A scene from one of the spaces that inspire Malcolm and Christiaan the most, their Fresnaye home.
Lauded local couturiers Malcolm Kluk and Christiaan Gabriël du Toit of premier label KLûK CGDT don’t just create extraordinary fashion. In the HL June 2016 issue they invite us into their Cape Town home and their Bree Street studio, both dramatic, eclectic spaces filled with many points of interest, stories and odd and ends that inspire and intrigue. In turn, they have shared some of the spaces and interiors around the world that have influenced and amazed them over the years.
Billed as ‘the perfect place to do nothing at all’, Halfaampieskraal in the Cape Overberg is, according to Malcolm and Christiaan, ‘always an inspiration for its sort of “Farm Regency” style – eclectic but glamorous and deeply comfortable. We love visiting there for the weekend.’
Dover Street Market in Tokyo
This is not a market at all, but rather a high-end multi-level fashion retail store with a highly conceptual edge. ‘The whole store is challenging to the senses,’ says Malcolm. ‘Changing rooms are hidden behind cupboard doors, yet it’s also extremely clean and minimal.’
Joyce Boutique in Hong Kong
‘This was the first place that made us green with envy,’ says Malcolm of legendary multi-brand boutique JOYCE. ‘You walk in through two white peacocks on plinths through a shell-covered display unit to an Aladdin’s cave of the most beautiful couture clothing and interior design.’
the home of the Ceramic Matters founders
‘We’re always inspired by the homes of artists we love. The farmhouse of the owners of Ceramic Matters, Anthony Harris and Gerhard Swart, also recently featured in HL, is one of them. It’s unbelievably stylish without being decorated.’
See inside the home of the founders of Ceramic Matters
Boca Chica Hotel in Acapulco
A luxury design hotel overlooking a picturesque beach cove in Mexico’s Acapulco, Boca Chica inspired Christiaan and Malcolm with more than just its idyllic location. ‘The decor mixed burgundy and aqua together. We love mixing colour and used it in our store.’
Hotel Tjampuhan Spa in Ubud, Bali
Another exotic holiday destination, this time the Tjampuhan Hotel in Bali, left a lasting impression on the fashionable duo. ‘It was a throwback to the ’50s with monkeys carved in stone cavorting down the walls and into the pools,’ they explain.
XVA Art Hotel in Dubai
‘We love visiting the XVA Art Hotel in Dubai, which houses art installations in the courtyard restaurant by covering the walls and floors in plastic and sculpture,’ says Malcolm. This boutique hotel is the perfect place to stay if you have an interest in contemporary Middle Eastern art.
Fred Segal department store in Los Angeles
Christiaan and Malcolm love Fred Segal’s West Hollywood branch in the bustling city of Los Angeles. Why? For its head-turning ivy-covered facade.
Condesa df Hotel in Mexico City
In a city of almost nine million people, the Condesa DF Hotel offers a peaceful haven from the hustle and bustle. Christiaan and Malcolm are particularly inspired by the hotel’s courtyard, which – they say – is ‘filled with greenery’.
Any fashion installation by Bureau Betak
While they may be transient spaces, the fashion installations coordinated by Bureau Betak (a collective that specialises in designing and producing fashion events), especially for the Dior shows, have ‘always amazed’ Malcolm and Christiaan. ‘Dries van Noten is also an inspiration,’ they add. ‘We try to use some dramatic narrative and create similar fantasy worlds when we show, whenever possible.’
See the Cape Town home and studio of Malcolm Kluk and Christiaan Gabriël du Toit in our 2016 June issue, on shelves from 23 May.