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					  CAPE TOWN APARTMENT




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                                                                                                                                                                                    he term ‘flat’ is obsolete.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




                         bijou jewels
                                                                                                                                                                   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




                                                                                                                                                                                             bathroom   bathroom
                                                                                                                                                                     dining

                                                                                                                   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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                                                                                                                                                                             NOTEBOOK


                                                                                                                                                               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.




                                                                                        SOURCES
                                                                                                                                    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
                                                SOURCE                                  CA Interiors 021 790 3370 or 076 172 0367
                                                                                                                                    well-padded sides. G H




                                                                                                                                                        and
the bedroom a wonderful, decadent glamour.      Clinton Savage Interiors 084 676 9281   Moorgas & Sons 021 534 4261


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