location: Seapoint, Cape Town | interior design: Reyjeane Haroun – Maison Reyjeane | architecture: KM Wilson Architects | developer: Golden Rock Properties | photography: Adriaan Louw

This seafront apartment measures just 110 square metres and is a compact unit that required a complete overhaul. The brief to the designer was to convert the space from what was an outdated flat to a chic, sophisticated, finely detailed luxury apartment that would tick every lifestyle box.

Says interior designer Reyjeane Haroun: ‘This project was executed for an established client who allows me total creative control with regard to the specification of every element and finish. I had a zero limitation concept in my mind here and even though the space was small I made bold decisions wherever possible. The solution involved layering and mixing materials and textures and adding detailing where possible. Most wall surfaces were covered and the resulting colour palette is dark and moody to give the space a slightly masculine look and feel.

‘When designing a small space one can be limited in both scale and dimension but I try to use any such challenging issues and make them work for the space. I have a very solution-orientated design approach but am unwilling to compromise on style, or the choices that need to be made due to building, size or layout constraints. In my mind there are never any problems, only solutions.

‘My clients operate within a specific and high standard. Their briefs offer me the freedom to completely transform the space while evolving the design concepts. This means that throughout a project if I find ways to further elevate or improve the design I am afforded the trust to do so. For me design should have no limitations; a space needs to be aesthetically beautiful but it also should embody feeling and energy. The important elements will include: lighting, fabrics, textures, the setting / ambiance – but even the smell or essence should provide a sense or feeling, an ambiance of exactly what the brief called for.

For the full article see Habitat #263 January / February 2018


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