic, yet when you look at what goes into them you can see why they deserve to have a future.’ He believes tastes are clearly changing, and that this generation does its homework with methodical dedication. ‘They value authenticity,’ he says, as he ponders whether a culture of instant gratification and the hot pursuit of 15 minutes of fame can ever replace real-life expertise. As in the fields of design and music, technology has enabled many influencers to mask their lack of genuine skill. Add to that the proliferation of ‘fake news’ and it’s easy to see why canny collectors truly value influential experts like Kidston and his personal brand reputation when it comes to spending their own money. 

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INHERITANCE IS THE ENGINE OF SURVIVAL We can take automotive inspiration from the ennobling effects of design, architecture and the art we’ve seen throughout our lives, writes RICHARD WEBB, as he watches the Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato literally being hand-built by craftsmen.

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THE BOND BOND We wandered over to a DB4 GT Continuation in the workshop. A hand-built gem created at the same site where the 75 original forebears were produced from 1959 to 1963. ‘It was a true supercar of its day and is probably the most revered of all Aston Martins,’ says Spires, as he feathers his hand over the perfect panel gaps on this automotive work of art. Fusing a blend of almost forgotten craftsmanship and ultra-modern techniques, these Continuation cars have marked improvements in performance, handling, braking and safety, while reflecting the original’s exceptional qualities and character. ‘To guarantee an unbroken bloodline through the Newport Pagnell-built pedigree,

the Vehicle Identification Numbers of Continuation cars carry on from the last original DB4 GT,’ he adds. They are all presold, but soon, 25 well-heeled clients will apply to buy a perfect Continuation of James Bond’s Goldfinger DB5 instead. Handmade in association with the producers of the 007 films, the car bridges the over half-century connection between Aston Martin and James Bond. ‘This is something truly unique and everyone involved here at Aston Martin Works believes it’s been a real privilege to be involved,’ Spires says proudly. I was one of an entire generation of children in the ’60s who pestered their parents for a Corgi die-cast model of the 007 DB5 and in a heartbeat, like Spires, became one of a generation of aspirant Aston Martin owners.

A LIFE’S WORK In a sure sign that a name alone cannot keep a heritage alive, the company has also pioneered a bold new plan to future-proof the increasingly valuable 13 000 remaining heritage Aston Martins in existence by creating the world’s first reversible EV powertrain conversion. ‘By futureproofing customer’s classic cars against any upcoming restrictive legislation, our zero-emissions conversion can protect our customers’ long-term enjoyment of their cars,’ Squires explains. ‘Driving a classic Aston Martin on pure EV power is a unique experience and one that will be very attractive to many owners, not just those who live in city centres.’ Thanks in part to Aston Martin’s development of the new Rapide E and the future all-new range of Lagondas, the firm has pioneered a radical new Electric Vehicle ‘cassette’ that sits within its own self-contained cell, mounted on the original engine mountings of a classic Aston Martin. ‘I drove the “proof of concept” DB6 Volante extensively, and it’s totally a unique experience,’ Spires enthused. It’s a rare ability for a car brand to manage conformity and change. But Aston Martin Works seems to be practising a consciously practical approach in ensuring that the gift of heritage is passed on just as much as it is newly created.

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n many ways, our modern lives are a continuation of our heritage. Like a thread through a needle, our influences are stitched with the form and colours of our experiences in a reverie of textures, aromas and sounds from around the world. Cherished textures, materials, places and even memories have all served as a starting point to create a design vision for cars across the Aston Martin model range past and present. It all started here, in the outwardly unassuming cluster of buildings – some truly historic and some modern – in the village of Newport Pagnell in Buckinghamshire, England. This is where the people of Aston Martin Works translate some of these influences into the world’s super-bespoke cars. I find it absolutely fascinating how you can honour such heritage and history while being compelled by a fervent interest in the future, and was eager to meet Paul Spires, the president of Aston Martin Works, to find out how they take inspiration from the past and make it thoroughly modern. ‘Life is about connection, and how people find ways of connecting that are meaningful to them. Aston Martins are a lifestyle, not just cars. And your lifestyle needs to reflect the things you hold dear to your heart,’ says Spires, as he took me on a personal tour around this celebrated workshop and sales epicentre.




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The DB4 GT Zagato is a trackonly car, dressed in thin-gauge hand-rolled aluminium body panels, while the road-legal, modern DBS Zagato is based on the 533kW turbocharged 5.2-litre V12 DBS Superleggera and will feature the similar pert tail, and modern take on the famous ‘double-bubble’ roof of previous Zagato Astons. Sold only as a pair, the Aston Martin DBZ Century Collection will cost a cool £6 million plus taxes, Aston Martin CEO Dr Andy Palmer says. ‘With Zagato celebrating its centenary this year, what better way to celebrate this landmark, and the long-standing bond between our two great companies, than creating these 19 pairs of cars.’  6 9 P R I VAT E E D I T I O N ISSUE 43

MAGNIFICENT MALDIVES It’s no small feat the Maldives continues to surprise and entice visitors by offering something ‘new’. The latest launch from luxury resort specialists LUX* does just that. LUX* North Malé Atoll is redefining the Maldivian holiday experience. There are no thatched roofs in sight; rather, each of the 67 lavish double-storey residences comes with its own sky lounge – a magnificent rooftop oasis. Singaporean design house Miaja’s vision has been realised in extremely spacious villas, with each suite privately positioned and offering different vistas from every angle. Add to this deluxe dining, the ocean on your doorstep, two swimming pools, the LUX* ME Spa, world-renowned diving, high-adrenaline water sports, private yacht voyages, and more, and you just know that you’re in for a treat.

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IN HARMONY Amanyangyun is a place you visit to forget about the world for a little while. Located a short distance from downtown Shanghai, and surrounded by a camphor forest and lakes, the modern and understated design and décor of this tranquil resort belies its history. Here, Mingand Qing-dynasty dwellings were saved from demolition and reassembled, brick by ancient brick, to create what is now a holistic health and healing retreat. Its spa and wellness centre is one of the largest and most comprehensive in Shanghai and offers treatments, journeys and rituals based on traditional Chinese healing practices.

SPIRITUAL AWAKENING It’s not easy to get to volcanic Ulleungdo Island in South Korea, but if you’re willing to embark on the journey to The Kosmos Hotel you’ll be greatly rewarded. Guests visit this spiritual refuge to reflect inward, heal and contemplate life. Designed by Seoul-based architects The System Lab, the hotel’s architecture is impressively unique, with curved white walls that rise and fall, swirl and swoop, as if powered by the island’s mystical energy. Rooms are luxurious and fitted with state-of-the-art technology, while the views are commandeered by ancient forests and the azure ocean. The otherworldy energy and surrounding natural beauty are sure to restore even the most weary beings.

GO WITH THE FLOW There is nothing quite as cathartic as the rhapsodic sound of flowing water. And at private nature sanctuary Shinta Mani Wild in Cambodia it is the soundtrack to every day. With just 15 custom-designed tents, it’s an extremely exclusive hideaway where guests are ensconced in the surrounding mountain and rain forest (one of the few remaining habitats in Cambodia for wild elephants, gibbons and many other species). Days are spent traversing the wild waterways aboard the private, fully-equipped expedition boats, relaxing at the bar perched alongside a waterfall, or rejuvenating at the tranquil Boulders Spa.

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WHEN IN… HELSINKI This contemporary and very stylish Finnish city is best explored in the European summer. Here’s where to go…

DINE Of the 27 Michelin-starred restaurants in Finland, 26 are situated in Helsinki – and Demo is one of them. Having held on to this accolade annually since 2007, it

continues to deliver a top dining experience year after year. With a set menu that changes regularly and a laidback-luxe atmosphere, it’s no wonder booking is essential. DRINK Centrally located in West Harbour, the Clarion Hotel Helsinki, with its two windowclad towers linked by a transparent glass footbridge, is truly a unique sight to behold. Its rooftop bar, the Sky Room, is well worth a visit. With panoramic views over the city and harbour, and a cocktail list second to none, it’s the place to mingle with the city’s chic and cosmopolitan crowd.

SEE Lovers of good design will be in their element at the Design Museum. Housing 125 000 images, 75 000 objects and 45 000 drawings, the museum, which opened in 1873, is internationally recognised as a national specialist museum. After taking in all the incredible works on display, pop in to Juuri Café & Bar for delicious Finnish pastries and coffee, as well as incredible design books and gifts. SHOP Stockmann Helsinki Centre may not sound very enticing, but with more than 50 000m2 of retail space spread over 10 floors, it’s a must-visit

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for serious retail therapy. It is Scandinavia’s largest department store and stocks the best international names in fashion as well as local designer threads and top beauty and wellness brands. It also has a grocery store, a pet shop and various restaurants, so it’s easy to lose a day here. RELAX It would be sacrilege to visit Helsinki and not experience its sauna culture. This is why a visit to Allas Sea Pool is a must. Made up of a floating deck and housing three saunas, as well as two large heated freshwater pools and a seawater pool, it’s a blissful place to spend a day.


STAY Situated near the Old Church Park in Helsinki’s Design District, Hotel St George boasts 148 individually decorated rooms and five suites in a unique, historical setting. With its luxurious furnishings, incredible art, three on-site restaurants and the exquisitely appointed living room, The Wintergarden, there isn’t a more perfect space from which to explore the city.


EXTREME OCEAN & ICE Antarctic explorer, Ernest Shackleton, called the Great White Continent his mistress. Travel writer, KERI HARVEY understands the seduction.


to a safe journey. It will be six days before we set foot on solid ground again in the remote Falklands. Before then we have a lot of deep, open ocean to cross.

PEACE ON THE WATER Early the next morning a chance peep through the cabin curtains reveals a remarkably similar picture to a postcard we’d bought in Ushuaia. But it can’t be. Cape Horn is notoriously wild and a renowned ship’s graveyard. Our view is of pure tranquility – a smooth sea sprinkled with sunshine. The treacherous Cape Horn or Cabo Hornos is showing us her soft side, smiling serenely as we sail past in disbelief. The pilot boat leaves us here, turning sharply towards the headland with its lonely lighthouse and the Albatross Memorial erected in memory of sailors lost here. Now we’re on our own, with 1 000km of open ocean ahead of us. On board, South African master storyteller Rob Caskie has us captivated with tales of the great Antarctic explorers – Roald Amundsen and Ernest Shackleton – as the stage curtains behind him move to and fro as the ship tilts. Still, it’s smooth sailing in unmatched luxury for us, which was not an option for them. The highadventure tales are riveting.




e’re not sure how to interpret the captain’s silence. Tomorrow morning we’ll round Cape Horn, the southernmost tip of South America where many ships have been swallowed in violent weather, and head into the tempestuous and unpredictable Drake Passage to cross 1 000km of open Southern Ocean to Antarctica. Here 30m-high rogue waves are possible and it can be a two-day trip from hell – or not. Those who have crossed talk about the ‘Drake Lake’ or a ‘Drake Shake’ and we have no idea which one awaits us. And the captain is not saying either. We sail out of Ushuaia at sunset. The most southern city in Argentina, affectionately called Fin del Mundo or The End of the World, is the gateway to Antarctica. Ushuaia is also where rugged and beautiful Patagonia meets the sea, and is set against the backdrop of the Andes that remain snowcapped even in mid-summer. The Beagle Channel is glassy calm, and Crystal Serenity cuts through the water without a sound. We admire the tiny banded Les Eclaireurs lighthouse to the starboard side of the ship and wonder what awaits us as we edge closer to Cape Horn. We console ourselves that no news from the captain must be good news, so we head for dinner and toast


That night we are rocked to sleep and awake in the morning to a single wandering albatross gliding alongside the ship. Later in the day we see the fins of killer whales and spot southern giant pretrel gliding above the ocean’s surface. The sea may be grey and moody, but it is certainly a Drake Lake. All our seasickness tablets remain sealed.

THE GREAT WHITE CONTINENT The following morning, the ship anchors. We part the cabin curtains to see towering ice mountains in the middle distance and an ocean sprinkled with icebergs. We gaze in awe without speaking. This is Antarctica. The Great White Continent is gasp beautiful and we are too scared to blink and lose the moment. Otherworldly and absolutely silent, it’s like another planet. Pure, desolate, harsh and exquisite. At 65° south, it’s still -2°C outside in mid-summer and the ocean looks like a slush puppy. Ice clinks against the ship as we sail slowly, guided by an ice pilot. Then an iceberg calves and the noise is deafening in this quiet world. We sail on to the volcanic caldera of Deception Island, home to comical chinstrap penguins. The weather turns grim as we head into the Bransfield Strait to see the collection of South Shetland Islands.

Our captain manoeuvres the ship carefully into the postcard perfect Neumayer Channel to see turquoise ice floes and crevasses, towering ice mountains and plenty of icebergs up close. A sea lion rests on a small iceberg and penguins pass buy on a fishing mission. At Elephant Island, we are lucky to see Point Wild through the fog – the exact spot where Shackleton’s 22 men overwintered on an ice flow under upturned boats, when their ship Endurance was crushed by pack ice. Shackleton returned 135 days later to collect all his men in what is touted as the ultimate survival story. Gentoo, chinstrap and macaroni penguins as well as elephant seals call this home. Five days have passed and it’s time to take on the perilous Drake Passage again. We speak kindly to the weather gods as two easy crossings are unheard of. Miraculously they hear us and grant us a second Drake Lake crossing. And so begins a love affair with Antarctica. She’s already calling us back. 

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SAILING WITH THE MAN WHO WASN’T DARWIN This year marks the 150th anniversary of Alfred Russel Wallace’s classic book The Malay Archipelago. Writer and photographer MARK EVELEIGH boards a traditional Indonesian sailing yacht to explore a chain of Indonesian islands that have changed little since Wallace’s time.



he timber sailing ship swung slowly on her anchor as the morning tide began to run through a water course that Portuguese mariners had long ago named the Strait of Patience. The state-of-the-art navigation screens in the ship’s bridge showed the Indonesian name as Selat Patientie, but were a 400-year-old Portuguese marinheiro (sailor) mysteriously to appear, there would be little else between the waterline and the jungle-clad peaks of the volcanoes that would have seemed unfamiliar to him. In a country that boasts an estimated 17 500 islands (6 000 of which are said to be uninhabited), it’s not unusual to find unspoiled patches of paradise. Indonesia has been described as the world’s most invisible country and, with the exception of the tourist resorts of Bali, few people seem to be aware of the existence of the world’s largest island nation. It was in the little tangle of islands around the Strait of Patience where Alfred Russel Wallace (a contemporary of Charles Darwin) began to formulate his own ideas on the theory of evolution, and 2019 marks 150 years since the naturalist published The Malay Archipelago – a book that, even today, remains the most engaging travel text ever written about the Indonesian islands.

When one can follow in the footsteps (some of them, anyway) of figures such as naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace, and do so onboard a traditional Indonesianstyle sailing ship, well, then there can be nothing more romantic than the history of things

CHAMPAGNE UNDER CRIMSON SKIES I’d boarded the ship just a couple of days earlier on Ternate. When Wallace established his base on the island in 1858 it was a phenomenally wealthy spiceisland boomtown but today it is little more than a sleepy Indonesian port wrapped around the foot of a towering volcano. Even so, it was the most romantic setting imaginable for the beginning of a voyage on Dunia Baru, Indonesia’s most luxurious traditional-style superyacht. As soon as we were aboard, the ship’s 18-strong crew weighed anchor and within a few minutes we were toasting our voyage with chilled champagne under a crimson sunset. With a name meaning ‘New World’, this 51-metre pinisi (traditional Indonesian sailing ship) was hand-built by Sulawesi Shipwrights and, while her elegant lines and gracefully swooping bow would be familiar to

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Wallace, her navigation, communications systems and engine rooms would appear completely futuristic. While Darwin was, by comparison, a gentleman-naturalist with a comfortable billet in the famous Beagle, Wallace contented himself with sleeping on the deck of fishing boats. During long stints in the jungle with just a machete and a couple of local guides, he occasionally had to resort to drinking the water out of carnivorous pitcher plants. Alfred Russel Wallace rose from the restrictions of a poor family to become one of the great heroes of the Victorian era.

THE ISLAND THAT HISTORY FORGOT Wallace arrived in The Malay Archipelago (as Indonesia was known back then) penniless after a Brazilian ship sank with his entire specimen collection from eight tough years in the Amazon onboard. With the sort of indomitable spirit that comes through as characteristic in his book, he simply started again and in Asian jungles eventually discovered more than 5 000 species that were new to science. His most productive collecting grounds turned out to be Batchian, on the appropriately named Strait of Patience. Marked on charts today as Bacan, this little island (about one-third the size of Bali), has seen few foreign visitors since the great naturalist spent six months collecting there. If Alfred Russel Wallace has been sidelined by history as ‘the man who wasn’t Darwin’, then Bacan is ‘the island that history forgot’. So when I woke, on the second morning of our voyage, to find Dunia Baru anchored within tantalising reach of the island’s jungle-shrouded shore, I borrowed one of the ship’s kayaks and paddled over for a closer look. I headed towards the only signs of humanity, the bark-tiled roofs of a few fishing shacks, but when I clambered up the muddy bank the little hamlet seemed to be abandoned. I spent almost an hour wandering at the edge of the jungle hoping for

If Alfred Russel Wallace has been sidelined by history as ‘the man who wasn’t Darwin’, then Bacan is ‘the island that history forgot’


a sighting of the local bird of paradise – which Dunia Baru boasts six spacious later became known as en-suite double cabins below Wallace’s standardwing deck and a wonderfully (Semioptera wallacii) – or sumptuous full-beam masterperhaps one of the large suite on the aft upper deck. black baboon-monkeys Her fully-equipped dive centre that were common here. is operated by a PADI-certified Wallace noted that this dive instructor, and she was the most easterly boasts a gourmet eat-in galley point in the world where where an experienced chef monkeys existed and creates Indonesian, Asian and the embryonic theory Continental culinary works of natural selection led of art. To charter the entire him to hypothesise that yacht, including an impressive they could only have selection of water toys like been introduced here sailing dingies, jet skis, kayaks, by settlers. stand-up paddleboards and Both species avoided three powerful RIBs, visit me. On my way back towards the beach, however, I met a young man called Opi Ibunya who works to produce copra oil from coconuts (an industry that has changed little since Wallace’s time). ‘My people have lived here longer than anyone can remember,’ he told me in Indonesian. ‘We still see a lot of those black monkeys deeper in the jungle. If you want I’ll get my gun and we can shoot one!’


It seemed that old habits die hard on Bacan. Wallace was almost certainly the only foreigner who had stayed on the island and, in tune with the research methods of his times, his modus operandi had been to shoot at least one of every species he could find. I refused Opi’s offer as graciously as possible and paddled back to the ship where the crew were already preparing to move on. As Dunia Baru turned her stern towards the shore I looked back at the jungle-clad hills and wished I had time to explore them. But my gaze was almost instantly drawn forwards when the sea erupted in a shower of spray and a pod of dolphins began to leap in our bow-wave, as if luring us onward. Before our final landfall in far-off West Papua we would sail past more than 100 virtually unknown islands. Anywhere else it would seem like a lot but in the scale of the world’s greatest island nation it was just a drop in the ocean. 

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THE REIMAGINED HAZENDAL For close to two years, the historic Bottelary Road landmark, Hazendal Wine Estate, was under construction, and shrouded in mystery. In December 2018, the gates opened to reveal a beautiful destination in the Cape Winelands.

A GENTLE RUSSIAN INFLUENCE In the early 1990s, a Russian delegation of decisionmakers and investors visited South Africa, inspired by the changes in both the Russian and South African governments. One of these delegates was Dr Mark Voloshin, an entrepreneur who fell in love with the country and especially the Cape. He purchased Hazendal in 1994 and began building the dynamic, multifaceted winelands estate, that hints at old and new, South African

and Russian, and artfully weaves together nature, heritage, wine, cuisine, art and culture.

THE REBIRTH OF HIGH TEA The culinary offerings at Hazendal are impressive. The crown jewel is the fine-dining Avant-Garde Restaurant headed by executive chef Michélle Theron, who seamlessly merges South African and Russian cuisines to create works of art. The Babushka Deli is perfect for breakfasts and lunches, and Hazendal’s own home-made deli products are sold alongside imported Russian trinkets like Matryoshka dolls. Dacha Picnics are presented on the expansive lawns and a Zakuski menu (Russian-inspired tapas-style food) and drinks can be enjoyed after work. A unique offering at Hazendal is the Russian Tea Ceremony under the canopy of oak trees in the Russian Tea Garden. The ceremony not only offers a glimpse into Russian culture, it’s also a treasured household ritual. As

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azendal is one of the oldest wine estates in South Africa, dating back to 1699, when German settler Christoffel Hazenwinkel made his way to the Cape where he was granted 60 hectares of land in the Bottelary Hills by Governor Willem Adriaan van der Stel. Inspired by his own name, and the population of Cape hares that inhabited the area at the time, Christoffel named the farm Hazendal, which in Dutch translates to ‘the valley of the hares’.

part of the ceremony, a strong Russian black tea blend is served from a Russian teapot and mixed with hot water poured from a steaming Samovar (a traditional Russian tea urn). The menu consists of traditional Russian tea recipes interpreted in a modern way. And no Russian experience would be complete without beluga caviar, which is elegantly served in the Russian Tea Garden. Hazendal is a textured palette of natural and artfully created beauty. The Marvol Gallery hosts a bespoke collection of Russian-South African art. And those who appreciate installation art will enjoy the selection of pieces created by renowned artists Strijdom van der Merwe and Angus Taylor. When driving up the winding road leading to Hazendal’s werf, the estate’s magnitude, magnificence and its diverse offerings is astounding. Distinct, yet discreet, it truly epitomises what Hazendal stands for today: a destination for all your journeys. Find out more at



Designer Tristan du Plessis has created a sumptuous and decadent space juxtaposed with an undefined underground edge. The feel is nostalgic with a contemporary twist. The entrance sets the tone with a bijou corridor topped by a ceiling carved from a solid piece of hand-moulded polished stainless steel to look like liquid mercury, while creamy wall panels curve up and over plush, crescent-shaped banquettes. Executive chefs Justin Josephs and Jacques Cronje have conceived a contemporary African menu, and word is that you should follow the rib eye with the malva pudding.

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The arrival of Alice & Fifth supper club in Sandton Sun’s basement will lure power suits and top-brass politicians alike.


THE PIONEER OF PINOT NOIR Bouchard Finlayson in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley in Hermanus is recognised not only for its Pinot Noir, but also for its excellent range of Chardonnays. That said, it’s the Têtê de Cuvée Galpin Peak Pinot Noir that that has been collecting awards for the last 21 years. And for good reason. The label presents a selection of the estate’s top Pinot Noir barrels from a particular vintage as the winemakers’ opportunity to showcase the very best of their unique terroir and winemaking. Bouchard Finlayson co-founder and cellar master Peter Finlayson (pictured right) explains that Tête de Cuvée’s appeal lies in its extraordinary quality and exclusivity: ‘Tête de Cuvée is a limited-edition bottling of only the best Pinot Noir barrels for any single vintage. It’s not produced every year, but here is an opportunity to spoil and take advantage of the best of this quality fruit, which traditionally derives from the same specific terroir. With pinot noir so many factors come into play. It always reflects the soil it’s grown in. It’s a bit like growing truffles.’

SWIRL, TASTE, TALK Hazendal was one of the first farms to produce wine in the Stellenbosch region, so it’s fitting that the Wine Tasting Lounge is in the estate’s original cellar. While the cellar dates back to 1870, the space has been reimagined and blends traditional and contemporary design to create the perfect environment for swirling, tasting and talking wine. Winemaker and cellar master Clarise Sciocatti-Langeveldt is raking in the accolades with her Chardonnay 2017 and Sauvignon Blanc/Sémillon 2017 (scoring 90 and 92, out of 100, respectively, from critic Christian Eedes). In a tribute to its history and visionary founder, Hazendal has created an award-winning wine range, Christoffel Hazenwinkel, with delightfully whimsical labels, which received a gold at the Wine Label Design Awards in 2017.

HIGH TIMES If the maxim that we ‘eat with our eyes’ holds true, then diners at View are in for double the delight. Perched atop the Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff, it’s safe to say that this classic five-star establishment dishes up some of the finest views Johannesburg has to offer. Alongside an enviable wine list blending boutique producers and iconic cellars, the cocktail list demands attention. The menu is equally on trend, with small plates built on global inspirations and local flavours.

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MOUTHWATERING MOTHER CITY Just when you thought Cape Town’s restaurant scene couldn’t sizzle any hotter, a clutch of new openings has cemented the Mother City’s crown as South Africa’s culinary capital. With the busy summer season out of the way, now’s the time to bag a table at these new epicurean outposts, advises RICHARD HOLMES. 8 8 P R I VAT E E D I T I O N ISSUE 43


FYN You’ll be hard-pressed to know where to look during your meal at FYN, the latest venture from acclaimed chef Peter Tempelhoff. Out of the window at the dramatic city views? Around you at the striking décor? At the chefs collaborating in the open-plan kitchen? Or simply down at your plate, to marvel at one of the creations executive chef Ashley Moss serves up from a menu that will delight even the most jaded of diners. While incorporating South African heritage and culture, the menu is firmly inspired by Japanese cuisine, distilling the tenets and complexity of a kaiseki fine-dining menu into a more approachable experience. While the menu runs to more than a dozen dishes, the artful use of bento boxes and keiseki trays ensures you enjoy the fare at your leisure. Innovative cuisine in perhaps the most eye-catching setting Cape Town has to offer. 5th Floor, Speakers-Corner, 37 Parliament Street;

TJING TJING MOMIJI Over at Tjing Tjing Momiji chef Christi Semczyszyn is doing a remarkable job of imbuing kaiseki’s sense of artistry and precision into her multicourse tasting menu. ‘The kaiseki menu is very much about the journey through the plates,’ explains Semczyszyn. The menu changes regularly to honour the seasons, but expect a calculated progression from delicate sashimi through layered broths to grilled meats and rice dishes. While the inspiration is Japanese, there’s a strong South African twist here too, adding yet more complexity and intrigue to each plate. Though somewhat hidden in the heart of the city, Momiji is well worth seeking out.

Left: The installation at FYN emphasises the double-volume space while creating intimacy Top: Japanese cuisine via artful kaiseki trays Above: Décor to reflect the fare – simple, balanced, harmonious – at Tjing Tjing Momiji

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After a few years in the Cape’s culinary doldrums, The Roundhouse is once again the hottest gastronomic destination in town. A major revamp has seen the interior of this historic hunting lodge rejuvenated with quirky artwork and fine décor. The selfie-booth and graffiti by US-based South African artist Skullboy may not be to everyone’s taste, but they’re certainly causing a stir. The real art is on the plate of course, and while Salsify is a partnership between Luke Dale-Roberts and Salsify’s head chef Ryan Cole, it’s Cole who is firmly in charge of the kitchen here. Formerly head chef at The Test Kitchen, he brings a remarkable finedining aesthetic to each plate. But this is no favouring of form over function. Cole is a master at building layers of flavour, whether it’s a starter of fireroasted asparagus with sunflower pesto, or the impressive Peking duck dancing with salted sour plum and a walnut salsa. There’s an à la carte option, but rather set aside the time for the seven-course chef’s menu, with superb pairings by sommelier Nash Kanyangarara. Salsify at the Roundhouse, Roundhouse Road, Camps Bay;

The guardian and muse of Salsify (bronze sculpture by Otto du Plessis)

‘I love salsify, it’s the most unassuming of vegetables, with its ugly and rather unfortunate looking exterior, but it is absolutely amazing to work with, full of taste surprises and so versatile’ Ryan Cole

Roasted pineapple, coconut cake, coriander and matcha meringue

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After closing her eponymous restaurant in mid-2018, chef Ash Heeger has reopened in the same city centre space with a new look, new menu and enhanced food philosophy. Sustainable, local and ethical produce is at the heart of the new venture, and while any chef worth their Himalayan salt bandies about these buzzwords, at Riverine Rabbit they’re taken seriously. The three-course menu is best for power lunches and early dinners, but for a true taste of Heeger’s kitchen you’ll want the nine-course tasting menu. Dishes run from the superb ‘Burnt Leek’, topped with tarragon béarnaise and hazelnuts, to a delicious honey-cured beef. Optional, but recommended, wine pairings tap into a host of boutique Cape estates. A reduced five-course tasting menu is also offered, as are pescatarian and vegetarian options. Matching the revamped culinary offering is a complete overhaul in décor. Out goes the dark and moody look, replaced by more natural light, Scandi-chic blonde wood finishes, organic textures and eye-catching wallpaper.

A darkened doorway and a graffiti-daubed stairwell don’t usually bode well for finding good food, but at The Commissary chef Wes Randles is all about stripping away the fripperies associated with it. Set alongside The Shortmarket Club, Randles’ (decidedly more genteel) finedining space, The Commissary dishes out no-frills plates with a globetrotting bent. There’re massaman lamb rotis, and yellowtail ceviche, and you’ll find prawns doused in coconut and peanut sambal. If you’re lucky the fiery Korean fried chicken wings are on the chalkboard. If you’re not, the octopus sliders won’t disappoint. The tables are communal, the crockery plastic and the reservations non-existent. Fine dining this is not, but the diners lining up don’t seem to mind at all.  88 Shortmarket Street, Cape Town;

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Top: Riverine Rabbit’s ‘Scandichic’ interior; chef Ash Heeger at work; Heeger’s smoked fish of the day served with pineapple and red onion salsa, green herb sauce, jalapeno dressing and maize crisp Above: No-nonsense dining at The Commissary

With a new winemaker and a new flagship wine, it’s time to resample Tokara, says RICHARD HOLMES.


tuart Botha is a winemaker fond of a good view. After making a name for himself in the cellars of Eagles’ Nest on the slopes of the Constantia winelands, he joined the winemaking team at Tokara Wine Estate in Stellenbosch where he guided his first harvest through the presses in 2018. And while Tokara was a significant step up in both production volumes and diversity of cultivars, a nine-month handover and Tokara’s dovetailing approach to viticulture and winemaking meant Botha felt right at home. ‘There’s all the same attention to detail, and the same precision viticulture,’ says Botha, who credits Tokara’s owners, GT and Anne-Marie Ferreira, with giving the team

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the space, and support, to excel. ‘Their philosophy is that we should do everything possible – no compromises – in the vineyards and the winery to ensure we’re producing world-class wines,’ he says. That includes an ever-increasing presence of technology, from using drones to monitor




Telos, the Bordeaux-inspired flagship blend of Tokara, was 20 years in the making. ‘Telos has always been the vision for the estate... We knew we needed to make one of the best wines in the world,’ Botha explains

Contemporary South African sculptor Marco Cianfanelli created the magnificent art installation ‘The Mind’s Vine’ that graces the entrance to Tokara

vegetative growth, to investing in cutting-edge cellar technology. ‘We’re constantly trying new things in the cellar,’ Botha adds. ‘At the moment the trend is on fermentation vessels, and our focus is on experimenting with different parcels in clay amphorae, concrete eggs, and changes to traditional wooden vessels.’

In terms of white wine, Tokara’s calling card is undoubtedly its Sauvignon Blanc. With fruit sourced from both Stellenbosch vineyards and a unique site in the Elgin Valley, their trio of Sauvignon Blanc releases showcases both terroir and a deft hand in the cellar. One of the standouts is the Tokara Reserve Collection Elgin Sauvignon Blanc 2018, which neatly balances freshness and acidity with purity of fruit. Little wonder Botha’s maiden release made the cut at the prestigious 2018 FNB Sauvignon Blanc Top 10 Awards. Tokara also marked a major milestone last year with the release of the Telos 2015, its Bordeaux-inspired flagship blend. The Greek word ‘telos’ means ‘ultimate end’, and it’s a fitting name for a wine nearly two decades in the making. With just a tiny portion of Merlot and Malbec, it’s a wine dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon, the iconic red-wine cultivar of the Stellenbosch winelands. And happily for Botha, Tokara’s slopes on the Simonsberg are widely regarded as some of the finest Cabernet terroir in the region. Further, last year’s maiden release of Telos comes from the 2015 harvest, hailed as the best vintage in 30 years. Priced north of R4 000 a bottle, Telos also marks Tokara’s first foray into the world of ultra-premium wines. South African winemakers are working hard to throw off the label of producing uncomplicated value-driven wines, and leading cellars are showing that South African wines can stand beside the first-growths of the Old World. And, crucially, demand the prices to match. 

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MORE PREMIUM POURS  The Black Lion From Stellenbosch cellar De Toren, The Black Lion pushes the boundaries of viticulture and winemaking. An impressive Shiraz, built to age for decades.  Delaire Graff Laurence Graff Reserve The flagship release from this acclaimed estate atop Helshoogte Pass cements the reputation of Stellenbosch Cabernet.  The Cabernet Franc From older vineyards in Bot River, this collaboration between Niels Verburg (Luddite) and Brian Smith (Elgin Ridge) caused plenty of buzz when it launched in 2017. Made from 100% Cabernet Franc, a cultivar fast growing a dedicated following.  Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines Leeu Passant This multiregion blend brings together almost-equal parts of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Cinsault into a wonderfully cohesive whole.  Mvemve Raats MR de Compostella This partnership between winemakers Mzokona Mvemve and Bruwer Raats showcases the calibre of South Africa’s Bordeaux-style blends.




was in the south of Sweden at the time, and took the train all the way up north to see it. I just knew I needed to see it in my life. She called it ‘Maman’ – Mother – and it is incredibly powerful! Maman (pictured) is a bronze, stainlesssteel and marble sculpture by artist, sculptor and printmaker Louise Bourgeois. Among the largest installations in the world, ‘Maman’ is 9m high and 10m wide. The spider sculpture towers over its audience, giant in comparison. She [Bourgeois] said something that is so powerful for me: ‘The success of a sculpture lies in the intensity of its silence.’ I knew that was me. I always want my audience to take three deep breaths and to step into the artwork –

to acknowledge the stillness as something to seek out. For Bourgeois, her relationship with her mother is frozen within this object. And we relate in how we can see our parents as both metaphorical and physical giants from a certain age. For me, it was my grandmother. She was this giant for me, her presence in the room was all I needed. A strong and formidable woman, she had an amazing ability to make me feel safe. Although deeply Christian, she raised us as Muslim; she loved Islam despite her own religion. She was so faithful in her position, to see the beauty in it all, fasting with us during Ramadan as well as going to church every Sunday.

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This sense of immersion allows the work to be captivating. Acknowledging the small fences that create these social boundaries, and in the same breath encouraging coexistence and tolerance in the audience, to have a quiet conviction of your own position and to be able to softly step over the fence. Gently stitching together the worlds of both my own and my audience’s social and spiritual identities, one can be captivated by the careful detail of the tapestry as well as the expanse of an installation; to explore the experience of our external bodies in the world. While on the other hand being quietly confronted with our internal world which, like Bourgeois’ sculpture, can be giant in comparison. 


Contemporary artist IGSHAAN ADAMS champions the genres of sculpture, performance and installation in his practice. Here the artist speaks about the work that has had the most profound effect on him as well as the impact he wishes to make on his audiences.

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SandhuRSt, Sandton asking R35 million timeless neo Classic with a contemporary palette of excellence! Vistas of verdant greenery and views of Sandton’s skyline! From the triple volume entrance the tone is set for a home that invites whispers of sophisticated elegance and a lifestyle of grand entertaining in a sumptuous environment of luxury, ease and comfort with numerous reception areas all opening to patios and superb outside entertainment area for al fresco surprises. Separate entertainment centre / movie theatre with own wine cellar, cigar bar, feature six luxurious bedroom suites, 3 garages and extra parking. tasha Rossen 082 561 1675 Web ref: 3000931

SandhuRSt, Sandton asking R55 million timeless neo Classic Palazzo with a contemporary palette of excellence. Vistas of verdant greenery and views of Sandton’s skyline. this home is a once-in-a-lifestyle statement for a privileged and discerning connoisseur. From the inviting portico with lush greenery to the triple volume entrance with skylight dome the tone is set for a home that invites of lifestyle of grandeur and elegance, sophisticated living and an ambience of sheer indulgence. this palazzo is ideal for grand entertaining in a sumptuous environment of luxury, ease and comfort. tasha Rossen 082 561 1675 Web ref. 2156261

SENDERWOOD JOHANNESBURG Asking R17.9 million An Architect’s talent and brilliance! A masterpiece set amongst a handful of elite, sophisticated cluster homes! 800m² home under roof and in a gated enclave of 3 magnificent homes on a stand of 1350m². Boasting open-plan lounge, dining room, games / TV room plus cinema room. Downstairs guest suite. Upstairs has 4th bedroom en-suite, onyx fitted bar, fully equipped kitchenette with Miele appliances, home automation and every single mod con you can dream of! Patio overlooks large manicured garden with pool, 4 garages. Charlene 082 448 0440 Robby 083 717 2365 Web ref. 2763633

DUXBERRY SANDTON Offers from R9.5 million Fabulous cluster set on ±1500m² in 24hr guarded complex in popular Duxberry enclave Positioned in a elite complex. With imposing double volume entrance, this elegant cluster has high ceilings and grandiose proportions. The free flowing reception rooms optimized for entertaining flow to the patio, manicured garden and pool. Well appointed kitchen. 4 Bedrooms en-suite. Study. Sumptuous master suite. Staff. Triple garage. Asking R9.95 million. Sue Hall 083 378 1101 Web ref. 3134538

BEDFORDVIEW JOHANNESBURG Asking R7.999 million Harcus Road cluster home in prime 24 hr gated road. Double volume entrance with serpentine feature staircase welcomes you into this spacious family home. Multiple flowing receptions incl. family / cinema lounge, formal dining room and lounge. Enclosed patio with built in braai, bar & lounging area. Neat garden with pool & irrigation system. Sprawling kitchen with scullery & laundry. Study & guest loo. 4 En-suite bedrooms each with exquisite bathrooms. Underfloor heating, surround sound, generator & gym. Triple garages. Staff acc. Tanya Sakota 082 5537099 Web ref. 3067468

RIVER CLUB / MOODIE HILL SANDTON Asking R16.95 million A contemporary style masterpiece created by Charles van Breda. Spectacular entrance leads to a home of simplicity and harmony. Courtyards allow natural light and give each room its own private outdoor space. The interior features generous double height spaces, combined with floor to ceiling windows. Imported chic kitchen. 4 En-suite bedrooms. Impressive built-in study. Separate office. 4 Auto garages, heated pool & staff. Tucked away in a gated cul-de-sac with 24hr guard. Sue Hall 083 378 1101 Web ref. 2190918

RIVER CLUB SANDTON Offers from R12.5 million. Magnificent classical colonial home in a landmark setting with commanding views over the River Club golf course. Positioned down a quiet secure panhandle with private access to the golf course, the sweeping driveway and grand entrance sets the tone for this elegant home on ±3000m². Entertainment facilities are conduit for lavish entertaining, outdoor patios surround the heated pool. 4 Reception rooms, study/office & bathroom. Eat-in kitchen. 4 Bedrooms (3 en-suite). Generator & borehole. 4 Auto garages, staff acc for 3. Tight security. Asking R14 million. Sue Hall 083 378 1101 Web ref. 3257625

BEDFORDVIEW JOHANNESBURG Asking R10.5 million Offers R7.2 million. Urgent sale! A symphony of light and space! Boasting a welcoming entrance leading through to an immaculately furnished Open plan lounge, entertainers dining room and a fitted gourmet kitchen. 5 Master bedrooms all with en-suite bathrooms. A majestic ambiance throughout with large scale entertainment. Tanya Sakota 082 553 7099. Web ref. 3045832

MORNINGSIDE SANDTON Asking R16.5 million Echoes of France prevail throughout this gorgeous home set in a secure Estate of 4 homes within the Redhill Rd boom. An expansive, yet welcoming space punctuated with chandeliers and tactile finishes that lead out to a massive entertainer’s patio, manicured gardens and pool. Designed for ease of living, the floor plan is open with a cocktail bar to cater for guests, whilst the eat-in kitchen is a delight. Playroom, 4 bedrooms all en-suite including a fantastic master suite with Juliette balcony & a pyjama lounge. Garaging for 5 cars, staff acc. Wayne Brownhill 078 023 5462 Web ref. 3337183

MORNINGSIDE SANDTON Asking R8.999 million Crisp clean modern lines characterize this beautiful home. Set on ±1800m². Patio, open plan living, reception rooms to pool, fountain and gardens. Security shutters, dark oak floors and different textures. 4 Bedrooms (2 en-suite), 3 bathrooms, 3 garages and more. Wayne Brownhill 078 023 5462 Web ref. 2097926

SAXONWOLD JOHANNESBURG Offers from R6.3 million Stylish single storey home, with security of the highest order. Set on ±1800m² of beautiful land. Tall established trees, flat lawns for kids, close to the best schools and the best big swimming pool! The atmosphere is cool and calm. High ceilings, French glass doors, shutters, screed and wood floors, fireplaces, loads of charm. Entrance, lounge to covered patio with braai... spacious for entertaining, excellent flow. 4 Bedrooms including guest suite, 3 bathrooms, study and pyjama lounge. Asking R7.25 million. Beverley Gurwicz 082 412 0010 Web ref. 3097710

SENDERWOOD JOHANNESBURG Asking R14.9 million This magnificent home was designed by an architect for an architect! Boasting double volume entrance hall, layers of lights with a blend of wood and genuine stone, flowing open spaces, gourmet kitchen, dining room, formal lounge, family room, study and en-suite guest room, 5 bedrooms (mes), 5 bathrooms, games room / en-suite cottage. Large patio, timber deck to pool with water feature, borehole and reservoir, staff suite and 4 garages. Charlene 082 448 0440 Robby 083 717 2365 Web ref. 2525883

BRYANSTON SANDTON R14.250 million Cluster. A gracious Georgian home. (±1700m² Land). Within an estate of luxurious homes – dazzling chic and offering exquisite proportions and appointments that create a wonderful family home. Boasting 3 elegant reception rooms spilling to the large covered terrace to landscaped gardens and pool. Chef’s dine-in kitchen, superb study, billiard room, cocktail bar, upstairs family lounge / library, 4 double bedroom suites. Luxury staff acc and 3 garages. Shutters, fireplaces and much more Manuela Coelho 082 552 7119 Colleen Siebert 083 604 0988 Web ref. 2963480

MORNINGSIDE SANDTON Offers from R7.5 million Elegant & immaculate to the last detail. Natural light, huge windows framing views of the gorgeous gardens & spacious recreation rooms all elevate this home to a level of incredible value seldom found today. 4 Bedrooms, 3 bathrooms (2 en-suite) incl. fantastic master-suite, study, flowing reception rooms with cocktail bar, leading out to the large garden, expansive undercover patio with built-in braai and pool. Plus, garaging, 2 separate staff rooms, guest parking and more. All within walking distance to Redhill School. Asking R8.499 million. Wayne Brownhill 078 023 5462 Web ref. 2980194

HOUGHTON ESTATE JOHANNESBURG Asking R13 million The most superb living in all of Johannesburg. Magnificent viewsite. Elegance and style personified. 2019 living at its best. On a boomed road, this hidden gem will take your breath away. Exceptional entrance with endless views, completely open plan farmhouse kitchen. Beautiful reception areas with herring bone parquet flooring, flow onto a lush green lawn and glamourous solar heated pool. 3 Exceptional bedrooms upstairs and a pyjama lounge, 4th bedroom downstairs. Fireplaces throughout. Sabina Seeber 083 254 6981 Web ref. 3262718

CRAIGHALL JOHANNESBURG Asking upper R5 millions 7 Year old cutting edge design contemporary South entry, North facing home. Talented owners have created a modern double storey home with bespoke finishes consisting of exposed brick, integrated security shutters, porcelain tiles, engineered wood floors and open trusses. Entrance, lounge and dining room open plan to modern kitchen, scullery, study, pyjama lounge, 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms (2 en-suite), guest cloaks, covered patio overlooking pool and lawned gardens. Double garage with direct access to home and off street parking. Kass Bunkell 082 565 8658 Web ref. 3199052

HOUGHTON ESTATE JOHANNESBURG Asking R6.5 million Apartment style splendour with private, secluded garden and sparkling pool. Ideal for entertainment. In a cluster complex of 3, this beautiful home has French provincial charm and delight. Great security and low levies, lock up and go lifestyle. Inviting reception areas flow onto a private enclosed courtyard, summer afternoon swimming and entertainment. 2 Superb bedrooms en-suite in the main house. 2 Further separate breathtaking income producing guest suites with more lovely views. Good security, 4 garages, private gardens. Sabina Seeber 083 254 6981 Web ref. 3034766

BRYANSTON SANDTON Asking R8.9 million Cluster. Set in prestigious Bryanston Country Club with golf-course frontage, remarkable views & sunsets. Practical living spaces in this superb French style home with an overall air of elegance. Boasting 3 bedroom suites plus downstairs guest suite, cocktail room, gracious reception rooms, family room open-plan to new gourmet kitchen - all to stunning covered terrace upstairs & downstairs with stunning views, pool & landscaped garden. Staff acc. State-of-the-art security – completely refurbished with utmost taste & elegance. Manuela Coelho 082 552 7119 Colleen Siebert 083 604 0988 Web ref. 3171648

HURLINGHAM MANOR SANDTON Offers from R4.95 million. Spacious proportions, generous accommodation and lofty, elevated ceilings sets this aspirational home apart. Tiled foyer opens onto lounge and dining room which spill out to the covered terrace, separate TV room plus games room, study, 4 bedrooms (2 en suite), 4 bathrooms, guest toilet, double auto garage and tandem carport, staff, storeroom / laundry. Karen Bosman 083 435 7703 John Bosman 083 271 0231 Web ref. 3076935

PARKVIEW JOHANNESBURG Asking R4.5 million Enchanting shabby chic country style living. Fall in love with high ceilings, wooden floors and doors and great big open plan kitchen and dining room space linking the cosy lounge through the entrance hall to the wrap around stoep and covered entertainment area and pool. 3 Good sized bedrooms, main suite has new Victorian bath room and shower with study or nursery leading into the country garden, 2nd renovated original bathroom for lovers of yesteryear. Good sized out buildings, 2 lock up garages - set on ±1020m². Theodora Brickhill 082 553 8525 Web ref. 3132164

BrYanston sandton asking r8.7 million. Cluster – Bryanston’s most fashionable address. a masterpiece of european design and craftsmanship in soughtafter complex in millionaire’s row – a chic and immaculate home boasting spacious & elegant reception rooms all flowing to entertainer’s terraces, pool and landscaped garden. innovative open-plan chef’s kitchen. Luxurious bedroom suites, upstairs playroom, study, excellent staff acc. indeed a luxury home for the top executive – all market related offers will be submitted. manuela Coelho 082 552 7119 Colleen siebert 083 604 0988 Web ref. 2307195

CraigHaLL JoHannesBUrg asking r4.5 million extremely well appointed cluster in sought after 24hr guarded complex. sunny north facing, immaculate home with exceptional security offering all mod cons. Pets allowed, in house maintenance, inverter, solar geyser & water storage tank. sunny covered patio onto pool & manicured gardens. tiled living room open plan to dining, feature wine cellar, guest cloaks, kitchen with scullery / laundry, upstairs family room & study, 3 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms (mes), excellent staff suite, double garage and further undercover parking for 2. Kass Bunkell 082 565 8658 Web ref. 2817281

morningside manor sandton offers from r4.35 million spacious light and bright open plan reception rooms with baronial dining room all leading to double patio with glass stacking doors, pool and magnificent manicured garden. gourmet eat-in kitchen with scullery and pantry, 4 bedrooms, 3 renovated bathrooms (2 en-suite), guest loo with fully fitted study of main bedroom plus covered jacuzzi. double garage, double carport, double staff en-suite. aircon, generator, auto sprinklers. excellent security incl. electric fence, beams & CCtV - all in very secure boomed & patrolled area. asking r4.795 million. alan Bak 082 490 0940 Web ref. 3262075

MORNINGSIDE SANDTON Offers from R12.999 million. Exciting Luis Ferreira-da-Silva designed masterpiece, set on ±1300m² within a 24hr guarded complex - designed for fabulous entertaining. Elevated to take full advantage of views over the Magaliseberg. A combination of textures – industrial concrete, Rhodesian teak and glass, create a gallery in which to display your life. Stacking doors, wine room, open-plan living areas and patio lead to rim-flow pool. 4 Bedroom suites, 3 garages, staff acc. Wayne Brownhill 078 023 5462 Web ref. 2334298

MORNINGSIDE SANDTON Asking R9.9 million.

Set in the heart of sought-after Morningside, in a guarded road, this residence is ideal for the larger family. Reminiscent of times gone by, there is an old-world elegance about the place. Set on a glorious acre with subdivision potential, this is one of the areas best buys! Winter and summer patios overlook the beautiful garden for kids make this a home to grow old in! Two storeys hold 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 3 recreation rooms, plus fully equipped work- from- home set up, floodlit tennis court and excellent staff rooms. Wayne Brownhill 078 023 5462 Web ref. 3297642

BRYANSTON SANDTON Asking R55 million. Superlative mansion set on ±10 538m² for the top executive. Boasting 5 luxurious bedroom suites plus 2 lux self-contained garden cottages, study and stunning “sit-in” cellar. Fabulous kitchen with best fittings and informal eating areas, courtyards with pond. Chic open-plan reception rooms spill out to enormous terrace, beautiful gardens, pool and fully fitted entertainer’s pool house. 6 garages, tennis court and internal Wellness Centre with heated pool, sauna and gym. Manuela Coelho 082 552 7119 Colleen Siebert 083 604 0988 Web ref. 2505529

LInKsFIELD noRtH JoHannEsBuRg asking R10.8 million a spectacular and palatial home with breathtaking views, built with 3 separate wings and a central core. Pivotal entrance, lounge, bar / cigar lounge, dining / tV room, all opens to patio with view of the golf course. Downstairs: kitchen onto atrium, self-contained bedroom wing with 2 receptions, bathroom and own entrance. upstairs: branches off to 2nd wing with huge lounge, 1 bed, loungette or 2nd bed, bath and dressing room, main en-suite with lounge, bedroom and dressing room. staff cottage and4 garages. Charlene 082 448 0440 Robby 083 717 2365 Web ref. 2113421

MoRnIngsIDE sanDton offers from R18 million. natural light punctuates the crisp lines synonymous with a Luis Ferreira-da-silva design. Ingenious use of space & glass creates a home designed for effortless living. outdoor gazebo with built-in gas braai & jacuzzi, beside the pool & decking. Children too are important here - from the games arcade to the outside playgrounds & Wendy houses. 6 Bedrooms all en-suite. 3 Recreation rooms with stacking doors to patio, kitchen with cold room, breakfast room & breakfast patio, study, 3 garages, staff. set on ±1303m². asking R25.999 million. Wayne Brownhill 078 023 5462 Web ref. 3308120

HougHton EstatE JoHannEsBuRg asking R5.5 million Elegant and graceful living. this beautiful home awaits you in the sought after cluster complex. an inviting, serene and peaceful garden allows for quiet and calm. superb finishes throughout, lovely open plan reception areas including a delightful closed in sunroom lead onto the swimming pool deck for pleasant afternoons. 2 superb bedroom wings upstairs, excellent staff room and double garage. secure, contained lock up & go. sabina seeber 083 254 6981 Web ref. 3114602

WestCLiFF Johannesburg asking r18 million a “peace” of your own forest retreat. eurocentric-style home. reception areas flow to covered patio & pool. Fireplaces, bamboo floors, marble tiles & carpets. the piece de resistance is the newly appointed sMeg fully fitted kitchen. the owner has meticulously landscaped & manicured the garden ready for you to just maintain - all you need do is "Pray for rain". open study with views to the garden & urban landscape. Private study with wine storage. 4 Dbl beds all en-suite, main dressing room, gym with steam room. security of the highest order. beverley gurwicz 082 412 0010 Web ref. 3124491

CraighaLL Johannesburg asking r7.5 million a european villa with a French Provençal feel on ±1500m² with ±400m² under roof. north facing and only 4 years old. high ceilings, open plan reception areas flow to large covered patio and pool with lawns and children’s play area. Large paved parking area ideal for children’s games. 3 en-suite bedrooms and guest cloaks, sash windows, wooden doors, quality built in fixtures, scope for further additions. Double garage with plenty of off street parking, staff apartment with bedroom and bathroom.kass bunkell 082 565 8658 Web ref. 3280849

Parkhurst Johannesburg offers from r4.85 million architect designed sophistication. Luxurious and secure lock-up-and-go living in immaculate condition. Perfect south entry- north facing flow. expansive open plan reception - flooded with light and air- includes lounge/ dining/ family room onto large undercover patio, pool and small garden. Designer kitchen with top of the range finishes plus central island / informal dining area. 3 stylishly appointed bedroom suites with top notch en-suite bathrooms. Double garage plus additional guest parking. asking r5.25 million. Willem Prinsloo 082 442 1497 Cornel ridgard o82 468 8247 Web ref. 3209555

WesTCliFF Johannesburg offers from r16.75 million. staircase to a good buy in sought after boomed Wexford avenue. security of the highest order. stylishly refurbished by innovative lVM architects. natural light infiltrates from all angles. Contemporary open plan. Minimalist design. secluded, landscaped lush garden on ±3577m² with pool and court. al fresco dining under magnificent tall trees and birdsong. 5 receptions, study, guest cloakroom, entertainers patio, dine-in kitchen, 4 double beds (mes), 5 baths / showers, 4 garages, staff acc, borehole. asking r18.75 million. beverley gurwicz 082 412 0010 Web ref. 3117073

ForesT ToWn Johannesburg offers from r6.2 million. architect designed retreat in the city ±18 years old. a bespoke family home. Dappled light, high ceilings, solid wood doors and floors, brass, glass sliders to private patios with braai, pizza oven, pool and tall trees, endearing lush walkways and fountains. Fire places, wine storage, pool, 4 receptions, studio/offices with sep entr, spacious open plan main en-suite, 2 double bedrooms, 1 en-suite, family bathroom. low maintenance intelligent design, private and secluded in the heart of Forest Town. asking r6.9 million. beverley gurwicz 082 412 0010 Web ref. 3132594

Craighall Park Johannesburg offers from early r6 millions old Johannesburg style home on Parktown north border. Pressed ceilings, strip wooden floors and pillared verandah. Parklike ±2000m² garden with pool, fountains, tall perimeter trees. high ceilings and sash windows. Patio with champagne bar. entrance, lounge, dining, kitchen, guest cloak, 4 bedrooms, study, 2 bathrooms (mes), cottage and staff acc. Double garage. kass bunkell 082 565 8658 Web ref. 3087996

SANDHURST SANDTON Asking R35 million Modern contemporary. Breathtaking in sheer artistry and design. Spectacular exotic verdant green gardens. A synthesis of clean lines, quadruple volumes and proportions, the epitome of panache and style – enveloped by a natural haven of beauty. Seven free flowing reception areas with a harmonious indoor / outdoor flow ideal for grand entertaining and comfortable living centred around an enormous patio and sparkling pool, private study and 5 luxurious bedrooms all en-suite. Tasha Rossen 082 561 1675 Web ref. 2746982

SANDHURST SANDTON Asking R29 million A Bakos signature style home set in a secure 24hr guarded estate of just 3 homes. Modern contemporary, glamorous with style and panache exuding a tantalizing aura of quality, Sheer artistry with clean lines, triple volumes & windowscapes characterize the modern fluidity allowing easy glamorous entertaining. Numerous reception areas, free flowing in an effortless indoor / outdoor flow to entertainers patio and pool. Luxurious bedroom suites. Tasha Rossen 082 561 1675 Web ref. 2127675

HURLINGHAM SANDTON Offers from R9.99 million. Once in a while a home of this calibre comes onto the market. Designed & built by present owner 7 years ago to create a home which suited his busy lifestyle. Functional open plan areas make for grand scale entertaining. The landscaped garden is an extension of the concrete & steel structure, angular lines are softened by well established leafy trees. Double volumes, rectangular plains, vast glass panes and open steel supports form a light, sunny north facing, open structure. 4/5 En-suite bedrooms. State of the art chef’s kitchen. Asking R10.9 million. Kass Bunkell 082 565 8658 Web ref. 3025627



Asking R14.5 million | 4 bedrooms | 3 bathrooms | 3 garages

Asking R7.95 million | 3 bedrooms | 3 bathrooms | 2 garages

The Parkview Ridge offers exceptional views but this home offers possible the best in Gauteng. The home is set on ±4340m² of secluded country living. home to the existing family for ±40 years up for sale and looking at all bids. Entrance hall, large lounge, study, dining room, jacuzzi room, family room, large expansive bedroom suite leading to garden. Large kitchen well fitted. 4 Enormous bedrooms, 2 bathrooms main en-suite, study, play room, gym room and space for all you need with balcony and views for ever. 3 Garages and staff. Theodora Brickhill 082 553 8525 Web ref. 2720784

Ultra modern 3 bedroom en-suite cluster in a small secure complex. No expense has been spared in creating this perfect home. The finishes and extras are exceptional. Excellent position with good accessibility to Rosebank, Sandton and Melrose Arch. Open plan living area, wonderful entertainment patio, private garden with pool and stunning feature Koi pond. Marble tiles, Miele appliances, motorized blinds and security. American shutters and large double garage. Generator in the complex. Di Kuhlenthal 082 960 5353 Debbie Parkinson 083 326 7739 Web ref. 3251489



Offers from R8 million | 5 bedrooms | 5 bathrooms | 2 garages

Offers from R6.5 million | 4 bedrooms | 2 bathrooms | 3 garages

Cluster. East. Minimalist in design. Ultra modern. Newly built and versatile in terms of function. A dynamic glamorous home with walls of glass and light and skylights. 5 Bedroom suites (guest suite downstairs) – all openplan living areas to stunningly fitted kitchen. Secluded garden with pool. Best security and quality throughout plus much more (75% off the grid). A must view. Manuela Coelho 082 552 7119 Colleen Siebert 083 604 0988 Web ref. 2556518

Immaculate sunny cluster in secure small complex. 4 Bedrooms (main en-suite), 2 bathrooms, sitting room, dining room and family room all lead onto the covered patio overlooking the pool and garden. Triple garaging with an oversized room, kitchenette and bathroom above the garage. Asking R6.9 million. Di Kuhlenthal 082 960 5353 Debbie Parkinson 083 326 7739 Web ref. 3052601



Asking R9.9 million | 5 bedrooms | 4½ bathrooms | 4 garages

Asking R7.45 million | 4 bedrooms | 4 bathrooms | 2 garages

Exquisite architecture, landscaping and interior design was implemented in the planning and building of this incredible property! A dream home for a family appreciating the nature on your doorstep with the property being situated in the Game Reserve of Silver Lakes Golf Estate. Antelope roam freely and the property's garden was designed to complement the lifestyle available. An entertainer's delight enjoying large open flowing reception areas, including a lounge, dining room, family room and braai room as well as study. The outside decked patio overlooks the stunning indigenous garden and pool. Juanita du Plessis 082 322 3407 Web ref. 3259860

Once in a lifetime you will find an extraordinary architectural designed residence which leaves you breathless! This is a quality property, appreciated by the connoisseurs of life. Built on top of a hill, within Arathorn Estate within Olympus, uninterrupted views are enjoyed from each reception room as well as three of the bedrooms. Designer elements are visible from entering into this masterpiece complimented with wide open flowing spaces. Building on the extraordinary, this home reflects your style. Juanita du Plessis 082 322 3407 Web ref. 330191



Asking R5.5 million | 5 bedrooms | 4 bathrooms | 2 garages

Asking R17 million plus vat | 9 bedrooms | 9 bathrooms | 4 garages

Negotiations invited from R4,95 million. Contemporary architectural designed property situated in a quiet cul-de-sac on the beautiful Silver Lakes Golf Estate and enjoying views of the golf course. An entertainer's delight offering large open flowing reception areas which flows easily onto spacious balconies to expand your views over the golf course. Easy to renovate this quality home into a more modern styled home, due to the already contemporary lines. A great opportunity to buy a property which will bring you great returns as well as great enjoyment within the estate lifestyle. Juanita du Plessis 082 322 3407 Web ref. 3189250

A piece of heaven has come up for sale! Perched on a water front of clear waters lies a charming Italian country home with so much style and charisma, called Viviere. Viviere rests on a 14 hectare estate and breathes in serenity amongst wildlife such as Zebra, Gemsbok, Bless buck, Springbuck, Fallow Deer, Waterbuck and Nyala. Viviere has every amenity one could ask for, fishing, bird life, animal viewing, quad bike trails or simply taking a stroll under the orchard adorned with olive and lemon trees or a simple al fresco lunch at the river mesmerizes one's senses. Juanita du Plessis 082 322 3407 Web ref. 3283608



Price on application | 4 bedrooms | 3½ bathrooms | 3 garages

Price on application | 5 bedrooms | 5½ bathrooms | 6 garages

With floor to ceiling glass stackable doors, entertaining outside could not be easier. The longer evenings and warmer weather of summer are arriving sooner than expected...It is time to free your daily dining from the house and make the best of the outdoor entertaining. Whether you want a quiet dinner for two or to host a family gathering, this home can be transformed into an ideal location for entertaining in the summer months. Sprawling entertaining spaces flow outside to the glistening garden, to the sparkling pool and amazing Jack nicklaus putting green. Samir Jhina 079 812 9007 Office 012 460 9261 Web ref. 2986770

game. Set. Match…Ever wanted your very own tennis court? As Wimbledon nears, we serve up this property where a game is always on hand! Sports enthusiasts, here is your opportunity to have your own tennis court. Welcome to Southdowns where the best grand Slams are held! Most recreational players hit in parks or belong to clubs, but some lucky ones can shout, “Are you sure that was out?” on their own private courts. Samir Jhina 079 812 9007 Office 012 460 9261 Web ref. 3294510

bOSKruIn, rAnDburg


Asking r6 million | 4 bedrooms | 3½ bathrooms | 2 garages

Asking r2.25 million | 3 bedrooms | 3 bathrooms | 2 garages

The most exclusive address in boskruin. This amazing well-built home welcomes you with a tranquil water feature leading to the front door, which flows to the various reception rooms. The large open flowing lounge/dining room enjoys easy access to designer kitchen & separate laundry/scullery. The spacious formal lounge enjoys views of the garden and pool. There are 4 bedrooms with a guest bedroom downstairs. The large landscaped garden has water features, sparkling pool and one-bedroom cottage. The elegant staircase leads upstairs to 3 double sized bedrooms which are serviced by 2 full bathrooms. Zona Coetzee 084 626 6119 Web ref. 3261159

This home with its masterful design includes 2 inviting receptions and a central dining room. Modern kitchen with separate scullery. Downstairs guest bathroom. 3 generous bedrooms plus a study. 2 Full bathrooms. The main en-suite bathroom complete with “his and her” basins and automated steam room shower. Cottage pane doors open onto extended covered patio with built in braai. Fully tiled double auto garage with storage cupboards. Staff acc. Manicured garden, automated irrigation and heated pool with automated cover. Inverter power back up system. 24 Hour guarding. Tania Fourie 082 331 6948, Francois du Toit 082 801 9559 Web ref. 3309869



asking R10.95 million | 4 bedrooms | 4½ bathrooms | 3 garages

asking R14.85 million | 4 bedrooms | 4 bathrooms | 2 garages

This classic double storey masterpiece welcomes you in with light, open spaces, double volume living areas and exposed ceiling beams. 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, guest toilet, 3 lounges, 2 studies, 2 entertainment areas, jacuzzi, staff acc, 3 garages, sky light, surround sound, bar fridge, fireplace and storeroom. Chef’s kitchen with pantry and serving windows opening onto the deck. Large scullery plumbed for 3 appliances. Fully fitted granny flat with kitchenette, full en-suite and private entrance. Lush, private garden and spectacular breaker views overlooking Valley of the Pools. Sabrina Errico 082 414 8955 office 032 946 1818 Web ref. zIM1328

Situated on a dam overlooking a protected forest with prolific bird and buck life is this immaculate home built on two stands with 2 separate entrances. Beautiful indigenous garden with a water feature running throughout the property. all 4 spacious en-suite bedrooms have private patios with dam views. Double volume ceilings with exposed trusses, teak flooring and a gas fireplace in the living area, a superb country style kitchen, separate dining room with stack doors leading onto a patio with a braai and pizza oven. Large private office, diesel generator housed in a soundproof room, double garage and golf cart garage. kim Egdes 082 956 3371 Web ref. SEE130


nahoon, EaST LonDon

asking R12.95 million | 5 bedrooms | 5 bathrooms | 3 garages

asking R16.5 million | 5 bedrooms | 4 bathrooms | 2 garages

architecturally designed entertainers dream home with double volume entrance and living areas that provides an indoor and outdoor lifestyle. The interior is well lit with natural light from the large glass windows and to the right is the modern designed kitchen with a large separate scullery, to the left is the sparkling blue inside pool. Down the corridor there is 2 guest suites and a built in sauna with direct outside access. Three large rooms and a study compliment the upstairs area with private balconies and open views. Thomas hodges 082 500 9922 office 021 012 5216 Web ref. RL71020

This unique and exclusive riverside residence is set in a park like garden measuring 6764m² offering extensive accommodation, 2 lounges, library, study, cocktail bar, expansive patio, pool, entertainment lounge with pub, thatched gazebo and much more, namely a large office block, flatlet, staff quarters, storerooms and carports located behind the residence. The property has 45 meters of river frontage, a private slipway to launch a boat and offers the developer a unique proposition on whether or not to subdivide and create a ‘one of a kind’ complex along the banks of the nahoon River. ann nel 083 445 1163 office 043 726 0111 Web ref. 2075815



Asking R25 million | 5 bedrooms | 5 bathrooms | 2 garages

Asking R8.9 million | 4 bedrooms | 3½ bathrooms | 3 garages

A creation of glass that gives an abundance of light designed for the executive entertainment and luxurious living. Triple Volume ceiling living areas lead onto pool and lush green landscaped garden enjoying spectacular sunsets and panoramic views. The living areas are situated on ground floor leading into a spacious open plan kitchen overlooking the dining area, with two staircases on both sides of house leading to main bedroom with walk in closet, en suite and full bathroom, followed by the second and third bedroom with en-suite bathroom. Chantal Botes 083 702 5460 Office 021 851 4450 Web ref: 2430022

This immaculate home, situated in an established leafy suburb close to schools and the centre of town, has recently been renovated and reflects a skillful blend of simplicity and sophistication. The finishes are superior and the property lends itself to easy living and great entertainment. The heart of any home is the kitchen and the dappled sunlight streaming from the rooftop windows adds to the charm of this double volume space where family and friends can relax together. Open plan ground floor reception rooms with sliding and stacking doors lead onto the established private garden with pool & large trees. Marelise Visagie 072 776 2645 Web ref. 2686834



Asking R12.8 million | 4 bedrooms | 4 bathrooms | 2 garages

Asking R12.95 million | 4 bedrooms | 4 bathrooms | 3 garages

Exclusive custom-designed property in a private and quiet location overlooking the Stellenbosch mountains, featuring a spacious and bright open plan living area, surrounded by glass doors with a seamless flow onto a North facing garden. The architecture is simple and casual, yet elegant in style and the attention to detail is apparent in the finishes in woodwork, art displays, walk-in wine display, kitchen, bathrooms, solar panels, security system and professional lighting. All four spacious bedrooms en suite have air –conditioning units, television ports and doors leading outside onto each individual patio. Marelise Visagie 072 776 2645 Web ref. 2842332

Unquestionably one of the finest properties on the market this spacious and stylish home offers open plan living areas with a modern kitchen at the heart of a lounge, dining room and BBQ room. In addition there is a TV / family room that can be closed off, a large study, guest cloakroom and 4 bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms. This single level home, with it's beautifully landscaped and manicured gardens, has many added features such as 3 fireplaces, American shutters, underfloor heat-pump system, large pool, separate utility room, beautiful light fittings and more. Annelize Reinmuller 076 788 9918 Leigh Robertson 082 882 8243 Web ref: 3204030



Asking R48 million | 4 bedrooms | 5½ bathrooms | 3 garages

Asking R12.95 million | 6 bedrooms | 6 bathrooms | 2 garages

Built in 2014 and placing itself in a league of its own with striking contemporary architecture that reveals dramatic angled and curvilinear walls, windows and decks, this architect-designed, ocean-view masterpiece harmonizes with its magical setting. Perched on the side of the mountain and with panoramic views it is without doubt one of the trophy homes of the Cape but could also be the perfect boutique hotel. At approximately 2500m² under roof the luxurious residence is situated so all bedrooms offer breath taking views, along with sitting areas, full bathrooms, fireplaces and spacious closets. Chantal Botes 083 702 5460 Office 021 851 4450 Web ref. 3048794

We are proud to bring this beautiful 6 bedroom home to market - lovely family home positioned in an established area of the estate and in a quiet cul-de-sac. Recently renovated including the installation of a modern kitchen, new pool and surrounding decking, landscaping and many other added features. The main house has 4 bedrooms, all en-suite plus there are 2 addition bedrooms with separate entrances - ideal for guests or a study area. Annelize Reinmuller 076 788 9918 Leigh Robertson 082 882 8243 Office 021 867 0161 Web ref. 3224017



Asking R9.95 million

Asking R8.5 million | 4 bedrooms | 4 bathrooms | 4 garages

A peaceful retreat located just 6 km from the centre of Stellenbosch, this property offers lifestyle in a country style environment. The solid house has charming sun-flooded living and dining areas, a vintage office, a spacious open plan kitchen and a cosy terrace which flows onto a large swimming pool. The property offers possibilities to keep horses or plant trees and features a granny flat and a two bedroom cottage - located close to a stream at the bottom of the property – which generate additional income. A strong borehole provides sufficient water for irrigation, the cottages and the pool. Detlef Struck 079 597 1727 Office 021 809 2760 Web ref. 3307043

We are privileged to have the opportunity to introduce you to one of the finest homes available on this beautiful estate where residents enjoy 24 hour security, one of the finest golf courses in the world, tennis courts, spa and club house facilities. This elegant family home offers well-proportioned living areas with easy flow from designer kitchen to entertainment areas, four en-suite bedrooms and study or pajama lounge with sun filled terrace overlooking Paarl Mountain. Marinda de Jongh 082 573 2204 Marilize Breytenbach 083 241 1580 Office 021 870 1011 Web ref. 3240661


CoNStaNtia RURaL, CaPE toWN

asking R26 million ex vat | 4 bedrooms | 4 bathrooms | 2 garages

asking R8.45 million | 4 bedrooms | 4½ bathrooms | 2 garages

a truly exclusive secure boutique estate, located in the Constantia Valley, there is little in the area that comes close in comparison. Designed to embrace its lush surroundings, each of the four residences is at home with nature – a place of privacy, security and solitude. a place that enhances your relationship with the outdoors. Jo thomas 084 404 4120, Rouvaun Mckirby 071 671 0821, Jacque Fourie 072 304 7957 office 021 701 2446 Web ref. 3227929

a perfect marriage of garden and home. the warm atmosphere of this lovely family home will capture your heart. the interior has a distinct tuscan feel from the country style kitchen to the open plan and generously proportioned living areas with terracotta flooring and Stucco italiano walls. the main home has 3 spacious en-suite bedrooms with study adjacent to the main bedroom. there is also a self-contained 1 bedroom flatlet, opening onto a private patio and garden. the entertainer’s patio overlooks the sparkling pool and jacuzzi. Eileen o’ Sullivan 082 410 7204, Yvonne Van Staden 079 300 7784 office 021 701 2446 Web ref. 3156037


tokai, CaPE toWN

asking R9.95 million | 4 bedrooms | 3 bathrooms | 2 garages

asking R4.995 million | 4 bedrooms | 3 bathrooms | 2 garages

a magnificent family home freshly decorated and in move in condition. Gleaming woodwork and spacious interiors set this home apart from the rest. Brenda Pretorius 083 442 1318, Dave Burger 083 458 3333 office 021 701 2446 Web ref. 3321897

Warm and inviting executive family home in prime lush position with views and income producing / dual living potential. Custom designed for the family who loves entertaining in style as the open living areas flow seamlessly to the patio with built-in BBQ, pool and garden. the fitted study has its own entrance; 4 bedrooms (mes); self-contained flatlet / guest suite / studio / air B&B / dual living potentially; double integrated garage and ample secure off street parking; garden for children and pets. Herculene Visser 083 658 2686 office 021 701 2446 Web ref. 3262408



Asking R11.8 million | 4 bedrooms | 3 bathrooms | 2 garages

Asking R7.995 million | 4 bedrooms | 3 bathrooms | 2 garages

A special and unique family home offering European style charm and sophistication with four beautiful bedrooms, including enormous main bedroom suite with original fireplace and wonderful views of the mountain, a gorgeous continental kitchen, and light filled living areas leading out to vine covered terrace, garden and pool. This is a once-off opportunity to buy a prime property in sought-after Hen and Chicken Estate. Barbara Manning 083 407 3656 Office 021 673 1240 Web ref. 3283558

Beautiful home in Bishopscourt Village! Modern and versatile this lovely home offers open plan living at its best. The north facing aspect and double volume spaces ensure plenty of natural light and warmth with stunning mountain views. Reception rooms are well designed and provide plenty of options – making for easy entertaining both indoors and out. Ruth Leach 082 323 7550, Anne Goddard 082 777 7107 Office 021 673 1240 Web ref. 3118190



Asking R17.995 million | 5 bedrooms | 4 bathrooms | 2 garages

Asking R14.75 million | 4 bedrooms | 4 bathrooms | 2 garages

Contemporary seamless fusion of sophistication and peaceful living! Exceptionally bright and sunny 5 bedroom, 4 bathroom spectacular home with 4 reception rooms. Oversized patios surrounded by sea and mountain views. Estate living at it’s finest includes a tennis court, small lake, children’s play area, and access to hiking trails, streams and forests. Explore the Estate gardens with indigenous flora and fauna. 24 Hour guarding and patrolling security. Finger print ID and cameras throughout the perimeter. Terri Steyn 082 777 0748 Office 021 701 2446 Web ref. 3239256

Urban tree house living. A beautiful contemporary home, built with the environment in mind in form as well as function, offering stylish, spacious low maintenance living in Newlands. You are drawn to the incredible views & attention to detail both in design, functionality & finishes. The living area is the heart of the home which leads out to a deep covered patio, level garden & pool. There are 3 spacious en-suite double bedrooms, 4 bathrooms & a study/playroom or 4th bedroom. The kitchen is state of the art & there is a completely separate self-contained flatlet. Nina Smith 082 774 4596, Jo Fourie 071 286 5383 Office 021 673 1240 Web ref. 3191887



Asking R10.95 million | 4 bedrooms | 3½ bathrooms | 2 garages

Asking R17.5 million | 5 bedrooms | 4½ bathroom | 2 garages

Fabulous Provencale-inspired retreat.Panoramic vistas from spacious terraces stretch from kommetjie to noordhoek Beach & Chapmans Peak. On most evenings you can spot eagles soaring overhead. Located in a secure & quiet cul-de-sac, this home features:- Gracious open-plan living, incredible views & a subterranean wine cellar & bar. Dream gourmet kitchen. The double-volume office/guest suite, is currently used as a 4th bedroom. The outdoor areas are exquisite, with a classical French-style heated pool, attractive ponds, an established landscaped garden, productive olive trees & a vegetable patch. Lilian Bron 082 377 3725 Web ref. 3288437

Majestic oceanfront residence. Located just meters from sea, embodies the ultimate in coastal charm & elegance. Spacious open floor plan, light filled interiors & spectacular ocean views, it has the true wow factor! Private gated courtyard leads to large entry double wooden doors & spacious foyer. Open-plan dining area, fully fitted kitchen, separate scullery. Sunken lounge with fireplace leads out to covered entertainment patio with spectacular views. On the first level there are 2 luxury bedroom suite leading out to sea-view balcony. The lower level offers a complete living area with covered sea-view patio. Bev Goldhill 082 455 7239 Office 021 784 2260 Web ref. 3290835



Asking R4.75 million | 3 bedrooms | 2 bathrooms | 2 garages

Asking R11.8 million | 11 bedrooms | 10 bathrooms | 1 garage

A pretty north facing home, in a picturesque setting, with stunning country views. Featuring a veranda, unobstructed mountain views and a stream on its boundary. Situated in a country lane, on almost 1.9ha, the property is situated close to the Hoekwil village and the local primary school. The home is beautifully decorated and boats a French provencal feel. The living areas, and main bedroom all lead out on to the covered wrap around veranda and the large kitchen, is semi-open plan to the living areas. The separate artist’s studio can be used as an extra bedroom or home office. Maria Coetsee 082 343 4030 Office 044 877 0767 Web ref. 3243632

Colonial splendour with refined elegance! This characterful property, of almost 100 years, has operated as a 4-star guest house for almost 25 years. Living spaces flow out to the over-sized deck, which has been masterfully integrated into the lush gardens. The interiors have been spec’d to international standards and all furnishings and art objects, are included in the sale. 11 bedroom suites with the main homestead providing eight suites and the garden villa featuring two bedroom suites. An additional studio cottage is a bonus. Awarded 4-star grading with the Tourism Grading Council. TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence. Marsha Brand 083 266 7294 Web ref. 3223993



Asking R11.1 million | 4 bedrooms | 4½ bathrooms | 1 garage

Asking R9 million | 4 bedrooms | 4 bathrooms | 2 garages

This double storey home is situated on a corner stand with a north facing aspect offering wide canal views. The entrance is on the western side with a totally private garden & splash pool. On entering this family home one steps down to the open plan living areas with stack doors opening onto the large decks with barbeque & private jetty. One large en-suite bedroom is downstairs on the north side with double doors opening out on a verandah overlooking the jetty. 2 Bedrooms are upstairs where a snug TV lounge is also situated. The kitchen is well fitted with granite tops & scullery. Above the single garage is a 1 bed en-suite flat. Corlia Goris 083 441 1079 Web ref. 3269353

An enviable family home set in an established, beautifully maintained garden with Indian Ocean views. Double-volume entrance includes a lift to the upper level. Inviting open-plan kitchen with separate pantry & scullery. The dining & living areas have oversized windows which showcase the garden & open onto an enclosed patio. There are 4 spacious, en-suite bedrooms; the master suite with a north-facing, sunny studio / study attached. Underfloor heating throughout, air-conditioning in the master suite & 2nd bedroom. A sunny verandah & courtyard overlook the rim-flow pool. Barbara Wilson 082 377 1830 Samantha Osman 072 356 9245 Web ref. 2788540



Asking R13.5 million | 4 bedrooms | 4 bathrooms | 2 garages

Asking R12.5 million | 4 bedrooms | 4 bathrooms | 2 garages

Understated from the exterior, once inside - the ‘WOW’ factor! 4 Spacious en-suite bedrooms. 4th Bedroom with kitchenette, living area and separate access. A gourmet kitchen is at the heart of this home with caesar-stone finishes. Lovely flow, open-plan living, with oversized windows overlooking the village green, to the lagoon beyond. Covered entertainment patio, dine next to the sparkling pool. All furniture included in the sale of this upmarket home, plus double garage. Walk around the corner to the island coffee shop, or take a stroll to the lagoon beach. Sheena Maré 082 432 5180, Candy Alexander 082 928 8507, Grant Alexander 082 767 4626 Web ref. 2793863

Stylish, waterfront home, situated on the edge of the lagoon with stunning views across the water and “The Heads”. The open plan living, dining and kitchen areas are light and bright. The lounge area boasts a double volume ceiling with sliding doors leading out onto a covered verandah, letting the outside in. The home comprises of 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms, with a separate fully contained cottage. Whether you enjoy basking in the sun, swimming in the lagoon, enjoying water sports or just relaxing, this home has it all to offer right on the doorstep. Sheena Mare 082 432 5180, Candy Alexander 082 928 8507, Grant Alexander 082 676 4626 Web ref. 2577082



Asking R9.9 million | 7 bedrooms | 6 bathrooms | 3 garages

Asking R3.95 million | 4 bedrooms | 4 bathrooms | 1 garage

Luxurious African Zen sea and valley view home in secure eco estate, with 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms and a full 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom flat with own entrance. Features include a rim flow pool, spacious open-plan indoor and outdoor living spaces, bar, fireplaces, steam room, triple garage, staff acc, caters to the extended family or friends with privacy in mind, and is located on a green belt with abundant bird life. The epitome of luxurious carefree living, a perfect blend of flair and functionality. This exclusively finished home is approximately 980 m² and offers exceptional value. Paul Jordaan 082 876 0577 Office 044 533 2529 Web re. 3086910

The extraordinary character of this duplex 4 bedroom, 4 bathroom residence surpasses most in Plett. Spacious bedrooms with plenty of cupboard space. Open plan sizeable living areas with a jet-master fire place and underfloor heating for the chilly winter evenings. Slip into the jacuzzi and soak those troubles away. Covered outdoor dining/entertaining area. Air-con. Single garage. Scenic views. Thulana is the place to stay; it’s an absolute joy! Desré Reck 079 497 0008 Office 044 533 2529 Web ref. 3097141



Asking R15.95 million | 5 bedrooms | 5 bathrooms | 3 garages

Asking R16.5 million | 5 bedrooms | 5 bathrooms | 2 garages

Beautiful entertainer's delight with excellent sea, mountain and lagoon views. Magnificent home ideal for a larger family, with 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, generous spaces, formal dining areas, 3 extensive lounges, TV Room, entrance hall, 2 guest toilets, multiple fireplaces, wine cellar, pub, entertainment area, swimming pool, sauna, 3 garages and beautiful manicured garden. This is a true masterpiece. Hein Pretorius 083 701 3159 Office 044 533 2529 Web ref. 3205039

Charismatic historically significant 5 bedroom, 5 en-suite bathroom home with exceptional sea views, located on a quiet cul-de-sac in "Old Plett" in a pretty garden. Today this generous property has all modern conveniences and has been renovated, but retains its "old world" charm. Special features include spacious open plan areas, 2 covered outdoor dining areas, lounge, living room, TV room, swimming pool, double garage and good security measures. Contact me for to view this must-see home. Elbie Pama 082 569 2588 Office 044 533 2529 Web ref. 3283180

Situated in the heart of Johannesburg’s northern suburbs, Riboville is nestled within the prestigious Waterfall Equestrian Estate. A five-star destination perfectly located in proximity to the city and only a five-minute drive from the Mall of Africa. Riboville’s boutique hotel, conference venue and restaurant is the perfect blend of urban luxury in a country setting. +27 11 234 2456

Simple, good food, that will evoke good feelings. | +27 10 020 0286

Bowl’d Breakfast, Bowl’d Bar and a very Bowl’d menu. | +27 10 020 8356


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