Nestled in a forest-like landscape in the small village of Grabouw, South Africa, an architect’s home has a seamless flow between interior and exterior.
In the almost utilitarian master bedroom, a small shuttered window opening provides ventilation, while the large north-facing window inspired by Mexican architect Luis Barragán frames the garden view. The Zulu pots on the windowsill are from the Winterton area of the Drakensberg in KwaZulu-Natal, and Marcus collects them “whenever he can find them”. Accessories are limited to oversized scatter cushions from Nap Living, a Skinny laMinx scatter cushion and an ochre throw from LIM.
In the guest bedroom on the mezzanine level, the window follows the slope of the roof. “I had a straight line in my design, but an architect friend suggested I make the line perpendicular to the roof slope. It worked beautifully and made the shape much more dynamic,” Marcus explains. Throw from Weylandts and cushions from Skinny laMinx.
The white leather sofa on the verandah is Marcus’s favourite spot for Sunday afternoon naps with his dogs, especially after a long cycle in the mountains. The three ceramic cow heads were made by a dear friend, the late ceramicist Nicolene Swanepoel.
In the kitchen, a large Woodsware crockery collection creates a striking focal point. “About 15 years ago, I stumbled upon a small set of 14 pieces at an antique shop, and then my collection grew,” Marcus explains. He designed the large dining table with an African mahogany top as a centrepiece to match the steel structure of the house. The pendants above the table are 1970s track lights salvaged from a renovation project. The painting above the prep bowl by Eric Duplan is a favourite piece, and the splashback tiles were chosen to match it.
A wooden sliding door separates the lounge from the verandah, where a pair of Wassily chairs and a mid-century coffee table create a sophisticated look.
In winter, the built-in bench in front of the fireplace is where you will find Marcus. The sculpture is by Nicolene Swanepoel.
Words: Marian van Wyk / Photographs: Greg Cox