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Home Truths: Pieter-Ernst Mare

Elsa Young
mare Joburg-based architect Pieter Ernst-Mare's wide-ranging interests and clever use of neutrals make his home a resolved showcase for his art and collectibles. With its deep purple and black and white touches, his newly renovated abode in Sandton was perfect for the July 2017 #HLBWIssue, in stores and online now. See it in full on page 56 and get to know the owner better with his home truths below. The best thing about living where I do is the fact that it's like a secret spot in the heart of Sandton City. My oak tree hides the skyscrapers from view perfectly. I think style is simple elegance. My own style is classic modern eclectic. I'm inspired by architecture and how we create spaces and then experience those spaces. My favourite architectural design era is the International Style that emerged in the 1920s and 1930s. I collect contemporary South African art, furniture, antique north and central African sculptures and, of course, wine. My interiors motto is to tell your own story; don't be afraid to try new and different angles – if it doesn't work, just change it back – and, finally, curate your own space. My best piece of design advice is 'It's in the details – don't cut corners!'. My pet design hate is over-worked spaces that just try too hard. My most treasured piece of furniture or decorative detail is my original Eames chair and ottoman. My favourite travel destinations are Japan, Nepal or Russia – I loved all three of these diverse countries and would go again at the drop of a hat.