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We chat to the designer behind Mount Babylon’s new tasting lounge

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tasting loungeA portrait by Jimmy Law creates an alluring focal point in the exclusive new tasting lounge at Mount Babylon wine farm in the Western Cape.

Elegance doesn’t get more plush than this. On Mount Babylon wine farm in the Western Cape’s Walker Bay district, Yolanda and Johan Holtzhausen have created a cool yet intimate space in which guests at private events can savour the delightful pink Méthode Cap Classique made by Jean-Claude Martin, the winemaker who co-owns Creation Wines next door, from the seven-hectare estate’s Shiraz grapes. We chat to designer Danie Louw about the luxurious space.
Danie Louw

Describe your work at Mount Babylon’s tasting lounge in three words. Energetic, unique, opulent What inspired the pink colour palette? The colour of the MCC Mount Babylon was our inspiration. What was your favourite part about designing the space? Taking inspiration from the surroundings of the Hemel-en-Aarde valley and incorporating this to allow the interior to frame the beautiful views. What was your biggest challenge during the design process? We had very low ceilings and the challenge was to make them feel as high as possible. We achieved this with the ceilings and walls being the same colour and some sections being mirrored. What was the best part about working with Yolanda and Johan? The energy from them is contagious and their love for art and nature. What are your favourite materials to work with and why? Natural stone like marble, raw timber and textured materials as it gives a layered feeling of luxury. Who are your top three favourite designers, internationally and locally? Locally, I love Boyd Ferguson, Andrea Graff and Tonic. On an international scale, Christian Liaigre, Piet Boon and Kelly Wearstler are some of my favourites. I admire all of them because they have the ability to blend local and international design in a special way where layering and textures create spaces with soul. What top design tips have you heard recently? To experiment with the layering of different materials, textures and patterns and being true to your surroundings.
Discover the full story behind Mount Babylon’s tasting lounge in House and Leisure’November 2017 issue – in stores and online now.