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HOMEFRONT 13 OCTOBER 2016 WWW.BDLIVE.CO.ZA 20 OCTOBER 2017 WWW.BUSINESSLIVE.CO.ZAMUST READWillowlamp lights the way PAGE 2Prime Joburg residential space PAGE 4Kitchens: design for your lifestyle PAGE 6uMkhumbane Museum in Durban's Cato ManorFighting stereotypes Renovate or move for value? PAGE 16Architects across Africa are making waves with innovative projects that are changing impressions of the continent PAGE 10HOMEFRONT DESIGNCreator of cosmic lights The latest collection of lighting designs by Adam Hoets has just been launched in Cape Town WORDS: HILARY PRENDINI TOFFOLI :: PICTURES: SUPPLIEDIn May this year the huge and beautif ul Mandala lamp designed by Adam Hoets won second place in the best use of decorative lighting section of London’s darc awards/ decorative, the Oscars of the lighting design industry. Commissioned by a Perth hotel and made in his Salt River factory, the lamp consists of four clusters. Each weighs 3.5 tons and has a 3.5m drop. It was one of several awards and international commissions acquired by Hoets’s company willowlamp. An inventive former architect who once designed lodges for Wilderness Safaris, Hoets has been producing seductive lights that are iridescent works of art since he came up with the concept in 2005 of joining ball chains to laser-cut metal frames. The chains fall in elegant shimmering curtains of varying configurations and lengths,HaloSpiral Treebehind which LED lights are usually concealed. “I was between architectural projects and started playing around with chain designs,” Hoets says. “I tried first to make a coiled mat, then tried hanging pieces of chain from a wire frame. I needed a way to connect them to the frame and the idea of the notch was born. This simple, elegant solution now underpins my entire collection and allows for an endless variety of forms.”QUANTUM LEAP Willowlamp lights are a quantum leap from conventional lights and chandeliers. Some ripple like the tentacles of sea anemones when gently shaken, an effect Hoets plans to maintain by sometimes incorporating a hidden mechanism. Some are massive and breathtakingly complex. Most follow the universal geometric patterns found innature, which Hoets continues to explore in his work. The lights in willowlamp’s 2018 collection, Small Spaces, are perfect for smaller homes or apartments but create the same impact as willowlamp’s traditionally larger statement-making installations. The new pendants vary in design and range from the small Babylove, styled on a four-leaf clover, to the array of Moroccan-style lamps that invoke the beauty of North Africa. Each has been created to hang beautifully in a small home or apartment, while still creating the same impact as one of the larger willowlamp statement pieces. The collection was launched in late September. “The company name is particularly evocative of nature,” he says. “It poetically suits the dangling filament nature of the company’s lights.”HOMEFRONT He imports the chains in five metallic finishes — chrome, copper, brass, smoke and rust — and outsources other elements locally. For clients he can find chains in any colour. The lights are assembled in his workshop by his eightman team. “No mess or noisy machinery,” says this ingenious 40-year-old who grew up in the inspired environment of his father Digby Hoets’s renowned pottery studio in a forested garden in Midrand. Willowlamp was launched with industrial designer Sian Eliot, whom he has since bought out.STUNNER Initially small, the company began to take off after Hoets realised during his first Design Indaba venture in 2006 that it was his large-size stunner the Flower of Life — a gorgeous chandelier with a 1920s feel — that people wanted, not so much the smaller lights, no matter the expense. So his designs became bigger. International heft came with the help of New York’s Amaridian Gallery, thedesign shop launched by Fraser Conlon and Harry Oppenheimer’s daughter Mary Slack to showcase SA’s emerging artists.ADAM HOETS ON ART AND DESIGN Besides hotels, luxury homes and restaurants, have you made willowlamp lights for corporate situations? The Mandala light we did for an office in Abu Dhabi was on Pinterest where it was seen by the Perth clients whose Mandala light, a more feminine version, won the international award. For me the purpose of art and design is to uplift everyone who comes into contact with it, no matter what the environment. Some of our designs are perfectly suited to a corporate location: Geometric Storm for example, which has angled tiers of chain that can move independently.FARAWAY TREE Three years ago Hoets began receiving commissions so massive and complicated they took up his entire headspace for long periods. It began with a design for a London mansion he named Faraway Tree and evolved into an enchanted forest he dubbed the Enchanted Faraway Tree — a series of spiralling and interwoven branches suspended from one another, and extending into an area of 3.5m x 6m. Along with the awardwinner in Perth’s Crown Towers, willowlamp lights are in hotels all over the globe. Cairo’s Mena House. The Ritz-Carlton in Dubai and Chicago. London’s Melia White House and The Landmark. Switzerland’s The Seerose Resort and Spa. Abu Dhabi’s Liwa Executive Suites and Shangri-La. Sweden’s Clarion Post. The George in Lagos and Angama Mara lodge in Kenya.“The company name is particularly evocative of nature” Adam Hoets, willowlampWhat inspired your new collection? For some time I’ve only been wanting to work on large art pieces that blow my hair back. But they’re way too big for most people’s space, and hellishly expensive. So I decided to do these smaller designs. When the London Faraway Tree was completed I had a creative headspace, and the ideas just kept on coming.Crystal MandalaSpiral NebulaWindchime PRODUCED BY BLACKSTAR PROPERTY PUBLISHING Unit G4, Old Castle Brewery, 6 Beach Road, Woodstock, 7925 021 447 7130How do you avoid having your designs ripped off? We have patents for the US and SA. The materials are expensive so these lights will never be mass produced. A designer’s best defence is to come up with a design too complex to imitate.You have a large range of lights. Which are your biggest sellers? The Flower of Life and Protea lights are the classics. My new collection includes several four-leaf clover designs in a sensual heart-shaped form that’s sweet and playful. In the beautiful Lotus Mandala the copper and brass chains blend together to create an unbelievably heavenly effect. The ghost-like Halo design was inspired by Gaudi who used inverted chain models in the structural design for the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona.A EDITORIAL TEAM Editor: Kim Maxwell Designer: Samantha DurandPUBLICATIONManaging Editor/Copy Editor: Michael van Olst Production: Joanne Le Roux Content Business Manager: Catherine DavisADVERTISING SALES Michèle Jones Susan Erwee 084 246 8105 083 556 9848HOMEFRONT DEVELOPMENTSuite luxury Increasing numbers of affluent South Africans are forgoing large houses and turning to high-end secure apartments. The Houghton is up with the best of them WORDS: GEORGINA GUEDES :: PHOTOS: SUPPLIEDMany South Africans are opting for apartment living. StatsSA reports that in 2016, for every 100 plans approved for homes, 59 were for flats and 33 were for townhouses. In 2013, for every 100 approved plans only 26 were for flats and 25 for townhouses. At the top end of the market, this means prospective home owners are seeking luxury, space and amenities, coupled with breathtaking locations. On Cape Town’s Atlantic Seaboard or Winelands these are easy to come by — if you have the cash. In Johannesburg luxury and space are easier to find, but location is tricky. This is why a nearlycomplete development in Johannesburg’s Houghton suburb — named The Houghton — is attracting attention. It is away from the hubbub of the Sandton and Rosebank CBDs yet close to top independent schools and colleges.GOLF CLUB Overlooking the Jack Nicklaus-designed Houghton Golf Club, The Houghton offers residents views over the treetops of Johannesburg’s man-made forest to Sandton and on a clear day, the distant towers of Pretoria. Looking east the vista stretches as far as OR Tambo International Airport. A view is only as good as the quality of the vantage point and this is where The Houghton comes intoits own. Developed in five phases — necessary to ensure working capital after the global economic crisis of 2008 — each of the first four phases comprises between 60 and 80 units. They range from threebedroom apartments starting at R7.9m to fivebedroom, three-storey mansions for R84m. The penthouse suites set the bar high. Aside from the expansive rooms (the master bedroom can accommodate an additional lounging area) and the addon two-bedroom cottage, they feature a cinema room, a gym, two levels of roof garden with pool, jacuzzi, braai area, steam shower and two entertainment levels. They come integrated with top-specrange kitchen appliances and music systems. The Houghton is all about spacious existence. Every living area has been designed to give residents a feeling of openness.SPACIOUS Wraparound windows and balconies accommodate views stretching into the distance. The penthouses have triple-volume halls. Kitchens open to entertainment areas, en-suite bathrooms are separated from bedrooms by foldaway screens and entertainment areas are abundant. Ground-floor units have gardens with pools and jacuzzis. All units have the development’s service features that include security systems with fingerprintaccess and 24-hour camera monitoring from a control room. A concierge desk will ensure residents’ shopping or parcels are brought to their unit. A generator and 600,000l of water storage takes care of any outages. “When the units first came on to the market they were selling at roughly R26,000/m 2, priced against similar residential developments above shopping centres, which were selling at R45,000m 2,” says David Nagle, the Irish developer and investor in The Houghton. “Prices have exceeded our expectations given the demand.” He says the specifications have continually been upgraded to present a premium product. “It is now enjoying higher prices per square metre rates than apartments at premium shopping centres, where prices have remained static.”BUYING IN“Prices have exceeded our expectations given the demand” David Nagle, developer, The HoughtonUnits are available in the final phase. This includes a luxury penthouse suite on one end, allowing for wraparound balconies. Nagle says a large number of buyers are residents upscaling or converting from renters to owners. Residents at The Houghton say it feels like being on holiday. This approach has been embraced by The Houghton’s management team, many of whom live in the development. Says Nagle: “Once you’ve lived here, where else could you go?”HOTEL LIFESTYLE The first four phases of The Houghton are enough to satisfy the most discerning buyers, but when the fifth phase comes into play (in late 2018) residents can expect an unparalleled live-workplay destination. Phase five is The Houghton Hotel, managed by The Leading Hotels of the World. It will be integrated with the rest of the development. The hotel will have 61 suites, three business lounges, conferencing, a slow lounge, a spa, hair and beauty salon, private gym, resort pool, sky bar and dining options including a deli offering meals delivered to rooms or homes. “The hotel, a noteworthy guest destination in its own right, will expand the vision of The Houghton into something like a private club where residents live, exercise, luxuriate and are entertained, all within the property,” says Nagle. Residents already have automatic social membership of the Houghton Golf Club and full membership at a discounted rate. Investors will find a compelling proposition in only 10 hotel investor suites being available for purchase. Guests will have access to hotel facilities. The luxury accommodation will also be used by international companies looking for secure shortterm stays.WESTERN CAPE AtlanticSeaboard 021 439 7415 / Southern Suburbs 021 673 4200Bishopscourt / R35 millionRef# KW1339561Bedrooms 5 / Bathrooms 4 / Garages 4 / Spectacular panoramic views in quiet location. Gracious family villa in immaculate condition with quality finishes throughout, set on 5 230 m² of park-like landscaped garden with borehole and computerised irrigation. The well-proportioned reception rooms and bedrooms are designed to provide abundant accommodation and a luxurious level of comfort, security and privacy. Exclusive Agents Myrna Duveen 082 443 8417 / Christiaan Steytler 082 658 0071Constantia Upper / R19.9 millionRef# KW1322117Clifton / R25 millionRef# AS1293753Bedrooms 6 / Bathrooms 6 / Garages 4 / This 6-bedroom family home is set on over half an acre of private garden in sought-after pocket of Constantia Upper. All bedrooms are en suite with luxurious finishes and the upstairs balcony and wet deck encompass beautiful northward views. Studio, private flatlet, 4 garages, study and excellent security are key features of this well-appointed home.Bedrooms 3 / Bathrooms 2.5 / Stylish open-plan home set in a tropical garden with lush oasis surroundings and uninterrupted ocean views. Open-plan kitchen leads to a charming lounge/dining room seamlessly flowing to an elegant entertainment terrace with an inviting low-maintenance garden and pool. Only a short stroll to the beach.Exclusive Agents: Angie 083 678 7876 / Arie 083 448 0488 / Lauren 083 306 3830Annette Hepburn 082 658 1116HOMEFRONT HOME SENSEKitchen trends While the fashion remains minimalist, a kitchen is still the warm hub of a South African homeWORDS: ANNE SCHAUFFER :: IMAGE: ISTOCKNatasha Miller of MorleyMiller has been designing kitchens for more than 20 years. It is her business to know what is trending in kitchens worldwide — from designs, colours and textures to new materials and smart technologies. Miller says the concept of the kitchen as a family-and-friends/light entertaining space will remain, particularly in SA. “With our amazing weather, many homes design the kitchen to flow into the dining room, then to an outside entertainment area. Who wants to be trapped in an enclosed kitchen if you could be watching your kids play outside, or have your friends sit at the counter while you cook up a storm? “Today, the seating at the kitchen island is increasingly informal, more reflective of our lifestyles — the quick breakfast, a glass of wine and a chat, or a school project.”FLOW AND FUNCTION“Grey and white are the favoured kitchen colours, but I believe that is gradually changing” Natasha Miller, designer, MorleyMillerMiller says the first step in having a kitchen redone should be to sketch your lifestyle. “Don’t be bullied by professionals who have a grand vision for your kitchen. It’s your space. You work in it and it needs to flow and function for you. But whatever you do, don’t compromise on the quality of your hardware.” Miller says kitchen trends are: “For floors, clients are choosing oversized, light-coloured tiles which flow through the house — it gives the illusion of space. “Grey and white are the favoured kitchen colours, but I believe that is gradually changing. For cupboards, most new builds choose a very unfussy, streamlined look, with slim, thinner contouring, plain and handle-less doors. But if you’re renovating, the choice is often moretraditional, like shaker doors.” Matte greys, charcoals or “greige” cupboard doors can be offset with an unexpected element: wood veneer floating shelves or a high gloss white splashback, organic or contrast touches, which interrupt vast expanses of clean colour, Miller says.COUNTER TOPS The wide range of counter tops has made this a fun part of designing, and it becomes about creating textures, Miller says. “We combine different thicknesses and colours of Caesarstone and Neolith.” Overall, kitchens are minimalist, but, Miller says, instead of that equating to sterility, clients are becoming more adventurous. “They add artwork or personal elements from travel — this brings a personal aspect into the space, which makes it feel like home.” Lighting is important for both function and mood. “We’re seeing lots of LED lighting under wall units for soft mood lighting and over the island, beautiful or really funky pendant lights in various exciting materials like copper or wood grains.” Miller says dedicated tea and coffee stations are increasingly popular. Clients are also hiding small appliances — a large cupboard with pocket doors can be closed to conceal the kettle, toaster, food processor and so on.WORKSPACE Clutter-free worktops increase the workspace, visually enlarge the kitchen and are always appealing to the eye. For smart kitchens, appliances which can be remotely controlled are becoming popular. Bluetooth phone chargers in counters are making inroads, Miller says, as well as novelty items such as extractors that can change colour and play music.FOCUS ON: BLUE HILLS EQUESTRIAN ESTATE ADVERTORIALExclusive country living The perfect home is waiting for you at Blue Hills Equestrian Estate WORDS AND PHOTOS: SUPPLIEDREDDFORD HOUSE PRIVATE SCHOOL The new Reddford House private school is a collaborative initiative by Century Property Developments, Graeme Crawford of Crawford College fame and the successful Reddam House private school in Waterfall Estate. “Noticing the demand for and importance of top-quality educational facilities within our communities, it was imperative to cater to this need of our clientele,” says Mark Corbett, CEO, Century Property Developments. Residents will benefit from the security and convenience the estate school offers and will be able to spend more quality family time together as opposed to wasting time commuting in traffic. Reddford House caters for pupils of all ages, from toddlers through to Grade 12s. It offers an internationally respected academic curriculum as well as cultural and sporting activities, all within a secure, relaxed environment that promotes selfdiscipline while nurturing individuality, talent and self-assurance and prepares students to excel in the world of work.FOCUS ON: BLUE HILLS EQUESTRIAN ESTATEVisitors to the Midrand area and clients with their investment ear to the ground will know about Blue Hills Country and Equestrian Estate and the exceptional value on offer in this new development. With more than 75% of the stands already sold, savvy investors have recognised this unique opportunity to acquire a large country property within a secure estate close to urban centres. Located in Beaulieu, the large freehold stands range from 5,000m² to 15,000m² in size and are priced from just R3.1m. Clients are given the opportunity to choose their own architect and builder to construct their dream home. “Blue Hills Country and Equestrian Estate appeals to people who want an exclusive country lifestyle within the boundaries of extremely tight, nonintrusive security and, of course, a secure financial investment,” says sales director of Century City Property Developments Rob Emett.URBAN HUB Apart from easy access to the main arterial highways, this development is situated in a new urban hub thatincludes the Reddford House private school, an upmarket convenience shopping centre and several business parks, all located near the entrance to the development. Century has found that Blue Hills Country and Equestrian Estate appeals to people working in Sandton, Midrand and Pretoria, as it is close to main arterial routes. The estate boasts 128 properties and some of the most magnificent flora and fauna in the area, with ample greenbelts, natural dams and established indigenous trees attracting abundant birdlife. Residents can look forward to a unique dualism between country living and a cosmopolitan atmosphere. The estate and its abundant facilities are
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