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5 of the Editor's Favourite Joburg Houses

Tiaan Nagel explains why he loves these homes

As we continue our celebration of the City of Gold with our December #HLMyJoburg issue, House and Leisure editor Tiaan Nagel discusses five of his favourite Joburg houses among the many that we have featured in the last few years. 

1. The Collector's Home

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What I really like about gallery owner Liza Essers' Johannesburg home is the contrast between the rustic architecture and the contemporary and Mid-Century Modernist-inspired furniture, as well as the unexpected contemporary art collection that she’s accumulated over the years. Liza is a dynamic force in South African contemporary art and this home reflects her gutsy spirit and cool eye – it's all about bright colours, interesting shapes, loads of texture and a covetable collection of pieces (including the chair pictured above) by the Campana brothers, which inject a sense of humour into the house.

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2. The Sophisticated Home

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After all these years of seeing beautiful homes and interiors, it’s not often that I’m confronted with such a level of style that I’m left speechless. Even looking at these pictures, I realise they don’t do justice to Dr Lebo Shakoane-Nkuna’s sophisticated eye. She’s manage to create an intimate, sensory experience from the first moment you step inside her Morningside home. It's filled with intriguing artworks by some of my favourite artists – including Zander Blom, Serge Alain Nitegeka and William Kentridge – layered with great furniture from Tonic Design. With the addition of scented candles from Cire Trudon, Etro throws and William Yeoward crystal vases (filled with another of my favourites, dark-coloured dahlias and peonies) this is truly a Joburg gem.

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3. The Art-Filled Home

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I love love love the informality and ease of this house, which is crammed with contemporary South African art – just like its owner, Makgati Molebatsi, this home is unpretentious yet very sophisticated. It's obvious that Makgati put her Melville home together with great care, and statement pieces of furniture, considered pops of colour and great designer details like the Ingo Maurer light fitting (pictured above) make it a truly special space.

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4. The Heritage Home

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Couturier Howard Green put together the interior for his stylish apartment in Killarney with meticulous care and attention to detail. I first saw this grand yet inviting home many years ago – in fact it was the first interior I ever styled for a shoot by a decor publication, and I couldn’t believe my luck. This space is the perfect example of how architecture can be used to create a canvas for the interior design: Howard has cleverly juxtaposed the French-inspired interior of his Whitehall Court apartment with modern furniture pieces and decor details, all in the most beautiful spectrum of soft and very elegant colours.

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5. The Elegant Family Home

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Designer Julia Day from Generation and architect Jo van Rooyen of JVR Architects combined their talents to do a spectacular job of the renovation of this heritage Saxonwold house. The homeowner, a keen art collector, asked for a family home that allows for the carefully collected art pieces to shine, while still being a warm and inviting space for him and his family. I love the classic combination of the old bricks, loads of modern glass and the stunning walnut and stainless-steel kitchen filled with Walter Battiss oil paintings – a space that can only be described as a superstar Italian chef’s kitchen-meets-art gallery.

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