Homeowners, architects and interior designers all offer up insight into what inspired them to create these five contemporary, cool homes featured in the 2016 HL Trend issue. We take a look at some of their nuggets of wisdom:
a quiet voice
The main living area of this contemporary modernist home in Forest Town, Johannesburg features mid-century classics, like Eames plywood chairs and an Acapulco chair from Mexico. The blue side table is based on a piece by Warren Platner for Knoll.
‘My favourite piece of advice is: If it’s something your mother would like, you haven’t pushed it far enough.’ – Nabeel Essa of Office 24-7 and owner of this home.
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Pierre Swanepoel of studioMAS Architecture & Urban Design, who designed the house below: ‘Be Patient. Great design lies at the intersection of poetry and common sense.’
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‘Our design philosophy is to keep everything streamlined,’ say the homeowners of this original Greyton cottage. Built in the mid 1800s, the space incorporates Scandinavian style with a few quaint cottage quirks.
The Eames Elliptical Table ETR in the lounge is a treasured retro classic.
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a mountain marvel
Planes of glass extend from the roof to let light deeper into this home overlooking Lion’s Head in Higgovale, Cape Town.
‘I predict that 2016’s biggest trend will be reducing your energy footprint.’ – Jens Hildebrandt, home owner
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Doors open fully to accommodate indoor-outdoor living and to make the most of the exquisite views of Franschhoek.
‘My favourite spot in our holiday house is the area around the braai for its sheer sociability.’ – home owner Rod Priestley
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