I’m always stirred by… colour. The last three projects we completed were… some display units for the V&A Waterfront, a collaboration for Design Joburg, and a décor job for a stunning home in Pearl Valley near Franschhoek.
Design… what’s it really about? There’s that age-old adage about functionality following form, but really, it’s all about holding space beautifully.
The materials I most love to work with are… bold, patterned marbles and lush velvets. I’m also a huge fan of terrazzo, but have been struggling to find a good local supplier.
Three spaces that move me… 1. Gaudi’s La Sagrada Familia — it’s absolutely breath-taking. 2. The Sandersons’ library in their private home designed by Kelly Wearstler. 3. I take great inspiration from nature and was recently fortunate to experience the late Geoffrey Bawa’s mastery of natural form at his private residence in Lunuganga, Sri Lanka.
Our product range is… soon to be launched. For almost all of our projects we design unique furniture pieces. We’ll be releasing some of those as limited editions, as well as developing some brand-new ranges — expect them in early 2018.
The best advice I was ever given was… “Be brave and be kind”. The National gave me that advice.
Which ingredient brings magic to the spaces you create? Interesting and unique use of materials and attention to detail. Novelty is important and often the smallest things make the biggest difference.
The colour I’m loving right now is… rust.
Describe the space you live in… We live in a 100-year-old Victorian duplex in Green Point. We’ve tried to respect the natural heritage and grace of the house, while curating the living rooms with our adventurous style. The dining room is completely black, and the house is full of unique pieces that we’ve designed or collected on our travels. We’ve also turned our bathroom into a forest.
Do you think it correlates with the work you produce professionally? Definitely. Often, I will incorporate elements of my dream house into a project. The best presents are the ones you buy for someone else, but would secretly really love for yourself.