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SPEAKING VOLUMES Art, design and the ’chaos of life’ were the key principles guiding the renovation of a 1930s bungalow in Johannesburg


PASSAGE OF TIME A historic family home in south-west France is a characterful personification of its owners, both past and present


FADE TO GREY Thanks to interior designer Yvonne O’Brien, Londolozi Lodge’s Granite Private Suites now epitomise understated bush chic


OF THE EARTH Unnecessary furnishings have been omitted in this Moroccan abode to let its natural materials and surrounds shine


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110 DECO TRAVEL Take a tour of the winelands in the Western Cape 116 DECO HOTELS Explore the luxuriously laidback Sanders Hotel in Denmark and Casa Cook Kos in Greece 118 DECO GETAWAY Ideas on where to head for your next local escape 120 DECO EATS Discover Dario De Angeli’s new restaurant Est Est Alea


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lthough the tiny house movement has been around for a while, it’s one of those trends that’s not likely to be going anywhere but… stratospheric, perhaps? With so many of us seeking to simplify our lives and, with it, diminish our possessions, the question is, really, how much is enough? I hold onto the fantasy that, one day, I’ll have a small writer’s cabin of my own in the woods or near the ocean, a blissfully quiet place in which to retreat with books and a journal (yes, and a tape-measure for some invariable interior curation). Spaces that offer the sort of conditions conducive to reflection and serenity appear to be more in demand than ever, and among them are some architectural and design gems that beg to be shared. The DECO team has sourced eight glorious boltholes – including a fabulous pared-back eco cabin in the Karoo – to keep you inspired as we daydream away that frantic last stretch of the year. With the holidays almost within reach, we’ve also gathered a selection of elegantly rustic or just seriously chic homes and escapes – Morocco, the French countryside and the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, for starters – that will almost certainly put you in a more carefree mood. This issue’s Slow Living theme perfectly encapsulates this spirit, from the enduring charm of beach-shack chic decor pieces and decorative details, to a visit inside the studio of three incredibly talented ceramicists – Chuma Maweni and brothers Madoda and Siyabonga Fani – whose accomplished, soulful work has collectors across the globe captivated. Decor Stylist Sanri Pienaar reminds us why earthy tones and crisp white-on-white remain perennial season favourites, and compiles a hotlist of the best new outdoor furniture and accessories to get your home perfectly summer-ready. Enjoy!


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Worth its weight in gold Lina Iris Viktor: A Haven. A Hell. A Dream Deferred is currently on view at the New Orleans Museum of Art in the USA until January 2019. In the first major museum presentation of the American artist’s gilded pieces, Viktor has created a new body of work that explores factual and fantastical narratives surrounding her country’s involvement in the founding of Liberia in West Africa.,



At this year’s FNBJoburgArtFair at the Sandton Convention Centre, Ligne Roset South Africa conceptualised the event’s VIP lounge to celebrate the opening of its new showroom in Kramerville, Johannesburg. ‘We designed the lounge to launch the Ligne Roset product as we’ve just taken over the licence for the brand in South Africa,’ says Karen Liebmann (below right), a fashion entrepreneur who has teamed up with Goodman Gallery owner Liza Essers to bring the French company to South African shores. Included in the lounge was seating from Christian Werner’s Prado range and Inga Sempés’ Ruché sofa (pictured here), revealing the array of different styles that the brand has to offer. Visit the Ligne Roset showroom at 10 Desmond St, Kramerville, Johannesburg.


SENSATIONAL STORY TELLER Zulu Modernist designer Sifiso Shange is making a name for himself on the local scene with beautiful bespoke furniture that combines modern design with traditional African narratives of love, celebration, pride, togetherness, culture and tradition. Since founding his company Afri Modern in 2016, the young creative has grown from strength to strength, with his Mahlangu Honorary Tribute server (above) being shown at 100% Design earlier this year. As the name suggests, the server is a special tribute to Dr Esther Mahlangu’s work as a traditional and contemporary Ndebele artist. Other pieces by Shange include the Nja Yami side-table, the Muhle Muhle coffee table and server, and the Mina Nawe Ntombi and Nsizwa side-tables (left). x sifiso_s, @afrimodern

Fabric of life From 17 November to 8 December, the University of Cape Town’s Irma Stern Museum is presenting Artist’s Textiles, a two-part exhibition curated by artist, environmentalist and textile designer David Bellamy of bbellamy&bbellamy. Forming the first part of the exhibition will be a group show in the museum’s large gallery, where artists such as Cebo Mvubu, Ruan Hoffman and The Keiskamma Art Project will reveal their process in creating a textile based on an artwork. The second part will consist of an installation in the smaller gallery spaces that will merge art and design by showcasing traditional fine-art means of making used to produce textiles combined with textile-based works by Bellamy’s artisanal studio. The exhibition marks the launch of the Museum of Making and Tomorrow, whose main goal is to raise awareness about sustainable design practices, consumer responsibility and the development of solution-based production methods.,

Dare to be dif ferent The sumptuous styling of a chic Parisian hotel meets the playful eclecticism of a haute couture fashion house in L’Hôtel, Sandberg Wallpaper’s bold new range of wallpapers. Specialising in unique designs with a curated feel that let you fully express your personal aesthetic, the Swedish company hopes this offering will encourage homeowners to try something new when next updating their interiors. From the oversized blooms and painterly feel of L’Hôtel’s romantic Auréli motif to the Audrey’s mythical golden scarabs reminiscent of ancient Egyptian amulets, each wallpaper embraces the picturesque, the dreamy and the daring. L’Hôtel by Sandberg Wallpaper is available locally at The Silk and Cotton Co.

CHAR ACTERFUL COLLECTABLES South African publicist and interior decorator Jean-Pierre de la Chaumette has combined his love of exquisite things with the handcraft of African artisans and creatives with whom he’s built relationships over his 20-year career in design to produce Chaumette, his eponymous decor, furniture and lifestyle brand. The products all boast a sophisticated African sensibility with contemporary global appeal, as seen in the Mpho trays (above) and the Ghost bowl (right).


L I G H T I N T H E DA R K With its aim of creating a one-of-a-kind experience that brings together local and global brands – as well as creatives – in a single urban space, Streamlight has opened DARK lifestyle concept store in its Kramerville showroom in Johannesburg. South African favourites like Simon & Mary and Craft Cartel rub shoulders with international names such as Pig & Hen and Leff Amsterdam, but what’s really got us excited is DARK’s magnificent selection of lighting, with Streamlight showcasing fittings from all over the world.


Human condition Lemon design studio is well versed in the art of experimentation, especially when it comes to print, wallpaper and furniture design. So it’s no surprise that it has collaborated with American artist Laura Berger on a striking wallpaper collection featuring her dreamy illustrations. ‘My work is inspired by human interaction and psychology,’ she says. ‘For this collection, I was thinking about the different energies behind the ways we connect to each other, and that steered the patterning and colour in each design.’ The first three wallpapers are titled Net, Repose and Field and are available in multiple colourways, from R570/m2.

DECO NEWS THE ART OF LIVING WELL has brought its passion for Scandi styling to Cape Town’s De Waterkant with the opening of the biggest Danish-design furniture showroom in the country. Spanning 760m2, the Grand Showroom provides a welcoming space where customers can see and test out over 150 of the brand’s retro-inspired pieces. Think velour-upholstered seating in rich shades, minimalist dining tables and chairs, corner units and footrests in muted colourways, and swish society coffee tables. Also on show is’s Spring/Summer 2018 collection, which sees Mid-Century Modern shapes fused with fresh, classic styling and hues. This all comes together in one inviting designer place that reflects the Danish concept of hygge – the art of living well. Visit the showroom at 115 Waterkant St, De Waterkant, Cape Town.

Cut from the same cloth Known for his magnificent illustrations that whisk viewers away into a fantastical wonderland of birds, flowers, animals and plants, Berlin-based artist Olaf Hajek is expanding his repertoire with a textile collection by Rohleder Home Collection. The German weaving mill has a reputation for producing top-quality textiles that are anything but mainstream, making Hajek – with his eye for the unusual yet opulent – an obvious collaborator. Characterised by its deep colours, plush detailing and, of course, Hajek’s imaginative creations, the collection comprises varying fabric types accompanied by a homeware range of scatter cushio curtains and a folding screen., o

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The founder of a luxury womenswear and accessories label, Folawiyo narrates African stories through modern design and innovative prints When Folawiyo wore the first skirt she’d ever designed 14 years ago, she knew that it marked the beginning of a new journey. Although she’d been practising law for a year, her true passion was fashion, so she decided to start her own label, Jewel by Lisa, inspired by her Nigerian roots. ‘My design aesthetic, which is contemporary and fashion-forward with global appeal, is a full embodiment of my culture and heritage,’ says the designer, who was born and raised in Lagos. ‘From my inspiration to my fabric, to my print design and the adoption of techniques by local artisans, all of these factors come together in every collection to tell a story about who I am and where I’m from.’ Folawiyo’s early work is characterised by her inclusion of traditional Ankara cloth, and she’s credited with having transformed the textile into a globally coveted print. Garnering attention both in Africa and abroad, her clothing earned her the AFI Best Designer of the Year Award in 2011, a career highlight that’s led to numerous appearances in fashion weeks worldwide, as well as celebrity clientele including Lupita Nyong’o, Lucy Liu, Thandie Newton and Solange Knowles. ‘Fashion design not only allows me the freedom to express myself, but also gives me the satisfaction of creating beautiful pieces worn by women the world over,’ says Folawiyo, who recently collaborated with GUILD on her own interpretation of the Isi Agu print, a lion’s head motif commonly found in Igbo menswear. ‘As a woman in my field, the fact that I’m able to be who I choose to be, as well as inspire, influence and empower others, leaves me with an immense sense of responsibility, humility and gratitude.’


What’s an important part of your style? For me, comfort is key. I believe that you’re only as confident as you’re comfortable in whatever you’re wearing. What’s inspiring you right now? Currently, I find myself taking inspiration from nature, particularly the flowers and trees I most remember as a child growing up in Lagos. Which piece of furniture is your favourite? My Benson coffee table by Rodolfo Dordoni for Minotti. Which African designer should everyone have their eye on? Bunmi Adeyemi. A Nigerian product designer and founder of Afrominima and The Da Brand, he explores both interior and jewellery design by taking inspiration from various native tribes in Africa. He’s able to seamlessly merge design and functionality. Where’s your dream holiday destination? St Lucia. I recently watched a show centred around the island in the Caribbean Ocean and thought: ‘OK, I’ve found my next port of call!’ It looked nothing short of breathtaking. Is there an interior piece that changed your life? My Ligne Roset armchairs haven’t changed my life, but they’ve definitely changed my relationship with TV! I watch much more of it because all I want to do is curl up in them.

from top Lagos; Hudson armchair by Didier Gomez for Ligne Roset; Benson coffee table; Lisa Folawiyo Spring/Summer 2018; Ademide neckpiece by Afrominima x Adèle Dejak; Bunmi Adeyemi; St Lucia.


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The Great Escape As the trend for eco-conscious holiday retreats in remarkable remote locales gains popularity, so does the emergence of contemporary cabins built with the environment in mind Text KAREN TENNENT Photographs WARREN HEATH/BUREAUX, NOTION WORKSHOP, LUIS GARCIA, FEDERICO CAIROLI, MARCO LAVIT



Cabine du Cap

Klein Karoo, South Africa What was once a dilapidated shack in the middle of the Western Cape’s Klein Karoo is now an enchanting off-the-grid cabin with a thoughtful design that was influenced by its semi-desert surrounds. Montagu builder Stephen Butler oversaw the renovation under the owners’ direction, creating a welcoming and intriguing space that truly complements the environment. Unobtrusive rhino wood was chosen for the walls, floors, ceilings and decking, while the interiors feature a neutral, earthy colour palette that reflects the shades present outdoors. In the living area, a massive stone fireplace acts as an arresting focal point and provides easy-to-generate warmth, reminding one of the abode’s commitment to sustainable living. Adorned with vintage accessories and bird prints that add layers of interest and charm reminiscent of provincial French decor, the cabin has one bedroom and an indoor shower and toilet, with a large veranda that can be reached via glass sliding doors in the lounge. This link to the exterior is all the more apparent in Cabine du Cap’s pièce de résistance: a custom-made outdoor galvanised steel bath, where guests can luxuriate guilt-free, thanks to the cabin’s reliance on rainwater and solar power. And as if that weren’t enough, the 175ha property also includes a swimming pool and a deluxe safari tent to rent.

Kicker Cabin Utah, America When Apollo Design Studio was commissioned by a snowboarder to create a one-of-a-kind mountain retreat, they responded by presenting a modern ski cabin anchored to the rugged granite of Utah’s Wasatch Mountains. Kicker Cabin – named after a snowboarding jump – features an elongated design reminiscent of historic mining structures of the late 1800s. Its L-shaped layout spans 140m2 and includes a glass-and-steel box that projects 2 470m above the valley, housing a living, dining and kitchen area with unrivalled views of the landscape. This main part of the cabin is anchored by a small square structure tucked into the hillside on its right, and it is here that the bedroom and bathroom are located. A steel-and-timber roof is the finishing touch, with a flat design that not only holds snow and prevents the dangers of an avalanche, but also gives the architecture an angular, futuristic feel that references the work of famous Italian architect Antonio Sant’Elia.



Vipp Shelter

Lake Immeln, Sweden Danish design company Vipp is known for producing high-quality steel pieces with a modern aesthetic (its iconic 1939 pedal bin is currently on display at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City), and now it has taken things a step further with the Vipp Shelter – a 55m2 steel pod infused with the brand’s identity. Functionality is key in this self-catering cabin for two at Lake Immeln in Sweden, whose pared-back design was inspired by large industrial steel creations like submarines and planes that are stripped of all unnecessary features. The kitchen-cum-living area takes up the majority of the interior, emphasising its role as the natural gathering point, and floor-to-ceiling sliding doors open up the space to the lake in front, blurring the lines between inside and out. A loft level encompasses a shielded-off bathroom and bedroom, where generous skylights allow for star-gazing through the branches of trees while lying in bed. From the ladder and the mezzanine to the kitchen, bath and lamps, everything in the cabin is made by Vipp and features predominantly dark tones so as not to distract from the natural surrounds. All of this combines to reflect the brand’s hotel philosophy of presenting ‘tailored and curated destinations that are out of the ordinary and filled with Vipp’s signature take on design’.

Encuentro Guadalupe Valle de Guadalupe, Mexico Mexican architect Jorge Gracia’s approach when designing cabins for Encuentro Guadalupe resort in Mexico came from the idea of a ‘deluxe camping house’ – one that covered guests’ basic needs while allowing them to be fully immersed in nature. His solution was 22 individual square ‘EcoLofts’ built into the bouldered hillside, each 20m2 in size and with a private patio and chimenea fireplace that encourage staring out at the resort’s 99ha of ecological reserve. As for the decor, it’s crisp, clean and chic, with industrial accents like pipe lamps, Edison bulbs and sliding doors juxtaposed against smooth white melamine walls. One of the guiding factors behind this project was the preservation of the land, and the lofts are raised so as not to damage the soil. Corten steel was chosen for the exteriors because it changes colour over time, meaning the cabins will be in greater harmony with the environment as the years go by.,




RF C9 San Esteban, Chile With its geometric structure, blackened pine-clad exterior and spacious minimalist interiors, this mountaineer’s refuge near San Esteban in Chile’s Valparaíso Region is the epitome of modern cabin design. Its architecture by Gonzalo Iturriaga Arquitectos is almost origami-esque in its construction and features numerous overlapping folds, some of which have been made into glazed windows of varying shapes that frame the picturesque views of the nearby mountains. The biggest challenge for the firm was working around the site’s rocky terrain, making it important to elevate the RF C9 cabin off the ground to ensure an even base for the building – a necessity that also allowed for eco-friendly ventilation from all sides. On the one end of the structure are two bedrooms and a bathroom, while at the other is an open-plan living area with a dining room, kitchen and lounge that opens onto decking shaded by a triangular plane of asymmetrical roof. Untreated wooden interiors contrast with black window frames and the striking charred façade, giving the 60m2 building a contemporary aesthetic that is somehow still in harmony with its natural environment.



Nolla Cabin

Vallisaari, Finland Minimal impact meets maximum design in Nolla Cabin, a project by Finnish designer Robin Falck, who was called on by renewable energy company Neste to present a sustainable living solution with a negligible carbon footprint. The result is a 10m2 mobile dwelling, currently on the Helsinki island of Vallisaari in Finland, that can be simply disassembled and transported without heavy machinery. Pedestals at its base are fully adjustable, so the cabin can adapt to different types of terrain and won’t damage the land when it is removed, and all building components have been fastened together with standard screws that can be replaced if lost. Falck designed the cabin in such a way that it could be recreated by anyone from scratch as well as repaired, a choice that the designer hopes will help prevent mass consumerism, encouraging its owners to fix what they already have instead of immediately replacing it with something new. Relying entirely on renewable energy, Nolla is fitted with solar panels on one side of the A-frame roof and mirrors on the other that reflect the sun to prevent the interiors from getting too hot, while a glass wall at one end allows for abundant views of the great outdoors.,


7. Cabanas no Rio Comporta, Portugal

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‘Reuse and recycle’ was the overarching concept behind this project by Portuguese architect Manuel Aires Mateus, who took two old fishermen cabins on the banks of the Rio Sado River in Comporta, Portugal, and transformed them into a rustic retreat for two. The setting is one of absolute seclusion, with only a small, sandy road directing you to the destination through lush vegetation fields. At just 14m2 each, Cabanas no Rio – meaning ‘cabins on the river’ – are small, to say the least, but include all the essentials needed for a relaxing break. The first cabin is designed for living, and features a lounge with two armchairs and a fitted kitchen that can be concealed in a cupboard when not in use. The second cabin is for sleeping, and has a bedroom with canopy bed, an en suite bathroom and a shower that can be opened up to the outdoors for bathing alfresco. With their enviable waterfront position overlooking the natural reserve of the Sado estuary, Cabanas no Rio also offer a glimpse of the famous palafitte harbour of Carrasqueira, which is considered to be a masterpiece in folk architecture thanks to its ingenious construction on stilts.,

Avignon, France Located in a fishing reserve near Avignon in south-east France, Grands Cépages eco-hotel consists of 14 wooden cabins by French studio Lavit Atelier. Consideration of the environment was of utmost importance when conceptualising this project, so Lavit Atelier prefabricated the architecture to ensure minimum impact to the terrain. The cabins are simple yet sophisticated in their design, comprising vertical wooden exteriors that both echo the reeds and form a screen for privacy and protection from the sun and wind. All furnishings have been kept to a minimum, while random gaps between the slats provide natural light and allow for glimpses of the water, greenery and sky from the inside. Whether floating on the lake or hovering on posts along its banks, each of the suites integrates seamlessly into the surrounds.,


AT WORK: SIYABONGA CERAMICS From their studio in Woodstock, Cape Town, three talented ceramicists push the boundaries of creativity to make their mark Text SHARON SOROUR-MORRIS Photographs ADEL FERREIRA


t first glance, Siyabonga Ceramics studio at the back of The Palms @ Woodstock lifestyle centre in Cape Town seems deserted. Interesting items – some shiny, others matte – in various stages of completion litter the space, where there’s evidence of clay, sculpting tools and a kiln, off to one side. Then Madoda Fani and his fellow ceramicists and collaborators Chuma Maweni and Siyabonga Fani, Madoda’s younger brother, come into view. All shining stars on the South African ceramic scene, the talented trio produce their beautifully wrought pieces here in this shared studio space. Siyabonga Ceramics – which comprises a shop in the centre where they showcase their work, and the studio, where the nitty-gritty happens – was started by Siyabonga in 2013, with Madoda joining him five years ago and Maweni coming on board in 2016. While they work mainly on individual commissions, projects and pieces, they contribute a percentage of their sales to the running of the studio and collaborate on what Siyabonga calls ‘bread-and-butter’ pieces. ‘When we’re not busy, we do items for the shop: Chuma throws the pots and Madoda and I decorate them,’ he explains. They have an impressive wealth of experience between them. Siyabonga and Madoda cut their artistic teeth at Sivuyile College, now College of Cape Town Gugulethu Campus, in the late 1990s and early 2000s, then honed their ceramic painting skills at Kalk Bay’s The Potter’s Shop. From there, the world’s proved to be their oyster. Maweni started working with clay while in the Transkei as a boy, then studied art and design at the then-Port Elizabeth Technikon. After that, he specialised in ceramic design before joining the Art in the Forest gallery and outreach centre in Constantia. Although their African heritage and cultural rituals propel the narrative of their individual work, they subscribe to a distinct, contemporary aesthetic and continually seek inspiration from the world around them. Madoda’s entranced by feature films such as the Star Wars franchise and Japanese movies, from which he gleans design ideas. Siyabonga’s experimenting with going back to his roots, but fashion, the female form and the floral kingdom remain inspiring. For Maweni, architecture is a significant influence, with his favourite building being Dubai’s 75-storey Cayan Tower. They’ve also

this page (from top) Ceramicist Madoda Fani works on one of his hand-coiled vessels for which he is best known; clay creations by Siyabonga Fani (left), Chuma Maweni (middle) and Madoda (right) are on display at Siyabonga Ceramics in Woodstock. opposite Madoda stands in the trio’s shared studio space next to a clay chair that he is working on for Design Miami 2018 with Southern Guild.


been individually inspired and mentored by other creatives, including Southern Guild co-founder Julian McGowan, artist Jan Vermeiren, ceramicist Nic Sithole, potter Chris Silverstone and gallery-owner Kim Sacks. The threesome all work with terracotta or black clay, and use traditional techniques like coiling and pinching, with pieces being bisque- and smoke-fired. Their works are then burnished with stones or polished with shoe or floor polish to achieve the dark patina they’ve perfected. Evolution is key in their process, and they continually push boundaries. Maweni still produces his signature teardrop pieces, but has branched out to make stools and other functional furniture. Madoda loves clay and is creating a 65cm chair that will soon wing its way to Design Miami with Southern Guild, but he’s also started working in bronze, and one of his first bronze works has been accepted for Southern Guild’s House of Bronze exhibition. Siyabonga, who freelanced for a German company for nine years and also created a range for a Cape Town waterfront hotel, has moved away from colourful creations to large, beautifully carved vessels. Their talent hasn’t gone unnoticed. They’ve travelled overseas, won awards and regularly have work selected for a plethora of exhibitions, including the prestigious Ceramics SA regional and national exhibitions. This year, Maweni and Madoda also produced new work for Southern Guild’s Extra Ordinary exhibition, and their work was included in the Christie’s 2017 Auction. Their commitment and humility are impressive, but it’s their passion that stands out. It’s really quite simple: they love what they do. Siyabonga sums it up: ‘When I’m making things, I simply follow my hand wherever it goes.’ x @fanimadoda x @chumamaweni

this page ‘I don’t think about a design before I start. I let the clay talk to me and together we create magic,’ says Siyabonga, who’s moved on from his early colourful creations and is now making large, carved vessels. opposite Although Maweni works with traditional processes, he isn’t limited by them and mainly explores contemporary forms that reflect his spirit as an artist.




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(clockwise from top right) Smeg x Dolce & Gabbana fridge; ‘Writers of History’, 2017, by Bambo Sibiya; Gallery MOMO installation view, 2017; Julia Child; tastes of Morocco, Breezeblock.

Passionate about sensory experiences, chef, culinary artist and menu stylist Shabane shares what she loves most Whether she’s curating the menu of Breezeblock restaurant in Johannesburg or hosting the Junior Chefs’ Fun Day (a monthly event with a cooking workshop and interactive activities for kids), Shabane exudes a great amount of cool in her chef’s jacket. She was born in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal, a place she describes as a little gem with picturesque Victorian architecture, and Shabane’s been cooking for as long as she can remember. However, she first studied journalism and worked in the telecommunications industry before pursuing a culinary career. ‘I was always hosting dinners and enjoying foodrelated activities as a hobby,’ she says. ‘Although I was doing well in my job for a huge motor company, I was extremely unhappy.’ It took her mother reminding her that – throughout everything she’d done in her life – food has always been her happy place for her to quit her corporate gig and pursue a culinary career. Shabane sees food as a limitless art form with no boundaries. ‘I could be industrial and smoking huge cuts of meats one day and then making delicate, pretty cakes the next,’ she says. One of the things that excites her most is getting glimpses of different people and their first reaction when she places a dish in front of them and they take their first bite. ‘It’s an experience that’s incredibly gratifying.’ Her favourite quote by chef Julia Child afirms this: ‘Cooking is like love – it should be entered into with abandon or not at all’.

2. Bambo Sibiya Sibiya is doing amazing work and is one of my favourite artists at the moment, especially from a lithographic perspective. He is also a previous winner of the prestigious Gerard Sekoto Award. 3. Morocco The bold use of fragrant aromatics like cumin, coriander, cinnamon and ginger makes Moroccan food my favourite. Lamb, chickpeas and tagines with good pita bread will have me smiling from ear to ear! In culinary school, you learn about cuisines of the world, which are mostly European. I took it upon myself to learn and cook more African cuisines, and Morocco absolutely owns my heart. 4. A Smeg fridge This is something that’s definitely on my decor wish list. Smeg is a classic brand that’s had some incredible collaborations with the likes of Dolce & Gabbana. Who wouldn’t want a designer fridge? 5. Gallery MOMO I believe that this gallery has played a major role in the growth of black-owned art spaces in South Africa, like Map Contemporary Art and Stop Sign. Art galleries have historically been exclusive, with black people mostly being seen as artists in white-owned galleries. I’m excited about the transition that’s taking place in the country and the world, and I feel that Gallery MOMO has made an impact in inspiring aspiring black gallery owners.


1. Johannesburg This city is like a tree filled with ripe juicy apples for the picking. There are so many opportunities here – you just have to find your apple, pick it and take a big bite.


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Discover the top three decor trends on our radar (p38), this season’s wall and floor finishes inspired by nature (p42), how to achieve a muted, yet modern beach-style aesthetic (p44) and our Toolbox guide to the latest outdoor ideas for your veranda and patio (p52)

RAW & TACTILE Incorporating a range of different textures is key when styling this relaxed look. Think rounded shapes, natural fibres, organic palettes and pops of monochrome pattern (clockwise from top left) wallpaper Sunken Garden wallpaper in Pale Sepia R752/m2, Robin Sprong; rug Genuine calfskin rug in Light Brown R1 050, Design Store; vessel Large black vessel R1 950, Bofred; pot Dorota cement pot in Grey R295, La Grange Interiors; cushion Braided cushion cover R299, H&M Home; catwalk Dion Lee Spring 2019; sofa Formentera couch R26 000 excluding fabric, Tonic Design; table Gila dining table R16 995, Block & Chisel; sculpture ‘Legae’ sculpture by Atang Tshikare POA, Southern Guild; vessel Black pod vessel R1 500, Bofred; plate Handpainted stoneware plate R129, H&M Home


REFRESHED ANTIQUE Toned-down period pieces have a sense of subtlety and refinement. Combine painterly patterns, plush solids, striking silhouettes and detailed additions with a contemporary edge (clockwise from top left) fabric Majorelle fabric in Sulphur by Jim Thompson R3 653/m, T&CO; print Framed Magnolia print R2 990, Pezula Interiors; chair 19 th century carved oak carver chairs R24 800 for set of two, The Crown Collection; catwalk Brock Collection Spring 2019; chair Tate Fossel armchair R15 000 and ottoman Vintage ottoman R5 595, both SHF; lamp 5321 table lamp by Paavo Tynell for GUBI R13 492, CRÉMA; plate Blue Toile ceramic side-plate R58, Block & Chisel; vase Denai painted vase R599, Coricraft; urn Carved wooden urn R4 950, Pezula Interiors




WHITE ON WHITE The look of the moment is clean, minimalist and seriously sophisticated. Go all out by mixing an array of materials, finishes, shades and styles for a layered effect that screams luxury (clockwise from top left) rug Cable-knit rug from R102 325, The Rug Company; wallpaper Wood Grain wallpaper in 92/5026 from the Foundation Collection by Cole & Son POA, St Leger & Viney; mirror Marble Patch round mirror R8 400, Egg Designs; catwalk Christian Siriano Spring 2019; table Bacha coffee table R6 500, SHF; vessel Tall crackled vessel R15 000, Louise Gelderblom; sofa San José sofa from R7 995, Sofaworx; lamp Stone table lamp by Tom Dixon R5 306, CRÉMA; table CM coffee table R34 000, Tonic Design; bust Vera bust R6 900 and vessel Pebble vessel R1 200, both Bofred


DEDON COLLECTION BRIXX Design by Lorenza Bozzoli

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this page (clockwise from top left) flooring Legno Living European FSC oak flooring in Carnon Black Diamond Oil R883/m2 and flooring Classico pre-finished European FSC oak flooring in Rustic Greymist R917/m2, both Oggie Hardwood Flooring; glass Water Cathedral glass in Warm Purple from R1 120/m2, The Cutting Edge; wallpaper Chinois wallpaper in China Blue by Schumacher POA, St Leger & Viney; flooring Legno Living European FSC oak flooring in Natural Oil R1 057/m2 and flooring Classico pre-finished European FSC oak flooring in Rustic Greymist R917/m2, both Oggie Hardwood Flooring; glass Textured Cathedral glass in Warm Purple R1 230/m2, The Cutting edge; slab Nero Marinace polished granite slab R4 600/m2, WOMAG; glass Water Cathedral glass in Light Blue from R980/m2, The Cutting Edge; flooring Tiger’s Eye natural fibre flooring in Kari R790/m2, Rebtex

O RGA N I C E L E M E N TS This season’s finishes are inspired by nature, with materials like stone, timber, glass and grasscloth combining in an alluring palette of blues, browns and reds Photographs SARAH DE PINA Production & styling SANRI PIENAAR


this page (from top left) wallpaper Chinois wallpaper in China Blue by Schumacher POA, St Leger & Viney; flooring FinOak multilayer core rustic grade flooring from R978/m2, Forest Flooring; wallpaper Red wicker weave wallpaper POA, St Leger & Viney; glass Clear textured glass POA, Massa Glass; marble Moss Black marble slab R3 450/m2, WOMAG; tile NCI Terra Rossa tile R91/m2, Union Tiles; glass Red Water Cathedral glass from R1 120/m2, The Cutting Edge; marble Rojo Alicante marble slab R3 450/m2 and granite King Grey granite slab R3 335/m2, both WOMAG; wallpaper Shengyou Toile wallpaper in Indigo by Schumacher POA, St Leger & Viney; tile African Blue slate tile R100/m2, Tile Africa; flooring Fine Bouclé natural fibre flooring in Nature R730/m2, Rebtex; glass Gold Water Cathedral glass from R1 250/m2, The Cutting Edge; flooring Mountain grass natural fibre flooring in Heavy Panama R580/m2, Rebtex; fabric Cleopatra fabric in Empress by De Le Cuona R5 783/m Mavromac; tile Rojo Alicante marble slab R3 450/m2, WOMAG THE SLOW LIVING ISSUE ELLEDECORATION.CO.ZA 43



L AN D & SE A Bring the notion of beach life to your own space with a muted palette of bleached natural shades and textures enlivened by characterful stone, wood, sisal and linen additions Text JUSTINE HEWITT Photographs WARREN HEATH Production FRANÇOIS PRETORIUS, LUCILLE CRONJE/BUREAUX

this spread (from left) hat Black-rimmed hat R200, Arabesque; towels Black-and-white towels R229 each, H&M Home; hat Widerimmed natural hat R475, Arabesque; hammock Hammock R995, Weylandts; throw White-and-grey throw R1 440, LIM; throw Grey knitted throw R1 995, Weylandts; cushion Charcoal scatter cushion R820, La Grange Interiors pouffe Tribal pouffe R1 995, Weylandts

SEASIDE SOCIAL Take inspiration from the magniďŹ cent tones and textures you ďŹ nd at the shoreline with a table dressed in a harmonious mix of plates and vessels. Think perfectly wonky wooden platters not unlike timeworn driftwood, charcoal-coloured slate plates that match the colour of mussel shells, and handmade bowls and vases that look as if they too could have been washed up by the waves. Floor cushions in woven sisal keep it casual, while succulents and plants gathered from the windswept dunes add pops of visual interest.


opposite (clockwise from top left) cushions Black-and-white floor cushions R1 795 each, Weylandts; table Coffee table R5 500, On Site Gallery; plates Large bronze plate R1 250, medium bronze plate R995 and small bronze plate R750, all La Grange Interiors ; tumbler Grey tumbler R225 for set of four, Weylandts; napkins Napkins R395 each, LIM; plates Charcoal underplates, stylist’s own; plates Green side-plates R79 each and bowls Green bowls R85 each, all @home; vase Textured vase R1 600, La Grange Interiors; holder Utensil-holder R199, H&M Home; cutlery Cutlery set R1 765, Haus at Hertex; bowls Stone bowls R1 530 each, La Grange Interiors; cushions Woven sisal floor cushions R295 each, Weylandts



this page (clockwise from left) side-table Metal side-table R6 300, La Grange Interiors; candle Large green candle R425, NAP living; vase White vase R129, H&M Home; candle Medium charcoal candle R295, NAP living; plate Large bronze plate R1 250, La Grange Interiors; bowl Grey paper bowl R90, LIM; chair Rocking chair R4 995, Pezula Interiors; cushion White-and-grey scatter cushion R790, NAP living; throw Charcoal throw R695, Weylandts; throw Light grey throw R129, MRP Home; footstool Footstool R1 995, Pezula Interiors


Want to quickly evoke a feeling of beach-shack chic? You need an understated chair, one that begs to be plopped down in, and a matching footstool for good measure. Prevent things from becoming too rustic by bringing in warm brass or copper elements like this pared-down table – a perfect partner for a whimsical collection of found and decorative items. Here the combination of unvarnished cane, woven textiles, weathered wooden cladding and raw cement oors is absolutely arresting and delightful in its lack of pretence.

THE GOOD LIFE When you’re away at the coast, there’s time to make the most of even the most basic daily rituals – like setting a morning tray for tea or coffee with just the right essentials. It’s about enjoying the perfection in this simple state of being, the beauty of empty horizons and barefoot walks on the sand. Turn to the abundance of ever-changing blues, greens and greys that the beach can bring, and enjoy the easy marriage with wood and the weft and weave of slubby linens. Just as a great sea view is a timeless joy, so the blend of these relaxed hues and organic touches has infinite appeal.


this page (from left) towel Grey-and-white striped tea towel R99, towels Yellow tea towels R149 each and towels Tribal tea towels R229 each, all H&M Home; tray Timber and metal tray R449, Coricraft; jug Large jug R485, bowl Sugar bowl R80 and jug Small jug R320, all LIM; mugs Stoneware mugs R129 each, H&M Home; coffee-maker Coffee-maker, stylist’s own; bowls Stone bowls R1 529 each and plates Wooden plates R795 each, all La Grange Interiors; rug Woven tribal rug R3 495, Weylandts; throw Grey tasselled throw R749, H&M Home; cushion Seat and back cushion R149 each, H&M Home; chair Malawi chair R3 980, Pezula Interiors



OUTSIDE THE BOX Embrace the trend for indooroutdoor living by creating attractive garden spaces that are in perfect harmony with your interiors. You need less than you think to achieve this – simply start with the right flooring, seating and accessories Text KAREN TENNENT Compiled by SANRI PIENAAR

DECO TIP Make your patio an extension of your living area with designer shading and relaxed seating that suits the rest of your home’s aesthetic. While add-ons are great, if your setting is as attractive as this one, less is definitely more. Photograph Settimio Benedusi


DECO TIP Not only do outdoor rugs protect your flooring from damage, they can be used to ground a dining table and demarcate specific zones in an open-plan layout. They’re specially designed to be resilient and will withstand most weather conditions.

(clockwise from top left) rug Cream and grey tartan outdoor rug from R2 250, Mobelli; rug Nido outdoor rug by Patricia Urquiola for Kettal R50 700, Casarredo; rug Ndebele dark rug from R5 519, Voke Rugs; rug Black linear outdoor rug from R2 250, Mobelli; rug RODA Atlas rug in Lead and rug RODA Atlas rug in Clay, both from R79 820 each, Marlanteak

FRESH FLOORWORK Tiles are still a popular choice for outdoor flooring thanks to their natural appearance and availability in a wide range of materials. They’re also very low-maintenance, easy to clean and hypo-allergenic.

(from left) tile Just Life Noce Rosso tile R590/m2, Ferreíras; tile Baystone tile in Fawn R115/m2, Tile Africa; tile Baltimore Taupe slip-resistant porcelain floor tile R394/m2 and cladding Pietra charcoal natural stone cladding R759/m2, both Italtile


SURFACE APPEAL There are multiple outdoor flooring options from which to choose depending on your wants and needs. Non-slip tiles are ideal for areas likely to get wet, while cement-based variations like screed boast extra longevity. If you want to give your space a warm, homey feel, outdoor carpets are versatile and provide cushioning for children playing on the floor SIX creative space by Mauro Orlandelli at Salone del Mobile 2018


LOUNGE AROUND Gone are the days of plastic patio furniture and lumpy box-seat cushions that fade in the sun. The latest outdoor furniture is as beautiful as it is durable, with a plethora of statement offerings that can be used both inside and out. Establish a relaxing space by arranging your seating around a central focal point – such as a coffee or dining table, firepit, carpet or swimming pool Bitta collection by Rodolfo Dordoni for Kettal


DECO TIP Design your outdoor area to work for you by choosing multi-functional furniture that suits your lifestyle, be it hosting dinner parties or lounging around the pool. Modular seating is back in fashion and can be split up and moved around as needed. Alternatively, built-in benches are hassle-free and can be constructed to include storage.

(clockwise from above left) table Maison coffee table R3 849, Mobelli; two-seater Round Arm patio suite R19 950, SHF; table Dedon Tibbo dining table R137 999, suite Dedon Brixx lounge modular suite POA and chair Dedon Tibbo lounge chair R31 000, all Canetime; pouffes Tribù Nomad pouffes from R20 670 each, Marlanteak; deck chair Bitta deck chair by Rodolfo Dordoni for Kettal from R68 200, Casarredo


(from left) planter Cement planter from R495 and pot Cameroon moulding pot R1 995, both Weylandts; pot Graphite stone cover pot from R225, Garden Shop; watering can Metal watering can in Dusky Green R299, H&M Home

DECO TIP Practicality is key when buying outdoor accessories, so go for pieces that serve a purpose as well as looking good. Create shade with an elegant terrace umbrella, introduce ambient lighting with lanterns and candles, and reflect the green environment with plants in pots and planters.

(from left) umbrella Tribù Eclipse umbrella from R44 024, Marlanteak; lantern Geoffry lantern from R995, Weylandts; lantern Tribù low lantern from R6 320 and lantern Tribù high lantern from R7 300, both Marlanteak; stake Punched garden stake R250, Weylandts; lantern Seagrass tealight holder R229, H&M Home

MATERIAL INTEREST Water- and UV-protected fabrics are a must, especially if they are going to be left outside. When upholstering poolside loungers, invest in textiles that are resistant to salt water and chlorine stains.

(from left) fabric Brazil fabric in Spice from the Copacabana collection R715/m, fabric Promenade fabric in Haze from the Copacabana collection R715/m and fabric Naca fabric in Coastal from the Suntimes collection R855/m, all Hertex




Give your veranda a personal, lived-in feel with tactile additions that merge seamlessly with their surrounds. From woven organic lampshades and baskets to bold wax prints, earthy stoneware and classic wooden furniture, this is modern alfresco styling at its best




Inside a clean and contemporary art-filled abode in Johannesburg (p62), a historic family home in south-east France (p72), Londolozi Lodge’s refurbished Granite Private Suites in Kruger National Park (p82) and a raw and rustic sanctuary in Morocco (p90)

this spread The structure of James Moffatt and Marc Watson’s house, designed by architect Kate Otten, can be read in its exterior shape: the gallery that runs down its centre, the social area to the left and the bedroom wing to the right.


SPEAKING VOLUMES A bold renovation reinvents a 1930s Jo’burg bungalow in Parktown North as a gallery for art and life Text GRAHAM WOOD Photographs GREG COX Styling SVEN ALBERDING / BUREAUX

hen James Moffatt and Marc Watson began searching for a new home, they were taken with the very first one they visited. ‘As soon as we walked in, we felt it,’ says Moffatt. The couple had been considering building something from scratch, but were keen to see what else might be available. ‘It was weird,’ says Watson. ‘In our minds, this was the home we wanted to build.’ Nonetheless, it took four months of house-hunting before they realised just how serendipitous their first viewing had been. ‘Bizarrely, everything we’d hoped for was there,’ Watson says. ‘We didn’t believe that could happen.’ The house in Parktown North, Johannesburg, had been recently altered by architect Kate Otten for the previous owners. She says that while it had some original features of a typical 1930s servicemen house before she began, it had been altered and realtered until it had become ‘a bit of a rabbit warren’. Her task was to ‘strip out the complications’ and make sense of the interior spaces. ‘What I love about alterations is rewriting the meaning of a house,’ she says. ‘Often, one bold move can rescript everything.’ Like Moffatt and Watson, the previous owners were avid art collectors, so the defining feature of the house is a long gallery that runs through its centre. ‘From the front door, you can see all the way through to the back of the garden,’ says Moffatt. The overall structure is arranged in two wings on either side of the gallery’s axis, which mediates between the private bedroom areas and public living areas. The bedroom wing can be completely closed off from the rest of the house, and its original pressed-metal ceilings and low volumes create a comfortable sense of intimacy. To the other side of the gallery is a large, barn-like living area and kitchen, whose clean, pitched ceilings and high proportions result in a wonderful, open atmosphere with a more social character.

The variations in scale and volume are a masterclass in the manipulation of proportion, and the combination of space, volume and light characterises how one experiences the home. The high volumes never feel cavernous, the low volumes are never cramped and Otten’s let light in throughout the abode, not just via the floor-to-ceiling sliding doors that open to the garden, but also through clerestory windows, skylights, eye-level openings and a series of odd-sized windows along the northern wall. In the expansive living space, the barn shape can be both divided and connected with a series of enormous top-hung Oregon pine sliding doors, which – as they’re moved – create paths between the kitchen on one end of the house and the patio on the other. The choice of Oregon pine is a reference to the sprung floors of the original house’s past, while other materials, such as corrugated iron on the wall outside (which would have been the home’s original roofing), have also been given a contemporary reinterpretation. Although their art collection followed them from previous homes, the couple started afresh with the interior of their new house, with furnishings that are a response to the space as much as to their own evolving tastes. As the art director of the advertising company they run together, Watson took the lead in the home’s interior design. It’s an eclectic mix that reflects their joint appreciation for design, but it’s also about comfort and creating something that accommodates their lifestyle. ‘We have dogs, so it’s really important that we don’t get fussed by living,’ says Watson. Otten is delighted with the way the owners’ approach has reanimated the house. Although she designed it to quite a specific brief, it’s proved remarkably versatile and adaptable: its gallerylike interior is an invitation not just to art, but, as Otten puts it, to the ‘warmth and chaos of life’.


If we think something is wonderful and it brings us joy, it needs to find a place

this page Works by Lehlogonolo Mashaba, a sculpture by Wilma Cruise and a Weylandts bench are highlighted by skylights in the gallery space. opposite (from left) Moffat (left) and Watson at the entrance to their home; in the living area, works by Maja Maljević are positioned above a vintage haberdashery shop cabinet filled with magazines. THE SLOW LIVING ISSUE ELLEDECORATION.CO.ZA 65

MOFFATT AND WATSON’S TIPS FOR MAKING A HOUSE YOUR OWN Embrace natural light and use it as a feature wherever possible ‘The skylights in the gallery punch pools of light from above that move as the sun moves through the day.’ Create warmth and nostalgia with natural materials ‘When we first came here, it was cold, but as we walked into the house, we were met with the lovely, warm scent of the wood.’ Let your interiors reflect your personality and style ‘For us, it’s really important to create a living space that aligns with how we feel about design.’ Don’t overthink it ‘There’s no real approach – it’s a bit of a mish-mash. We believe a home should be accidentally beautiful. We don’t want to overthink anything. If we think something is wonderful and it brings us joy, it needs to find a place.’ Design a home that suits your lifestyle, not the other way around ‘The house has to accommodate some mess. We like things to have a place and a sense of aesthetic, but at the same time, things must fit into our lifestyle.’


this page (clockwise from top) An informal TV room between the kitchen and the dining room is demarcated with a sisal rug; the ceramics include pieces the couple have collected on their travels; sliding doors in the kitchen reach all the way to the ceiling and open onto a courtyard. opposite Mint cabinetry by Bloxam Woodwork adds a contemporary touch.

For us, it’s really important to create a living space that aligns with how we feel around design


this page Mezzanine’s Dansk sideboard holds objets in the dining room, where an Eames House bird is displayed on a table from Weylandts. opposite A sofa, two armchairs and a coffee table from Tonic Design provide seating in the lounge from which to admire works by MJ Lourens, Sharle Matthews, Nelson Makamo, William Kentridge and Louis Olivier.


We believe a home should be accidentally beautiful


HOME JOHANNESBURG this page Garapa decking surrounds the swimming pool. opposite (clockwise from top left) A courtyard outside the main bedroom features concrete pavers and crushed stone; long cupboards in the en suite bathroom were specifically designed not to reach the floor; the built-in bath looks onto a piece by Deborah Bell; plants can be found throughout the home.


this page What was once a woodshed is now a loungelibrary whose decor echoes the textures and tones of the garden. The wood and straw chair in the foreground is by Charlotte Perriand. opposite Old meets new in the winter lounge, where a vintage table by Guillerme et Chambron and an original trumeau contrast with the redesigned fireplace.


PA SSAGE OF TI M E A historic family home in south-west France is a characterful personification of its owners, both past and present Text SOLINE DELOS Photographs SERGE ANTON Production MONIQUE DUVEAU

this page From the walls and concrete floors to the stairs and wooden ceilings, all surfaces were painted crisp white. Earthy and unique additions, such as an antique coat rack and a narrow Moroccan carpet, enliven the interiors. opposite An ancient cedar tree frames the entrance of this historic family home.


n the heart of Gers in the picturesque Lomagne valley stands an 18th century family home whose distinct personality has been defined by the many generations who’ve passed through its doors. ‘My friends call it the “house of happiness”,’ says its owner, who speaks fondly of summer holidays spent here with family and friends, dining en masse on the veranda, watching children grow from year to year and sleeping in bedrooms – 14 in total – that, over time, were named after their regulars. It’s a real family home, one that was inherited from two great-aunts who, as painters, have marked the abode with their pictures. ‘When one painted a flower, the other responded with a work on the same subject,’ says the owner. ‘Their paintings decorated the walls of the house and I kept them. This place has a soul that I wanted to preserve.’ This preservation was of utmost importance when she and her husband decided to enlarge the property, which involved transforming the original apple barn into a stand-alone house and the woodshed into a lounge-library, as well as building two dovecotes. The revisited buildings all feature large workshop windows with matte black frames to connect the indoors to the abundant vegetation outside. As an ardent decor-lover, the owner had a clear idea of how she wanted to update the interiors, and called on designer Christine Hours to help her with the overall layout. White walls provide a clean backdrop for a vast array of collections and photographs, while hints of green and yellow reference the building’s lush surrounds and the summer sun. The overall aesthetic is a combination of natural sophistication and soft authenticity, with furnishings found online or from flea markets and antique dealers that reflect the owner’s love of ceramics, glassware, china, wicker and rattan. From plates by ceramicist Jean Lurçat in the winter dining room to woven African baskets in the children’s eating area and guest bedroom, every piece has been carefully chosen for its unique style. Shuttered windows allow for an abundance of natural light to illuminate the interiors and provide magnificent views over the rolling Lomagne Valley, which has been aptly dubbed French Tuscany. A centuries-old cedar tree shades the stone-clad façade at the entrance and, around the back of the home, lilacs, roses and cosmos provide verdant pops of colour in the enchanted garden. A few metres from the building, donkeys and horses gambol in the sunshine, proving that this ‘house of happiness’ more than lives up to its name. Q


this page The free-standing kitchen opens onto the living room and features oak cabinets stained black, a La Cornue cooker and an assortment of found decoratives. opposite There’s a tropical feel in the children’s eating area, thanks in large part to square cushions upholstered in a leafy fabric from Jab Anstoetz, which adorn retro Croisette armchairs by Honoré.


My friends call it the ‘house of happiness’

this page With its expansive windows and high ceilings, the summer lounge is a light and airy space punctuated by framed works and natural materials. opposite On the veranda, two adjoining farm tables topped by a massive wooden slab are surrounded by rattan chairs by Franco Campo and Carlo Graffi that date back to the 1950s.



this page Touches of blue have been introduced in the guest bedroom, providing complementary accents to the plethora of brown tones. In the corner, a Méribel chair by Charlotte Perriand stands at a table bought at the world’s largest antique market, Paul Bert Serpette in Paris, France.

This place has a soul that I wanted to preserve


(clockwise, from top left) mat Tuareg Tent mat, R4 500, Design Afrika; flooring FSC oak Oliato flooring in Rustic Brushed Mink Grey R966/m2, Oggie Hardwood Flooring; tile Black natural slate tile R574/m2, WOMAG; fabric Forenza fabric in Cinnamon and fabric Forenza fabric in Forest, both R1 650/m, ROMO; platter Sisal platter R400, Design Afrika; tile Provenza Verde Victoria mosaic tile by Douglas Jones R25, Italtile; fabric Monkeying Around fabric in Nightfall, R450/m, Hertex


LODGE KRUGER this spread There’s a distinct tactility to the interiors at the refurbished Granite Private Suites, from natural stone and timber to leather and heavily textured woven textiles. The occasional chairs are from La Grange Interiors, the coffee table from The Private House Company and the round table (in foreground) from Weylandts.

Inspired by the elephants that frequent the river fronting its rooms, Londolozi Lodge’s refurbished Granite Private Suites by interior designer Yvonne O’Brien are the epitome of understated bush chic Text LEIGH ROBERTSON Photographs ELSA YOUNG . THE SLOW LIVING ISSUE ELLEDECORATION.CO.ZA 83

this page A casually chic outdoor lounge is decked out in tones of grey, with cushions and accessories all from The Private House Company. opposite Baskets from Design Afrika and grass mats from The Private House Company add a layer of texture to the corner of the central deck. The black chairs are from Weylandts.


ike anyone who’s stepped off the daily grind and immersed themselves in the luxe wilderness experience offered at Londolozi in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve – possibly the most iconic of South Africa’s safari and conservation properties – on the border of the Greater Kruger National Park, interior designer Yvonne O’Brien of The Private House Company has her fair share of wildlife encounters to relay. Among the panoply of breathtaking scenarios that play out in the bush, it can often be those unheralded solitary moments that really stay with one. For O’Brien, who’s spent a good portion of the past 13 years moving between Londolozi’s five camps, designing and refreshing their interiors twice over during that period, it’s the sight of elephants ambling towards the river in the afternoon, most recently when a herd pressed past her room at Granite Private Suites during its refurbishment. ‘I looked up and there they were,’ she says of an instant almost spiritual in its quiet intensity. The elephant has been a most fitting motif at Granite Private Suites since the camp was launched at Londolozi some 10 years ago. Echoing the regular vision of the creatures on the banks of the Sand River, towards which all three rooms and the expansive deck and bar area face, emotive black-and-white photographs on the walls throughout the camp capture them with touching intimacy. When O’Brien was tasked with redoing the interiors of this Relais & Châteaux-listed property, along with a more extensive overhaul of the lodge’s original Varty Camp, built 20 years ago, she had to practise her usual restraint to ensure its essence was retained. ‘When we redo a camp, we have to watch that we don’t lose what regular guests love about it,’ she says. ‘Everyone has their own favourite look, from the classic colonial style and earthy bush tones of Tree Camp and the old-world silver and furnishings of Pioneer to the simple, classic contemporary elegance of Granite.’

In the spirit of sustainability that underpins the lodge – which is as much its design philosophy as its conservation ethos – there’s an emphasis on reworking what’s already there, ‘rather than chucking it out and starting it again’, says O’Brien. ‘The elements are so different in the bush. You know what will and won’t work.’ Granite’s unveiling reveals less a departure from its original style than a paring back of extraneous features to give it ‘a cleaner, more refined look. It’s less busy, more understated now,’ notes O’Brien. Her starting point was Ardmore’s quirky Narina wallpaper for Cole & Son, its soft, geometric pattern inspired by the stylised feathers of the Narina trogon bird. ‘It’s smart, but has a strong African feel,’ she says. ‘That was my backdrop. Everything else could be neutral.’ In her signature style, the designer’s layered the spaces in multiple tones of grey, from washed-out hues to moody charcoals, reflecting the granite rocks that flank the camp and adding to the pervasive sense of understated luxury. For Granite’s main deck and chic sunken cocktail lounge, O’Brien says she was briefed to infuse it with a hint of Greek Island-style elegance and simplicity, ‘although the result is still very much refined bush lodge’, she smiles. It is, indeed, an area notable for its serenity, where one might while away the hours with a pair of binoculars in hand, waiting for the elephants to arrive. A lounger beside the plunge pool overlooking hectares of bush stretching beyond the river might be a fitting place to settle down with fourth-generation Londolozi custodian Boyd Varty’s book, Cathedral of the Wild, in which he talks about the connections that are made in nature and the restoration of self that inevitably occurs. ‘We get to see the most beautiful parts of ourselves reflected back at us,’ he writes. ‘It’s not only through other people that we get to experience our humanity, but through all the creatures on this planet.’,

LODGE KRUGER this spread Ardmore’s Narina wallpaper for Cole & Son is a striking backdrop for a desk, chair and beaded scatter cushions from The Private House Company. The Mali ladders are from Toguna.

When we redo a camp, we have to watch that we don’t lose what regular guests love about it


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” this page (clockwise from top) Photographs of Londolozi’s elephants by Horst Klemm adorn the bedroom walls; the bathroom boasts picturesque views; dark timber and white make a restrained style statement.


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this spread Frédéric Winkler and Ema Pradère’s family home overlooks the Atlantic Ocean and is surrounded by a garden of cacti, prickly pears, olive trees and wildflowers. Rough stone walls and the terrace’s thatched roof contrast with large windows and doors with metal frames by ironworker Mohamed Sourrih.


OF THE EARTH In a family home on the Moroccan Atlantic Coast, unnecessary furnishings and adornments have been deliberately omitted to let the building’s natural materials – and remarkable surrounds – shine Text LAURENCE DOUGIER Photographs NICOLAS MATHÉUS

LAFRIKI’S TIPS FOR CREATING A HOME THAT BLENDS INTO ITS NATURAL SURROUNDS Rely on organic materials that are both sustainable and readily available ‘Using stone and earth seemed like an obvious choice to me.’ Consider your setting when constructing a new build ‘The houses of the village in the area have inclined roofs or roof terraces to dry peanuts, crops or linen.’ Look to the past for inspiration ‘On an old postcard found at Puces de Tangier, I discovered that these roofs were formerly thatched with reeds harvested in the dunes, and I wanted to incorporate this traditional feature.’ Keep contemporary additions to a minimum ‘The architectural layout is more modern because we wanted to create carefully placed openings that allow for a play of light, as well as natural ventilation.’


ot far from the Moroccan city of Asilah, on a piece of land surrounded by wild olive trees and prickly pears, stands a building so natural in its appearance that it could easily be mistaken for a piece of local architecture that’s been there for countless years. ‘This is a house that would have a dog without doing so on purpose,’ laughs its owner Frédéric Winkler , the co-founder and associate director of French atelier DCW éditions. ‘I first visited Tangier in 2006 and quickly discovered Asilah,’ he says, speaking of the fortified city south of Tangier that is reminiscent of Andalusia in Spain and the Cyclades in Greece. ‘I was walking along a trail collecting pebbles, leaves and dried cacti when I found a ridge of land overlooking the Atlantic Ocean with a fig tree in the centre. A few years later, a friend told me the land was for sale, and I jumped at the chance to buy it.’ After that first visit, Winkler regularly returned to Asilah, first alone and then with French ceramicist Ema Pradère, with whom he now shares a life. The couple was drawn to the area’s proximity to the ocean and the raw beauty of the piece of land bordered by prickly pears, so when local entrepreneur Habib Lafriki pitched the idea of building them a house ‘on the ground of the fig tree’, they immediately agreed. Named Dar-l’Ma, or ‘water house’, the abode was constructed with moral as well as aesthetic principles, with Lafriki embracing the uneven land and incorporating raw materials and traditional architectural elements. Winkler’s great love of objets and art is what inspired him to found DCW éditions, but when it came to the interior design of his new home, he knew he had to practise some self-restraint. ‘I’m obsessed with sculptures, paintings, photographs and lamps, but here we didn’t want too much decor because the landscape is so strong that the house must remain serene,’ he says. Apart from a few discreet light fittings that create warm ambience when night falls, the interiors are mostly unadorned, allowing the natural textures to shine. ‘There is nothing but stones, ceilings and concrete walls that truly allow you to let yourself go,’ says Winkler, and when you gaze out at the lush garden and out to the azure Atlantic Ocean beyond, it’s clear that this is a rare space where you can do exactly that.

this page As the co-founder of DCW éditions, an atelier known for its statement light fittings, Winkler is often called ‘the man of lights’. opposite Winkler’s eldest daughter’s bedroom is accessible only from outside, and its doorway is illuminated by the Gras Outdoor No 304 wall sconce by DCW éditions.


this page (from top) Custom benches in the living area offset the thick stone walls with soft cotton ecru cushions and linen scatters from Caravan; the kitchen is an expansive space that combines raw concrete and copper elements. opposite An ancient wooden door from Indonesia serves more of a focal than a functional purpose.


The layout is more modern, with openings that allow for a play of light, as well as natural ventilation

HOME ASILAH this page Perched on top of the terrace is the serene master bedroom, where a raised iron bed designed by Pradère and made by Sourrih is dressed in traditional Berber fabric. opposite A circular Dali dreamstone (Chinese marble) plate adorns one wall of the bathroom, whose entrance is framed by an ancient Moroccan door discovered in Tangier.


This is a house that would have a dog without doing so on purpose


HOME ASILAH this spread With its majestic views of the garden and ocean beyond, the spacious terrace is dedicated to relaxation and includes inherited Moroccan armchairs from the 1930s positioned atop a Mauritanian mat made of palm fibres and braided leather. The ceramic jug and cups are all by Pradère.



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Everything you need to know about the Cape Winelands (p110), two luxurious laidback hotels (p116), local travel tips (p118), Dario De Angeli’s restaurant Est Est Alea in Johannesburg (p120), simple succulents (p124) and the pieces our decor stylist is loving right now (p130)

CAPE SPLENDOUR DECO’s pick of six stylish Winelands boltholes that have upped the ante just in time for summer Text LEIGH ROBERTSON, KAREN TENNENT Photographs ADAM LETCH (BOSCHENDAL), HEIN VAN TONDER (LA PETITE FERME)


THE CHIC FOODIE CHAMPION W Boschendal, Simondium This progressive estate keeps on evolving, and the buzz right now centres on its Werf area and Werf Restaurant, which has been refurbished by interior designer Sarena van Schalkwyk to include a cocktail bar and lounge, as well as spruced-up and less-cluttered interiors all round. With its brass and marble-topped bar and fringed ottomans and lounge chairs in rich shades of gold and blue, it has the inviting look and feel of a contemporary club dominated by an exquisite 14m-long button-down banquette in plush gold velvet that runs the length of the restaurant. Whimsical touches such as the Delft plate installations on the walls by Okasie (also responsible for crafting the outsized floral arrangements at the entrance) and thoughtfully chosen antique pieces from the farm pay homage to Boschendal’s heritage with modern flair. The interiors of the adjoining conservatory were similarly simplified, with a focus on bringing the outdoors in – and indeed, the view towards the organic Werf Food Garden and mountain backdrop is spectacular. Diners can watch the kitchen staff wandering about with baskets collecting herbs that will likely end up on their plate, which is just one of the ways Boschendal’s farm-to-table philosophy plays out. Chef Christiaan Campbell’s menu is accordingly pared-back to suit the reboot, but summer dining promises elements of theatrical surprise, too. Another new element is the Friday Night Market, which brings the Werf area to life with vendors selling produce while a live band gets everyone on their feet dancing around the bonfires. Make a weekend of it and stay in one of the restored farm cottages for an authentic experience, rounded off with jazz and a picnic featuring Boschendal Estate Brut MCC on Sunday.

THE RESTORED DUTCH MASTER W Lanzerac Hotel & Spa, Stellenbosch With its rich Cape heritage, award-winning wines, top-quality facilities and picturesque white façades offset by scenic mountain ranges, Lanzerac Hotel & Spa in Jonkershoek Valley is an idyllic five-star retreat steeped in history. The 326-year-old estate, which has recently undergone extensive renovations after suffering considerable damage in a fire last year, has been restored to its former glory by Con van der Colff. ‘After the fire, we, as a team, became much more heritage-conscious in our approach,’ says the designer, who combined an array of restored vintage furniture with original features such as sandstone-clad fireplaces and weathered slate floors, as well as a selection of pieces salvaged from the blaze. The public spaces – which include the moody Craven Lounge cigar bar, the swish Manor Kitchen restaurant, the relaxed Taphuis eatery and the refined Governor’s Hall lobby – are magnificent to behold, but it’s the 53 suites and their expansive bathrooms that truly take your breath away. ‘No two rooms are alike,’ says Van der Colff, adding that he began decorating each by selecting a main piece and allowing the design to grow around it. Large upholstered headboards contrast with exposed brick walls, sumptuous Persian carpets with smooth marble surfaces and dark mahogany furniture with calming neutral palettes in an arresting aesthetic that’s as creative as it is considered. Add in the fact that the estate also boasts a spa and health centre, tasting room and deli, and Lanzerac Hotel & Spa has everything you need to experience the Winelands in luxury.


THE LIBATIOUS GEM S BOSJES, Breede Valley This family-owned farm at the base of the Waaihoek Mountains made a big impression when it opened last year, thanks in large part to its glass-walled chapel, whose curvaceous roof is an architectural marvel and one of the first things you see as you enter the estate. Comprising luxury accommodation, hiking trails, a tea garden, bistro-style restaurant and Delft-inspired tiled wall mural by artists Michael Chandler and Lucie de Moyencourt, the farm is a unique destination off the beaten track. Now BOSJES has added to its already impressive offering with a range of house wines created by Cape Wine Master Allan Mullins. ‘I wanted to create wines that were typical of the Breedekloof,’ says Mullins, who visited cellars across the valley to source cultivars. The result is six exceptional wines, each with its own distinct flavour profile. There are the two house blends, which consist of a Cabernet Sauvignonbased red and a Chenin Blanc-based white, and four single-cultivar wines that showcase the quality of winemaking in the valley. From the Chenin Blanc and Sauvignon Blanc to the Pinotage and Cabernet Sauvignon, ‘these are approachable wines made for easy enjoyment,’ says Mullins. BOSJES wines are only available on the estate, and can also be enjoyed by the bottle or glass at the BOSJES Kombuis restaurant.


THE DESIGNER VILLA T Mont Rochelle, Franschhoek Boasting the best 360-degree views to be found in the mesmerisingly scenic Franschhoek Valley, Mont Rochelle provides endless eye-candy for aesthetes. You might be swooning at the sunset’s pinkish glow cast over the Klein Dassenberg Mountains while sipping a glass of the estate’s fresh, citrusy Chardonnay, then lean indoors to admire the hotel’s playfully chic interiors, from the individually styled suites to the super-cool bar area. When the Virgin Limited Edition team took over the historic Cape Dutch property in 2014, it was subjected to an extensive overhaul by Kritzinger Architects and interior design firm HotCocoa. More recently, the design team refurbished the Manor House, built in the mid-1800s, to serve as a fittingly stylish home-from-home for when Sir Richard Branson comes to town or for a group of up to eight guests wanting a private, exclusive-use stay. A considered restoration included stripping layers of varnish from the Voorkamer’s traditional wooden ceiling to reveal its gleaming original state. Gracious old details like this are complemented by textural Italian stucco walls and reclaimed timber floors and furnishings. Generous sofas, comfy nooks, and long tables for indoor and al fresco dining put an emphasis on laid-back entertaining and relaxation, and the services of a personal chef can be made available. But you won’t want to miss taking a gentle amble to the hotel’s elegantly appointed Miko restaurant, where affable Head Chef Shane Louw serves up simple modern South Africa cuisine paired with Mont Rochelle wines (awarded the Vineyard of the Year 2018 in South Africa at the Luxury Travel Guide Food & Drink Awards).


THE LUXE WELLNESS RETREAT X Delaire Graff Estate, Banhoek Visits to Laurence Graff’s Cape Winelands jewel have always had a certain hook, be it enjoying a glass of the estate’s Cabernet Franc Rosé or Coastal Cuvee Sauvignon Blanc with a side of freshly shucked oysters or taking in the art collection and dining on the terrace or at the highly rated eatery Indochine. While the spa has long been a favourite pampering spot for those in the know, its recent refresh and a revived menu care of its seasoned new manager, Hildegard Carstens, is set to position wellness at the fore of the Delaire Graff experience. Having worked at some of the best spas in the world, Carstens’ focus is on holistic healing, with reiki, reflexology and chakrabalancing techniques woven into a series of heavenly rituals, using top beauty products by the likes of Dr Barbara Sturm and Terres d’Afrique. Follow a treatment with a dip in the 22m infinity pool or languish for a while in the revamped Swedish sauna and steam room. December will see the opening of six new Superior Lodges and the knockout Owner’s Villa, designed by Delaire Graff favourite David Collins Studio.

THE UPDATED BEAUTY W La Petite Ferme, Franschhoek Nestled on the slopes of the Franschhoek Mountains, La Petite Ferme is a boutique wine estate that emphasises quality over quantity. This philosophy is applied to every aspect of the farm, from its intimate wine cellar to its guest accommodation consisting of a Manor House and five Vineyard Suites, the latter having been recently updated by Clinton Savage. Previously designed with reed ceilings and Cape cottage-style decor, the Vineyard Suites now boast a modern look complete with statement furnishings, bold colour palettes and a personally curated feel. ‘Among the changes made, we replaced the reeds with white ceilings, the gas fireplaces with wood-burning ones and we redid the flooring,’ says the farm’s general manager Riaan Kruger. The bathrooms received a total overhaul and feature on-trend elements such as underfloor heating, black fittings, ceramic slabs and accent walls made of handmade patterned tiles that mirror the theme of the particular suite – the five being Florentine, Provençale, Africa, Moresque and Léman. Outside, the exteriors have retained their original Cape vernacular appearance, but have been improved with retiled private pools and the addition of bigger glass windows and doors that maximise the views of the vineyards out front. THE SLOW LIVING ISSUE ELLEDECORATION.CO.ZA 115

LAIDBACK LUXURY Designed with the discerning modern traveller in mind, these two international boutique hotels seduce with their sophisticated simplicity Text KAREN TENNENT Photographs GEORG ROSKE

SANDERS COPENHAGEN, DENMARK Founded by renowned former ballet dancer Alexander Kølpin, Sanders is an effortless escape found directly behind Copenhagen’s Royal Danish Theatre – a site that speaks of Kølpin’s history. This link is evident in the interiors and 54 bedrooms by London-based studio Lind + Almond, who drew inspiration from the owner’s life and merged it with the Scandinavian design principles of hygge. It’s an unfussy aesthetic that promotes easy living and boasts tactile materials such as rattan, wood, cotton, marble and leather. Sanders’ dining options are just as comfortable, and guests can choose between the achingly cool Sanders Kitchen or the picturesque rooftop conservatory and foliage-filled courtyard. As for convivial libations, there’s TATA, a cocktail bar named after the theatre’s age-old soubriquet for the red velvet curtain.

DECO HOTELS CASA COOK KOS MARMARI, GREECE Situated on a beachfront along the Aegean Sea, Casa Cook Kos is built on the principles of slow living, mindfulness and minimalism. With its medley of villas arranged around communal courtyards, gardens and pools, there’s an equal emphasis on private retreats and social spaces that encourage engagement, referencing the Greek concept of parea – meaning ‘a gathering with friends’. The architecture by Mastrominas ARChitecture features the classic cubist style distinctive of the Aegean islands, updated with grey interiors by Berlin’s Lambs and Lions studio, whose primary design focus was on stylish simplicity. Textured surfaces and wickerwork are combined with polished concrete and soft linens, and each of the 100 rooms is the epitome of a secluded sanctuary awash with natural tones. This relaxed atmosphere extends to the rest of the hotel, which includes a reception lounge, a library, a concept store, a health and wellness centre and the Beach Club, Casa Cook’s main public area complete with a pool, bar, fireplace and restaurant that serves farm-to-table dishes made from the freshest seasonal produce.


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SSTAY WINCHESTER MANSIONS Situated along Cape Town’s Sea Point Promenade overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, Winchester Mansions boutique hotel presents a brand-new look, with luxuriously refurbished bedrooms courtesy of Origin Interiors’ Beth Murray. Boasting four distinct colour palettes and interiors styled around artworks from the hotel’s collection, each room is a comfortable haven complete with whimsical fabrics by Ardmore Design.

ASK THE TRAVELLER African travel curator, content creator and Instagram sensation Omphile Setiloane (@heyomphi) talks trips, tips and tunes Favourite SA holiday? Mpumalanga. I travelled there for the first time three years ago and was shocked that it had taken me so long to visit. Every time I go back, I discover something new that takes my breath away. Best hotel you’ve stayed in? Gondwana Game Reserve on the Garden Route. Nestled inside a private game reserve that’s home to the Big Five and surrounded by endless valleys of fynbos, it’s the perfect location for a honeymoon or a romantic getaway. Favourite foodie destination? The food culture in Cape Town is on another level and there’s always a new restaurant popping up. Chefs here aren’t afraid to experiment. Favourite travel songs? I like a mix of feel-good dance tunes that I can jam to while walking in a new city, or some soothing FKJ beats while watching the sun set from somewhere I’ve never been before. Top travel tip? Always research the place you’re travelling to before you leave. I like to experience a new place the way the locals do, so I always read up on trendy restaurants, galleries and hot spots before I go. What are your travel essentials? My camera, hiking gear, a few swimsuits no matter what the weather and my red lipstick. 118 ELLEDECORATION.CO.ZA THE SLOW LIVING ISSUE

SVISIT MUSE CHAMPAGNE ROOM Characterised by rich jade with gold accents, the revamped Muse Champagne Room in collaboration with PerrierJouët is a sumptuous space inspired by the lush gardens of its location at Fairlawns Boutique and Spa in Sandton, Johannesburg.

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FL AVOUR JOURNEY Chef Dario De Angeli’s contemporary new tasting restaurant, Est Est Alea, is an evolving fine-dining experience where the essence of ingredients are infused into your food Text & production FIONA DAVERN Photographs ANNALIZE NEL



W 24-HOUR CURED DUCK BREASTS • 2 cups white sugar • 4 cups coarse salt • 4 duck breasts Combine the sugar and salt in a bowl, then empty half the mix into an empty container. Place duck breasts flesh-side down into the container and cover with the rest of the sugarsalt mix. Refrigerate for 24 hours, then remove from container, wash thoroughly and pat dry. Place in a cold pan skin-side down. Place the cold pan over a medium heat and fry until the fat renders out (about 4 minutes). Flip over and cook for 4 minutes on the flesh side, or until the desired rareness is achieved. Allow the breasts to rest for 5 minutes before serving.

this page (from left) Lara and Dario De Angeli and junior sous-chef Mitchel du Plessis. ‘He’s a 19-year-old prodigy. He makes all the stocks, all the sauces, all the bases and the Italian meringues. He’s had no formal training, only what he’s learnt here,’ says Dario; find your sunny spot at a table on the sidewalk veranda. opposite 24-hour cured duck breasts with rose and litchi syrup and gin mist.

hef Dario De Angeli’s latest restaurant is as much a statement as an eatery. Est Est Alea (meaning ‘the die is cast’) is the chef’s final establishment. ‘This is it,’ he says. ‘I’ll never do another one.’ It’s also a clever nod to the former Cube Tasting Kitchen because it colloquially translates as ‘it is cube’ . De Angeli, who’s had no formal culinary training, has been in the business for 30 years. It’s been a long journey, but today the award-winning chef shies away from a starry-eyed approach. ‘I have no interest in the world of celebrity chefs,’ says the man who handed over his awards for his Greenside restaurant Yum to a charity shop. In terms of his direction at Est Est Alea, De Angeli says, ‘I believe in finding the best ingredients and cooking them properly, keeping the intrinsic flavours.’ He and his team aren’t as driven by the molecular side of things as they are by classic tastes. ‘Our focus is on pure flavour. We try to find the very essence of a flavour and infuse it into the food. For example, our chicken stock has been reduced for 18 hours and has the sweetness, the umami, the saltiness and the consistency of syrup. We want these kinds of flavours in all our dishes,’ he says. De Angeli and his sister, Lara, who takes on the roles of sommelier, maître d’ and marketing manager, grew up in a typically Italian household, where operas like Carmen played in the background and food was front and centre. ‘Our Sundays as a family were spent cooking. My folks would make the bread, the pasta, the sauce… everything from scratch. We’d walk into the kitchen in the morning and there’d be pasta lying all over the chairs drying,’ he says. Lara knows her wines and loves to research them thoroughly. ‘I like to speak to the winemakers personally and seek out interesting facts and stories,’ she says. ‘I enjoy finding lesser-known boutique wines and introducing them to our customers.’ With this in mind, the wine list is adapted every four weeks or so – an ever-changing theme that continues on the food menu, which shifts every six to eight weeks. ‘As far as I’m concerned, no menu’s ever fully developed,’ says De Angeli. ‘I look at ours every day and it adapts all the time. I never think: “This is perfect.”’ It’s an admirable quest for dining perfection. Est Est Alea is open Tuesday-Saturday from 12.30pm for lunch and 7pm for dinner. Parknorth Heights, 17 4 th Ave, Parktown North, Johannesburg. x @estestalea


S ACTIVATED CHARCOAL AND MOLASSES REDUCTION • 500g fermented Chinese black vinegar • 500g white spirit vinegar • 4T coconut shell activated charcoal • 3T molasses • 6T white sugar Combine all ingredients in a pot and reduce to one-third of the original volume. Remove from heat and allow to cool. This should yield a black syrup. If the mixture’s too runny, return it to the heat and reduce further. W ITALIAN MERINGUE • 75g egg white • 200g sugar • 50g water Place egg whites in a mixer bowl with a whisk attachment. Combine sugar and water in a saucepan, then heat over a medium heat. Using a sugar thermometer, heat the mixture to 118°C. At 116°C, start the mixer on a high setting and by the time the egg whites are fluffy, the sugar will be at 118°C. String the heated sugar water mixture into the beaten egg whites and continue beating until the mixture cools.

this page (clockwise from top left) Artworks add pops of colour to the otherwise neutral tones of the restaurant; mushroom, shaved beetroot roses and activated charcoal and molasses reduction; Italian meringue with a lime gel and salted seed crunch.


TOP SPOTS Get set for a tantalising experience with these new eateries and premium quaffables Text FIONA DAVERN

DINNER PARTY BLENDS Fat Bastard The Golden Reserve 2017 This Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot blend has flavours of dark berries and plum. Delicious with rib-eye steak. From R110.

Cavalli Warlord 2016 A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Malbec, this wine has ‘intense fruit without being “jammy”’. Pair it with flavoursome, earthy venison loin. From R200. Neethlingshof Short Story Collection The Caracal 2016 Nibble on a cheese platter while you sip this robust blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc. From R245.

S EIKE Renowned for his award-winning restaurant Overture in the winelands, Chef Bertus Basson has recently added another eatery to his stable. Housed in a historic building in Stellenbosch known as Die Eikestad (‘The Oak City’), Eike ‘is the expression of one simple idea: being South African’ – a long-held dream of Basson’s. The cuisine is ‘inspired by childhood memories of classic local dishes, such as bobotie and plankievleis’ (meat cut up and served on a board). It’s a small fixed menu with fresh, seasonal selections. Expect an extensive wine list, including some exclusive picks. 50 Dorp St, Stellenbosch. 021 007 4231.

X Green, in all its vibrant shades, has been a rising trend for some time. It’s crept from the foliage of houseplants onto wallpaper, fabric, furniture and ceramics, making Le Creuset’s latest colour release – Kale – the perfect way to enliven your kitchen and table. Available in a range of cast-iron cookware, as well as baking and tableware items. x @lecreusetsa

W BLANK BAR This space is like a canvas waiting for artists to unleash their creativity. It’s a unique experiential offering where the concept changes every 25 days, with an entirely new look and theme each month. They’ve just wrapped up their Mad Hatter’s gin party and are about to start their festive-season countdown, dubbed ’12 Days of Tequila’. Expect both Mexican and local tequilas and ice-cold cervezas, Mexican delicacies with a difference, daily cocktail creations and cocktail workshops, while a local mural artist creates different scenes to suit the mood. Cnr 4 th Ave & 12 th St, Parkhurst, Johannesburg. x @blankbarparkhurst


SIMPLE SUCCULENTS How to slow down and grow, propagate and swap low-maintenance succulents

Gardening as a pastime is compatible with the principles of slow living. It allows you to take time out of your hectic schedule to engage with something quite simple and pure. In doing so, you’re able to connect with yourself, slow down and be present. For many, gardening can be intimidating if you feel you don’t have the knowledge or ability to grow plants. However, I love succulents because they are so robust, forgiving and accessible. They don’t require any skill – anyone can grow a succulent. Characterised by fleshy parts that help retain water in arid climates, succulents require well-drained sandy-to-gravelly soils, very little water and lots of sunlight. What’s more, they propagate very easily. A leaf or cutting broken off a succulent will root and become a new plant, which means you can share and exchange plants among your friends or in communities. Succulents such as Sedums and Echeveria can easily be reproduced with a leaf cutting. Simply break off a leaf from the main stem, ensuring it’s a clean break, then leave for a few days to heal and form a callous. Place the leaf on the surface of soil and spray with water every few days. Roots will appear at the callous as the leaf searches for water, and new leaf nodes will form. At this point, you can plant your baby Echeveria and watch it develop into a fully fledged succulent.

MY FAVOURITE SUCCULENTS Foxtail Agave (Agave attenuata) Pig’s Ear (Cotyledon orbiculata) Cooper’s Aloe (Aloe Cooperi) Mexican Gem (Echeveria elegans) Ice Plant (Sedum spectabile) Crassula expansa subsp. fragilis




ELLE DECORATION’S SPRING TRENDS SOIRÉE We brought in the new season with our Spring Trends Soirée, a trend-focused readers event held in association with Dulux and @home Photographs ELLIETTE FRANSMAN

With its stunning views of Northcliff, glamorous Johannesburg home Lel Mirror Dor set the scene for our Spring Trends Soirée, where readers joined the ELLE DECORATION team for a sensory reveal of what’s hot this season. Dulux kicked off the evening with a talk on paint trends before giving readers an opportunity to play with some of the brand’s favourite shades, while @home presented a curated shopping experience where guests could purchase its latest collection of furnishings and homeware. Spier Wine flowed as florist Judy Bruwer of The Delicate Nature demonstrated how to create a unique floral installation and Halogen International revealed its new fabrics for spring, and readers were treated to tastings of Sugarbird Cape Fynbos Gin as they shopped hand-made jewellery from Soul Design. From the special listening room full of state-ofthe-art Bang & Olufsen products to the delicious tastes from the food harvest table and the chic scent of Versace fragrance filling the air, there was something to appeal to all the senses.


this spread (from left to right) Furnishings by @home; ELLE DECORATION Assistant Editor Ntombenhle Shezi, Editorin-Chief Leigh Robertson, Decor Stylist Sanri Pienaar and Decor Assistant Pieter von Wielligh; guests enjoying Spier Wine; and Sugarbird Gin; Abi James and Victoria Bresler at the Soul Design table; florist Judy Bruwer of The Delicate Nature; Halogen International‘s Gail Butler; the Dulux painting station; @home‘s Reneé New, Mélanie Bekker, Zara Mendelsohn, Jake McAllen and Bennie Botes; Thabo Ngema and Keagile Ramasodi; homeware by @home; Sugarbird Gin‘s Nzeka Biyela and Rachel Smith; Dulux’s Preneshree Pillay, Jayshree Naidoo, Kirby Louis and Palesa Ramaisa; Robertson and Davis Khoza.

DECO NOTES 1 this page (clockwise from top left) flooring Legno Living European FSC oak flooring in Carnon Black Diamond Oil R883/m2 and flooring Classico pre-finished European FSC oak flooring in Rustic Greymist R917/m2, both Oggie Hardwood Flooring; glass Water Cathedral glass in Wa m Purple from R1 120/m2, The Cutting Edge; wallpaper Chinois wallpaper in China Blue by Schumacher POA, St Leger & Viney; flooring Legno Living European FSC oak flooring in Natural Oil R1 057/m2 and flooring Classico pre-finished European FSC oak flooring in Rustic Greymist R917/m2, both Oggie Hardwood Flooring; glass Textured Cathedral glass in Wa m Purple R1 230/m2, The Cutting edge; slab Nero Marinace polished granite slab R4 600/m2, WOMAG; glass Water Cathedral glass in Light Blue from R980/m2, The Cutting Edge; flooring Tiger’s Eye natural fibre flooring in Kari R790/m2, Rebtex

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O RGA N I C E L E M E N TS This season’s finishes are inspired by nature, with materials like stone, timber, glass and grasscloth combining in an alluring palette of blues, browns and reds Photographs SARAH DE PINA Production & styling SANRI PIENAAR




REFRESHED ANTIQUE Toned-down period pieces have a sense of subtlety and refinement. Combine painterly patterns, plush solids, striking silhouettes and detailed additions with a contemporary edge (clockwise from top left) fabric Majorelle fabric in Sulphur by Jim Thompson R3 653/m, T&CO; print Framed Magnolia print R2 990, Pezula Interiors; chair 19 th -century carved oak carver chairs R24 800 for set of two, The Crown Collection; catwalk Brock Collection Spring 2019; chair Tate Fossel armchair R15 000 and ottoman Vintage ottoman R5 595, both SHF; lamp 5321 table lamp by Paavo Tynell for GUBI R13 492, CRÉMA; plate Blue Toile ceramic side-plate R58, Block & Chisel; vase Denai painted vase R599, Coricraft; urn Carved wooden urn R4 950, Pezula Interiors





Lemon x Laura Berger Berger is an artist living in Chicago. Speaking of her new wallpaper collaboration with Lemon, she says: ‘My work is inspired largely by human interaction, psychology, my travels and expanding upon small details I see in nature and the world around me. For this collection, I was thinking about the different energies behind the ways we connect to each other, to ourselves, and to our collective global history, and that steered the patterning and colour in each design.’


ANATOMY DESIGN 010 594 5397 ASHANTI DESIGN 021 461 0367 BLOCK & CHISEL 011 442 0809 blockandchisel. (9) BOFRED 082 563 5640 bofred. (5; 7) CASARREDO 011 786 6940 CÈCILE & BOYD 021 405 1880 CRÈMA 021 448 7775 CUBE 011 463 7869 (8) DESIGN STORE 082 940 9200 EGG DESIGNS 011 268 2378 FERREIRAS 011 699 3500 GARDEN SHOP 011 516 9700 GONSENHAUSERS 021 425 8998 finerugs. H&M HOME 086 069 0707 za/department/home HERTEX 021 461 7420 HOME FABRICS 011 262 3492 ITALTILE 086 155 5109 KLOOFTIQUE FURNISHERS 021 424 9458 LA GRANGE INTERIORS 021 447 3508 lagrangeinteriors. LOUISE GELDERBLOM 021 424 4287 MAISON MARA 021 418 1600 MARLANTEAK 021 461 4049 MAVROMAC 011 444 1541 MOBELLI MUNGO OGGIE HARDWOOD FLOORING 021 510 2846 PEZULA INTERIORS 021 424 2661 ROBIN SPRONG 021 447 9842 RUDI’S CHOICE 011 822 1350 rudischoice. (1) SHF 010 492 5455 SMITH STUDIO 021 442 0814 smithstudio. SOFAWORX 021 100 4792 sofaworx. SOUTHERN GUILD 010 594 5062 (3) SPILHAUS 087 809 2500 (4) ST LEGER & VINEY 011 444 6722 (6) STUDIO 19 010 023 0071 T&CO 011 262 4718 THE CROWN COLLECTION 011 463 6060 THE CUTTING EDGE 083 302 7277 THE PRIVATE HOUSE COMPANY 011 465 5600 privatehouse. THE RUG COMPANY therugcompany. com THE STORER 011 679 2962 TILE AFRICA 080 000 2783 TONIC DESIGN 011 262 4513 tonicdesign. UNION TILES 011 791 4924 uniontiles. VOKE RUGS 083 297 0589 vokerugs. WEYLANDTS 021 914 1433 weylandts. WOMAG 021 447 6161 (2) WOOLWORTHS YUPPIECHEF 021 702 4969



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SOULFUL STYLE ELLE DECORATION Decor Stylist Sanri Pienaar selects her slow living essentials

this page (clockwise from top left) rug Genuine sheepskin rug in black R1 500, Design Store; book Vermeer coffee table book by Wayne Franits R800 (Phaidon), Maison Mara; kettle Fellow Stagg pour-over kettle in Matt Black R1 689 and plate Jars Tourron dinner plate in Green Samoa R289, both Yuppiechef; candlesticks Candlesticks from R2 500 each, The Crown Collection; throw Cotton velvet throw R695, Weylandts; artwork ‘Portal’, 2018, (detail) by Marsi van de Heuvel, Smith Studio

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