CAPE TOWN APARTMENT
he term ‘flat’ is obsolete. It
Rules for has morphed into a rather
grander word ‘apartment’,
but as the word has got
longer, the spaces have
got smaller and a tad trickier to furnish.
Today’s ‘apartment’ is usually found in
the city centre in new high-rises or in more
appealing converted office blocks. These
are occupied by a new, trendy, inner city
elite who leave their BMWs in the parking
garage and walk to work, and eat out rather
Control and discipline are needed to create than at home.
interesting rooms in tight urban spaces You can’t impose suburban decorating on
these new urban spaces. Decorating has had
to become much more cutting edge to meet
the demands of this new glamorous lifestyle,
which in essence starts off in somewhat
featureless boxes of empty rooms.
Cape Town designer Clinton Savage
has been living and working in the city
for several years now and he knows a thing
or two about urban decor, even what dogs
to live with in the city – very, very small
ones. He has done a remarkable job of
decorating his own 17th floor apartment
on Adderley Street in the very heart of
Cape Town’s rapidly reviving CBD.
“I love this block,” he says. “I walk to work
around the corner and at night we simply
walk up Adderley Street to one of several
new restaurants to have dinner.”
Clinton was the in-house designer for
Weylandts before branching out on his
own two years ago. He has undertaken the
interior design work for numerous hotel
developments as well as city apartments, but
is equally happy redesigning retail spaces
TEXT AND PHOTOGRAPHS DIANA WEMYSS kitchen
The softly draped windows allow wonderful
views that make Signal Hill look like a soft
watercolour painting. The mix of textures
– velvet sofa, feathered light and the lounge bedroom 2 bedroom 1
good clean lines of the furniture all help to
maximise space and create visual interest.
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or simply designing a new couch for a client. “Try and make every piece work to the maximum and only look luxurious and almost spacious for instance? How has he Light, see-through fabrics and furnishings are also ideal for
“You really have to be creative when decorating a city have what you need and use. No extra bits and pieces. In made a 136m2 apartment seem like quite a substantial living petite apartments. The windows in Clinton’s home are draped
apartment,” he says. “You can’t simply rush into a shop and buy a small bedroom avoid free-standing beds, use wall-hung space? The secret is to stick to a neutral colour scheme, says in sheer fabric that allows you to see glimpses of the world
things straight off the floor. Rather have everything measured upholstered headboards that take up much less space. Clinton. “This doesn’t mean boring beige. Make sure that you outside: Signal Hill to the west and a view down Adderley Street
to fit and custom-made – this isn’t as expensive as you might In the living area the L-shaped sofa is a wonderful space create layers of interest using a wide range of textures and metallic on the north. He’s used a translucent Louis Ghost chair in the
expect. And, don’t let anyone tell you that putting large pieces saver as it can seat as many people as two separate couches. fabrics. Use wallpaper to create a point of difference, but only on spare bedroom and the coffee table in the living area is a round
of furniture into a small space makes it look larger. That is just It also makes a room look neater and less cluttered.” one or two walls. Mirrors are always a good way of adding depth.” drum table with open base.
not true. It makes everything seem cramped,” he warns. Clinton’s apartment, which he shares with partner Ruald
When it comes to choosing furniture he maintains that it’s Rheeder, keeps you visually interested in subtle ways. CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: The elegant kitchen is simple and does not detract from the equally elegant table setting.
best to keep to classic pieces, which are simple and functional. How has he succeeded in making a small, boxy spare bedroom The wallpapered walls give a certain depth and interest to the open-plan room that is the entrance hall, living and dining
areas as well as the kitchen (out of the picture). Ruald and Clinton.
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Using wallpaper to create a
Good design and single feature wall is a great
clean lines are essential way to add interest to a
small space. We love Dusa
elements in the chic Vinyl (VW 5815/01), available
in 10 metre rolls, from the
urban apartment. Metropolis collection from
the Osborne and Little range,
Introduce interest available from CA Interiors.
into any tight space
with these simple,
yet striking finds
Strong features such as
this table lamp, R2 109
(excluding the shade),
from Box Studio’s Subtle
range, create interest.
Mirrors are the perfect way to open up a
space. This one, R8 721, from Box Studio’s
Subtle range is simple with gentle detailing.
The Subtle lounge chair,
R10 431, from Box Studio,
takes up space upwards
but not outwards.
David Moorgas’s off-the-ground dog bed
Box Studio 021 465 6480
A faux fur throw and gold lurex cushions give is a winner with its button detailing and
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well-padded sides. G H
the bedroom a wonderful, decadent glamour. Clinton Savage Interiors 084 676 9281 Moorgas & Sons 021 534 4261
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