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The colourful Bokaap house of Créma Design owner Craig Raeside

Michael le Grange


craig raeside

The reddish-pink facade of the home that Craig Raeside, owner of Créma Design, shares with his husband Christian calls to mind the distinct palette used by Mexican architect Luis Barragán. The Bokaap area, situated on the slopes of Signal Hill in Cape Town, is already famous for its rainbow-coloured houses – and this one is no different, with a bright, rendered-brick exterior that complements the blue and purple walls of neighbouring residences.

craig raeside

The renovation took place 12 years after Craig originally moved into the cottage, having decided to focus on building his business first, but it was definitely worth the wait. Employing the skills of architect friend Chris van Niekerk of The Fold Architects, the entire structure of the original 25-year-old semi-detached property was redesigned.

craig raeside

Rather than mimicking traditional Bokaap homes, Chris opted for something more contemporary that still respects the heritage of the area. The entrance includes a classic Bokaap stoep and an elevated front porch used for socialising, while a rooftop swimming pool, deck and outdoor dining area make the most of the surrounding vistas and give the house a modern edge.

In contrast to its colourful exterior, the interior follows a simple black-and-white formula with strong accent pieces. Chris custom-made the floating staircase, front door and kitchen counter top, while Craig used his interior design talent to curate the furniture and lighting.

craig raeside

The open-plan living room – featuring a Gregor Jenkin table, chairs from Créma and Tom Dixon lamps – sets the tone for the rest of the house. Steel-framed windows link the two storeys while also providing views of a verdant vertical garden that clings to the outside walls from top to bottom. This home is nothing short of a lush, modern-day haven, tucked neatly into one of Cape Town's busiest communities.

craig raeside

craig raeside

craig raeside

craig raeside