The 2012 House & Leisure House of the Year awards took place recently and the glam event was an evening to remember. Held in partnership with SA Homeloans, the scene was set at one of Jozi’s hottest new addresses – the rooftop of Kramerville’s 3 Desmond building which boasts views of a vast urban skyline. The owners of the HOTY home finalists attended the evening, and eagerly awaited the results alongside a star-studded cast of some of the country’s most influential design talent. The real star of the evening and the winner of the 2012 House of the Year title was House # 10 – Out in the Open – which was featured in the November 2011 issue. A true reflection of its natural setting in Hout Bay, this contemporary home’s ability to capitalise on light and mountain views made it the favourite of competition voters. With design by architect Paolo Deliperi and understated interior work by M + M Space Design, House # 10 is an exemplary show of modern South African design. Port Elizabeth’s Judy Spark’s was the second winner of the evening, receiving R30 000 worth of Siemens homeware. Each of the 11 homes were featured as House of the Month in one of our 2011 magazine editions as well as collectively in a special supplement in our June 2012 edition. On the evening, choice objects from each home were displayed on crates from Clip-lok, along with images of the houses for guests to admire. Keeping feet tapping, we had performances by the young (read ‘fit’) percussion group 1st Project and ultra cool singer/songwriter Zaki Ibrahim whose stage presence was electric. With a delicious array of food on offer from our harvest table and desert station, guests tucked into the culinary combinations of Lara Meter from Food Goddess, with wines from Creation Wines, Patrón cocktails and coffee from Park Café . We’d like to extend a special thank you to SA Home Loans, for sponsoring this successful competition. Thanks also go to Mud studio for providing the gorgeous crockery and chandeliers, to 3 Desmond for providing the setting and ORA for their striking furniture.