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Posts Tagged ‘ Cape Town ’

Extremely Detailed Mini Paintings


Cape Town-based artist Lorraine Loots took up a remarkable 365-day challenge: to create a miniature painting every single day for an entire year. The artist began her challenge in the beginning of 2013 and, after enjoying the routine of her successful challenge, she decided to continue with the “Postcards for Ants” project in 2014.

The young artist has dedicated this year’s works exclusively to Cape Town, which happens to be the official World Design Capital of 2014. Fans of Loots’s work can write to the artist and book up-coming paintings or prints, or suggest Cape Town-themed ideas or places for her to paint.

Loots’ work is inspired by animals, nature, books and food.

Just Look at the Stunning Detail in These Mini Paintings and Try to Not Be Impressed
Just Look at the Stunning Detail in These Mini Paintings and Try to Not Be Impressed
Just Look at the Stunning Detail in These Mini Paintings and Try to Not Be Impressed

She plans to create 100 mini paintings in 2015.

Just Look at the Stunning Detail in These Mini Paintings and Try to Not Be Impressed
Just Look at the Stunning Detail in These Mini Paintings and Try to Not Be Impressed
Just Look at the Stunning Detail in These Mini Paintings and Try to Not Be Impressed

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Daan Roosegaarde’s Lotus Flower


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Daan Roosegaarde has been invited to speak at some of the biggest creative conferences globally, bringing his distinct brand of responsive and interactive design systems to such events as design Indaba 2013 in cape town where he shared his thoughts on the future of design, and elaborated on his practice of ‘techno-poetry’–the union of innovation and imagination in a merging of disciplines. His artistic practice focuses the intangibility of digital information, translating it into something that is physical through the development of interactive installations which react to our behaviors and movements.

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Head Road 1815 – Cape Town, South Africa


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Cape Town-based architects SAOTA completed this architectural gem. Head Road 1815 was designed for a young couple, wanting a dynamic and striking home, primarily for themselves, with guest accommodation separated from their own living areas. The luxury property can be found in Fresnaye, Cape Town, South Africa. The luxury Cape Town property views towards the north and west over Fresnaye as well as at the rear of the site. The site falls very steeply and due to the high elevation of the road and the restrictions on the building form, the house is raised above the property on high columns. The house includes three-storeys accommodating three en-suite guest rooms on the ground floor, with a plant area and a staff flatlet at the rear. The first floor is the main living level, with a large living room and dining room opening to a covered and uncovered pool terrace. The kitchen is positioned to enjoy views through the glass roof towards Lion’s Head. The entrance hall is accessed by gentle steps from Head Road preceded by a glass-roofed external lobby space. The second floor accommodates the master bedroom, dressing room and a light-filled en-suite with views over the pool below.

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Cove 6 Residence


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This property known as the Cove 6 Residence is another architectural gem designed by SAOTA, a Cape Town-based design studio. Completed in 2006, the site forms part of The Cove, a private estate in Knysna, and is perched on an exposed cliff with spectacular views. The Cove 6 residence is bright, airy and modern, as you can tell by the indoors and outdoors seamlessly become one.

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The Luxury 16th 1448 Houghton Property, Johannesburg


Cape Town-based design practice Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl True Architects (SAOTA) has completed another fabulous property—the 6th 1448 Houghton ZM project—completed in 2012, the stunning property can be found in Houghton, Johannesburg, South Africa. The brief was to create a home for an extended Johannesburg family. Situated in Houghton on a gentle slope, the site is surrounded by trees and has views from the upper levels. The architects say the site was split into two separate sites organized around a common entrance and driveway providing access to both houses. The luxury South African houses have a U-shaped configuration organized around an internal courtyard and allows access to all of the living spaces and the swimming pool. A perforated wall separates the public forecourt from the private spaces.

Internally the spaces pivot around a central volume with a ribbon like spiral stair. The living spaces, kitchen and private garden are to the north, while the games room, pool and gym are to the west. All of these spaces connect to the courtyard which in turn connects back to the main house and its living spaces. Because of the west facing façade, a set of large shutters, which drop below the level of the first floor slab, provide shade and protection from the setting sun. Care was also taken in selecting performance-glass that would minimize the impact of direct sun. The bedrooms and study are on the upper level. The passage to the children’s bedroom runs along the perforated wall that separates the building from the driveway.

Antoni Associates an interior design specialist firm were appointed to create a contemporary interior which needed to reflect the family’s lifestyle. The décor and furniture selected are modern and have strong lines to complement the linear architecture. A number of bespoke furniture pieces were designed by OKHA Interiors. Neutral palettes with accent colours have been used throughout. Strong graphic rugs add drama and texture to the rooms which offset against the solid architectural surfaces. Curated art by South African artists amongst others Lyndi Sales and Philip Barlow have been placed throughout the contemporary South African property.

Rees Roberts Architecture


Rees Roberts + Partners is an award-winning interior and landscape design firm formed in 2007 to give those departments formerly of Steven Harris Architects a distinct presence and identity. Rees Roberts + Partners has completed projects worldwide, including townhouses and apartments in Manhattan and Brooklyn; residences in upstate New York, Connecticut, the Hamptons, Miami, San Francisco, and New Mexico; a house in Cape Town, South Africa; a lakefront home in Geneva, Switzerland; and a boutique hotel and spa on an island off the coast of Croatia.

 

Known for interiors that defer to the elements of art, light, and views, the firm creates spaces that are tailored to both the context of each location and the character of the individual. While inventive and informed by a well-rounded knowledge of architectural styles, the designs remain true to clients’ practical realities and varied lifestyles. Rees Roberts + Partners is also recognized for its innovative landscape design and skill in integrating the built structure and natural environment. The firm understands that landscapes are key in defining the character of a place—particularly in New York, where a garden can provide a welcome respite within the urban cityscape. The firm seeks sustainable and ecologically meaningful design solutions that respect each project’s surroundings.

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