With a nod to the Modernists and an eye toward thecontemporary, couple Casper van der Merwe and Hein Visser design, and build, an elegant oasis in tropical Mozambique.
Words: Alma Viviers, Photos: Greg Cox
Casper also designed the timber furniture units and had them custom-made to fit with the rustic chic aesthetic of the house.
Hein installed the suspended wooden shelving in the kitchen. Fittings and finishes are kept simple and neutral to blend in with the surroundings.
The headboard, which Casper custom-designed and made, in the master suite is also the dividing wall to the en-suite bathroom.
The rustic chic décor approach continues throughout the house into the en-suite bathroom where clean lines and minimalist fittings create a tranquil scene.
Outdoor dining is king in the tropics. According to Hein, evenings start in the kitchen, move to the dining table on the stoep and end in the poolside patio.
In the private courtyard is an outdoor bathroom with twin showers and a sunken bath ideal for romantic evenings under the starry sky.
After a day surfing the clear waves of Tofinho, or diving, wash the sea and sand out of your hair in the outdoor shower.
The house was designed around the existing mature trees. Here an ancient cashew tree shades the entrance courtyard.