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VISI 110

Visi is a celebration of living well. It is committed to bringing readers the best of South African design, decor and architecture, together with the latest international trends. The innovative magazine prides itself on quality and integrity in design and editorial content. Readers enjoy news about today’s decor and design trends, new products and ideas, as well as features on South Africa’s most beautiful homes and spaces.

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fresh heritage

HAVE YOU EVER DRIVEN REPEATEDLY PAST AN OLD house in your neighbourhood that you find deeply interesting, looking at it carefully each time and thinking, “I wonder who lives there… What would I do if that place were mine?” Certainly very few will have actually pushed ahead and persuaded the property’s current owner to part with it, then undertaken a major renovation. But that’s precisely what interior designer Charlotte Collins managed to accomplish. Having become fascinated with this beautiful heritage home, several years ago she finally persuaded its elderly owner to part with it. It may have needed much work, but Charlotte could see the potential. And then there was the home’s hard-to-beat location. Situated across the road from historic Leeuwenhof, the official residence of the premier of the Western Cape, the…

4 min.
i can gularity

THE FIRST GLANCE, THE ARCADIA LOOKS LIKE A HOUSE – a very striking house, but a house nonetheless. Architecturally assertive and sculptural, it even stands out among its Fresnaye neighbours – a collection of imposingly big properties one wouldn’t exactly classify as retiring daisies. According to its architect Roberto Forte, whose firm Forte Architetti is based in Sicily, with additional offices in Milan and Cape Town, that was the goal. “The brief from my client at Axis Property Group was clear,” he says. “He wanted a luxury residential complex that wouldn’t read as just a regular block of flats. Each of the five units had to be unique, but still needed to present as a whole.” Additional requirements from the client were that future residents enjoy absolute privacy from one another…

5 min.
open day

“IT’S A GREAT HOUSE TO WAKE UP IN every morning, and a great house to dwell in,” says interior designer and artist Lisa Twyman of her home. “It makes you feel free, positive, motivated, excited.” Lisa and husband Will Haynes fell in love with the plot situated in Salt Rock, on the Indian Ocean coastline north of Durban, because of its geography – so much so that the build became very much about the garden. “We did not want to impose on it or mess up the flow of it too much,” she says. “During the first few years that we lived here, any extra budget was spent on the garden and planting.” ADDING TO THE HOME’S RADICAL OPENNESS IS ITS STRIKING CENTRAL COURTYARD. The key principle for Lisa and Will was that…

1 min.
5 furniture fusion

When three professionals put their heads together to fill a gap in the furniture industry, this bold new showroom was the result. After spending the last few years developing Frederick Sinclair items and concepts, they have also lovingly restored an old Victorian building on petite Watson Street in the Cape Town CBD. The refreshed space is the stage for presenting a convergence of industrial design, clean lines and an ode to the future of furniture. “We introduce vibrancy, life and colour to homes in a sophisticated manner,” says co-founder Greg Sinclair (pictured with partners Johan Taute and Candice Sinclair). “Handcrafted furniture that’s made locally, paired with contemporary oil paintings and botanical artworks, make up a unique and bespoke interior for the modern South African living space.” The showroom is designed to present…

2 min.
14 vertical village

BlackBrick Club’s meditation garden was planted as a jungle oasis. The library is filled with carefully selected books to support a regular programme of talks. The cinema will screen documentaries and old classics. The bar faces west to provide great views of Joburg’s urban forest. There’s a spot for rooftop yoga, a bike station, electric car rental facility, gym, restaurants, work spaces, 75 hotel rooms and 208 apartments to rent or buy. But unlike an apartment building with similar facilities that sometimes never get used, BlackBrick Club wants to build a community, using events to bring people together. Founder Moritz Wellensiek calls this integrated live-play-work experience a vertical village. It’s an interesting project – even more so now, as Covid-19 speeds up the shifts in the way we live and work.…

1 min.
16 bright sides

Good things can come from bad situations: when Covid-19 arrived and local art collective Ilukuluku’s long-planned project for 2020’s AfrikaBurn event could no longer go ahead, the collective (together with inspirational UK designer Morag Myerscough) found a way to create something with a wonderful legacy anyway. In partnership with Bright Sparks – which provides space for extramural creative play for children aged 1 to 6 years, and is focused on improving educational outcomes for children in under-resourced communities – they spent part of the lockdown upgrading a Cape Flats school. Ilukuluku mobilised a team of volunteers, including a consulting architect, designers, and renowned mural painter Tim Bopper and his team. Soon the school – Disneyland Educare in Tuscany Glen – was being given a makeover that included extensive structural repairs and…