Savvy use of space and a clever retreat from the street have transformed a Cape Town bungalow on a narrow plot in Sea Point into a spacious, contemporary three-bedroom home belonging to digital business marketer Joshin Raghubar. See the story in full on page 60 of House and Leisure‘s October issue and, in the meantime, get to know Joshin a little better, here.
I love the central location of this home, which lies between the city and the Atlantic Seaboard, because I am minutes away from most places and can usually take my bicycle or walk if I wish. Being on this side of Cape Town also provides a few more hours of extra sunshine.
The first thing I do when I get home is turn on the espresso machine. My favourite room is my bedroom because it has my bed in it. On my bedside table are books, trays by Hay and a small Bose sound unit.
My style is a synthesis of modernist, wabi-sabi and colour. My best piece of design advice is design for the feel of it – how a space feels is more important than how it looks. I’m inspired by simplicity on the other side of complexity.
I collect art, furniture and interesting clothing. My most treasured furniture items are my custom-designed dining table, the egg-yellow shelving unit in the lounge by USM and my bespoke iron fireplace. My most rash purchase is art… always.
I could never live without exercise. My fridge is always stocked with the weekly harvest from my vegetable garden. My signature dinner-party dish is Norwegian salmon – it’s healthy and I can get it pre-made at my local deli.
A soundtrack to the perfect weekend includes Stevie Wonder, Bill Withers, James Blake, Rhye and Soulection Radio. My most inspiring places are Japan, and most of the homes designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.