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Nominated by Thato Kgatlhanye

hen a friend said she was planning to renovate her rambling 1930s family home in Claremont, Cape Town, I told her about this special decor and design issue’s many great features. I told her about interior design guru Marcia Margolius’ 2018 colour and decor predictions (page 9), the inspiring home makeovers by some of our top interior designers (page 18), the latest lighting trends (page 24) and tips from experts on how to invest in quality furniture (page 40). She replied she had been advised not to renovate because of the risk of overcapitalising, considering the looming Day Zero could have a negative effect on the property market ut that was before our new president imbued South Africans with new hope and boosted investor confidence, and ay Zero edged further and further away. So she’s ignoring his advice. “I am not renovating to sell,” she says. “Our family keeps evolving, and we plan to live here for many years to come. The house should suit our needs.” According to trend analyst Dion Chang (page 7), she is not alone. Not everyone is selling up their suburban homes to buy lock-up-and-go pads. My friend is part of a worldwide trend seeing family homes modified to accommodate e tended family and millennial graduates struggling to find work So, if you are also looking for inspiration to transform and increase the value of your home, whether to sell or stay, this special decor and design issue will show you how, Day Zero notwithstanding.



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Trend analyst Dion Chang highlights three trends that will have an impact on how we live in 2018 and beyond

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Interior design guru Marcia Margolius shares her passion for the industry and tells us about decor trends

Exciting things are happening in art, craft, architecture, furniture and decor

Take inspiration from interior designers who can transform an average space into something exceptional





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A roundup of the top trends in interior lighting design

The multitalented Reyjeane Haroun’s approach to design is as glamorous as she is



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The most exciting emerging design talent currently is coming out of Africa

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FURNITURE AS INVESTMENT We asked experts in the furniture industry for advice on how to invest in quality pieces

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Inspiring design and architectural trends that are shaping the future of property

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The hotel residence trend has started to catch on around the world

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Two exciting shows in Cape Town are putting design in the spotlight


Trend analyst Dion Chang highlights three trends that will have an impact on how we live in 2018 and beyond 01 EMBRACE A LIFESTYLE OF LESS IS MORE – IT’S HERE TO STAY “Less stuff, more stories”, that’s the current global trend and central mantra. People are looking at consumption in a new way: They are becoming more interested in having experiences and making memories than in buying more fast fashion. This is also the case with property. People are buying smaller places. Compare the price of a large house with a lock-up-and-go, and you will see the value of the smaller property is exponentially more. People want to declutter, go smaller. An example is the nano-living spaces we’re seeing in Johannesburg, especially. It’s an international trend, one that global retailers like IKEA have picked up on by catering to smaller spaces. 02 GET READY FOR A HOME SPACE THAT’S BECOMING MORE FAMILY-FOCUSED, BUT NOT NECESSARILY FOR THE REASONS YOU THINK Even though the trend is to sell up a large house and go smaller, parents should think twice before they sell. Trend forecaster Li Edelkoort says millennials are staying at home longer and the prospect of them owning a property is not very likely – it’s simply unaffordable. You see this playing out in places such as London: people living in motorhomes and Wendy houses, and some even squatting. America is calling their millennials the new urban poor. A South African parallel is our fees-must-fall movement among students. Young people have high student debt and their degrees are not getting them the positions they’re qualified for – the nature of the workplace has changed. This inequality sees people forced into community living or staying with their parents. 03 FAMILIARISE YOURSELF WITH THE TERM “TRANSIENT OWNERSHIP” Uber and other ride-sharing services are making people think twice about car ownership, and platforms like Airbnb are selling experiences, not just accommodation. This runs parallel with the trend of less stuff, more stories – and technology is enabling the mantra. Flux is currently tracking the disruption of the automotive industry, looking at it in terms of digital mobility, as in using ride-sharing apps and not buying a car. This trend will impact the way we travel in major ways. Some of the large car manufacturers are embracing a future in which people will not own cars at all. A wide range of sharing services are already off the ground, and many people Uber everywhere. The idea of transient ownership can also be seen in the repurposing of furniture and other household goods; more things are being consumed in a communal way.

DION CHANG is the founder of Flux Trends, which identifies macro trends and interprets them for businesses., @dionchang

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Interior design expert Marcia Margolius shares her passion for the industry and tells us about 2018’s decor trends HOW DID YOU GET STARTED IN THE DECOR AND DESIGN INDUSTRY? I had three years of extensive training in interior design. At the time no textbooks were available, so I turned my lecture notes into a book, Creative Stylish Homes, from Flats to Mansions. Other interior design books followed. We are currently busy with the 22nd edition of our Décor and Design manual. I also started the first decor course in South Africa: I wrote and compiled a correspondence course for Intec (now Damelin). WHAT DIFFERENTIATES YOUR BLOG FROM OTHERS? Marcia Loves it! is where I share my personal experience of the industry through seven daily posts and images I source myself. I try to keep abreast of what’s happening in the field and report the latest news. HOW DO YOU KEEP UP WITH INTERNATIONAL TRENDS? I travel at least seven times a year. I get invited to major fairs and go to lectures on design and decor around the world. As we speak I am on my way to Frankfurt, Germany, to attend Ambiente, the top annual lifestyle and homeware expo. WHAT ARE SOME OF 2018’S DESIGN AND DECOR TRENDS? Oversized blooms with botanical references. In terms of colour, anything goes: metallic, gold and silver are in; red is strong, and so is yellow mixed with navy and greens; blues and greys are still in; and, of course, Ultra Violet, the Pantone colour of the year. Comfort is key, and embroidery, weaving and crochet are coming through. My advice is simple: Don’t go with the trend; follow your heart. And never skimp on quality. HOW DOES SOUTH AFRICA MEASURE UP ON THE WORLD STAGE? We don’t follow trends; we are the trend-setters. I see it especially when I attend these overseas shows – South African stands stand out! We have such talented and innovative craftsmen and –women, and these international trade shows present a beautiful platform to showcase their work.

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Exciting things are happening in art, craft, architecture, furniture and decor

TEXT Julia Freemantle PHOTOGRAPHS Ansjah Bloem, Thys Dullaart, Juan Baraja, suppied

WHAT’S HOT NOW 01 CERAMICS: ARTISANAL GOES MAINSTREAM The rise of and reverence for artisanal processes and materials have seen them flung firmly into the mainstream, thereby exposing a much larger audience to traditional techniques and authentic ways of creating objects of beauty and purpose. Major retailers like Weylandts are realising the power of the hand-made, with raw textures coming through in its everyday household items. 02 ART: CONCEPTUALISM There’s a reemergence of conceptual installation in contemporary art. Cow’s Head is a work by Johannesburg-based conceptual artist and sculptor Usha Seejarim, who won the Tomorrows/Today Prize at the Investec Cape Town Art Fair 2018 for her domestic-inspired installation Herd.


03 ART: MODERN AFRICA Young African contemporary artists such as Faatimah Mohamed-Luke are leading the way in changing Western perspectives on Africa. They’re a generation both proud of where they come from and in touch with the wider world, which is evident in the fresh palette and graphic interpretation of traditional motifs in Faatimah’s wall art. The pieces, made of plastic building blocks, combine the inspiration she found in tessellation she encountered in Morocco and childhood nostalgia. She is represented by 99 Loop.

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05 COLOUR: PURPLE REIGN Pantone’s recent colour forecast, announcing Ultra Violet as the colour of the year, will cue a stream of decorative applications in every shade of purple imaginable. A vibrant and complex colour, it suggests intrigue and “contemplates the mysteries of the universe”. Evoking creativity, imagination and awareness beyond the obvious, its purpose is to inspire one to pursue the limitless. On a practical level, the colour can be both cool and cocooning, depending on its application. This space by Romo strikes that balance perfectly.,

04 FLORAL DESIGN: INS AND OUTS Heike Hayward of Fleur le Cordeur and Rini Harrington of Stalk of the Town offer their insights into the floral design landscape. WHAT TYPES OF PLANTS AND FLOWERS ARE IN VOGUE AT THE MOMENT? HEIKE: More and more people are looking for a mixture of commercial (such as orchids and roses) and non-commercial flowers and foliage. Mixing pretty flowers and more unusual elements such as berries or seed pods is in. RINI: Indigenous flowers such as proteas are always in demand. We believe in using seasonal flowers and in supporting local farmers. IS THERE ANY SORT OF MOVEMENT TOWARDS FOLIAGE OVER FLOWERS? HEIKE: Yes and no. There is a massive movement towards foliage, but not over flowers, rather strategically balanced with flowers. Clients are asking for more greenery to build arrangements bigger and create more of a garden feel. RINI: The foliage trend started about two years ago, and is still going strong, but it could never replace flowers. Foliage is ideal in a contemporary setting, but it’s not a matter of putting one leaf in a vase. You have to play with texture, composition and form. IS THERE ANY PARTICULAR COLOUR PALETTE YOU’RE SEEING OR DOING MORE OF? HEIKE: Reds and burgundies were prominent colours last season, and continue to be so in 2018. RINI: Bright colours are definitely more popular. We have just done a wedding in shades of purple, magenta and pink. ARE THERE SPECIFIC WAYS OF COMBINING BLOOMS THAT ARE IN NOW? HEIKE: There’s still a huge demand for the “spilling” type of arrangement where it looks like the flowers and foliage are growing over the table. Low arrangements are more popular than high ones, and suspensions are trendy. RINI: I still prefer a specific flower en masse. The slanting-to-one-side style, made popular by the celebrity floral designer Jeff Leatham, is something we do a lot – it’s striking and modern.,


06 ARCHITECTURE: FLEXI-HOMES Soaring property prices and the resultant exclusion of a middle-income property investor from the market have created a gap for affordable options that go beyond the traditional. This comes in different permutations, one of which is homes that are mobile and are therefore not subject to inflation on any one particular suburb. The Portable Home by Spanish architecture firm Abaton is sleek and stylish. Another response by the industry has been to downsize apartments in desirable areas to make them attainable as investment opportunities. FWJK’s Lil’ Apple New York-style micro apartments in Umhlanga will make it possible to invest in a lifestyle development for under R1 million.,

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07 08 07 BATHROOMS: ROUND-ABOUT The raised Rondo basin by Studio 19 with its contemporary round silhouette makes for an elegant vanity setup. Aside from traditional white, the basin also comes in light grey, dark grey or concrete – which paired with brass or copper taps creates a dynamic contemporary look. 08 BATHROOMS: SPA EXPERIENCE The ultra pampering appeal of a spa day has filtered into bathroom design in a big way. Think luxurious, glamorous surfaces (Neolith has a huge variety), comfortable areas to relax in and design that feels more like a living space than a functional one. Colour, texture and adornment are huge, as are features that make the space feel like a pleasure to be in – double vanity, underfloor heating, flattering lighting. Go all out and create a sanctuary within your home.

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09 DECOR: RETRO REVIVAL In decor terms, mid-century motifs are everywhere – you can see it in applications as varied as flooring patterns and materials, furniture shapes and colour use. Bisazza’s Cementiles flooring collection (left) is unashamedly retro in both colour and design. “Retro with a modern twist is big and here to stay for a while – both high-end and retail stores are offering pieces in this style,” says interior designer Hendre Bloem. “If you can splurge, opt for original collector’s items and conversation pieces with beautiful detailing – like console tables and drinks trolleys.” This Aka Uroko vessel (right), designed by Kenzo Takada of Kenzo fame, is one of the pieces in Roche Bobois’s new accessories ranges, which feature geometric and sculptural mid-century motifs.,,

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10 SHAPES: MIND THE BENDS Curves in furniture and decorative design reflect a softer mood across the board, a need to cocoon and nurture through interior spaces. This Bonaldo piece is the culmination of enveloping curves, inviting upholstery and an on-trend soft lilac – it is comfort manifest.

12 BUILDING: A SYMBIOTIC PARTNERSHIP The Stand 51 project, a collaboration between Val de Vie Estate and Saint-Gobain, seeks to develop the ultimate residential estate design that improves the living experience by bringing together all aspects of what make a house comfortable to live in. The alignment of Stand 51’s dedication to better homes (attaining ideal levels of noise reduction, temperature control, improved air quality and pleasing spatial arrangement) with Val de Vie’s reputation as the leading lifestyle estate in South Africa makes it a perfect match. The estate was recently voted South Africa’s best estate for its commitment to standards across a number of categories, including security, design, location and facilities. Marketing director Ryk Neethling is enthusiastic about this partnership and what it promises for the future of Val de Vie. “We are very excited about the project,” he says. “Sustainable development is a cornerstone of the estate and we are proud to be pioneers in this regard.” The location of the house at Val de Vie furthers all the objectives that Stand 51 is aiming to achieve – through enhancing the environment of the house itself by way of a peaceful, picturesque setting, world-class facilities and a commitment to excellence.,

11 KITCHENS: LEVEL UP Flat, uniform serving and prep stations are old news. Instead, you’ll be seeing kitchen islands made of a multitude of materials in different permutations and with varying heights. This Cesar Maxima space brings these elements together in a design that is high-end yet inviting and unintimidating.


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14 SURFACES: GOING FOR BOLD The prevalence of out-there surface applications offers a plethora of options beyond the standard. Marble is still major, but gold, red and brown colourways are replacing the classic black-and-white veining combination. Combined with wood and metallics (which are still big, but steer clear of rose gold in favour of cooler gold tones), marble takes on a new level of impact. Lanserring’s kitchen designs are a symphony of materials – made even more harmonious through flawless craftsmanship. 15 FURNITURE AND DECOR: SHOWN TO BEST ADVANTAGE Mobelli’s Cape Town showroom has been transformed into an inspiring concept space featuring contemporary furniture, decorative objects and artwork. By creating layered individual roomsets to illustrate the top design trends for 2018 (which include juxtaposing modernretro furniture and mixing materials and key colours), interior designer Sam Lurie and Mobelli have made it easy for clients to come in, see how they can use pieces in their own home and shop a look.


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13 LIGHTING: ORGANIC CHEMISTRY Adam Hoets of willowlamp offers his take on lighting trends. WHAT KIND OF LIGHTING ARE CONSUMERS LOOKING FOR AT THE MOMENT? Many are looking for something contemporary with a sculptural quality, as well as energy-efficient, warm lighting features. WHAT IS THE MOST CURRENT AND UP-TO-DATE MANIFESTATION OF A PENDANT RIGHT NOW? Groups of smaller pendants with related shapes have become popular, replacing the single hanging pendant to a degree – hung en masse, in a small group, or as part of a split installation. Lamps that create drama and play with light and shadow are by far the most interesting these days. WHAT MATERIALS ARE POPULAR FOR LIGHTING? Metallic hues, especially brass and copper, are quite popular, as well as hand-made glass.


16 17 16 FURNITURE AND RUGS: FASHIONFORWARD Realising that the extent of their commercial clout extends much further than just their core brands, fashion icons are increasingly diversifying into decor. Applying their signature mastery of pattern, colour and texture to new applications, accessories maven Kate Spade and cultural icon Iris Apfel have found new ways to channel their creativity, Kate through a range of rugs and Iris in a collection of circus-inspired furniture for the US brand HSN. Kate Spade rugs (above) are available locally at Veronica Lidchi Fine Rugs & Interiors., 17 REAL ESTATE: A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE Luxury residential estates are extending their leisure offerings to holistic spa experiences. Welcoming a new spa to the estate in December, Val de Vie continues to go from strength to strength. The new spa, run by the Camelot Spa Group, offers a full range of grooming and relaxation services in a beautifully appointed space adjacent to the Pearl Valley Clubhouse. With six luxurious treatment rooms, including a rasul chamber, hydrotherapy facilities, manicure and pedicure lounge, and hair salon, it’s a one-stop salon and spa. This comprehensive luxury spa offers just the sort of soothing high-end experience we’ve come to expect from the Val de Vie team.

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Take inspiration from interior designers who can transform an average space into something exceptional


TEXT Julia Freemantle PHOTOGRAPHS Elsa Young, supplied

TAKE-HOME LESSON Context is everything. You don’t have to start from scratch or even implement structural alterations for a major overhaul. 86 Design kept various items of furniture, but updated their surroundings with cosmetic changes like colour and finishes.


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TV ROOM Fussy built-in shelving, which gave this room a busy feel, was replaced by sleek wooden cladding with a Monocoat finish in Cotton White. The modern, minimalist look was also achieved by removing the ornate fireplace surround to leave it unadorned. In terms of soft furnishings, the team replaced pattern with texture – a smart swap for a calming contemporary solution. Rugs from Joseph & Joseph are luxe yet not ostentatious.

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Designers Lauren King and Ansu Cornelius of 86 Design transformed a stately Italianate family home in Johannesburg by using simple yet smart fixes that took it from dated to timeless. They used a contemporary palette and finishes to update the rooms, which were quite dark and serious before, but they retained the home’s classic feel.


KITCHEN Starting with a lot of wood and countrystyle furniture, the designers changed the whole personality of the space by updating the palette and finishes. The island and built-in cabinetry got a facelift: A Frosty Carrina countertop from Caesarstone replaced the original black surface, and high-gloss duco-sprayed units with a glamorous brass kickplate replaced the old cupboards and drawers. Substituting the wall colour from an underwhelming cream to a contemporary grey made all the difference. An old armoire and the extractor hood with its fresh coat of white paint pop against the grey, and new faux Roman blinds that match the crisp new cabinetry and countertops create a sense of cohesion.


STUDY The major changes in this room were a change of palette, and a simplification and reduction of the furniture. Just by painting over all the existing mahogany woodwork – wall panelling and shelving units – in bright Plascon Ivory White, the space was transformed. Then the team removed surplus furniture and pared the space down to a simple seating area and desk zone. A few swaps – a more modern desk, some plain curtains and an elegant custom-designed coffee table – gave the room a refreshed feel. Even the original lamps and armchairs, reupholstered in a graphic fabric from Hertex, look new.

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STUDIO 19 Known for her ultra-contemporary but earthy aesthetic, Mia Widlake of Studio 19 uses colour and texture as a way of layering rooms. Two recent projects are a masterclass in how you can give a space a high-end feel just by using the right materials and tones.


KITCHEN Studio 19 transformed this impractical, unimpressive kitchen into a functional space with a total rethink of the materials. Cabinetry, taps and handles, all custom-designed by the company, create a unified design language, whereas before the kitchen was disjointed and oppressive, with surfaces at different heights. A glossy white splashback with tiles from Tiletoria offers texture in a neutral tone, and offsets the white and matte blonde of the cupboards – a radical change from the former dark countertops and units. Black and metallic accents (drawer pulls, a statement light from Majestic Lighting, the taps) give the pale scheme gravitas.


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LIVING ROOM A messy pairing of cheap sliding doors and security gate, and dated floor tiles were taken out of the living room and replaced with seamless black-framed stacking doors and largeformat floor tiles from Tiletoria, which together make the space feel much more expansive. Sleek cabinets and occasional tables replaced a haphazard assemblage of furniture.


ENTRANCE HALL The awkward entrance hall with its tan tiled floor and curved staircase in an old-fashioned shade of blue was given a total makeover to create a clean and more spaceeffective segue to the next level. Sleek mFLOR flooring, a coat of charcoal paint from Plascon, contemporary art, and vertical railing customdesigned by Studio 19 turned the space into a striking focal point.


TAKE-HOME LESSON Cohesion is essential. When you’re conceptualising a space, you have to think about how all the elements work together and complement one another.

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APARTMENT: SEA POINT A twobedroom apartment in Sea Point with no real identity and sense of space was given a subtle but effective overhaul by Dylan, who installed classic detailing to smarten it up. A mirror in the open-plan living and dining area added a sense of space, but more was needed to complete the picture. Dylan’s addition of wall mouldings and a built-in banquette gave it a polished effect. Contemporary furniture adds to the fresh feel.

STUDIO APARTMENT: CITY CENTRE In the bedroom of a studio apartment in Cape Town, Dylan converted a whole wall of messy cupboards, which emphasised the small size of the room, into one long seamless storage unit to hide any clutter. Pretty compact wall lamps from Cécile & Boyd, which take up no floor space and don’t require a console, and a selection of mid-century furniture pieces and artworks from vintage stores give it a sense of identity. Below the window are compact stools that serve as both seating and side tables.

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STUDIO DYLAN THOMAZ A master of using detail to upgrade a space, Dylan has transformed various apartments using his signature classic-meets-contemporary combination of elements. For these two projects he turned compact and cramped into cosy and comfortable.

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TAKE-HOME LESSON Small needn’t feel cheap. You can create a sense of luxury and opulence in a compact space entirely through finishes and good lighting, and by adding interesting furniture pieces and accessories.


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LIVING ROOM Furniture showcases your personality, style and taste, however planning a harmonious space a isn’t always as easy as it looks. The new furniture collections from Mobelli are perfectly curated by an interior designer to create a blended, cohesive interior scheme. You can simply shop the entire look.



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4. Dune coffee / side tables from R 3,395. 5. Woodbed rug (3.65x2.74m) R 30,802. 6. Boston Desk Lamp - White R 649. 7. Large cement vase R 2,269.

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A roundup of the top trends in interior lighting design 01 CLUSTER CLUB It’s no secret that a grouping of pendant lights is an elegant way of creating interest in a living space. Moving away from the decorative and ornate styles to something simpler, Hoi P’loy reinterprets this idea with its sleek and modern Winston Ceiling pendant. 02 BRUSHED BRASS Combining a soft matte finish with the warmth of gold-coloured metal, brushed brass has replaced its brighter equivalent as the popular choice to add subtle yet glamorous touches to an interior. The Lian swing lamp by Studio 19 pairs a simple brushed-brass shade and plate with a black powder-coated arm. Positioned against a dark charcoal wall, the effect is sultry luxury at its finest. 03 A NEW NOSTALGIA Iconic pieces referencing the past while looking to the future are key fixtures in the 2018 design landscape. Inspired by the aesthetic of the late ’50s and early ’60s, but created using the latest technology and materials, REVER floor lamps have a futuristic yet timeless appeal. The design cleverly combines the primary function of providing light with a secondary function of convenience in the form of trays. Available through Province Lighting. 04 FEATURE LIGHTING If space permits it, a large-scale fitting above the centre of the room is the perfect way to create that wow factor. The Wireflow chandelier, designed by Arik Levy for Vibia, is a modern interpretation of a classic tiered design; although delicate, it occupies a substantial volume of space for extra impact. Ceiling uplighters have also been used to wash the ceiling in light and exaggerate its curves. All available from Streamlight.

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05 GLASS VESSELS Pendant lights are a surefire way to add interest and dimension to an interior, with glass a popular material these past few years. We’re now seeing greater experimentation with glass, resulting in evermore intricate and intriguing shapes. 06 HOW LOW CAN YOU GO? Pendant lamps can be hung low for extra drama – just ensure they do not block your view or pathway; solid lamps may get in the way. These LED Apple pendants from K. Light Import are a good option for this treatment: They’re big enough to make a visual impact but their delicate wire structure is light and unimposing. 07 ARTS & CRAFTS The movement towards original craftsmanship continues to gain momentum, with sculptural one-off ceramic lamp bases a unique interpretation of this theme. The Arch table lamp, a Bofred design with a large base hand-made by ceramic artist Jennifer de Charmoy, doubles as a sculptural art piece. 08 LAYERS OF LIGHT Create depth and warmth in a space by considering different types of light fittings for different effects. In this Coote & Wenchdesigned space, an interesting feature wall is created by using a mix of wall-mounted lights. The round fittings cast an ethereal glow, and the swing-arm lamp directs task lighting at the sitting area below. philip-coote.


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Tutu 2.0 pendant light, Mash.T Design Studio @mashtdesignstudio

World globe pendant, Eleven Past

The Totem, Studio 19

Eight-light Molecule horizontal pendant, K. Light Import,

Slim Shady wall light, Hoi P’loy

Calabash bedroom light, Bofred

The Tinker wall light, Studio 19

Simple wall sconce, Hoi P’loy,

Spencer lamp, Eleven Past

Azure brass table lamp, Eleven Past

Rever table lamp, Province Lighting

The Silo table lamp, Studio 19


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FOR YOUR HOME Carla Erasmus, co-owner of Bofred


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TEXT Kelly Adami PHOTOGRAPHS Supplied



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FORWARD TEXT Julia Freemantle PHOTOGRAPHS Karl Rogers

CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE LEFT Reyjeane’s design style is characterised by layering and a subtle mix of sumptuous textures incorporated into every aspect of a room. | She is a big believer in enjoying daily luxuries rather than saving them for best, so you’ll always find lit candles and fresh flowers in her home. | Her two beloved pugs, Josephine (pictured) and Napoleon, run the household, says Reyjeane,


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Extrovert, philanthropist and fashion lover Reyjeane Haroun’s approach to design is as glamorous as she is


very day is an occasion for Reyjeane Haroun. A woman who believes in always presenting her best self, she is the poster child for the 21st-century woman: someone with both style and substance, ambition in spades and a heart of gold. Her design studio, Maison Reyjeane (one of three businesses she has started), specialises in bespoke interiors for a range of clients – she has designed everything from o ces to embassies to private residences. “My dream project for this year would be a boutique hotel,” she says. “I would describe my style as abundant. No matter the budget or whatever the restrictions, a good designer can find ways to give any space a feeling of abundance veryone deserves to live beautifully.” The pro ects ey eane has undertaken re ect her love of layers and lu ury in her choice of finishes and fittings er strong attention to detail and ability to conceptualise high-end spaces for both specific clients and developers has put her in a niche category of designer. Every little aspect is important in terms of the overall effect and energy of a space “I am obsessive about detail,” she says. “From the scent to the textures, every aspect needs to complement the others and leave you with an impression; it must evoke a response in you.” Reyjeane’s own home in Green Point, which she describes as her sanctuary, is a testament to her skills, her ability to balance a mix of contemporary and classic elements, and her use of feng shui. It is at once luxurious and laid-back – her pugs are allowed on all the furniture. “I don’t save anything for ‘best’, so I will use my fine crystal or crockery every day I always decant my wine into a beautiful decanter, and I light all the candles and burn incense every evening, because my outlook is that life must be enjoyed and lived; every day is a special occasion.” Considering this sensual appreciation and her tendency towards perfectionism, it’s no wonder Reyjeane names Tom Ford as her design icon. “Because design spans interiors, clothing, set design and architecture, there are many people whose work inspires me,” she says, “but Tom Ford’s work ethic, how he strives for a certain level of excellence, really resonates with me.” This approach extends to all spheres of her life, not just design. An actress by training, she also has a production company, Reydiant Pictures Productions, which develops film pro ects for local and international markets, and a female empowerment organisation called Rey of Hope, which places young women in businesses within her personal network to do internships with a view to being permanently employed. Reyjeane has always enjoyed interior design, even though film was her first love ealising that there wasn t ust one route to achieving her goals, she’s found a way for all her ventures to support one another esign has satisfied her creative and business sides, and afforded her the opportunity to make her film dreams a reality too she funds those pro ects via her interiors business. “You just need to be adaptable,” she says. “And if you want something badly enough, it won’t matter how long it takes you to get there, because the time will pass anyway.”

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CLOCKWISE FROM FAR LEFT Reyjeane’s love of beautiful lines extends to fashion in a big way; she has a particular passion for shoes. | An advocate for breaking design rules – like using oversized furniture and dark colours in small spaces – she believes that every project, no matter the budget or size, can incorporate a feeling of abundance and opulence, and that everyone deserves luxury in their life. | High-end finishes and an unapologetically sexy aesthetic are a given in every space that Reyjeane has had a hand in. Tom Ford’s contemporary yet timeless designs and his multifaceted career path have been a major influence on her style.


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IMPORTANT POINTERS ON WHAT YOUR LEASE AGREEMENT MUST INCLUDE The Rental Housing Act contains certain deemed provisions that apply to a residential lease agreement whether or not the landlord and tenant were aware thereof. These spell out the position regarding deposits and liability for damage to the leased premises, amongst other things. Apart from these standard legislated provisions, a lease agreement should reflect all the rights and obligations of both the landlord and tenant. And, although it is not a legal requirement, it is prudent to reduce the lease’s terms to writing and to obtain both parties’ agreement thereto by way of their signatures, for the sake of transparency and ease of accurate recall. Often lease agreements appear ‘standard’ but omit important aspects. Make sure of the following: 1. Clearly indicate who the parties are and include their identity numbers and addresses where formal (legal) documentation can be accepted. Provide for their signatures to the agreement to prove their acceptance of the terms thereof.

2. Find out what the deemed provisions of the Rental Housing Act are that automatically apply to the lease and include these in the lease for the sake of clarity.

either the tenant or landlord is liable for such as water and electricity, security, garden services and the like.

6. Advise the tenant that he must comply with relevant municipal regulations so that 3. State how many people may reside in the the landlord is not liable where a tenant premises, including children, and exceeds allowed use, for example in the address how many visitors may stay there current water restrictions imposed by the and for how long. Advise whether the City of Cape Town Municipality. Further, if tenant may sub-let the premises or part the premises are situated within a thereof to another. sectional title scheme or homeowners’ 4. Include exact dates for the association, the tenant must accept commencement and termination of the responsibility to comply with the rules of lease so that there is no confusion these schemes, as required. regarding these important dates. State 7. Both the landlord and the tenant have how the tenant may exercise rights to responsibilities regarding the maintenance early termination of the lease, as provided of the property. Clearly state what the for in the Consumer Protection Act. If a responsibilities of each are. termination penalty is payable, clearly indicate the circumstances for payment. 8. Deal with the issue of the keeping of pets! 5. State the monthly rental (and any The best option is always to ask your increase that may become payable). attorney to custom-make a lease agreement Make sure further to detail and explain for you or to scrutinize a ‘standard’ contract, liability for any deposits, whether a rental to make sure your interests are addressed. deposit or electricity and water deposit, Contact us on for as well as how these are refunded. List assistance. all other variable usage expenses that



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CREATING A BUZZ The most exciting emerging design talent currently is coming out of Africa, says a top local design consultant, and to find it you only need to check out Instagram



he term “African design” is a bit of a misleading term these days. Without a doubt there is a huge surge in design and lifestyle across the continent, but to claim it to be one thing is notional. African styles in fashion, design and art are as diverse as any European style, and as on other continents, there are certain nations where design consciousness and creative skills are simply part of the DNA of the country. Some countries shine well above the others, due not only to specific cultural traditions and arts and crafts, but also to new wealth, government recognition and increasing commerce. Just as South Africa stands out among its Southern African neighbours in design and fashion, so too do Morocco and Tunisia in the North, and Kenya and Ethiopia in the East. But it is in the West that a new force in African design and fashion is booming in countries like Senegal, Ghana and Mali. That is not to say there is a lack of design talent in other countries, it’s just that these places are on their way to becoming design hubs much like Denmark, France and the UK. s a researcher and design observer, I find change makers more fascinating than the trends they create, and I have learnt that with all

great design nations there is usually a common trajectory to design development. Design movements often start at street level with the young and adventurous, anti-establishment figures who challenge the norm with impertinent bravado and a shock-of-the-new. But within a decade these young pioneers and creators of new urban tribes and cultish fashion become the establishment, and for a few successful ones the fashion elite. A healthy fashion scene triggers a café and bar society; after all, you need smart social places to strut your stuff It is also no coincidence that art and fashion go hand in hand the two are mutually beneficial and depend on each other, having usually risen from the same creative originators. A good café culture encourages great retail and hospitality with increasing standards and innovations, enlivening city life. In tandem you will have the opening of galleries and museums, design and fashion events, fashion weeks and design shows attracting tourism and related businesses. rchitecture and interior design begin to ourish, and eventually it all leads to a new elegance and development of luxury brands. We have seen this happen in Joburg in the past decade, and it is happening in Nairobi and Dakar, Marrakech and Accra in equal measure.

OPPOSITE Ceramics and apparel from the Moroccan lifestyle brand LRNCE – available online and in shops in France, Sweden, Switzerland and the USA. ABOVE LEFT A display at the GUILD concept store in the Silo District, Cape Town. ABOVE RIGHT YEVU is a clothing line made in Ghana. The image is from a 2017 photo project by YEVU and Ghanaian creative duo Francis Kokoroko and Daniel Quist that looked into a subculture influenced by high fashion and Western celebrity culture; the models were cast via Facebook and Instagram. The model in this photo is Riri and the stylist is Daniel Mawuli.

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DESIGN INSIGHT CATHY O’CLERY is the creative director of Platform Creative Agency, which facilitates, curates and directs brands and brand experiences, with flagship projects such as the Zeitz MOCAA shop, 100% Design South Africa and Business of Design., @designafric


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But if there is a uniting force, a reason it is all happening now across the continent, it’s not simply because it is Africa’s time (which it is) but also because of one tool that has huge global impact: Instagram. Take the Chale Wote Street Art Festival in Accra, a vibrant, no-holdsbarred celebration launched in 2011 that challenges creative boundaries in music, art and dance. One of the stars of Chale Wote is DJ Steloo. Watching on Instagram from Nairobi are Oliver Asike and Velma Rossa of 2 Many Siblings, globe-trotting fashionistas who had Steloo perform at their Thrift Social, a street fashion event developed out of the second-hand clothing markets where First World countries, mostly the USA, dump their excess clothing. They, in turn, have been watched by Fashion Rebel, who started their own social market in Pretoria. e have seen a massive increase in sensational visual tra c and image making on Instagram in the past year, and discovered new creatives, photographers, image makers, fashionistas, designers and artists. These are people who are not looking to the outside for inspiration but to their own continent, and are creating great content that the world is devouring eagerly. Magazines like Vogue are now reporting on events like Chale Wote and more recently the Afropunk Festival in Joburg. For a brief glance, check out the likes of fashion house YEVU from Ghana (@yevuclothing), homeware brand LRNCE from Morocco (@lrnce), and our own stylish Lindiwe Ngubeni (@Lindi_XO), who at the tender age of 18 has been brand ambassador for Mr Price Home and Country Road. Interior design usually follows in the decade after fashion first makes its impact. This is often because those street urban pioneers eventually get caught up in grown-up life and turn their creative energies to where they live or hang out Interior design is also heavily in uenced by tourism and people


who travel. With travel in Africa becoming more and more open, we will see the most innovative impact in interiors coming out in the next few years. Travel encourages design education and discourse. There is so much untapped and undiscovered here – so much to be reworked, celebrated and taken to another level. And now those who are doing it are not the cultural appropriators of the past but the people from within. Young designers like Nkuli Mlangeni of The Ninevites, who taps into a Ndebele heritage in a fresh way, was featured at 100% Design South Africa in 2017, has rugs on sale in the Tate Gallery shop and is collaborating with Spanish company Studio Carreras. Olubunmi Adeyemi from Lagos recently launched a minimalist kitchen utensil brand called DÁ. And an established brand like Joburg milliner Simon and Mary has reinvented itself through input by cult personalities like Trevor Stuurman. We are bound to see a rapid move away from colonial and European in uence on the continent There is a global interest in mid-century modern, and in Africa’s case this is late modernism – of the ’60s and ’70s, when there was a surge of futuristic fro-modernist architecture, usually built in the honeymoon period and early days of independence. Now, a younger African generation is looking to that style language to create a new design discourse that belongs firmly to them e see it in okter and Misses in Braamfontein and the sensational new building they have created for their showroom at 99 Juta Street, Loza Malembo in fashion,

and Cheick Diallo in Mali creating sensational new furniture designs. We have phenomenal modernist architecture still to be celebrated here. Joburg has already begun (no accident that Joburg has the country’s best street culture), but if you look at Durban and Pretoria we have architectural gems waiting to be exploited and celebrated. South Africa and Morocco are still the front runners of design development in frica, with well-established and thriving design and tourism industries. Recently, both countries have seen the opening of world-class museums that not only house great collections but have iconic architecture much lauded around the world: the Zeitz MOCAA in Cape Town and the Yves Saint Laurent Museum in Marrakech. That is when a design culture has reached its pinnacle. However, I will be watching places like Mali, which has long had a healthy museum culture – it is bound to pick up again following recent troubles – and Senegal, which has a burgeoning design and te tile scene in uenced by French finesse and detailing nd we are seeing the opening of great concept shops like Alara in Lagos, 33 Rue Majorelle in Marrakech and GUILD in Cape Town – now becoming as well known as Merci in Paris or 10 Corso Como in Milan. We have a long way to go in terms of brand development and a lot to learn in marketing, but the main shift in the last few years has been that we have well established that the energy is here, and there are active creative individuals and groups who’re really going to make this continent shine.

OPPOSITE The Yves Saint Laurent Museum in Marrakech, Morocco, is dedicated to the life and work of the French fashion designer, who had a long association with the city. ABOVE LEFT Afro-modernist furniture by Malian architect and designer Cheick Diallo. ABOVE RIGHT The unisex FEZ hat collection, made of wool felt, is the result of a collaboration between the multitalented Trevor Stuurman and millinery brand Simon and Mary.

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TOGETHER Saint-Gobain’s Developer Partner Programme is aimed at extending the company’s expertise to the broader building industry


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aint-Gobain designed the Developer Partner Programme to share its expertise in the field of sustainable building methods, products and suppliers with developers who work with the company. Having done extensive research into best practice and gained insight into the needs and wants of homebuyers and property investors, Saint-Gobain is well placed to offer developer partners the benefits of its experience in the industry. The seven-phase programme, based on tried-and-tested systems and products that have been proven in real-world testing, takes a prospective partner developer through a comprehensive process, exposing them to all the experience and expertise Saint-Gobain has gained over the years. Research Starting with research, the foundation of Saint-Gobain’s success, where systems are based on case studies and extensive feedback from homeowners, a developer can gather vital insight into creating a product that is desirable and successful from the outset. Technical design assistance Having access to Saint-Gobain’s network of architects and designers and its training facilities, developers can maximise their teams’ skills sets and offer an improved service. Product specification services Saint-Gobain has the resources to offer developers tailored solutions through its product specification services. Training The opportunity to train and upskill contractors through Saint-Gobain gives developers the incomparable advantage of improved quality and service delivery, as well as the opportunity to build strong teams by hiring qualified and trained staff via Saint-Gobain’s Youth Build Academy. Product supply The Saint-Gobain product range has been tested extensively in the real world and has been proven to significantly improve the quality of life in the spaces where it is used. Developer partners have streamlined access to this valuable supply of products and systems. Performance monitoring By drawing on existing research and ongoing feedback, developer partners are able to implement effective ways of monitoring quality in projects and deliver an end product that will be of greater value to a prospective buyer. Marketing assistance The wider reach and exposure by virtue of dual marketing efforts also benefit both parties in getting the message out to a relevant audience, while access to Saint-Gobain’s specially developed products and systems can streamline projects to create spaces that deliver the best possible quality and experience for the end user. In action One recent example of the benefits to be gained from such a strategic alliance is the collaboration between Saint-Gobain and Val de Vie Estate, which resulted in the development of the Stand 51 project on the estate between Paarl and Franschhoek. This design integrates the estate’s superlative lifestyle offering and Saint-Gobain’s strategy for building houses that are healthy and enjoyable to live in into a seamless alignment of values.




THE BEST We asked experts in the furniture industry for tips on how to invest in quality pieces that will last you a lifetime TEXT Kelly Adami PHOTOGRAPHS Supplied




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03 01 HONEST MATERIALS Liani Douglas of Douglas & Company believes the quality of manufacturing is a key aspect when investing in special furniture pieces. “Massproduced items often lack the craftsmanship and attention to detail that pieces created in limited quantities exhibit,” she says, “The choice of materials plays a vital role, where ‘honest’ materials such as solid timber and natural stone are more enduring than cheaper imitations.” Douglas & Company’s DOCO LUXE range includes the Herr Euler table, McSorley’s Wonderful Saloon drinks trolley and E.1027 credenza in a new sophisticated monochromatic palette. The range uses materials with unusual finishes to enhance their tactile quality. Natural materials, including stone and ebonised oak, underwent abrasive surface treatments to accentuate the grain and texture. 02 PERSONAL PREFERENCE When deciding whether to invest in a piece of furniture, ask yourself if you have an emotional connection to it. Katy Taplin of Dokter and Misses says you should only buy what you love, even if it means spending a little more: “Avoid being seduced by a good deal; first consider whether you’d want to have this piece in your life forever.” This quirky collection by Dokter and Misses includes the Darado stool in a variety of sizes and colours, the Barracuda chair, the Cactus coat stand, the Tri mirror and the Foreva Smile rug. Liani Douglas of Douglas & Company agrees: “Choose pieces that speak to your heart and excite you, as furniture is not only functional but also occupies the spaces we work and live in, and should therefore create excitement and spark joy.” 03 FORM MEETS FUNCTION The best and most beautiful furniture pieces are those that are both aesthetically pleasing and seamlessly functional. Consider the Jane table from Roche Bobois, a designer item that does not compromise on function. 04 DESIGN AS ART If money is no object, consider investing in a piece of furniture so special that it could be considered art, a limited-edition item that is likely to appreciate over time. The Guild Group is well known for connecting South African designers with the international design community, representing our country’s talent abroad. Pictured here is the GUILD concept shop in Cape Town, which presents an intriguing collection of artisanal products from the most interesting crafters in Africa, navigating that thin line between art and design. This is a good place to start when shopping for investment pieces.


05 AN INVESTMENT FOR LIFE It’s worth investing a bit of extra money in a piece of furniture you’re likely to use every day. A dining room table, for example, is often placed at the centre of the home and used for everything from the kids doing their homework to family meals and lavish dinners. Choose something beautiful and timeless that will last not only physically but also aesthetically. James Mudge’s Y dining table is a simple piece that will work with any decor scheme. Made of solid oak (or the wood of your choice), it is strong as well as striking.

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06 DON’T FOLLOW TRENDS For Laurence Brick, MD of Platform Creative Agency, it is important to buy pieces that have longevity, that are well designed, with good proportions, and that have an aesthetic that really appeals to you as opposed to being trend-driven. He describes Xandre Kriel’s Vos Altar as “a sculptural piece that has a stealth-like quality”. 07 TIMELESS AESTHETIC Pieces that are custom-made to fit specific areas of your home might warrant less of an investment, but it’s always better to buy fewer, more versatile furniture of a higher quality so it can move with you wherever you go. A good place to start is to ask yourself, “Is this a timeless piece and could I live with it forever?” The Ellica bed from Roche Bobois, designed by Philippe Bouix, has straight lines and a solid fir wood structure, and can be custom-made in the fabric of your choice. 08 CURATE The Bofred showroom is a great example of a carefully curated space, mixing furniture, soft furnishings and art from different eras for a rich and layered result. Carla Erasmus of Bofred suggests you shouldn’t have one specific theme throughout your home. “Use different styles, and mix and match them to create a unique aesthetic rather than strictly following the latest trend. Juxtaposing antique with modern creates layers and depth in a home.” Visit this studio space at 2 Windburg Avenue, Vredehoek, Cape Town.


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Hardwood chair by James Mudge

Rhino table by Gregor Jenkin


Lala drinks cabinet by Dokter and Misses at GUILD,

Thomas coffee table by Tonic Design

ladys ri ths is the doyenne of ri ths ri ths, frica s premier supplier of heritage furniture WHEN DID YOU REALISE YOU HAD A PASSION FOR FURNITURE? Restoring furniture was a business opportunity I found in the UK and brought back to South Africa in 1986, and with it grew my love of beautiful furniture. I then founded the heritage furniture range we now specialise in and left the restoring behind!

Hepplewhite POW chair by Griffiths & Griffiths

Dutch Courage cabinet by Studio 19

HOW DID THE BUSINESS START? In my carport. Using a revolutionary new process I’d brought back from the UK, I started stripping paint off old furniture and wooden doors covered in six coats of paint. As the business grew I moved into an old warehouse and started buying antiques and cottage furniture at auctions, restoring them and selling them out of the “warehouse emporium” – that was the first showroom I started. WHAT SETS YOUR RANGE APART? Our furniture is classic, stylish and timeless. One never tires of seeing beautiful items in one’s home. The workmanship is in a league of its own, and a wellmade piece of furniture will last a lifetime. WHAT LIES IN GRIFFITHS & GRIFFITHS’ FUTURE? While the decor and design today is very modern and in sharp contrast to our furniture, we are showing the market that with modern funky fabrics you can have a stylish chair with a contemporary look, something that will stand the test of time and not be a throw-away in three years’ time.

Joburg Bench 6 by David Krynauw

Eve chair by Andrew Dominic

WHAT ABOUT THE BUSINESS MAKES YOU MOST PROUD? Every day has its challenges and most of them are exciting: dealing with old clients and new clients, and building relationships and friendships. We have been in business for 32 years and most of the employees have been with me for many years, and their loyalty and dedication is what makes getting up at 6 am each morning worthwhile!



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CIRCA 1936 is a privately owned boutique hotel in a beautifully converted building in Corowa, New South Wales, Australia. The building, which dates from the 1930s and was once a bank, had been abandoned for many years when Riri and Kevin Yaxley saw it in 2013 and were captivated by its art deco elements and original Frank Lloyd Wright windows. Based on their philosophy that good design needs to be shared, the couple began to transform it into the luxurious and elegant CIRCA 1936. The rooms are all bigger than 50 m2, and thoughtful touches include complimentary bathrobes and slippers that guests may take home as tokens of their stay. The luxury experience extends to the retail offering of bespoke lifestyle ranges. The hotel also functions as a gallery space, displaying various artworks and design pieces for sale.


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MARRIOTT COMES TO CAPE TOWN News of the development of the new Harbour Arch precinct in Cape Town’s Culemborg area by the Amdec Group was soon followed by the announcement of not one but two Marriott hotels being included. This will be the international hotel and resort group’s first foray into Cape Town, after the launch of its sister establishments in Melrose Arch, Johannesburg, due to open in 2018. The two hotels in Cape Town’s new CBD precinct will be the classic 200room Marriott Hotel and the 150-room Residence Inn – the latter comprises extended-stay apartments and studios.,

Something going on at The Ritz Late last year, the relaunch of the iconic Cape Town hotel The Ritz was on the lips and social media feeds of every local celebrity and tastemaker. The 212-room hotel’s common areas have a Miami-esque interior theme: a golden palm structure takes pride of place in the lobby, and tropical-motif wallpaper and neon-pink lighting adorn CASA Restaurant. The rooms, on the other hand, are toned down, providing restful retreats from the hustle and bustle of Sea Point, one of South Africa’s most cosmopolitan seaside suburbs. Be sure to go for sundowners at the Dom Pérignon Champagne Lounge on the 22nd floor, where the jet-set will be hanging out, we bet.


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The travel company Natural Selection’s newest venture is the luxury Hoanib Valley Camp in Namibia’s Sesfontein Community Conservancy in the remote Kunene Region. It is due to be launched later this year. Accommodation is in six en-suite tents that blend into the stark landscape, each with a large deck (made of a wood, bamboo and 70% recycled-material composite) overlooking the ephemeral Hoanib River. The camp has a light footprint – it is solar-powered, and grey water is treated and recycled. This is a joint venture with the Giraffe Conservation Foundation and the local community. Natural Selection donates 1.5% of its gross income to conservation initiatives in the areas where it operates camps.

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Set in dramatic limestone karst terrain in China’s Guangxi autonomous region is the newly opened Alila Yangshuo Hotel. The minimalist design by Vector Architects is a clever repurposing of a disused sugar mill dating back to the 1960s. The architects used the old buildings as inspiration, thereby creating continuity, as illustrated by the replication of the silhouettes of the old structures and the extensive use of concrete. The landscape was also considered in the design, which evokes in guests the feeling of being inside one of the limestone caves found in the area. The location may be remote, but this hotel has every luxury amenity you can imagine.

Perfect Investment. Perfect Location. ONE97 NO TRANSFER DUTY

GUARANTEED 9% RENTAL RETURN.* Call us now to find out more: 011 268 1637/1 Due to investor demand, ONE97 is proud to announce the release of its Investor Package. The developer is offering a guaranteed return of 9% for the first year, making this an easy and attractive investment.* All investor units will be stylishly furnished by Weylandts Spaces Interior Concepts. Furniture and finishes will be of the highest quality, from floors to ceiling. Packages also include; kitchen appliances, cutlery, crockery, glassware, utensils, cookware, bathroom and bedroom essentials, making this the ideal READY-TO-MOVE-IN apartment which is the perfect draw-card in the rental market. *T’s & C’s apply. The developer is offering this under certain conditions.

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asking R26 m (Vat Incl) ESTATE. Brand new contemporary masterpiece set within an upmarket security Estate on ± 1700m² of landscaped grounds and further on the view slopes of Eccleston Crescent. Offering fastidious attention to every detail, this bespoke home offers the finest quality coupled with workmanship and precision. From the floating volumed entrance, numerous open plan receptions spill to the entertainer’s covered patio, decking, pool pavilion and fire-pit. 4 Volumed receptions seamlessly merge with the outdoors. Gourmet dine-in, integrated duco kitchen with functional sep catering kitchen. Offering 5 Double bedroom suites and pyjama lounge and 6 sensational bathrooms. Lux staffing and garaging for 5. Automation, water-borne underfloor heating, ducted air-conditioning and extensive solar initiatives. A sensational property! To view call Sole Agents Regan: 082 320 6464 or Colin: 076 536 1529.

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asking R23 m HOUSE. Perfectly positioned in the Culross Road security enclosure, with breathtaking views, this Contemporary Home offers it all. Triple volume entrance hall leads to spacious, well proportioned reception rooms opening to deep covered patio and swimming pool. Lounge with Scan fireplace, spacious, triple volume dining room, family room opening to Breakfast room, and fitted bar, Study. Pyjama lounge, 5 extra-large bedrooms, all en-suite, (Main bedroom has Lounge area). Slavin kitchen with Caesar stone counter tops, and integrated Siemens appliances. Automated garaging for 4 cars (extra length and width). 3 Separate staff suites with kitchen. Excellent Security, and many exceptional features. To view call Sole Agents Liz Murphy: 082 554 6524 or Aniki Buys: 082 456 3778.

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offers from R13.99 m ESTATE. Set in undoubtedly the most sought-after location, high on the view-slopes in popular Mount Street, and further within a stately guarded estate of 6 luxury homes, this contemporary Georgian boasts breathtaking views! Offering a spacious, fluid layout and top finishes, this immaculate home offers: Volumed entrance opening to generous open plan receptions. Gourmet social kitchen with sep scullery and laundry. Spacious entertainer’s covered patio with views and direct access to level gardens and pool. 5 Generous bedroom suites, each with stunning bathrooms, and pyjama lounge. Lux staffing for 2 and basement garaging accommodating EIGHT cars! Extremely rare. Asking R14.5 m

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asking R37 m HOUSE. This opulent home is situated atop the prestigious suburb of Fresnaye in Cape Town. The open plan floor opens onto a stunning garden and swimming pool with unrivaled views extending across the Atlantic seaboard perfect for relaxation or entertainment. This beautiful home comes with 5 bedrooms en-suite and has modern contemporary finishes of marble and glass, a wine cellar, staff rooms and 2 double garages.

To view call Devon Tame: 083 576 1961.

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ATHOL, Johannesburg

from R23 m (Vat incl) HOUSE. Live a life of luxurious seclusion exceeding all expectations‌ Exceptional entertaining and generous living spaces offer views from every window scape. This unique investment has been masterfully designed to enthral for a multi-sensory experience. Featuring 5 air-conditioned bedroom suites including the sumptuous main with sensational walk in dressing room , upstairs pyjama lounge with slider opening to water feature, entertainment room with bespoke wine bar , wine room under stairs , integrated appliances, crema marfil marble floors, triple auto garaging, staff suite and a lot more. An enticing property of international standards.

To view call Sole Agent Darrell: 072 227 0992.

SAXONWOLD, Johannesburg

asking R13.9 m HOUSE. Luxury Living Defined. Contemporary in style yet maintaining the generous proportions of an earlier era, this elegant home offers sophisticated comfort, exceptional design and excellent finishes. Welcoming receptions flow to the ultimate covered patio, accessed via floor to ceiling frameless stacking doors and overlooking the pool and verdant garden. Three luxurious en-suite bedrooms and a study. Gourmet’s kitchen facilitates intimate family dinners or grand entertaining. Spacious garden cottage. Secure guest parking, and small staff suite. Water features and designer lighting in the home make this a real stand out property!

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To view call Sole Agent Dee: 083458 3660.

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Living in a hotel has long been a lifestyle choice of rock stars and divas, but they’re not the only ones who see the value in a home that comes with all the creature comforts associated with a luxury hotel stay TEXT Lauren Groenewald PHOTOGRAPHS Supplied


n the 1930s Coco Chanel moved into The Ritz in Paris and would live there until her death in 1971. In the ’60s and ’70s stars like Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and Bob Dylan lived in the Chelsea Hotel in New York, and the playwright Tennessee Williams lived in Manhattan’s Hotel Elysée for 15 years. Modern celebrities who have also enjoyed the comfort of an e tended five-star stay are obert e iro, ohn Travolta and Keanu Reeves; and when David Beckham signed up to play for Real Madrid he lived in the lavish Hotel Santo Mauro in the Spanish capital for a couple of months. t first mainly a ew ork phenomenon, the hotel residence trend has started to catch on in other major cities and holiday hotspots around the world, says Andrew Amoils, head of research at New World Wealth. South Africa is no exception; here, the model includes the likes of The Houghton in Johannesburg, the Cape Royale, the Taj Residences in Cape Town and the upcoming Oceans Hotel Residential Apartments in Umhlanga. They

essentially allow owners to live in a hotel permanently and enjoy the same perks that temporary hotel guests do, from room service to fine dining, and access to shared facilities such as a swimming pool and spa. “Unsurprisingly, hotel residences sell at a premium compared with your average apartment,” says Andrew. This trend extends to luxury apartments and villas that are fully serviced and offer shared managed amenities such as reception, meeting and entertainment areas. Previously associated with celebrity culture, hotel residences and luxury serviced apartments are becoming an attractive investment choice for business people who travel frequently and want to enjoy the comfort of a permanent apartment that is maintained and serviced whether they are there or not. Such apartments and suites are often part of a managed rental pool, so they offer a return on the investment when not being used by the owner.

MAIN IMAGE The five-star Taj Cape Town is located in two historical buildings dating from the 1890s near the Company’s Garden in the city centre – 17 new storeys house rooms, suites and residences with magnificent views. ABOVE, LEFT TO RIGHT Central Square in Sandton offers high-end apartment living in a well-managed environment. | The Cape Royale Luxury Hotel in Green Point has penthouse suites and private terraces that overlook the Atlantic Ocean and the V&A Waterfront, and offers 24-hour five-star service. | The Oceans Umhlanga Radisson Blu Hotel merges hotel and residential facilities. Two residence towers comprise long-stay apartments and two palatial penthouses, which afford panoramic views of the Indian Ocean.

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MERGING BUSINESS AND LIFESTYLE “South Africa, and Johannesburg in particular, is a business nexus for the continent,” says Gijs Foden, sales and property broker for the Legacy Group. “Global investors and businesspeople are looking for investments that echo the luxury comforts they are used to. Corporates want more than just an investment; they also want a lifestyle.” The Raphael Penthouse Suites, the Michelangelo Towers and the DaVinci Hotel and Suites, part of the group’s portfolio, merge luxury apartment and hotel living in the heart of Sandton’s business and retail district. “Our sales model is that a prospective owner can purchase an apartment and then either live in it or place it in the Legacy managed rental pool,” says Gijs. “The rental pool is very attractive for clients wanting to turn their property into a profityielding asset. One of the reasons our model works is that both owners and tenants have access to a 4-hour maintenance crew and a cleaning service, all managed by us this takes the pain out of owner-tenant relations and provides a hassle-free means to lease apartments Gijs is excited when he talks about the company’s latest and most ambitious offering, The eonardo n completion, it will be one of the tallest buildings in the southern hemisphere and will rise 150 m above the Sandton skyline. Every comfort will be taken care of for residents and tenants There will be eight lu ury penthouse suites one-, twoand three-bedroom apartments premium o ces and a business and conference centre. The crown jewel of the development will be the eonardo uite, with -degree views and a rooftop garden The architects have been asked to embrace green and energy-e cient principles, and to create the ultimate luxury environment that cater for both lifestyle and premium business needs. “Imagine waking up in your 47th- oor apartment to incredible views all the way to Pretoria; you can have breakfast next to the pool, drop your child at the privately run cr che, and then head to your o ce or a meeting in the business centre,” says Gijs. HIGH-END URBAN LIVING “Sandton is still way behind the rest of the world in terms of the ratio of commercial space to residential,” says Sergio Aquino, the chief executive of Lushaka Investments, which is developing Central uare in andton along with ota- ngil frica and ercantile ank “If you go to New York, London or Paris, you generally have a lot more residential space in the middle of the commercial district.” entral uare features 7 upmarket apartments and high-end simple penthouses esidents will have access to a mi ed-use retail space with high-end shops, restaurants, coffee shops and delis “ entral uare is not only one of the most spectacular new high-rise luxury apartment buildings to grace the Sandton skyline, but it also boasts world-class facilities, says ent ush, managing director of ent ush roperties “ esidents benefit from a sky deck with a rimow pool, with spectacular views all the way to the agaliesberg, as well as a 4-hour reception area, state-of-the-art gym and new picure restaurant and deli. A shuttle service around the Sandton Central area and to the Gautrain station will be operational in the near future.

CLOCKWISE FROM OPPOSITE The Leonardo in Sandton, which will offer high-rise luxury accommodation with access to premium business and conference facilities. | A luxury apartment in The Leonardo, with vistas of Sandton and beyond. | The Sandton skyline. | Central Square, a new high-rise apartment building in Benmore Gardens, Sandton, will feature 167 upmarket apartments, 13 simplex penthouses and a parklike space with high-end shops, restaurants and delis.

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IN EVERY ELEMENT OF THE DEVELOPMENT Ahsan Darvesh, president of Da’Realty

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ROOM SERVICE WITH A VIEW The Nedbank building on Cape Town’s Heerengracht thoroughfare is being repurposed into The Onyx, a highend mixed-use development of sophisticated apartments and penthouses, blending apartment living with perks of the hospitality industry such as a gym, pool, sun deck and lounge. Newmark Hotels, Reserves & Lodges will be managing The Onyx. “The inclusion of long-term owners in the same building or complex as hotel guests gives us the perfect crosssubsidisation between the two industries,” says David Cohen, managing director of the luxury development group Signatura. “The hotel aspect allows us as property developers an avenue to retain real estate in our own developments, but also diversify revenue streams as the property cycle ebbs and ows “Everyone loves to be on holiday! So to have the opportunity to live in the same place that other people are visiting gives the feeling of a permanent holiday. Hospitalitygrade services attract a high-level owner as well as tenants who are willing to pay more than your typical rental.” LIMITED-EDITION LIFESTYLE The former Ambassador Hotel in Bantry Bay, a Cape Town landmark, is currently being redeveloped at a cost of R900 million into ultra-luxurious apartments by property developer Da’Realty. “Our goal is to create buildings that are in themselves works of art and that redefine the concept of opulent, limited-edition living in South Africa,” says Ahsan Darvesh, founding president of Da’Realty. The development will comprise eight luxury presidential penthouses overlooking the sea (with private lift access), a show-stopping 770 m2 sea-facing penthouse and 15 apartments across the road. The Ambassador will be renamed the AURUM – the Latin word for gold. For Ahsan it is all about the detail. The AURUM will feature finishes such as gold mosaics, a reception area adorned with crystal chandeliers, a luxury spa, a restaurant, 24-hour valet and concierge services, and beautifully landscaped grounds. “Wealthy investors are looking for a lifestyle when it comes to luxury,” says Ahsan. “Luxury is a broad term nowadays used by many developers, but the true essence is lost. AURUM is bringing back artisans in every element of the development, and we want to inspire investors with the execution of the design.”

CLOCKWISE FROM OPPOSITE What was once the Ambassador Hotel in Bantry Bay is now the AURUM, a modern luxury residential development with a touch of old-world glamour and opulence. | The AURUM’s Presidential Suite has an enviable view of the Atlantic Ocean. | The Onyx gives investors the opportunity to buy into the residential revival of the Heerengracht area on Cape Town’s Foreshore. This new development in the former Nedbank building is across the street from the Cape Town Convention Centre and a short walk from the V&A Waterfront. | The Onyx will be managed by Newmark, which has 12 establishments in its portfolio. Apartment owners will have the option of participating in a hotel-managed rental pool.

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INTO THE BLUE Who doesn’t dream of calling a tropical island home? Blue Amber is a new East African development, on the north-east coast of Zanzibar Island, that will offer five-star hospitality and a variety of premium residency options. The first residential phase will consist of 47 double-storey villas, available for sale to both local and foreign buyers. “For the first time, non-Tanzanian residents will be able to invest in property on the tropical island,” says Blue Amber managing director Saleh Said. The aim of Pennyroyal Ltd, the long-term investor, developer and manager of the luxury development, is to create a resort that blends contemporary living with worldclass hospitality facilities. Whether it’s a serviced tropical villa, a seafront penthouse or a sophisticated urban apartment, wealthy investors are being presented with an array of lifestyle models. The demand for high-end investment opportunities is seeing the market respond with a diverse offering of serviced and luxury options.

ABOVE AND LEFT The residency options at Blue Amber resort on Zanzibar Island range from beachside villas to private islands. The resort, which is being constructed on 411 ha of land, with 4 km of private beach, includes a portfolio of five international hotel brands, a deep-water marina and a signature golf course.

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TEXT Julia Freemantle PHOTOGRAPHS Richard Keppel-Smith, supplied

DESIGNWATCH Two exciting shows in Cape Town are putting design in the spotlight

OUT OF THE ORDINARY A new group show by Southern Guild is just what you’d expect from this local gallery: a collection of boundary-pushing, genre-crossing work from up-andcoming and established creatives. By encouraging the designers to step out of familiar territory and explore new mediums and materials, Southern Guild has catalysed an exciting new body of work. You can see fashion designer Rich Mnisi’s foray into furniture, Adam Hoets deconstructing his signature chandeliers, and Madoda Fani and Chuma Maweni exploring the limits of ceramics. The show, called Extra Ordinary, is currently on at Southern Guild in the Silo District, until 14 April 2018.

CELEBRATING CREATIVITY A three-day smorgasbord of exhibitions, talks, music, art and installations, Design Indaba in February draws the country’s creatives like no other event does. This year, a stellar line-up of 30 speakers from 20 countries, from disciplines across the spectrum, included luminaries like design icon Tom Dixon (pictured in the middle on the right), architects Alejandro Aravena (left) and Neri Oxman (right), landscaper Peter Veenstra, filmmaker Sunu Gonera and performer Lebo Mashile. Watch for a full reportback in the next issue.


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Real Estate March 2018 ( Issue 52 )  
Real Estate March 2018 ( Issue 52 )