Quiet Opulence: The Interiors of Clifton 301
Combining a rich, earthy palette with luxe materials and bespoke designs, the interior of Clifton 301 is the epitome of laidback sophistication.
Flanked on either side by Table Mountain’s legendary Twelve Apostles, Clifton 301 looks out over panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean and is equal parts luxurious getaway, relaxed coastal retreat and entertainer’s dream.
The architects designed the complex with deliberately pared-down, monochromatic interior shells. Not only was OKHA responsible for the interior decoration of the Clifton 301 space, but also designed key items of bespoke handmade furniture throughout the apartment.
'Our first objective was to individualise the space by modulating the internal colour palette,' says OKHA director Adam Court. He and the OKHA team set about customising the interiors of Clifton 301 to create cool and restful indoor spaces in contrast to the bright, sunlit exterior.
'We used subtle shades of green with delicate natural tonalities that reference the local landscape,' says Court.
Table Mountain’s famous granite, fynbos and dappled woods are evoked throughout Clifton 301 in a rich, raw palette of natural timbers, stones and metals, which are contrasted with plush velvets and linens on the walls, floors and furniture coverings, resulting in what Court refers to as a contemporary 'quiet opulence'.
'These shades are repeated in the furniture with a strong emphasis on textures and materials,' he says.
When it came to designing the custom furniture pieces for Clifton 301, Court says, 'The designs are pared-back and lean, focusing on strong forms and shapes that communicate simply and directly. All the artwork, accessories and objects are from Cape-based artisans and add an essential level of layering and local character.'
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The materials and finishes used throughout Clifton 301 are also all about subtle but serious luxury.
Dream Emperor marble and Absolute Black granite tabletops are paired with steel bases in the side, coffee and balcony tables.
The dining table, barstools and server are hewn from carbon-stained wire-brushed ash timber, which is also used in the frame of the signature OKHA Port mirror, which, with its copper framed recessed mirror panels, carries the nautical tone of a ship’s circular windows.
'The palette is intentionally and carefully controlled and restrained to embrace the everchanging colours of the sunrise and sunset, which are the real centrepiece and art show,' says Court.