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Right now we need to believe in the impossible. The world feels like a precarious place, where anything unexpected can happen. It’s no wonder. We’ve limped out of a pandemic straight into a war, experiencing post-Covid-19 stress, toxic politics and all the instability that comes with it.

However, the impossible continues to surprise and inspire in stories, like those of Bertish, of ongoing human resilience and success.

that are not available new, and whose resale value is very attractive.



You’ll find many such stories in the art world. If investing in art is of interest to you, Lerato Nkosi, the winner of an exciting new art award, is the one to watch (page 16). And in ‘Material World’ (page 32), Igshaan Adams is part of a generation of South Africans who purposefully work with ‘poor’ materials, and whose solo exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago earlier this year left art lovers breathless at his unique pieces.


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The hospitality industry is back on the road to recovery with luxury hotels and lodges being newly opened or refurbished (See ‘The Road Less Travelled’ on page 64), not to mention some of our favourite restaurants continuing to win highly esteemed awards (FYN has again made it into the World’s 50 Best Restaurants, see page 20). Here’s hoping for a bumper holiday season in South Africa.


We hope our pages offer some upliftment and continued belief in the impossible becoming possible.



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YEARS AGO we featured local waterman Chris Bertish on our magazine cover. He was planning to do the impossible. Travel 3 225km across the Atlantic on a stand-up paddle, the equivalent of completing a marathon a day for 65 days. Not only did Bertish successfully complete his mission but nine years later he’s once again achieved the impossible. On his most epic adventure yet, Bertish sailed solo from Santa Cruz to Honolulu in a craft he helped design, and went on to smash his own 2021 world record for the longest distance travelled on a wing foil. ‘On a wing and a prayer’ (page 28) features this miracle waterman, who’s driven by the desire to show people they can achieve anything, even the seemingly impossible.





‘Devotion to Fine Things’ (page 22) explores the burgeoning pre-loved luxury market, where the buying and selling of preowned, authentic luxury goods gives astute buyers access to limited editions or rare items


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INVEST? What Mauritius has to offer those looking for a new permanent address 28

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from the editor 16 THE BRIEFING The latest news from the world of luxury and investment 22 THE DEVOTION


for pre-loved luxury items is on the rise globally. And it’s not only bargain hunters who are in on the game 26 MAURITIUS: SHOULD


waterman Chris Bertish has done it again – this time crossing the Pacific solo and unsupported on a wing foil 30 ARTISANAL

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Record-breaking VIRTUOSITY

A guided tour of Patek Philippe’s Rare Handcrafts collection 32 MATERIAL WORLD No pretence, no fuss, no fancy materials, this is the new artist’s way. PHOTOGRAPHYCOVER GALLERY STOCK 52 44 12 PRIVATE EDITION

38 LOOKING FORWARD, LOOKING BACK The dominant design trends showcased at Milan Design Week 44 PATTERN BEHAVIOUR A Singaporean family home’s visual tapestry is revealed 49 GOOD WINES & GOOD TIMES A look into the speciality-wine-bar scene in the Western Cape 52 TOMLIN’S MAGIC TOUCH Liam Tomlin’s new culinary establishment has already earned its place as one of Cape Town’s must-visit restaurants 56 AUDACIOUS LINES How automotive design influences our essential state of being 60 THE NEW WAVE The Fari Islands in the Maldives present next-generation tropical escapes that dip deeper beneath the surface 64 THE ROAD LESS TRAVELLED Luxury destinations off the beaten track that will stay with you long after you’ve left 30 64 ISSUE 55 13 22



sale and purchase of a commodity and this greatly influences a client’s experience.


It’s essential to consider certain key factors when making this all-important decision to ensure that you appoint not only the right people but also those who have a distinct edge over the competition.

Lew Geffen Sotheby’s International Realty is a thirdgeneration family business with an extensive local and global reach. Through our affiliation with Sotheby’s, our client base has grown exponentially and now includes high-net-worth individuals from around the world (some even Oscar winners), and we are able to offer our clients the significant advantages of our access to a network of more 1 000 offices in 79 countries.

Our brand is synonymous with wealth creation, legacy and tradition and, although the commodity is real estate, we firmly believe luxury is not a price tag, it’s an experience. And every transaction is not merely a sale, it’s a journey we share with our clients.

PEOPLE STILL ASSUME that there is little more to selling a home than popping a ‘For Sale’ sign on the lawn and hosting a show house or two, but this couldn’t be further from the truth.

However, people often make the mistake of focusing only on the agent and overlook the other vital component that is essential to a seamless property transaction. Even the best agents can only offer so much without the backing of an established agency.



In addition, seasoned property professionals will appreciate the fact that for most people, real estate is both an emotional and a financial investment. They are not merely brokering the


Even the simplest sale will entail months of work from start to finish; it’s a complex process that encompasses diverse fields and operates in a very dynamic marketplace, which is why experience is critical for a number of reasons.

Experienced agents also have a thorough understanding of the overall market, which enables them to better advise clients, negotiate on their behalf and, most importantly, to give accurate, market-related valuations that are essential to achieving a quick sale at the best possible price.


Firstly, it takes time to build up a strong network of fellow agents and other property professionals, and those who share a good rapport with other agents in their areas will know exactly what is happening in the local market and will benefit from indirect access to multiple buyer lists.

When you’re entrusting someone with your largest asset, it’s important to be aware that your choice of property profes sional will significantly impact the length of time your property remains on the market as well as its final selling price.



To enhance the unique customer experience, dishes are presented on a selection of bespoke plates each bearing a different famous champagne quote, including ‘Pleasure without champagne is purely artificial’ by Oscar Wilde and ‘My only regret in life is that I didn’t drink enough champagne’, a remark once made by British economist John Maynard Keynes.


Born in 1993 in Mpumalanga, Lerato now lives and works in Johannesburg. Drawing from her experiences as a young girl, she has developed a dynamic practice that examines the intricacies of existing in the world as a woman. Her work employs ink and stamps as vital, organic, multifaceted materials. For Lerato, ink and stamps are mediums that stain and certify any surface they come into contact with, changing it forever.

ANNA and Latitudes, two female-centric South African brands, have joined forces to create an exciting new art award that aims to discover, recognise and nurture a new generation of women artists in South Africa. August saw the announcement of this year’s winner, Lerato Nkosi, who was chosen from 12 finalists.

Something’s bubbling

Lerato’s entry for the ANNA Award featured words inspired by her reading the book All About Love: New Visions by bell hooks: ‘The book held special resonance for me because of its reference to the author’s upbringing, and the values that developed out of her experiences,’ Lerato says. In the same way, Lerato thinks about the resilience that she was gifted through her own upbringing, and how this helped her grow into the person she is today.Seeall 12 finalists and read more at


With a full selection of champagnes from innovations to rarities, signature cocktails and a fun ‘Food Bites’ menu, the new Harrod’s champagne bar is like no other. Visitors are able to experience first-hand the generosity of the Maison’s sprawling vineyards, with a full selection of Moët & Chandon champagnes available by the glass (think Brut Impérial NV or Grand Vintage Rosé) or by the bottle – from standard to magnum. They include exceptional wines from the Moët & Chandon Legacy Champagne Grand Vintage and Legacy Champagne Rare Limited-Edition Bottle Collections, and include a 1959 Grand Vintage Magnum worth £4 400 on offer.

With an array of sumptuous sweet and savoury dishes available, foodies will not be disappointed. Try the bar’s signature ‘Choux Love’ dish – a mouthwatering dessert of choux pastry buns with a mango and passion fruit diplomat filling (each branded with one of the four M O Ë T letters).




ART An artist to watch

The two houses share a passion for craftsmanship and the Made in Italy culture. They come together to celebrate Mirto di Panarea, one of Acqua di Parma’s most loved Inspiredfragrances.bythearomas and colours of the fascinating Aeolian island, this fragrance evokes the magic of spring: the aromatic warmth of myrtle is combined with basil and sparkling citrus accents of lemon and Calabrian bergamot. Think summer days, butterflies and the buzz of dragonfly wings.

The future’s so bright



Spring awakening




Elegant and timeless, the ‘DiorMidnight’ line for women unveils acetate styles with a bevel effect and a new palette of spotted Havana colours. This cat-eye design boasts a beige-brown frame in the brand’s iconic Mizza pattern. Enriched by Christian Dior’s signature, it’s the perfect accessory for an everyday casual look.


forte_forte and Acqua di Parma are teaming up for the first time in an all-Italian love story. The ‘forte_ forte loves Acqua di Parma’ limited-edition fragrance is born from the collaboration between a fashion house with a dreamy allure, focused on creating timeless designs, and a Maison symbolic of the most refined Italian style.

Inspired by the signature diagonal design on the Maison’s accessories, the ‘FENDI Diagonal’ line is easily recognisable by the distinctive diagonal detail on the temples in contrasting colours, completed with an eye-catching ‘FF’ logo rubber pattern detail. This style, in solid dark Havana Brown acetate frame, maya rubber insert with black ‘FF’ logo, shiny light-gold diagonal metal and shiny gold logo with solid green lenses, combines everyday wearability with a fashion-forward appeal.

This year, ROLEX unveiled an unexpected version of the Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master II. On this watch, the crown and crown guard are on the left side of the watch case. This original timepiece highlights the GMT-Master II’s readiness for discovery and reinterpretation

The journey of relaxation continues in the glorious Paarl Winelands on the renowned working wine farm, Brookdale. The Brookdale Manor House was built in the classic Cape Dutch style and here days can be spent sampling Brookdale’s award-winning wine portfolio, and immersing oneself in the dramatic mountain vistas, gardens and vineyards. Valid until 15 December 2022.


Chasing new horizons

Brookdale Estate has partnered with Perivoli Lagoon House to offer a personalised, exclusive-use villa package that combines the best of the winelands and the whale coast in a luxury sixnight package for a private group of up to eight guests sharing.

With tailormade itineraries, the package offers the ‘ultimate trip to the Cape’. Three nights are spent at Perivoli on the Klein River lagoon that stretches from Stanford to Hermanus, followed by three nights at Brookdale Manor House in the Paarl Winelands.


At Perivoli Lagoon House, unforgettable experiences await right on the doorstep of a magnificent designer villa. Activities range from kayaking, fishing and other water sports on the lagoon, to guided fynbos walks in the 140-hectare private reserve and excursions in a private safari vehicle to the pristine beaches of the Walker Bay Nature Reserve. From June to December southern right whales breed in these waters, offering excellent whalewatching opportunities from the shoreline or boat excursions into the bay.


The new version is equipped with a calibre 3285, enabling it to display the hours, minutes, seconds and date, as well as an additional time zone in 24-hour format.


With traditional hour, minute and seconds hands, a triangle-tipped 24-hour hand, and a

bidirectional rotatable bezel with a 24-hour graduated Cerachrom insert, the GMT-Master II can display the time in two time zones simultaneously: either the local time and the reference time, or the local time and that of an alternative time zone.

The date is synchronized with the local time. Like all ROLEX watches, the Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master II carries the Superlative Chronometer certification, which ensures excellent performance on the wrist.

Wine and whales

The Wine & Whales Villa Journey includes butler service and private chefs, world-class experiences and heart-warming hospitality perfectly suited to families or a small group of friends.

The fact that FYN has yet again been listed by The World’s 50 Best Restaurants in its brief three-and-a-half-year lifespan, this time placing at number 37, is nothing short of remarkable. For many chefs in this climate, just keeping the doors open has been a challenge, let alone shining brighter than the tens of thousands of outstanding culinary establishments the world over.



While2019.there are no criteria for restaurants to be considered (other than the fact that they are open for business and haven’t placed first for the awards previously), the voting process is rigorous. Votes are cast by The World’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy, a body made up of 1 080 leading restaurant critics, chefs,

FYN’s manifesto of a marriage of South African and Japanese cuisines is ambitious. Paying tribute to Africa’s ingredients and her stories while applying the techniques and rigours of Japanese food, this union manifests in a kaiseki-style menu featuring Chokka, Truffle and Ink mayonnaise, Outeniqua Springbok, Kabocha Squash, Hokkaido Pumpkin, Shiitake and Caramelised Onion Jus or Rice Ice Cream with Soya Syrup. All of this is served in the sultriest of settings, where a ceiling of wooden disks inspired by the soroban (Japanese abacus) swells into the double-volume space and a moody darkness permeates the walls and floors.

A FYN time

If The World’s 50 Best Restaurants is the epicurean Academy Awards, then Cape Town’s FYN has just accepted its second Oscar. And, while chef Peter Tempelhoff may not be an actor, his skills as a culinary virtuoso have never been in question. The man can direct a gastronomic opus with aplomb, which is what he has done at his neoteric Japanese establishment, FYN, since it opened its doors in



restaurateurs and gourmets from 27 regions globally. With each of the 1 080 selecting 10 restaurants, competition is tough.


LOVE OF FINE THINGS in life is nothing new. In the 1600s, the ancient city of Sybaris was renowned for its inhabitants’ ‘love of nice things’. The only dif ference with today’s sybarites, is that luxurious items are not only coveted for their beauty and craftman ship but their inherent investment value. It’s no surprise that the pre-loved luxury-goods market is set to double in the next five years - from $36 billion to $77 billion.

He adds that, in the past, South Africans would have the ar duous task of tracking down previous-season collections, vintage gems, limited-edition releases, sold-out exclusives and missed

‘Although driven in part by higher manufacturing and trans port costs, these price hikes drive up demand by making owning high-end fashion and accessories even more exclusive.’ When you feel you must have a beautiful bag and your desire and budg et don’t marry, where better to turn than a pre-loved equivalent?

Proof that good ROI is ‘in the bag’ for consumers, is the Chanel Medium Classic Flap handbag. Ten years ago, it cost R32 000 new; the same used item sells for more than R120 000 now. Which is why Michael Zahariev and Luke Calitz were on the button when they founded Luxity, an omnichannel boutique fo cused on buying and selling pre-owned, authentic luxury goods.

Demand for pre-loved luxury items is on the rise globally. And it’s not only bargain hunters who are in on the game.


‘The pandemic, surprisingly, did nothing to dampen fashioni stas enthusiasm for designer and luxury items. Prices increased dramatically. When we began, second-hand brands would sell for 50% of their value new; whereas now it is around 70%. In the case of limited-edition goods, it can be as high as 30% above retail price,’ Zahariev explains.



ISSUE 55 23 ALTERNATIVE INVESTMENTS OPPOSITE PAGE A BagChanellimited-editionIceCubeFlapinquiltedvinyl. THIS CLOCKWISEPAGE FROM TOP LEFT The Louis Vuitton Epi Dandy MM bag – a fashionista’s closet Sorbonne.fromthisBusinessgoldendustersatinAlexanderstaple.McQueen’sskullknuckle-clutchwithhardware.asusualwithdocumentholderGoyardGoyardine ONE OF THE REASONS FOR LUXITY’S RAPID GROWTH AND ENVIABLE MARKET SHARE IS THAT IT OFFERS A LIFETIME AUTHENTICITY GUARANTEE.

He says it’s not only investment-savvy consumers that have taken note of the value of pre-owned luxury. Major retailers of the likes of Neiman Marcus in the US are teaming up with re sellers to give shoppers this option. ‘Soon, we will see this trend in South Africa too,’ says Zahariev.

fashion drops. ‘Now, through luxury resellers, both on- and offline, these are more easily accessible. In fact, a study by McKinsey found that the major ity of consumers prefer buying pre-owned luxury items as this gives them access to rare items.’

So, who are the ‘sybarites’ in South Africa? Unsurprisingly, the market is dominated by women (70%). Zahariev says there are three broad categories of buyers. Firstly, the aspirational

Not that this entrepreneurial duo is unable to do it themselves. Zahariev says that although he was not initially an afficionado of luxury brands, he and Calitz already owned B Online, which conceptualised and created luxury experiences for companies whose clientele are high-net-worth individual (HNWIs). Then serendipitously for the duo, after a good friend had a bad experience reselling her luxury items online, they decided to create an online platform to resell used luxury goods with strong safety features in place. With


Six years later, in addition to its online platform, Luxity has physical stores in Nelson Mandela Square, Cape Quarter and Menlyn Maine.


One of the reasons for Luxity’s rapid growth and enviable market share is that it offers a life time authenticity guarantee, crucial in a market where one-third of designer bags are fake. Its slogan is ‘Be authentic’ and the company employs professional authenticators for verification. Fake products are created by notoriously skilled coun terfeiters, and a keen eye, excellent knowledge and experience are required to detect them.

the friend’s help (a luxury brand fanatic), they slowly started to become au fait with the world of luxury items, their value, limited editions and in vestment potential. The rest as they say, is history.

Aspirational shoppers have local access to some of the world’s most coveted brands including Louis Vuitton, Rolex, Hermès, Chanel and Gucci. At their flagship Sandton store, the experience is en hanced and sweetened with bubbly and chocolate.

And the market clearly loves it. Since the start of the pandemic, Luxity has seen a 190% spike and during the 2021/2022 financial year, the company recorded an 86% increase in growth.


shopper who can’t afford the item new but wants it, as much or even more, than those who can. Then there are the HNWIs who are looking for limited-edition or rare items that are not available new. Luxity recently listed a pre-loved Hermès Birkin (bag) online. Within five minutes it was sold for a paltry R280 000. You can’t argue with the law of supply and demand… Then there are the fashionistas fixated on high-end brands, style and fashion shopping.

RIGHT Sass meets style with these indulgent Gucci Leathersneakers.Guccy

On a humorous note, Zahariev tells the story of a woman who arrived breathless and extremely anxious at one of the Luxity stores clutching a rather pricey Chanel handbag. She said she needed an instant and urgent sale and had to be paid in cash. Eventually, she blurted out that her husband was away on business and she took his Porsche for a spin. She crashed it and needed untraceable cash to fix the car before he returned. Luxity obliged... Which goes to show, you can be bailed out by a bag.

It’s unsurprising that platforms like Luxity have experienced increased overlap between buyers and sellers. ‘While 46.2% of our clients consist of buy ers and 48.2% of sellers, only a small percentage (under 5.4%) are buying and selling through Luxity. But this small group accounts for 26% of our total revenue. For the most part, these individuals are using the profits from the sale of their items to buy more luxury goods. In doing so, they become part of the growing circular economy.’




In addition to being around a four-hour flight from OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, the island’s climate, natural attractions, affordability and outdoor lifestyle attract more and more South Africans every year. And Air Mauritius will be relaunching direct overnight flights from Cape Town International Airport from 16 November 2022.

The Mauritius government welcomes foreign investors, who are incentivised by favourable taxation benefits and the offer of permanent residency with property purchases of US$375 000 and more. With remote working so prevalent since Covid-19, the island has become even more attractive to investors worldwide.




Legendary greens

Mauritius offers the ultimate tropical lifestyle for South Africans looking for a foreign bolthole close to home or a new permanent address.

Sporting and natural attractions are major incentives for investing in residential property in the west of Mauritius. It’s a golfer’s paradise too. This year, Heritage Golf Club, Tamarina Golf Club and Paradis Golf Club were nominated for the upcoming World Golf Awards in the Indian Ocean’s Best Golf Course category. Paradis Golf Club is the jewel in the crown of Dinarobin Beachcomber Golf Resort & Spa and Paradis Beachcomber Golf Resort & Spa. Linked by regular shuttles, guests can move easily between resorts and enjoy privileged access to two 18-hole par-72 golf courses: Paradis Golf Club, and Mont Choisy Le Golf in the north. Residents at Harmonie Golf & Beach Estate, being developed by Beachcomber and Semaris Property Development, will also have access to the course.


Positioned between Le Morne mountain and the island’s finest stretch of coastline, the surroundings are so spectacular that every shot played is a delight. Water and bunker features situated along the exacting greens challenge novices and professionals alike.

THIS PAGE An aerial view of Anahita OPPOSITE PAGE The south garden at Harmonie. An exceptional lifestyle offering awaits at Anahita.

MAURITIUS BEING THE most peaceful country in Africa and 28th overall in the 2022 Global Peace Index, the tropical island holds huge appeal for South Africans looking for a Plan B. For some it’s the chance at a new life focused on health and wellbeing; for others it’s a sought-after second home.

Where to settle is the big question. Residential property experts advise interested investors to go and see for themselves. It makes a huge difference to walk the sites and get a feel for the different areas, the lifestyle, the climate and the Geldenhuysatmosphere.lives in the west, which people love for its small-town feel and amazing amenities that have developed over the last five years, and include retail and entertainment, and access to world-class healthcare and school ing. ‘As a family, we love exploring the outdoors. We spend a lot of time snorkelling, swimming or just boating with friends. Tam and I are also avid cyclists and there are plenty of off-road MTB experiences to be had, and Black River Gorge is on our doorstep,’ he says. ‘We have amazing golf courses close by and the addition of the course at Harmonie will be amazing. Mostly, we spend time with friends, enjoying a good South African braai or sundowners.’

With environmentally responsible building at the core of the overall design, the developers have embraced bioclimate architecture to optimise the stunning natural environment and to have the least possible environmental footprint.

Resort facilities include a beach bar, restaurants, a sports centre and kids’ club, water sports, a spa and a craft village.

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Far less developed, and therefore offering a more natural, un touched environment is the east coast of Mauritius. Here, the Anahita Integrated Resort Scheme (IRS) offers an established residential and world-renowned golf destination in the Indian Ocean. It’s a mature, lush setting incorporating new projects and offering the possibility of building your own house on a freehold plot of land along the Ernie Els-designed golf course or one of the last two seafront plots – a rare opportunity in Mauritius.


More exciting news for this residential estate is that Anahita will launch its ultimate serviced plots in the coming months, giving investors the final opportunity to buy land on which to build their dream home with their choice of architect and build ing teams, or to select an off-plan villa concept.


This year, the government has sweetened the pot. Whereas this deal initially included permanent residency for the buyer, their dependent parents, spouse and children, they’ve now made it possible for people to buy in partnership under the fractional ownership policy and benefit from the same privilege. So, if more than one non-citizen buys a residential property under fractional ownership, they will be eligible to apply for the status of residency provided that the investment by each noncitizen exceeds US$375 000.


All three villa types make full use of the landscape of each plot as well as natural ventilation and lighting through a wellthought-out orientation. A smart layout of rooms and openings to promote natural air circulation and a well-considered choice of materials will minimise the carbon footprint during construc tion and reduce the use of mechanical equipment. The villas may also be equipped with photovoltaic solar panels to give future owners the option of having a 100% off-grid home.


Harmonie Golf & Beach Estate residents and their guests will enjoy preferential rates at the resort, including the golf club.

Harmonie Golf & Beach Estate is under development in partner ship with luxury resort group Beachcomber and Semaris Prop erty Development. It is a Property Development Scheme (PDS) project, comprising 220 luxury villas built on 73 hectares of land abutting the golf course. The development is situated in the Black River region and due to break ground in early 2023.

Ready-built villas will be available off-plan to foreign buyers under a VEFA contract with three interior design packages to choose from. Plot-and-plan prices at Harmonie Golf & Beach Estate range from €1 490 000 to €2 020 000.

Residents have access to the beach on Ile aux Cerfs, a myriad ocean activities, restaurants, a spa and the preserved east coast.

There is also a collection of beautiful properties for resale for those who wish to move to Mauritius sooner rather than later.

By year end, the Anahita destination will extend with the launch of Anahita Beau Champ, a new Smart City development adjoining the IRS. This is a first for the east coast, embracing rural living focused on wellness and an outdoor lifestyle.

‘Not only is it set in an idyllic location between mountain and sea, it also offers generous plot sizes averaging 2 000m² with a build area of 400m², and it’s being developed in tandem with the neighbouring Harmonie Beachcomber Golf Resort to create the ultimate summer village for the whole family,’ says Geldenhuys.

‘In other words, if two partners each invest more than US$375 000, they not only each obtain a residence permit, but so do their dependents,’ explains Timo Geldenhuys, Director of Sotheby’s International Realty in Mauritius.

Sales for the first phase, comprising 81 villas and residential plots, launched earlier this year.

As the youngest of three, Bertish always had to keep up. ‘That made me incredibly driven and focussed, especially as I battled academically (I think I was slightly dyslexic). I had to put in a lot more hours than the others to get even remotely decent grades. And I’m very grateful for that. I think it set me up for success in the future, because I had this huge work ethic. I was terrifically disciplined and determined, and I carried that through in all areas of my life, including business and sport.’

Bertish laughs, but as the long-distance conversation unfolds from the States, where he now spends about half of each year, key factors emerge. The first is family: ‘My dad Keith, a businessman and waterman, was this incredible role model. He died when I was 21 but instilled the ethic of working really hard for what you believe in and never giving up, and he gave my brothers and me the confidence that we could do anything.’



The second factor in shaping Bertish was environment. ‘Greg, Conn and I grew up in the ocean, surfing and sailing in all condi tions. I was comfortable and calm in that setting, no matter how extreme things got. It built a deep understanding of the ocean and gave me a unique set of tools and skills. The ocean can be really wild and intense in South Africa, in the Cape of Storms. It was only when I went overseas that I realised the value of that experience and how much I’d learnt.’

Record-breaking waterman Chris Bertish has done it again – this time crossing the Pacific solo and unsupported on a wing foil. How does a Kenilworth boytjie achieve feats like that?


Above that, be believes growing up in South Africa instils extra grit, given how tough life here can be. ‘It’s been as much a blessing as a curse. The biggest blessing for me was that because I didn’t get anything on a golden platter, I always paid my way and worked terribly hard to get any sponsorship or support, so I had to come up with very creative and innovative ideas. I think it’s given me an extra layer of resilience, having to depend on myself.’

How does someone who started life as a skinny kid splash ing in the surf off Kommetjie, and who struggled with studies at Western Province Prep and Rondebosch Boys’ High before set tling on marketing at Cape Technikon, do that?

The third and perhaps most important factor in Bertish’s suc cess was having a compelling goal. ‘If you truly want something, you’ll find a way to get there. I ask myself before any project: How badly do I want it? And once I start something, I finish it.’


31 MAY 2022, world-title-toting big-wave surf er and stand-up paddler Chris Bertish launched his most epic adventure yet – the TransPacific Wing project – wing-sailing solo from Santa Cruz, California, to Honolulu, Hawaii, in a craft he helped design, and smashing his 2021 world record for the longest distance travelled on a wing foil.

The weather off Lighthouse Point in Santa Cruz was atrocious, and for four weeks he battled storms, monster waves, fierce cur rents and fog in the icy cold. ‘But hey, it’s what I expected,’ he says with characteristic phlegmatism. Conditions improved further out in the Pacific, and he finally pulled into Aloha Dock at the Hawaii Yacht Club earlier than planned, on 17 July, having covered 3 970km in just 48 days, 15 hours and 15 minutes. A feat equivalent to running two full marathons each day, winging eight to 12 hours a day, entirely alone.

OPPOSITE PAGE Bertish helped design the craft for his epic Pacific adventure to promote ocean conservation.

‘It’s all about building awareness, giving back and being a beacon of inspiration and positive change for youth and the world,’ he says. ‘To show people we can achieve anything, even the seemingly impossible. It’s like Mandela said: “It always seems impossible until it’s done.”’

That’s played out across every one of Bertish’s many achievements, from the first big one, the 2010 Mavericks Big Wave Invitational, which he won in California enduring some of the biggest waves ever recorded, and doing so hours after disembarking from a 36-hour flight from South Africa – and riding a borrowed board. It came into play again when, during 2013 and 2014, he set three stand-up paddle world records, and in 2015 when he co-directed and launched his multi-award-winning film Ocean Driven, along with his book Stoked! And, then again, when in 2017 he crossed the Atlantic by stand-up paddle board, clinching the global Expedition of the Year Award. Now it’s helped him cross the Pacific in his biggest effort yet. ‘It’s an unbelievable feeling to set a goal that appears insurmountable, to do all you can to achieve it, and reach the finish line far sooner than expected,’ he says.

THIS PAGE CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT Bertish crossed the Atlantic on a stand-up paddle board setting a new record in 2017. Then he set himself another challenge: crossing the Pacific from California to Hawaii on a wing foil.


He prepares his body by ‘getting out into the ocean every day, surfing, kiting or whatever, and cross-training with running’, and by ‘eating healthily and sustainably, everything in moderation’. But, crucially, his goals are far larger than the physical accomplishment of his feats – that, he says is what ultimately powers him through. ‘In everything I do, I want to get people to stand up, collaborate and take action against climate change and the pollution crisis threatening us and our planet. The extreme conditions I experienced crossing the Pacific weren’t nearly as frightening as the amount of pollution I saw. I saw only five fish, but 67 pieces of floating polystyrene and plastic.’


With his TransPacific Wing project, and others already shaping up for the future, Bertish raises money and awareness for ocean conservation through partnerships with Conservation International and Sea Shepherd, facilitated through the Chris Bertish Foundation he established in 2020.


Every year, the manufacturer unveils a new collection of one-of-a-kind pieces and limited editions that highlight such talents. This year’s exhibition included 59 creations –15 dome table clocks, nine miniature dome table clocks, 10 pocket watches, and 25 wristwatches, featuring grand feu cloisonné enamel, miniature painting on enamel (a genuine Genevan specialty), manual engraving, manual guilloching and paillonné enamel as well as wood micromarquetry and Longwy enamel on faience.

A guided tour of Patek Philippe’s Rare Handcrafts collection reveals the artistry behind the guardian of the Genevan watchmaking tradition.

Patek Philippe is passionate about safeguarding the rare artisanal skills associated with the world’s top watchmak ing creations, and this collection of limited-edition watches, pocket watches and clocks is testament to that.


HALLOWED PATEK PHILIPPE salon on Rue du Rhône in Geneva is the spiritual home of this quintessential luxury watch brand. It has occupied the entire building since it expanded its manufacturing headquarters in 1891. The sumptuous combination of dark wood, gold and deep red in the interior, subtly lit by hanging wall-mounted chandeliers, enhances the display windows in the reception area on the ground floor. The Rare Handcrafts exhibition took centre stage on one of the upper levels.



Play of stripes: the 995/ 117G-001 ‘Zebras’ pocket watch with Grand Feu cloisonné enamel houses the calibre 17”’ LEP PS manually wound movement with small seconds.

Among the objects directly related to Geneva was the dome table clock 20118M ‘Bol d’Or’ in cloisonné and paillonné enamel, which references the seven trophies won by Patek Philippe’s honorary president Philippe Stern at the Bol d’Or (Golden Globe) regatta on Lake Geneva. The dates of the victories are inscribed in miniature painting on enamel, while the course of the race is charted in gold wire on theThedome.enameller

used 13.8 metres of 24K yellow-gold wire (27.6g) measuring 0.2×0.6mm in cross-section and 64 colours and blends of translucent, opaque, semi-opaque and opalescent enamels and miniature painting on enamel. Embedded gold leaf illuminates the buoy and 13 star-shaped spangles called paillons, also in gold leaf, light up the dome. Each enamelled plate required eight to 10 firings at 820°C. An hour circle in ebony, set with 12 gilt applied hour markers in the shape of mooring posts, frames a dial centre in ARTISANAL VIRTUOSITY


ABOVE The 20212M ‘Cuban Salsa’ dome table clock in cloisonné enamel, enriched with silver leaf, spotlights Cuba’s treasures – Havana’s National Capitol Building, Pinar del Río’s tobacco plantations and Viñales’s mogotes rock formations.

BELOW FROM LEFT The 992/162G-001 ‘Ritmo Cubano’ pocket watch with cloisonné enamel captures the bewitching atmosphere of Cuba. The ‘Animals of the Savannah’ limited-edition Calatrava wristwatch features rhinoceroses against a backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro.

cloisonné enamel. A handcrafted cable motif resembling cordage adorns the borders of the hour circle and the clock frame.

Taking up the same pattern, the cloisonné enamel dial required 40cm of 24K gold wire (~0.16g), measuring 0.05×0.4mm in cross-section and opaque and translucent enamels in five colours, together with eight firings at more than 800°C. A black spinel cabochon (0.33 ct) adorns the Thiscrown.piece is accompanied by a white-gold handcrafted stand resting on a foot set with a black spinel cabochon (0.43 ct) on an oval-shaped base in silver-sheen obsidian. It is powered by the calibre 17’’’ LEP PS manually wound movement with small seconds.


The ensemble themed around Cuba was magnificent. The 992/ 162G-001 ‘Ritmo Cubano’ pocket watch with cloisonné enamel, handexecuted guilloché work beneath translucent enamel, and handengraving perfectly captured salsa dancers in action against a colourful background of colonial architecture and legendary classic American cars.

The exhibition moved to Paris in May for public viewing before the creations were forwarded to private collectors.

Meanwhile, the case back of the pocket watch 995/117G-001 ‘Zebras’, a unique piece in white gold, pays tribute to the zebra, described as a ‘symbol of courage, miscegenation and interracial harmony’.

The visual play of stripes on the case back was reproduced by Grand Feu cloisonné enamel calling for more than 2m of 24K gold wire (~0.78g) measuring 0.05×0.4mm in cross-section, opaque and translucent enamels in 12 colours, and 20 firings at a temperature exceeding 800°C.


No pretence, no fuss, no fancy materials, this is the new artist’s way WORDS SEAN O’TOOLE


OPPOSITE PAGE ‘Epping II’, 2022, is the centrepiece of Igshaan Adams’s solo exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago.

THIS PAGE Igshaan Adams’s ‘Al-Muhyee’ (Giver of Life), 2020, was created from string, rope and fabric, and glass, wooden, bone and plastic beads.




Poor materials are where young artists are at. Over the last few years, a crop of young artists has rejected the grand legacy of oil paint and bronze in favour of materials like glue, engine oil, rope, Velcro, scrim, linoleum and whatever else makesForsense.anyone who thinks art is a synonym for image and icon, the work of Katz and Adams, as well as Jeanne Gaigher, Sepideh Mehraban and Unati Mkonto, offers a sharp rebuke. Art for them is a struggle with materials, not images. This strug gle is especially palpable in the work of Adams, who is also currently showing 20 pieces in the second-largest art museum in the United States.

NEVERMIND that the R750 million artwork probably never sold. In 2007, when Damien Hirst exhibited a platinum cast of a human skull en crusted with 8601 diamonds in a London gallery, the English artist claimed a staggering production cost of R225 million for his luxurious tchotchke titled ‘For the Love of God’. Jewellery professionals have disputed his calculation, but, whatever the true cost, it is widely accepted that Hirst’s work has an intrinsic value linked to the fluctuating price of diamonds and platinum. In other words, the work can be disassembled and its raw materials salvaged. There is a precedent for this.

other baubles. These works have earned Adams global renown. One of his tapestries was on exhibition at the Venice Biennale. It was showing in Italian curator Cecilia Alemani’s main exhibition, a largely female-led showcase of bold contempo rary practices that includes a large sculpture made from found bedsprings and black pot scourers by Kimberley-born Cape Town artist Bronwyn Katz.

Tapestries, not paintings, once furnished the chichi interiors of palaces in renaissance Europe. Often produced with gold and silver thread, these sumptuous works of art were later melted down by their profligate owners to retrieve their constitu tive material value. Destruction haunts the life of any artwork, but it is unlikely that Cape Town-born Igshaan Adams, 40, will see his tapestries ever destroyed for this reason. Adams is part of a gen eration of South Africans who purposefully work with poor Adamsmaterials.isbestknown for his gorgeous abstract tapestries made chiefly from lengths of polyester, polypropylene, cotton and viscose rope, which he additionally festoons with beads, shells and


Adams and Katz are not unique in working with found and recycled materials, not in South Africa, not anywhere really. But their presence in Alemani’s agenda-setting exhibition at the world’s oldest international exhibition points to the prominence of this mode of working in South Africa.

The works are connected by a narrow passageway that Adams has decorated with a mosaic of used linoleum. He collected the vinyl material from homes in Bonteheuwel and Khayelitsha, the former a historically coloured neighbourhood where Adams grew up, the latter a majority black suburb also located on the Cape Flats. It is im possible to distinguish between the linoleum gathered from the two different sites in Adams’s installation. For Adams, this points to the ‘shared history of oppression’ experienced by the two communities.


Titled ‘Desire Lines’, his exhibition occupies two halls in the Renzo Piano-designed Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago and principally showcases his tapestries made with a team of weav ers. There is also a permeable installation composed of both irregular floor weavings and hovering ‘cloud sculptures’ made of wire.

THIS PAGE Igshaan Adams’s ‘When Dust Settles’, 2018, an installation made from linoleum sheets collected in Cape Town.

Adams, a quiet-spoken and lanky artist who previously worked as a gardener and party decorator, has been using linoleum for more than a decade. He announced himself as an artist interested in poor materials with his solo show ‘Vinyl’ in 2010. ‘When I first started working with linoleum, I would take small sections from very specific parts of the homes of friends and family in Bonteheuwel,’ Adams tells in a wall text accompanying his stately Chicago exhibition. ‘They became canvases on which I added my own imprint with paint or other materials.’

OPPOSITE PAGE ‘Collapse’, 2019, by Sepideh Mehraban, is a mixed-media painting on found Persian carpets.



This method of overlaying painterly materials onto found sub jects also characterises the work of Iranian-born Sepideh Mehraban, 35. In 2012, after completing a Master’s Degree at the elite femaleonly Al-Zahra University in Tehran, Mehraban settled in Cape Town. She wanted to pursue a doctorate in painting at UCT, but was told to backpedal, to more or less start over. She accepted the guidance. Her doctoral exhibition at SMAC in 2021 included paintings of a Persianlanguage Iranian newspaper overlaid with fields of abstract colour. She also exhibited paintings and found carpets with glue spilled over‘ is political, but there are other things about my history and culture that are more complicated than the loud noise we hear in the media,’ says Mehraban, who completed her doctorate at Stellen bosch University. ‘Hence the layers, lots of layers. I have a tendency to overwork, to add layer upon layer.’

Besides working on traditional canvas, Mehraban also paints and pours glue onto found carpets. She has also worked with Indian artisans to make two large carpets based on her paintings. ‘Everything feeds from painting,’ she insists, and yet – like Cape Town painter Jeanne Gaigher, 32, who builds paintings from sewn-together parts which she overlays with scrim – the layered outcomes are far more than simply paintings.



OPPOSITE PAGE Jeanne Gaigher’s ‘The Way Through Fish Fountain I’, 2019, comprises acrylic, ink, bookbinders cloth, canvas and thread.

THIS PAGE Unathi Mkonto’s ‘Sentence 10’, 2021 (below), and ‘Extension K Frame’, 2022 (right), both use Velcro as a key material.



‘I love drawing,’ explains Mkonto, who started using Velcro during a 2018 residency at A4 Arts Foundation. ‘I wanted to find a material that would move like ink.’ He likens the slackness and unpredictability of Velcro to ink. Mkonto says his ambition is to make work that doesn’t look like art, or at least confuses the high art world’s sense of boundaries. ‘I want to make works that look like they were made by a tailor, but using the tools of carpentry.’ No pretence, no fuss, no fancy materials, just the pursuit of poise. It almost reads like a manifesto for new South African art. 

Along with Mehraban and Gaigher, Gqeberha-born Unathi Mkonto, 40, has emerged as one of the more interesting artists in Cape Town’s post-Covid-19 speed-dating exhibition scene. An architecture graduate, Mkonto initially worked under architect Kate Otten. He ditched this career path in favour of studying fashion. Since relocating from Johannesburg to Cape Town he has switched to making art. A recent solo exhibition at OPEN 24 HRS, one of Cape Town’s many zanily named spaces devoted to new art, saw him present three large sculptures and a hanging textile work, all of them featuring strips of Velcro.



What can we expect from the design industry’s global trendsetters? This year’s Milan Design Week and Salone del Mobile trade show established two dominant trends: they champion the past and ‘slow design’.


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After a Covid-19-induced two-year hiatus, Milan Design Week returned in June this year in all its glory, celebrating Salone del Mobile’s 60th edition, densely populated by design lovers. The pandemic has forced a hiccup in critical design thinking, interrupted the status quo, and inserted in its place a re-evaluation of the past and of manufacturing methods. In an interview with The New York Times, Paola Antonelli (senior curator of archi tecture and design at Museum of Modern Art, New York) commented: ‘I feel that every time there’s a big change in culture and technology, crafts and local means of production re-emerge in a very important way – a kind of slow design that is similar to the notion of slow food.’ This slow design was a key takeaway from this year’s festival, reinforced by an overarching considera tion of sustainability. Climate change, carbon emissions and fossil-fuel scarcity are increasingly factoring in collective design thinking and, in turn, shaping trends. Evidence of this manifest across the city, not only in the prevalence of the maker’s mark but also as a re-examination of the past.



HOLDS GREATER STATUS in the world of decorating, and interior and furniture design than Milan Design Week. For a handful of days annually, Italy’s most fashionable city becomes a network of design activity. This hubbub of exclusive launches, exhibitions, pop-up installations and invita tion-only parties radiates outwards from the headline act, the Salone del Mobile trade show, to Fuorisalone (the design week’s official moniker). Industry giants in the form of Italian and global furniture and fashion brands rub shoulders on sidewalks and share espressobar ashtrays with boutique design studios and emerging talent. Historic buildings, exhibition halls, galleries and showrooms transform into hotbeds of creativity, in novation and inspiration. This is where global homeware trends are determined, and where luxury is reshaped.

‘In the success of what we know well there is a fear of the new and the quiet strength of that which has already proved itself,’ writes Francesco Merlo, a long-time journalist for Italy’s Repubblica newspaper. This year, the remake and the rerelease were everywhere, spurred on by global travel restrictions and the forced introspec tion left in their wake. While many reinterpreted past successes, others drew inspiration from 20th century artists and Milanesearchitecture.designroyalty and founder of furniture brand Casa Tosca, Nicolò Castellini Baldissera partnered with Pictalab (a studio of mural artists) to honour his



THIS PAGE Fold floor lamp, designed by Italian design MaisonFormafantasmaduoforMatisse,isone of six limited-edition lights that pay homage to the paper cut-out artworks by the famous PostImpressionist.

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A household name since directing Call Me By Your Name, filmmaker Luca Guadagnino was so inspired by redecorating his own home, that he launched an eponymous design studio that for Fuorisalone also refer enced Italian architecture. An installation of two living rooms, appointed with Guadagnino’s designs as well as with Italian vintage pieces, was inspired by mid-century architect Carlo Scarpa. ‘Modernism, and post-war archi tecture in Italy in particular, taught us how to work with geometry and make it an essential part of the idea of space,’ he says, describing the cinematic interiors.

THIS PAGE Moroccan artist Amine El Gotaibi oversaw the dramatic installation of stylist Colin King’s Ancora and Entrata rugs, handwoven by artisan weavers for Beni Rugs’s ‘Spoken Lines’ collection.

RIGHT In the design of their Veil lights, Ladies & Gentlemen Studio referenced Eastern architecture’s formal and material ephemerality. Different fabric textures combine harmoniously in the draped collection.

great-grandfather, renowned architect Piero Portaluppi. Together they recreated Portaluppi’s frescoed entrance hall, the Herbarium, for which Pictalab converted its original fresco into a collection of wallpapers. Casa Tosca furniture, inspired by the architect’s designs, populated the room.


Architecture served as inspiration for British designer Lee Broom too. Awarded The Queen’s Award for Enterprise, Broom’s newest lighting collections –


Lighting was the product of choice too for design duo Andrea Trimarchi and Simone Farresin of Formafantasma. Not only did the duo collabo rate with Prada on a sustainability summit, but they were invited to collaborate with Maison Matisse, a company founded by the fourth gener ation of artist Henri Matisse’s family. It celebrates his universe through objects designed by contem porary designers. Asked to use Matisse’s famous paper cut-outs as their starting point, Forma fantasma created Fold, a series of lights inspired by the Frenchman’s use of colour and form, and which took shape following the duo’s experimen tation with a ruler and blade, paper and steel.

including Requiem, a limited-edition range in plaster – are inspired by places of worship. The six collections began with Broom exploring places of worship through the ages and the design language associated with religious architecture. ‘I’ve consid ered how light is often linked to hallowed places, evoking a sense of stillness, reverence, and contemplation,’ he explains.


Italian designer Martino Gamper also used steel in his dialogue with the past. In his Innesto collection, he’s adapted vintage Cox furniture from 1930’s London, inserting laser-cut flat steel into the original tubular legs, much like the horti cultural practice of grafting. In so doing, Gamper has fused the purity of the historic pieces with contemporary design. The seats too are treated this way – they’re upholstered in fabrics inspired by the modernist geometric motifs from the original furniture and designed by Gamper.

THE SLOW AS LUXURY Curator Antonelli expands on slow design. ‘Designers still have the means of production that are industrial, of course, but now have, in a way,


OPPOSITE PAGE LEFT Designer Martino Gamper seamlessly fused contemporary design elements into a collection of 1930’s British Cox furniture. He compared the process to horticultural grafting.


THIS PAGE Inspired by the works of his great-grandfather, famed architect Piero Portaluppi, designer Nicolo Castellini Baldissera partnered with Pictalab on a range of wallpapers. The furniture he designed for Casa Tosca.

Stylist Colin King, regular collaborator with mass market brands like Zara Home and Crate & Barrel, partnered with Beni Rugs, a Moroccan-based company that advocates handwoven and heritage quality pieces. Like Casa Tosca, Beni’s ‘Spoken Lines’ collection also references architect Piero Portaluppi. Here, it is the architect’s rationalist architecture – specifically mosaic-clad entryways and colourful facades – that reflect in the designs handwoven in Morocco.


It was perhaps British design icon and household name Tom Dixon whose exhibition most overtly wove together the above trends. In celebration of his brand’s 20th anniversary, ‘Twenty’ showcased as many previously unseen creations. These included updates on past classics and future projects, all with a strong focus on product (re-)innovation and materiality. The exhibit was evidence of a consistent and ongoing studio commitment to reconsidering the materiality of its output. Bird (a rocking chair made from eel grass) along with cork and mycelium pieces and a preview of the Accretion chair (currently being grown underwater in The Bahamas) were displayed as examples of biomaterial use. The studio’s iconic Mirror Ball chandelier – itself emblematic of luxury – was on show and made for selfie fodder. ‘We have been challenging ourselves and our factories to reduce our impact on the environment, so this monumental chandelier will be the first to display one of our oldest designs in a 100% recycled polycar bonate,’ Dixon explained. ‘It is a demonstration of the opportuni ties now available in a rapidly changing landscape to try harder to find more credible alternatives to virgin material.’


come to re-evaluate and appreciate modes of making that are not necessarily industrial.’ The advantages of this were twofold. Crea tive output was more sustainable and, importantly, also reflected the maker’s mark, championing irregularity and character.

Evidence of the maker’s mark and material authenticity regularly go hand in hand. For America’s bicoastal Ladies &

Fashion brand Loewe’s exhibition of woven championedandbasketsbagsthehandmade.

Gentlemen Studio, this was the focus of their new release, Veil. Three variations on a lamp, each comprising a series of textile panels draped over a wooden framework, seek to expose the genuine richness imbued in natural materials. The results are ephemeral and conjure images of Eastern architecture. Their drapery was in consultation with a fashion pleating house founded in 1931 in New York’s garment district. ‘Our designs are about tactfully and gracefully navigating a changing environment in which materials and processes are more constrained,’ explains Jean Lee, one half of the design duo.

No collection championed artisanal weaving as much as fashion giant Loewe’s exhibit. Fashion houses have, since the mil lennium, had an increased presence at Fuorisalone, showcasing furniture collections often designed in collaboration with designindustry legends. This too is a strong comment on the changing face of luxury. Labels including Dior, Louis Vuitton, Hermès and Issey Miyake all exhibited, but it was Loewe’s ‘Weave, Restore, Renew’ exhibition that turned the most heads. It featured three projects that had in common regenerative weaving practices –breathing new life into that which is old. Spanish artisans, using colourful leather string, repaired a collection of globally sourced timeworn baskets. Galician craftspeople, utilising a technique known as Coroza, wove several sculptural fringed raincoats, and Young Soon Lee, a Korean paper artist, collaborated with Loewe on a tote collection composed of woven, recycled newspaper.


With a nod to traditional English decorating and with references to its Asian locale, this Singaporean family home is a visual tapestry of pastels and patterns.



OPPOSITE PAGE An antique silk suzani, a starting point for much of the home’s aesthetic, hangs on the livingroom wall.

With structural renovations that included a light well in the dining room, new windows throughout and, in places, doors replaced with archways for enhanced character, the home’s overall mood immediately brightened. ‘The house had little internal architectural detailing, the upside being that I got to add my own, like cornices, skirtings and arches. An empty shell of a house allows one to play,’ Hay explains. She extended the arch motif into her design for the kitchen cupboards, their colour echoing her use of blue in her favourite space, the living room. ‘I love its oversized sofa and art. Many people

‘I ALWAYS THINK that a project that starts with its fabrics as the foundation is going to be a great success,’ says Singapore-based interior designer Elizabeth Hay. Having trained at London’s long-established decorating firm, Sybil Colefax & John Fowler, and having worked on homes in locations as varied as Ibiza, Jackson Hole, The Hamptons and Mustique, Hay should know. She’s passionate about fabrics and their backstories, and stocks her fabric library mostly with those from artisanal and boutique houses. So, when approached by two doctors wanting to renovate their family home, an antique silk suzani (that now hangs with pride of place in the living room) served as a starting point. ‘I can really understand the look and feel a client wants by first understanding their fabric likes and dislikes,’ Hay explains. Loving the

suzani presented to them, it became clear that what her clients wished for was, as she puts it, ‘a refuge in which to relax, and that offered downtime from their stressful jobs – an uplifting, light and airy home that would feel happy’.

ABOVE Hay’s choice of Blithfield’s Marlow wallpaper makes the home office a study in prettiness.

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Alongside an armchair upholstered in a Penny Morrison Ikat are chairs, cushions and lamp shades in fabrics from houses whose names speak of British heritage – Bennison, Thibault, Christopher Farr. Their pastel colours inspired Hay’s use of eau de Nil paint shades in the few rooms where walls aren’t wallpapered: Dulux’s Steeplechase on the landing and Rococco Blue in the TV room, the latter boasting a 1970’s tiger batik.


are tempted to go small with furniture, art and rugs in a small room, but this often only accen tuates compactness,’ Hay says of her choice of furnishings. ‘Although counterintuitive, having large, bold pieces in a small space can make it feel Traditionalbigger.’

English decorating and Eastern influences shape the living room’s palette.

ABOVE The light well in the dining area enhances the ofcabinetslightingkitchen,tilesThecontemporaryhome’sfeel.patternedfloorcontinueintothewheretheandarchedlendanairsophistication.

A vintage batik hangs above the sofa.


Of this colourful wall hanging and her inclusion of other Eastern elements throughout the home, Hay says, ‘I draw inspiration from the multicultural melting pot that is Singapore, from Chinatown and Little India to Arab and Orchard streets. There is a real mix of cultures, designs and looks that I can pull from.’ This influence manifests as several rattan pieces (including a hanging love seat), carved stools, blue-and-white porcelain and Vietnamese grass mats. ‘There is a subtle but overriding feeling to the home that is detectable throughout,’ explains Hay, ‘yet simultaneously, as one moves from room to room, each has its ownHayindividuality.’pridesherself on the detailing that personalises and adds character to individual rooms. In private spaces, like the bedrooms,



THIS PAGE CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT Floral patterns, both oversized and detailed, in a single colour unite décor elements in the master bedroom. The always-striking combination of blue and white makes for a high-impact guest bathroom. Nautical wallpaper and bright colours set a playful theme in the boys’ bedroom.

home office and playroom, considered decorating and accessorising introduces a sense of playfulness. The master suite, a study in shades of blue, is defined by an oversized paisley wallpaper from Christopher Farr Cloth. It harmonises with other floral and striped patterns both large and fine. Nearby, the boys’ bedroom takes on a nautical theme, with bobbin beds custom-painted red, trawler wallpaper and a colourful rug. In their playroom, the walls are largely unadorned. Instead, Hay has added interest by wallpapering the ceiling down to the picture rail, repeat ing the same green shade in her scheme below. By contrast, the office exemplifies decorating with tradi tional florals, its pastel pink and blue palette resulting in a feminine prettiness. ‘Even though each room has its own personality, I think the freshness of the fabrics used throughout feels consistent and makes sense,’ says Hay of a project that both literally and figuratively is close to home.

Paarl, which has the longest main road in South Africa, always produces exciting gems, the latest being The Wine Hive, which opened in June. Featuring a quaint chequered patio, it’s located in a beautiful historic building on Hoffmans Lane that dates back to 1797 and is part of the Paarl Heritage Trail.

The burgeoning speciality-winebar scene in the Western Cape is testimony to a new era in wine appreciation.


More than 50 wines are on offer (20-plus served by the glass), complemented by a concise menu of tasty wine-bar tapas


WESTERN CAPE is blessed with several wineproducing valleys, and hundreds of farms and estates, most of which offer tasting rooms and restaurants. However, we are often pressed for time and cannot fit in as many visits in a day as we would like. The answer is a wine bar. You’ll find them located in the town centres of the regions where grapes are grown and wine is made, and they’re the epitome of convenience without sacrificing on style or a comprehensive wine-tasting experience.

The Wine Hive is open Tuesdays to Sundays from 10am to 6pm, with Wednesday and Friday afternoons reserved for themed wine events that are announced on social media.

At Qbar, exceptional food, service and your favourite Quoin Rock wine offer a superlative dining experience.


In the heart of Franschhoek in the Centre du Village, you’ll find inVINcible wine shoppe/wine bar that opened in early 2020. This quaint space with its eclectic antiques and charming artwork, is ensconced in wine-filled walls.

Wine lovers can indulge in more than 100 local wines and 40 Italian wines from various regions, with a number of French, Australian and New Zealand wines complementing the offering. And the best part: 10 of these wines are served by the glass daily, paired with classic Italian platters and trapizzino –Roman street food


RIGHT Enjoy classic Italian platters and trapizzino with selected wines by the glass at The Wine Hive in Paarl.

BELOW Qbar waitstaff ensure they know your name while tastingsharingnotes.

and small plates. For the bigger appetite, the VINtners lunch or dinner is highly recommended. Whether you’re in the mood to eat and drink alfresco, or choose a few bottles for home, inVINcible offers a quintessential experience either way.

OPPOSITE PAGE The breathtaking Orangerie Restaurant at Le Lude.

Also in Franschhoek you’ll find two exceptional tasting rooms, ideally suited for passing a most enjoyable spring afternoon. At Le Lude you will be taken on an unforgettable journey of discovery into the art, science and charm of Cap Classique.

Mullineux was established in 2007, when Chris and Andrea Mullineux settled in the Swartland region, 60km north of Cape Town. The winery soon established itself as one of South Africa’s most celebrated wine brands, both locally and abroad. By 2020 the winery had received 30 five-star ratings from Platter’s South African Wine Guide, and was awarded Platter’s Winery of the Year an unprecedented four times in 2014, 2016, 2019 and 2020.


In 2013 Chris and Andrea joined forces with Analjit Singh. Together with founding partner Peter Dart they started a parallel winery in Franschhoek called Leeu Passant. The Leeu Passant winery is located on Leeu Estates, which is also the home of Analjit’s hospitality portfolio, the Leeu Collection. At The Wine Studio at Leeu Estates, you have the opportunity to embark on curated tastings presented by dedicated hosts who will guide you

Enjoy a cosy rendezvous with canapés and elegant MCCs. The Orangerie Restaurant, which offers relaxed fine-dining in a breathtaking setting alongside Le Lude’s tasting room, serves classic French cuisine with a contemporary twist.

In Stellenbosch’s town centre, the wine bar trend is flourish ing. Le Grand Domaine’s main market is export and there is no tasting room at the farm in Devon Valley. Enter the Le Grande Domaine Enoteca and enjoy the exclusive opportunity to sample these elegant wines - by the glass (carafe), bottle or in tastingportion sizes that allow you to create your own flights. Choose from nearly 30 wines in seven ranges, or opt for predetermined flights including whites, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz. The décor is French in style, and there’s a menu of small plates to encourage you to sit and stay.

in the finer nuances of premium handcrafted wines and share their knowledge of new vintage releases or special cuvées.

There are three tutored tasting options available: The Mullineux Signature tasting, the Mullineux Single Terroir tasting and the Leeu Passant tasting. To avoid disappointment, booking is advised.

Quoin Rock in the Knorhoek Valley is home to exceptional food and wine experiences. Qbar in Stellenbosch central brings the multi-award-winning Namysto Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon, Quoin Rock Black Series MCC and Knorhoek Chenin Blanc (delightfully recommended) to town. Smartly dressed and knowledgeable staff, who ensure they know your name, are on hand to share tasting notes. Gin lovers are accommodated with Knorhoek Small Batch Pink and Clear Gins, either on their own or in one of the Qbar’s seven signature cocktails. Buy at cellar-door prices to take home.


FAR RIGHT Qbar offers a refreshing dining and wine-tasting experience.

The vast selection can be a bit intimidating but the friendly staff will dispose of any pretentiousness, and ensure you have a pleas ant tasting experience - and a great meal.

It’s not about the most expensive, or rarest, or one being the best; it’s about your favourite. With 130 to choose from, you’re spoiled for choice. If you know what you like, you can get right on with it. Otherwise choose a flight, like five rosés or 12 Sauvignon Blancs, either lifestyle or premium. Stellenbosch is famous for its reds so Cabernet Sauvignon is a must, or six regional Bordeauxstyle blends. Not for you? There’s Merlot, MCC, Chenin, Pinotage, Syrah, Shiraz and Chardonnay.

Jacques le Roux, owner of The Wine Glass, which opened in March 2022, says his establishment is not a wine bar, but a res taurant with a really good wine selection. However, it differs from the aforementioned, which stocks and serves its own wines. The Wine Glass is representative of the whole Stellenbosch region.

At The Stellenbosch Wine Bar & Bistro, they serve only wine, water and coffee - as per the waitress. That’s to drink; there is also a menu of small plates on offer. (They are, in fact, not that small, because they are designed to be shared.) Here you will find Jean Engelbrecht’s portfolio of wines, including the Stellenbosch Reserve, Afrikaans, Cirrus, Guardian Peak, Donkiesbaai and Rust en Vrede ranges, served by the glass or bottle. There is no off-site consumption licence.

Whichever option you choose, you’re guaranteed to have good wines, and good times.

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LEFT French bistro cuisine is given an elegant spin in the plating at The Bailey. In the ground-floor café, confit chicken adds a more casual take to this French culinary classic.

OPPOSITE In its parquet flooring and exposed brick walls hung with art, The Brasserie is a space that is both stylish and cosy; rich in tone and texture to add a sense of homely comfort to a deeply refined dining experience.

Renowned chef Liam Tomlin’s new culinary establishment has already earned its place as one of Cape Town’s must-visit restaurants.





And elegant it certainly is, from the marble floors and velvet banquettes to the chandeliers and champagne service. On the counter are fresh pastries, while, come afternoon, the menu seg ues from morning croissants and breakfast plates to light meals and cocktails. There’s also a supper menu on offer, but honestly, you’d be missing out if you didn’t climb the stairs to The Brasserie.

Here the mood shifts into the cosy embrace of a traditional brasserie; with wooden floors and exposed brick walls. Let your

In creating The Bailey, Tomlin took plenty of inspiration from The Wolseley in London’s Mayfair, an iconic all-day caférestaurant that’s one of his favourites. It’s a place that exudes

TOMLIN IS IN A RELAXED MOOD as he sinks into an armchair across from me, a glass of Maison Syrah in hand. It’s been a busy year for Tomlin, but as he gazes around the café at The Bailey, the glimmer of a smile shows his latest project is hitting its stride.

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While Tomlin is most famous as the founder of the Chef’s Warehouse collection – four restaurants across Cape Town and the Winelands – The Bailey is his new addition to Bree Street, Cape Town’s gourmet boulevard. It’s spread across three storeys, from the ground-floor Café Bailey to the mid-level Brasserie and The Old Bailey whisky bar on the top floor.

understated glamour, and it’s not hard to see the resonance in Café‘ThereBailey.are a lot of great coffee shops in Cape Town, but I wanted to create something a little more elegant. Somewhere you can sit with a beautiful glass of bubbles with friends,’ explains Tomlin.

On the ground floor Café Bailey offers a delightful all-day space that slips seamlessly from morning coffee to delicate pastries for ‘elevenses’. Then it’s lighter café-style plates for lunch, before you segue into afternoon bubbly.

eyes linger on those walls, hung with an array of artworks drawn from Tomlin’s private collection. Off to one side, the private din ing room pays tribute to Tomlin’s close friend, the late artist Paul du Toit, in a space filled with his artworks and personal effects.

Iberico Jamon, sliced to order from the leg displayed proudly on the bar counter.

With head chef Jacques Grové running the kitchen, the menu here is joyfully, unashamedly French, leaning heavily into classical plates given a subtle Tomlin touch. At The Brasserie tradition counts, whether it’s the slow-simmered stocks, the venison on the menu, or the steak tartare prepared to order on a tableside gueridon.That’s just one of the starters that will tempt you. But so will the beef tongue with sauce Madeira, or a plate of 36-month

From Les Plats, the confit duck leg doesn’t disappoint; served with parsnips and sauce bigarade, the classical French accompaniment for canard. To match the cuisine Tomlin has curated an impressive collection of French and South African wines, with sommelier Lennox Nyengera on hand to guide you through the list.

The suggested glass of Seriously Old Dirt was a fine foil for the Tournedos Rossini main; a fillet of beef stuffed with foie gras and truffle, wrapped in prosciutto and served with a side of sauce Périgueux. A heady combination of truffle and Madeira.


Let your eyes feast on the cheese and des sert trolleys brought to the table, but certainly don’t miss the crêpes suzette, the textbook sauce of butter, orange and Grand Marnier prepared and flambéed tableside.


PAGE Expect beautiful plating and careful coursing across the menus. Liam Tomlin has put The Bailey kitchen in the capable hands of head chef Jacques Grové.

‘I love the theatre of going to restaurants, and we want ed to bring a little of that to The Brasserie,’ explains Tomlin. ‘It’s a lot more personal without being pretentious.’

There’s enormous depth to the menu, you’ll leave feel ing sorry you couldn’t order more. But having said that, The Brasserie has the feel of a neighbourhood eatery; a place you can return to regularly, to dabble in dishes you missed out onForbefore.dessert?

But that’s the real beauty of The Bailey; it’s a space for every occasion and every appetite. And speaking of appetites... My advice? Arrive hungry.

The same goes for The Old Bailey one floor above. This bar offers a more refined space – elegant, but not stuffy – to connect over a fine malt whisky or glass of wine. The whisky menu runs to more than 320 bottles, and includes a 60-year-old Glenfarclas.

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Innovative car design shapes our view of the world. Richard Webb picks his personal top-nine car designers that, he argues, have influenced our essential state of being.

In his lifetime, Malcolm Sayer’s work was largely unrecognised, but his outstanding contributions to the automotive world live large with his pièce de résistance – the E-Type.


Given the nickname of ‘Pinin’ in his early years, Battista Farina formed Carrozzeria Pinin Farina in 1930. His distinct take on automotive design quickly caught the eye of Enzo Ferrari, where he designed the Dino 206 GT, 275 GTB and Testarossa. Commissions from Alfa Romeo, Lancia and Peugeot being among his most distinctive designs, like the Alfa Romeo Spider Duetto, Peugeot 403 and Lancia Aurelia B24 Spyder.

The cultural impact of great cars is often underestimated and the car designer’s craft is often overlooked. I’d argue that cars influence more people every day than other forms of artistry, architecture and design. But the Jaguar E-Type would rarely be mentioned in the same awe-tinged tones as one would historic masterpieces like the Sistine Chapel. Yet, the designers of these indelible icons influence the motoring landscape for generations, inspiring creators everywhere.

How many cars can claim to be as recognisable as the Mini? A true cult car loved by influencers, racers and people the world

Common to all of them are the cars I’ve seen, owned, or longed for: from the pareidoliainducing simplicity of the Volkswagen Beetle to the ineffable purity of the Alfa Romeo Spider Duetto.

After designing various Opels from 1981 to 1985, Chris Bangle later designed Fiat’s brilliant coupe before rising to design chief at BMW, working across BMW, Mini and Rolls-Royce brands. His designs polarised the automotive community, drawing withering criticism or gushing admiration for his work. His design influence can be seen throughout the entire BMW line-up, including the earlier BMW 1 Series, 3 Series, 5 Series and 7 Series.

Giorgetto Giugiaro spent time at Bertone, Ghia and Italdesign, and went on to win ‘Car Designer of the Century’ in 1999.



Responsible for classic designs like the Volkswagen Golf, Fiat Punto, Maserati Quattroporte, Lotus Esprit and the Back to the

Think about Malcolm Sayer. He left the Bristol Aeroplane Company after World War II to join Jaguar’s engineering drawing office. He brought a fresh ideology into automotive design, with his knowledge of aircraft fuselage construction and aerodynamic mathematical principles to inspire some of Jaguar’s most memorable designs: from the C- D- and E-Type to the XJ13 and XJS.

Future DMC DeLorean, Giugiaro’s flat surfaces and sharp edges are still relevant today.

I REFLECT ON STAGES OF MY LIFE, images of people, places and experiences form a powerful anchor to those memories.

Marcello Gandini was known primarily for his work with the design firm Bertone. He was credited with the creation of two of Lamborghini’s prettiest vehicles: the sublime Miura and the outrageous Countach. He penned designs for Alfa Romeo, BMW, Citroën Ferrari, Maserati and Renault. He was even responsible for conventional cars that became known for their own practical traits, like the earlier BMW 5 Series and the Citroën BX.

The transition of design for electric cars has tested designers – like Ian Callum – sitting at the crucible of old school and newschool thinking. He’s responsible for the Aston Martin DB7, Vanquish and today’s Jaguar I-Pace. I met Callum during the launch of the Jaguar F-Type, which he also designed, and I re member him telling me that a Jaguar always needs to have a sense of excitement. ‘Everything you look at has to be beautiful,’ he said.


No matter how the world of motoring will look in the decades to come, we can look forward to some future classic designs that

Volvo’s Jon Mayer is another to watch, as he showcases the clean Scandinavian design language that brings style and a pre mium feel to the exterior of Volvo and Polestar products as they evolve to be a 100% electric car brand by 2030.

will continue to shape and influence our lives. Keep an eye out for Peter Schreyer. He’d previously created Volkswagen’s modern Beetle, and the Audi TT. Now, as Chief Design Officer for Kia Motors, his designs have removed cultural barriers between Western and Eastern design and we are seeing some pleasing shapes from Kia, Hyundai and Genesis.

over. Alec Issogonis’s brief was to design a ‘proper miniature car’ –the Mini Mk 1 – in response to the mid-50s petrol shortages, and in competition with German bubble cars and the diminutive Fiats from Italy. The Mini’s compact proportions and timeless style gave rise to one of the most significant cars of our time.

These designers are deeply influential on the modern psyche. From the time we leave home to arriving back, our perception of the world we live in is constantly challenged by every car silhouette and contour we see on our roads.


Electrification presents challenges for design; conversely, it opens a world of opportunities. I think EV designers can struggle with their design language, sometimes forgetting that cars should be beautiful to look at, regardless of their powerplant.

They deeply influence our feelings and our emotions – our essential state of being. Next time you look admiringly at a car that inspires you, spare a thought for the design greats that made it happen.

OPPOSITE PAGE Kia’s EV6 design cues bode well for the firm’s design direction.

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The Fari Islands in the Maldives present next-generation tropical escapes that dip deeper beneath the surface.


Patina Maldives and Ritz-Carlton Maldives (and Capella, still in the pipeline) have upped the ante on the tropical prototype by foregrounding conservation and offering culinary and cultural elements that lend layers and variety to your itinerary. They’re a new breed of five-star-plus resorts that aim to offer impact as well as obvious luxury. Linked by the Fari Marina Village – a hub of retail, restaurant and leisure offerings open to guests across the group – the island trifecta operates as a collaborative community, and makes a longer stay that much more appealing and worthwhile.

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THE MALDIVES have long been hailed as the quintessential island destination. But even paradise must move with the times. The Fari Islands present a new multi-layered Maldivian proposition, with all of the luxury and laidback appeal, and more of the substance modern travellers increasingly seek out.


Only a short 40-minute boat ride from Malé International Airport, this archipelago in the North Malé Atoll is made up of four islands (currently occupied by two and soon to be three resorts, and the Fari Campus, dedicated to the staff community that serve all). Between them they offer the pinnacle of luxury travel with a purpose that goes deeper than you’d expect from a destination known for living up to its extensive surface appeal.

‘Life, people and nature are more important than architecture. At Patina, we were able to produce architecture that disappears, and when you arrive by air, it is like the hotel does not ex ist in this place,’ says Kogan. Renata Furlanetto from the architecture team explains that Patina Maldives was inspired by the vernacular design of the islands, which is predominantly fisher men’s villages that merge with the landscape – hence the natural materials, texture and emphasis on the handmade. Diana Radomysler and Pedro Ribeiro headed up the interior design, and Radomysler agrees: ‘For Patina Maldives, we echoed a relationship between humans and na ture that has existed for thousands of years. In our architecture, there is no difference between interior and exterior.’

Refreshingly for travellers to this island nation, which has developed a signature ‘look’ over the decades, Patina Maldives offers a low-key, laidback approach to design entirely inspired by nature. The architecture and interiors by Studio MK27, headed by Marcio Kogan, reference Brazilian modernism but, more importantly, the setting itself.


Nordic-Japanese fusion restaurant Koen. FLOW, the resort’s wellness concept also looks at things holistically – from sleep to nourishment, mindfulness and fitness – and with sciencemeets-ancient-wisdom treatments and clean products from natural skincare brand Haeckels, it’s a journey for both body and soul.


The design of Patina Maldives was intended to blur the boundaries between interiors and exteriors and, in essence, merge with landscape.the

The upshot of this deeply conceptual foun dation is that a stay here imparts true rest and you leave with much more than a merely a tan.

The food across the various resort eateries is ingredient-driven, considered and conscious, from Fari Beach Club, headed up by Michelinstar chef Nick Bril, to plant-based Roots, and

The first – and long anticipated – resort by hospitality super group Ritz-Carlton in the Maldives has been worth the wait. A masterclass in service excellence and hospitality design from the lauded late Kerry Hill, who was responsible for many notable destinations during his career (including numerous Aman hotels), its design is rooted in a very simple, but effective concept: the Acircle.brilliantly unassuming, yet layered motif, it is much more than just a visual device, but rather a symbol of the design’s source of inspiration: nature. A nod to the never-ending character of the ocean currents, the concept of flow, and on a more big-picture level, the circle of life. Allusions to this can be seen throughout the resort. From the halo of over-water villas surrounding the staggeringly beautiful ring-shaped spa, to the circular suites, whose wood-cladded curves are a gentler take on the over-water and beach villas the Maldives is best known for.

As with wellness, conservation here is fundamentally based in science and technology. And is also inextricably wrapped up with education. Earlier this year, Ritz-Carlton Maldives launched the first Jean-Michel Cousteau Ambassadors of the Environment programme in the Indian Ocean (led by renowned oceanographic explorer, environmentalist and film producer Jean-Michel Cousteau, son of Jacques). From a resident resort biologist, to a guest collaborative drone programme, designed to collect data that filters back into other work, such as the Olive Ridley Project (focused on the protection of sea turtles), the set of experi ences and activities allows guests, adults and children, to engage directly with the team’s crucial marine research, prompting a positive ripple effect. The programme doesn’t just reach guests however; local children will be able to learn the importance of tech in marine protection in the region at a junior and tertiary level, furthering a future legacy of conservation. Which, fittingly, completes the ever-present Ritz-Carlton circle.



Partnering with holistic brand Bamford, the wellness offering is as state-of-the-art as you’d expect from such a group. Draw ing on ancient holistic wisdoms as a counter to the futuristic spaceship-like design, treatment techniques range from unblock ing energy meridians to improving gut health, thus addressing the body and mind as a whole.

The Ritz-Carlton Maldives’ fresh take on the signature Maldivian over-water villa features sinuous forms and generous use of timber cladding.


The Oceana Beach and Wildlife Reserve by Mantis, situated along South Africa’s exquisite East Coast, offers an experience that combines both bush and beach.

The experience of staying at one of these newly opened or reappointed luxury destinations off the beaten track will stay with you long after you’ve left.


The beautiful venue is complemented by excellent service and exquisite food enjoyed in the form of the chef’s seven-course tasting menu. After dining, you’re invited to relax and enjoy the authentic atmosphere of Oceana’s old-world pub with its extensive wine cellar and adjoining cigar room.



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or a private house. The pool suites are capacious and beautifully appointed sanctuaries. The rim-flow pool on the deck is heated and overlooks the Indian Ocean. As you rest your elbows on the rim and relax, the view is gently punctuated by animals passing or stopping to eat. You might find yourself holding your breath as a mother nyala and her calf tiptoe into the frame.

The five-star Oceana Beach and Wildlife Reserve by Mantis is designed for optimal views and absolute privacy. Whether you’re dining, enjoying a sundowner, zoning out on the view or having a dip in your private plunge pool, you might feel as if you are the only guest. As you make your way to your suite on the boardwalk, canopied by the indigenous forest, even your footsteps appear to be muted.Oceana, situated in Port Alfred, is the only hotel in South Africa that straddles 7km of pristine beach and a sprawling wildlife reserve. The ocean is referred to as the ‘highway’ along which large pods of whales undulate and breach on their pilgrimage from north to south. It’s no surprise that it’s a popular holiday destination, where both local and international tourists go to kick off their shoes and relax after visiting one of the Big Five reserves in the area. Oceana’s accommodation is designed for comfort, privacy and ultimate luxury. There’s a choice of pool, ocean and lodge suites

Wherever you are, the fragrance of the indigenous bush flirts softly with the salty tang of sea air creating a glorious cacophony of smells. A constant reminder that, here, you’re lucky enough to have the best of both worlds.


built into the hillside of a piece of untouched mFulaWozi wilderness, is perfectly positioned to maximise the sweeping views of the flood plains of the White iMfolozi River below, and consists of 12 luxury standalone suites complete with private plunge pools.

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The undulating green hills of Zululand dotted with iconic beehive huts is home to five Zulu chiefdoms that hark back to the times of great Zulu kings like Shaka and Dingaan. Here you experience a sense of history, of wars fought, and stand in awe at the landscape that holds memories of South Africa’s earliest beginnings.


General manager Nico Verster also happens to be a celebrated chef and the author of two cookbooks on modern African cuisine – and the reason Jamala won ‘Best Safari Cuisine in South Africa’ in 2019. Expect refined, original fare that pays homage to its sur rounds. Every meal is memorable – as much for its flavour and flair as for its matchless setting.

Owner-managers Barry and Sonya Theunissen say, ‘mFulaWozi is not just about magnificent game viewing, delectable cuisine, and stunning décor, it’s about a journey of purpose, and the creation of a culture of mutual respect.’


In the North West Province’s lesser-known Madikwe Game Reserve, Jamala Madikwe sets the bar for intimate safari luxury. Made up of just five villas (for a maximum of 10 guests) and a main lodge that overlooks a teeming watering hole, Jamala Madikwe is owner run and managed, creating a luxury private home in the bushveld.Onarrival, the main lodge’s aptly named ‘Sofa Safari’ deck overlooks a watering hole where you’ll be privy to the kind of unselfconscious big-game interactions you don’t always see on a game drive. Think herds of elephants jostling to establish social status just metres away.


The sister lodges on this reserve, Biyela (named after Chief Biyela, a descendant of King Shaka) and Mthembu were both carefully hand-built by members of the local Mthembu and Biyela Zulu


Warm and welcoming, Mthembu Lodge is set on the embank ment of the White iMfolozi River, with magnificent views and game-watching opportunities from the comfort of its seven luxury suites and villas. Mthembu is the perfect family destination, combining fresh innovative design and stylish African touches.

mFulaWozi Wilderness Private Game Reserve, two-and-a-half hours from Durban, is at its heart and stretches across 16 000 hectares of untouched African bushveld, 6 000 hectares of which have already been incorporated into the Hluluwe iMfolozi Park.

As one of the final bastions of the Zulu nation, mFulaWozi offers a unique insight into Zulu history and culture and the area’s wilderness and wildlife, allowing guests to connect with 500 years of history. Shaka Zulu conserved this land to protect the game as part of his hunting ground and conservation area. Its purpose to day is to continue protecting and preserving both the wilderness and its communities for generations to come.


CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT Situated in the heart of Zululand, mFulaWozi Wilderness Private Game Reserve aims to preserve wilderness and culture in equal measure. Enjoy game-viewing from the comfort of your own private suite or while enjoying sundowners with fellow guests.


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Madikwe is home to the Big Five and the Super Seven. On twice-daily drives at sunrise and sunset, our Jamala ranger ex pertly tracked down special sightings, including a den of baby hyenas and a cheetah tucking into a fresh kill. The reserve’s endangered wild dogs proved characteristically elusive but we saw a good number of baby rhino at close quarters (extensive anti-poaching efforts protect the reserve’s population).

Madikwe covers 750km² of bushland north of GrootMarico up to the Botswana border, making it South Africa’s fifth-largest reserve. It’s not widely known, but Jamala Madikwe beckons you off-the-beaten nature-reserve track to discover its beauty as a rare gem of a luxury lodge.

There are direct one-hour flights from Johannesburg to Madikwe on luxury private charter or Fedair shuttle.

Nico is also the creative force behind Jamala’s elegant interiors, which manage to be both luxurious and cosy. The fireside library in the main lodge houses an enviable collection, enough to make you want to curl up on the couch and extend yourEachstay.villa overlooks a stretch of bush alongside the water ing hole, so you’ll see elephant, zebra and giraffe on their way to drink without having to get out of bed. Out on the villa’s expansive deck, there’s a private plunge pool and outdoor shower. Inside, there’s a snug sitting room with its own fire place, dining area and walk-in dressing room. The spacious bathroom has a Victorian-style tub, generous shower and twin basins. ‘Jamala’ means ‘natural elegance’ in Swahili and this exactly describes the beautifully curated space.



This home is located with direct access onto Table Mountain and has operated as a guest villa for international clientele. The lounge with fireplace enjoys raised views and a wood burning fireplace. A sun splashed kitchen and dining room are set around the homes’ natural boulders with fireplace and wine storage. A terrace and sparkling pool are set in established leafy garden with barbeque area. There are four large bedrooms all en suite. They are configured for comfortable accommodation for guests or family offering sea and mountain views from balconies. Andrea Glew; 0798939197; Web ref: SIR103455.


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This stunning, double storey bungalow, situated on Clifton Third beach offers 3 bedrooms, all en-suite, a sauna and comes complete with a large deck, garden and pool. The bungalow is set back from Clifton 3rd Beach and offers panoramic views of the ocean and the mountain. This is a particularly large plot of land and the home has been immaculately maintained, nestled in and amongst the trees, it feels private and secluded especially when lounging on the deck.  The home has a state of the art security system ensuring it is the ideal lock up and go holiday home with the Atlantic Ocean on your doorstep. Hennie Schutte: 074 246 8025; Web ref: RL101141.

A fantastic opportunity to own a two-level penthouse on our Atlantic Seaboard in a prestigious sort after complex. This Rocklands penthouse commands 616m2 of prime real estate, positioned on the ninth and tenth floors offering remarkable uninterrupted Atlantic Sea and mountain views. The lower level boasts a very well appointed, semi open plan kitchen and scullery, lounge and dining areas opening out to a very large bar and patio, which enjoy vista sea views. This floor also enjoys the accommodation of four en-suite bedrooms on the vast 318m2 level. Grant Bailey: 0834445171; Web ref: SIR103632.


Asking: R31 million | 6 Bedrooms | 6 Bathrooms | 759m2

Asking: R29.5 million | 4 Bedrooms | 4.5 Bathrooms | 2 Parkings | 616m2

Wind free position on a private cul-de-sac in Camps Bay. Successful going concern with proven track record making this a seamless income producing investment opportunity. The property sits in a VAT registered company. Contemporary artwork and furniture in the generous entertainment areas leads to terrace with barbeque and fireplace overlooking an elevated pool with sea views. There are six bedroom suites. The master suite on floor with dressing room, lounge, wide balcony and luxurious en-suite. Other features are cellar, second pool, gym, sauna, steam-room and outdoor shower set within an indigenous garden. Andrea Glew: 0798939197; Web ref: SIR103413.

Asking: R59 million | 3 Bedrooms | 3 Bathrooms

Asking: R16.999 million | 4 Bedrooms | 4 Bathrooms | 750m2


Asking: R11.499 million | 5 Bedrooms | 5.5 Bathrooms | 3 Garages

Asking: R5.9 million | 4 Bedrooms | 3 Bathrooms | 2 Garages


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Enter in through a safe private courtyard to lavish open plan kitchen and dining room for all day living and entertaining, through to a secluded patio. 2 Receptions opening to a patio overlooking the garden and pool. Beautiful wooden staircase leads upstairs to 4 bedrooms, all well appointed. The main bedroom is glamorous with en-suite bathroom, large 2nd en-suite bedroom and 2 further bedrooms share a shower. There is a cottage of bedroom, lounge, kitchenette and bathroom. Private and secure as staff or guests suite. Set on ±1011m² stand with double garage and extra off street parking from the lane. Walled with electric fencing. Theodora/David Brickhill: 082 553 8525; Web ref: 3753661.

Beautiful open plan kitchen and receptions. The kitchen has Smeg appliances with gas hob, separate scullery and mud room. Stacking doors lead to the double volume patio, perfect for entertaining. 4 Bedrooms, 3 bathrooms (2 ensuite) all opening to the beautiful, irrigated garden and solar heated pool. Study area/playroom/PJ lounge in bedroom wing. Further playroom/bar opening up onto the patio. Separate upstairs guest suite or WFH. The sumptuous master suite has a full bathroom and walk-in dressing room. Guest cloakroom. Double automated garage. Staff acc. Sue Hall: 083 3781101; Web ref: 5353630.


Asking: R16 million | 5 Bedrooms | 5.5 Bathrooms | 4 Garages

Asking: R10.5 million | 5 Bedrooms | 4.5 Bathrooms | 2 Garages

Bryanston East – House – French farm-style home in guarded gated area near all amenities. A very private home boasting open-plan grand and casual reception rooms with French oak flooring and shutters, all opening to oversized covered patio to very private garden with pool, tennis court and large garden gazebo – borehole – enormous dine-in chef’s kitchen with cold room – 5 double bedroom suites, plus self-contained garden guest cottage – study – garaging for 4 cars – lux double domestic acc – generator and excellent security. Great quality furniture included. Offers from R14.950m. Manuela Coelho 082 552 7119; Web ref: 5418569.


Magnificent cluster home. This classic contemporary home is about refined elegance, where quality made pieces are incorporated to create sophistication, reflecting your style. A feature marble staircase leads to the bedrooms upstairs which are ultra-luxurious. The main-en-suite is baronial in size with dressing room, large bathroom with Jacuzzi bath, separate toilet and inside and outside shower. The second en-suite is equally as big as the main-en-suite with its own study/sitting room, bathroom complete with steam shower. The two other bedrooms are also en-suite and of a substantial size. Marc: 082 854 7272; Alan: 082 490 0940; Web ref: 5161718.

Asking: R5.9 million | 4 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | 2 Garages

Offers from R22m. This spectacular view will take your breath away. Sought after boomed and gated suburb with security initiative of the highest order. Perched high on the ridge. 180 degree views. S/entry, N/facing double storey home set on ±5175m² of treed ridge garden and pool. A Landmark home set perfectly on 18 carat gold. Glass sliders lead to solid wooden deck with entertaining supreme. 4 Receps, conservatory, magnificent fireplace, guest cloakroom, 3 double beds mes, gym, family bathroom, fully equipped kitchen, Egoli Gas, wine cellar, garaging, off road parking, staff acc. Beverley Gurwicz: 082 412 0010; Web ref: 4073513.



Asking R5.9 million. All offers considered. Entrance, lounge. dining room, eat in open plan kitchen. Separate scullery and laundry. Guest bathroom. North facing Entertainers patio. 4 Bedrooms (MES). 2 Bathrooms. Balconies. Domestic accommodation. 2 Garages. Off street parking. Storeroom. Garden. Approved plans and slab for downstairs guest bedroom/family room. Sabina Seeber: 083 254 6981; Michael Lambert: 076 202 3388; Web ref: 5329473.

Luxurious, spacious double storey family home in 24 hour guarded estate. Entrance hall with sweeping staircase sets the tone for top of the range finishes and elegant comfort. Downstairs comprises spacious lounge, dining room, family room, guest toilet and well appointed kitchen. Sun drenched huge covered patio overlooking gorgeous pool and well established manicured garden. Upstairs - 4 bedrooms (2 en-suite) all with balconies and air conditioning, 3 bathrooms. Main bedroom has glamorous fitted dressing room. Double automated garage, staff suite, generator. Charlene: 082 448 0440; Jodi: 072 110 0276; Web ref: 5422426.

Sweeping ultra-spacious reception area comprising lounge, dining and family room boast great views of the front garden and pool area to the North and the back garden to the South. The indoor reception area seamlessly links with the undercover patio, pool - and garden area via double French doors. Large well fitted open plan kitchen with generous separate scullery/ laundry. The massive master bedroom has a great walk-in dresser and delicious full en-suite bathroom with double shower. The Second well fitted en-suite bedroom has French doors that open onto its own courtyard. A full 3rd bedroom/ separate guest suite/ deluxe staff acc is situated in the back garden section. Magnificently positioned on a larger stand. Willem Prinsloo: 082 442 1497; Cornel Ridgard: 082 468 8247; Web ref: 5372319.

Asking: R5.25 million | 3 Bedrooms | 3.5 Bathrooms | 2 Garages

Asking: R24 million | 3 Bedrooms | 3 Bathrooms | 2 Garages

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Asking: R7.45 million | 4 Bedrooms | 3.5 Bathrooms | 2 Garages



Asking: R5.999 million | 3 Bedrooms | 2.5 Bathrooms | 2 Garages

Cul-de-sac home with security guard on duty! Open and breezy living areas, lush garden and enticing solar-heated pool with deck and pergola. Work from home office. Lounge with a fireplace, dining area that is connected to the kitchen, makes hosting a breeze. Separate scullery and laundry room with direct access to your automated double garage, plus a loft for extra storage. 4 Elegant bedrooms of which two have en-suite bathrooms. The other two bedrooms share the family bathroom. Jungle gym and full domestic quarters with kitchenette and bathroom with shower. Automatic switch generator and back-up water supplies. Excellent security incl. CCTV. Ria de Wet: 082 824 6925; Office: 011 476 8303; Web ref: 5386900.



Free-standing, Architectural Tuscan Masterpiece, Family Home in secure 6-unit Cluster Complex. Double volume entrance hall. Formal lounge and dining room with a guest bathroom. 3 Lounges, 2 with fireplaces. Patio with built-in gas braai. Infinity pool, landscaped garden. Kitchen with centre island, granite tops, walk-in pantry, gas hob with extractor fan and 2 ovens, large scullery section with space for 3 appliances. TV lounge. Wine room. Built-in study. 3 Bedrooms, 1 with own private garden. Master bedroom, en-suite, with walk-in closet and private patio. Low levies, staff accommodation, inventor and fibre, double automatic garages and solar panels. Breath taking views! Moira du Toit: 083 388 8820; Fikile Mashela: 073 164 2453; Office: 011 476 8303; Web ref: 5374051.

Asking: R3.49 million | 5 Bedrooms | 3 Bathrooms | 3 Garages

Asking: R5.65 million | 3 Bedrooms | 3.5 Bathrooms | 2 Garages

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Grand classic home in lovely quiet view site with romantic farm style charm and spectacular garden with entertainment patio and pool. Divided in main house and cottage wings, this private retreat offers extended family/rental accommodation, WFH/office, workshop and staff quarters. For nature lovers and garden enthusiasts, this versatile home surrounded by nature is near top schools, shopping centres and places of worship! Melinda Odendaal 083 399 4113; Maria Minik: 083 380 2939; Office: 011 476 8303; Web ref: 5417801.

North-facing, family home with large garden. Lounge, dining room, TV lounge, patio and a games room leading to a heated pool with wooden decking and garden. Modern kitchen with breakfast area and separate scullery. 3 large bedrooms, two with own private patios. Large main bedroom with a lovely ensuite bathroom and dressing room. Double garage plus off-road parking. Staff accommodation, storeroom. Eagle Canyon offers extraordinary estate living with one of the country’s top Golf Courses. Exceptional security and beautiful parks. Debby Woodward: 082 889 7903; Office: 011 476 8303; Web ref: 5403061.

Asking: R3.6 million | 4 Bedrooms | 3 Bathrooms | 2 Garages


Asking: R5.45 million | 3 Bedrooms | 4 Bathrooms | 2 Garages



Family home overlooking a tranquil lake at the Pearl Valley Golf Course. Enjoy living in this lovely 4-bedroom family home with a spacious backyard on the water’s edge, perfect for happy gatherings with family and friends. PLUS EXCEPTIONAL views! Desiré Crowther: 082 576 4962; Office: 021 867 0161; Web ref: 5138835.

Dreamy Family Home and time spent together in this well-known popular Paryskloof Security Estate. Life is truly beautiful and altogether lovely enjoying time in the beautiful rose garden. With unspoiled views of the surrounding mountains, this will be one of the truly beautiful experiences you’ll be able to enjoy. Karlien vd Walt: 079 891 1317; Retha Liebenberg: 082 413 2390; Office: 021 870 1011; Web ref: 5336536.

Asking: R5.95 million | 3 Bedrooms | 2.5 Bathrooms | 2 Garages

Asking: R4.85 million | 3 Bedrooms | 3 Bathrooms | 2 Garages

Modern home Fairhaven Estate with views. This opulent double story home offers stylish finishes throughout and a natural flow of space that enhances the spaciousness of the home. The high ceilings and the strategic window design allow maximum natural light to enter the home, highlighting the incredible spaces within. Chantal Botes: 083 702 5460; Office: 021 851 4450; Web ref: 5417649.

It’s a kind of magic living in the Fairhaven Country Estate in a home that offers tranquillity, a bird’s eye view of False Bay from Table Mountain to Gordon’s Bay and the Helderberg Mountains. Beautifully designed home with expansive living areas. Chantal Botes: 083 702 5460; Office: 021 851 4450; Web ref: 1711003.

Asking: R10.65 million | 4 Bedrooms | 4.5 Bathrooms | 3 Garages



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Asking: R14.75 million | 3 Bedrooms | 3.5 Bathrooms | 2 Garages

The epitome of tranquillity and luxurious easy living on the Fransche Hoek Estate. The architect has succeeded in designing a spacious family home that has everything that translates into a comfortable lifestyle: large all-year-round entertainment spaces inside and outside, and deep verandas overlooking the bordering vineyards and the famous Franschhoek mountains. Bev Malan: 082 901 6966; Moira Barham: 082 896 3597; Office: 021 876 8480 Web ref: 5193481.


In the Bovlei Valley, 4 km outside Wellington, you will find this unique grape farm with excellent location and stunning views. An ultimate lifestyle farm, planted with 10 ha of wine grapes. Also ideal for a nursery, vegetables or an equestrian farm. Danie Hauptfleisch: 083 627 2148; Office: 021 870 1011; Web ref: 3696016.

Lovely, well-cared for family home situated on a beautiful plot, offers total privacy with magnificent views across the fairway to the mountains. This warm and inviting home offers tile flooring, mahogany doors and window frames throughout. Marilize Breytenbach: 083 241 1580; Marinda de Jongh: 082 573 2204; Office: 021 863 0266; Web ref: 5430545.

A tranquil Family Residence on Diemersfontein Wine & Country Estate. One of the finest homes built on the estate located just 10km north of Paarl. An exceptional property set in a very tranquil location, with panoramic mountain views. Eddie Van Pachtenbeke: 071 003 0363; Office: 021 876 8480; Web ref: 5405395.

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Asking: R6.8 million | 4 Bedrooms | 3 Bathrooms | 2 Garages

Asking: R15.6 million



Asking: R13.8 million | 4 Bedrooms | 4.5 Bathrooms | 2 Garages


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A truly exclusive boutique estate, located opposite the Hohenhort Hotel 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. Arca, Aria, Ash and Ava are the 4 units in this estate. Prices include Vat. Rouvaun McKirby: 071 671 0821; Joanna Thomas: 084 404 4120; Office: 021 701 2446; Web ref: 3227929.

Asking: R8.5 million | 4 Bedrooms | 3 Bathrooms | Double Garage

Asking: RR32.2 and R34.21 million | 4 Bedrooms | 4 Bathrooms | 2 Garages

Reminiscent of a Forest Lodge in the Tsitsikamma region, this verdant property is nestled in a quiet cul-de-sac and is surrounded by a canopy of tall, mature trees. Peace and tranquility reign in this serene space. An oasis of calm in a frenzied World! A beloved family home of 22 years, the property has provided exquisite memories of halcyon days in the sun and children’s playtime with bunnies, chickens and the family pets. The acre property consists of three dwellings - a five bedroomed main house, plus two separate cottages, which provide dual living facilities for the extended family, income producing rental and/or work from home office or studio space. Dawn Bloch: 072 496 9458; Lee-Ann Davis: 082 412 6597; Office: 021 701 2446; Web ref: 5273228.



This unrivalled architecturally designed home created with careful attention to quality and detail will impress the most discerning buyer. A generously proportioned home with an easy flow to a stylish undercover patio embedded into the surrounds add to the idyllic inviting ambience. Clean lines and an emphasis on high-end finishes throughout. Ironwood kitchen island, solid Bluegum beams and Iroko wood custom-made windows and doors, engineered Oak flooring and double glazing is what sets this home apart. Linette Kempster: 064 582 7087; Office: 021 784 2260; Web ref: 5227498. these

Filled with an abundance of natural light and sunshine and overlooking a lush greenbelt this recently built family home offers privacy and tranquillity. The integrated lounge, family room, dining room and kitchen opens in an effortless flow through fold back doors to the patio and garden. 3 good sized bedrooms all open onto the balcony- the master bedroom has a full en-suite bathroom and there is a full family bathroom. The property includes a separate studio flatlet, an extra length double garage, off-street parking, borehole, security beams and alarm. Eileen McKirby: 082 410 7204; Matthew Raubach: 072 382 7949; Office: 021 701 2446; Web ref: 5373379.


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Asking: R8.85 million | 3 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | 2 Garages

Asking: R15.75 million | 5 Bedrooms | 3 Bathrooms | 2 Garages


Asking: R14.995 million | 5 Bedrooms | 5.5 Bathrooms | 3 Garages


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Gracious double storey home in excellent position and within the catchment of sought-after schools, shops and boutiques. Excellent flow from the reception to patio area overlooking the heated pool, manicured garden and beautiful mountain views. This spacious five bedroomed family home, set on 857m², has everything you need from immaculate to airy open plan living spaces. The home is very private and well protected. This home has it all! Ruth Leach: 082 323 7550; Elaine Dobson: 082 413 7369; Office: 021 701 2446; Web ref: 5427230.


Asking: R11.75 million | 6 Bedrooms | 5 Bathrooms | 5 Garages

Asking: R12.55 million | 5 Beds | 4.5 Baths | Double Garage | Excellent Security

Located in sought after and secure Trovato Estate, this gorgeous Provencal style home exudes an immediate sense of welcome and comfort. The wide entrance hallway opens out to a beautiful dining/living and kitchen area with solid oak flooring and doors leading to verandah, garden and pool. The kitchen is openplan with wooden cupboards, caesarstone countertops and a fabulous Falcon Aga range oven with extractor and gas hob. An extra-large laundry/ scullery is adjacent.Upstairs is a pyjama lounge with gas fireplace (alternatively a gym, as used by the owners), three spacious bedrooms and three bathrooms. Barbara Manning: 0834073656; Office: 021 701 2446; Web ref: 5164513.


Asking: R10.5 million | 4 Beds | 3 Baths | Double Garage | Pool | Security

Perfectly positioned in an elevated position overlooking the world-famous Kirstenbosch Gardens sits this immaculate family home in Upper Fernwood Estate. Spacious and flowing open plan reception rooms on both floors open onto outside living areas. The heart of the home is the kitchen, dining area and family room situated on the top floor overlooking the valley below and the mountains above. The house was designed for the modern family that enjoys informal entertaining. Brandon Challis: 084 491 0906; Office: 021 701 2446; Web ref: 5347262.

Quintessential Contemporary Classic offers you a fabulous sense of comfort & opulence, surrounded by a lush and perfectly manicured landscape with amazing 360° panoramic views of both mountain and sea. The spacious living areas are bright and appealing with the open plan lounge and dining room leading out to the front patio with koi pond and spectacular views over Hout Bay and the sea on the one hand and onto the impressive pool area on the other. Both master bedroom and office are double volume, airy and light with sliding doors that also open directly onto the inner patio with its stunning pool. It’s clean cut contemporary lines for the entertainer, ideal workspace for the home-office. Terri Steyn: 082 777 0748; Office: 021 701 2446; Web ref: 4971008.

Asking: R60 million | 5 Bedrooms | 5 Bathrooms | 3 Garages

Multi-level 3 ensuite bedroom home, with open plan tiled living area making the most of the stunning sea views and inviting the outside in, office, partly-covered tiled terrace with built-in braai which is perfect for al fresco dining, shaded patio set beside a sunny swimming pool, laundry, storage, double garage, courtyard, outside toilet, wooden bridge spanning the fish pond, and a beautiful mostly indigenous garden with winding pathways and secluded seating. The site is peaceful, quiet and private. This is the perfect home for the person who appreciates originality of design and comfortable living. Carrie Maclean: 082 566 1881; Office: 044 533 2529; Web ref: RL104025.


Spacious comfortable north-facing private family home in Old Plett on the Look Out side with 4 well-appointed ensuite bedrooms, spectacular panoramic sea and lagoon views, open plan living spaces, double-volume entrance hall, office, tv room, music room, staff flatlet, double garage and swimming pool. The very large master bedroom and office share the top level. Magnificent views are also enjoyed from the open plan lounge and dining areas and glass stacker doors open out to the large patio with covered outdoor dining with built-in braai, and makes for fabulous entertaining. Unique in design with lots of light and space.



Modern home designed to create easy living spaces that maximize the superb, uninterrupted views of the Indian Ocean and Robberg Peninsula, situated in the access-controlled Whale Rock Beach Estate, Plettenberg Bay with direct beach access via a boardwalk. A private courtyard leads to the spacious lowerlevel living areas and 2 swimming pools. 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, sunroom, study, steam room and kitchen with integrated Gaggenau appliances. 3 Tesla power walls, speaker system throughout. 3-car garage and beautiful yet easyto-maintain garden. A unique property in an ideal location. Hein Pretorius: 083 701 3159; Office: 044 533 2529; Web ref: RL100658.

Asking: R5.75 million | 3 Bedrooms | 3 Bathrooms | 2 Garages


Asking: R16.95 million | 4 Bedrooms | 4 Bathrooms | 2 Garages

Sophisticated new upmarket quality 4 en suite bedroom home with beautiful eye-catching French cottage-style kitchen with solid Oak countertops in the open-plan living area (separate scullery/laundry), guest toilet, spacious patios, wind-protected swimming pool, single garage and wonderful views of the Bay and Robberg Peninsula. Free-flowing, sunny living areas. On a greenbelt in Whale Rock Ridge (Top 10 estates in SA) which has 2 tennis courts, a chipping green, kids’ play area and boma braai facility that is set amongst the indigenous coastal fynbos and is 600m walk from Robberg Beach. Paul Jordaan: 082 876 0577; Office: 044 533 2529; Web ref: RL98395.

Carrie Maclean: 082 566 1881; Hein Pretorius: 083 701 3159;  Office: 044 533 2529; Web ref: RL102743.

Asking: R8.95 million | 4 Bedrooms | 4 Bathrooms | 1 Garage

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Asking: R8.5 million | 5 Bedrooms | 6 Bathrooms | 2 Garages


Asking: R6.495 million | 4 Bedrooms | 3.5 Bathrooms | 2 Garages

Enter into double volume entrance hall with an open plan flow throughout. Kitchen boasts a centre island, family dining station and scullery. MES which opens to a day spa like manicured garden, with a walk-in closet and full bathroom. 3 downstairs bedrooms, 4th bedroom upstairs with lounge, en-suite bathroom and views. Looking over Garden includes koi pond, patio with cooking area with restaurant quality cooking space. Features: staff accommodation, storage room, back up water supply, air-conditioning throughout, solar panels, wood burning fireplace and under floor heating. Philip Myburgh: 079 241 1245; Adam Brown: 072 026 4571; Office: 010 823 2205; Web ref: 5293789.

This master-built home, where luxury abounds, enjoys a prime position, with enchanting views of Herolds Bay below and the ocean beyond. Sounds of birdsong and the ocean, together with the scent of abundant fynbos, creates a sense of tranquility. Nestled within a private garden and providing spacious, inter-leading living areas, opening out to sheltered patios, overlooking either the ocean or the garden and pond. This comfortable home has been customised, incorporating a blend of old and new detailing. The well-fitted kitchen opens out to the braai patio and leads through to a sun-filled study and a secluded, elevated sundeck. Ronél Thiart: 083 627 6806; Office: 044 873 2519; Web ref: 5340933. la

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Sophisticated family home of modern comfort, flexibility, and ultra-convenience reveals a versatile layout offering open plan family living/dining areas enjoying an effortless flow onto the enclosed braai patio leads out with stacking doors onto the garden and swimming pool. Large modern kitchen, with centre island workspace. Downstairs includes a study area/formal lounge off main entrance, living areas, guest loo, and one bedroom/guest suite with bathroom. The upper level includes 3 bedrooms en-suite, a pajama tv lounge with fireplace opening onto balcony. The Master deluxe bedroom, includes a walk-in dressing room on the side, lounge, fireplace, aircon and opens onto balcony. Lisa Kelly: 082 559 1395; Office: 010 510 0000; Web ref: SIR103585.none n

Asking: R8.2 million | 4 Bedrooms | 5 Bathrooms | 2 Garages


Live your best life in this bespoke home with an array of sleek finishes and a wellthought layout to maximise the natural light and exquisite views over the WestRand valley. This elegant 4 bedroom, 2,5 bathroom home is stylishly decorated with travertine tiles and marble stairs, blending in with the neutral tones of the rest of the house to enhance the scenery from every window. A fitness centre of 90sqm has been added by the owner, making this home the ideal residence for sports enthusiasts. A two-bedroom cottage provides for an extra income stream. Ockert Schenck: 082 848 8503; Tertia Nel: 082 685 8710; Office: 010 900 3450; Web ref: 103763.

Asking: R5.9 million | 4 Bedrooms | 3.5 Bathrooms | 3 Garages

Stunning family home on a 908sqm corner stand, bordering a green belt and situated opposite a dam, offers all the privacy in sought after Featherbrooke Estate. This 485 m² home offers 4 bedrooms with exquisite open plan living with a classic design, attention to detail with superb finishes throughout boasting a warm and inviting tone. It’s light-filled entrance hall, with double lead glass French doors, leads into the open plan dining area, lounge, a spacious French Colonial kitchen with beautiful red Smeg stove, pantry & separate scullery. Private covered patio with build in braai, overlooking the sparkling pool and green area. Estelle: 083 231 9691; Charmaine:079 882 3360; Office: 010 900 3450; Web ref: 102952.


With its simple grandeur this home embodies an understated elegance. The formal lounge and dining area upon entrance is fit for hosting gala events. The double doors open onto the inviting garden. The gourmet kitchen is sure to cater for all your needs. Laundry and scullery areas are separate. The braai room with built-in braai and pizza oven. The formal study has direct access to the garage. All five the bedrooms are warm, spacious and fitted with air conditioners. The master bedroom is fit for royalty with the walk-in dressing room and full bathroom and spa bath. Master and guest bedroom is on the lower level, while the other three bedrooms and play room are on the upper level. Karien De Jongh: 082 900 4065; Office: 010 510 0000 Web ref: RL102682. I

Asking: R4.85 million | 4 Bedrooms | 2.5 Bathrooms | 2 Garages

Asking: R8.5 million | 5 Bedrooms | 5 Bathrooms | 4 Garages



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In a prestigious, luxurious, calm, and secure estate of the South-West Coast of the Island, this outstanding 4-bedroom villa contains an extremely comfortable interior with the best of the latest modern features, pleasant volumes, and elegance. La crème de la crème, this estate overlooks the golf course and the hills beyond, with breath taking views of the turquoise southern lagoon!

Key features: By Herzog & De Meuron; In a very exclusive and private context; Top-quality finishes and design; Luxuriant Garden with private pool. Contact: Yael Geffen: 082 578 4777; Email:

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Urban-coastal chic! Located in a prestigious, secure, and calm estate of the West Coast, this 3-bedroom, 3-bathroom, 230 m² lock-up and go villa, is the perfect pied à terre in the West. You will be blessed with modern and bright interiors, a manageable garden, and a sparkling pool, all you need to come home to after a day at the beach or other excursion. Contact: Yael Geffen: 082 578 4777; Email:

This residential project of modern airy apartments is set in a very convenient area of Pafos - across the road from Aspire private international school and nursery, sandy beach, steps away from Lidl supermarket, restaurants and many other amenities, and of course a very short drive to the banks, hospitals and shops of Pafos. You couldn’t find a better location and a better quality project! Contact: Yael Geffen: 082 578 4777; Email:

4 Bedrooms | 4 Bathrooms | Parking



Exterior surface: approx 500 sq/m; Interior surface: 1314 sq/m; Rooms: 12; Bedrooms: 6; Bathrooms: 6; Price: upon request (CHF 32’500’000.00).

3 Bedrooms | 3 Bathrooms | Parking

6 Bedrooms | 6 Bathrooms


2 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms

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The Houghton Hotel is located in Johannesburg’s Northern Suburbs, a 20-minute drive from OR Tambo International Airport.


The multi-award-winning Houghton Hotel welcomes guests to its designer suites. Expect opulent interiors that feature crystalline floor-to-ceiling windows and a collection of specially curated artworks from local talents. Guests have the space to exhale and unwind in our beautifully appointed suites or magnificently manicured sprawling gardens where sunbathing beckons at the hotel’s five pristine swimming pools. The leisure experience continues with the fine-dining offered by Séjour Restaurant, or guests are welcome to enjoy the delightful surrounds of the Nova Bistro or poolside Pebbles Bar. For the ultimate spoil, the award-winning The Houghton Hotel Spa offers comprehensive treatments that include the use of a Rasul Chamber and a Zen pool. Guests can enjoy the Fitbar Gym onsite or the trails and golf course in close proximity. Corporate guests can expect service excellence provided by a selection of executive business lounges and boardrooms, and The Venue conference facility.

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