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Jack Alexander's Trend Scoop

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For Jack, a discerning Johannesburg architect, design is a case of less-is-more That he defines his style as hyper-rational minimalism, speaks volumes of 27-year-old architect Jack Alexander’s astute take on design. His approach, whether with his work at Silvio Rech and Lesley Carstens Architects and Interior Architects, or when furnishing his Jozi apartment, is to simplify through a process of ‘refinement and reduction’. ‘Most of the furniture in my house I’ve custom designed, otherwise I have collector’s pieces,’ he explains of his yen for classic items with bare simplicity. His go-to sources for home finds – Entrepo, Hoi P’loy, Anatomy Design and Modernist – all share a love of stripped-back beauty.
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Above: Jack admires the work of artist Robert Hodgins; Yes is More by Bjarke Ingels; one of his dad’s vinyls; the Lego Villa Savoy was a graduation gift. Fascinated by Joburg’s duality, Jack describes his city as ‘a metropolis and a small town simultaneously’. He references Castiglioni’s Arco floor lamp as ‘one of the best design items of the 20th century’, with work from architectural greats such as Kengo Kuma and Bjarke Ingels to follow. ‘I think I’ve known I wanted to be an architect from the age of five… That or Batman,’ he muses.   READ MORE: Jackie Burger's trend scoop Six inspiring young creatives A weekend with Chisanga Mubanga   newsletter_july For game-changing home makeovers, insider industry contacts and fresh decor updates, get your copy of the July 2015 Renovations issue, on sale now!