Textured detailing reaches new heights in Marcel Wanders’ Mad Queen chair for Poliform. Described as having “a big personality and striking decorative presence”, it’s nevertheless all about comfort and luxury. Now that’s worth investing in. poliform.it
“A key trend is the redefinition of luxury, says Laurence Brick, MD of Platform Creative Agency. “Products that are similar to fine art, that are handworked and embody a sense of authenticity, are the ultimate luxury. Like Astrid Dahl’s organic white clay vases; they are unique and bear the marks of the maker’s hands and have a sense of place.
Keeping it Personal
People want to create homes with soul, says M interior designer David Muirhead. To achieve this, think about reframing an inherited artwork, or displaying an oil painting on a modern wallpaper. Adding personal memorabilia and artefacts gives a room an incredible zest. davidmuirhead.com
Ashley Maddox relaxes on the beach at Bakoven with her youngest child. The clean lines of the architecture and the views of the sea and The Twelve Apostles are what attracted the family to this house. They embellished the exterior with handmade tiles by Popham Design in Marrakech.
When she was an undergraduate student at Princeton University in the United States, Ashley Maddox’s African Politics professor mentioned the African bug': some people were just bitten by it, he’d said. Ashley discovered that first-hand when she visited South Africa in 1994 to observe the first democratic elections. It was a life-changing experience, she recalls.
After graduating, Ashley returned to South Africa as a Fulbright Scholar and Bakoven was a favourite haunt. Years later, while living in Paris, she and her husband decided to move their family to Cape Town. Naturally, Ashley wanted to live in Bakoven.