We delve into the world of South Africa’s most intriguing men with this coffee table masterpiece.

Step into the captivating world of men and their unique spaces as writer and style connoisseur Leoni Smit unveils her limited-edition coffee table book, ‘MASCULUS’. This remarkable publication, two years in the making, showcases twenty-three predominantly maximalist interiors, brimming with delightful chaos that defies convention. Picture spaces adorned with foraged materials, steeped in academia, embellished with intricate embroidery, dedicated to restoration, driven by invention, and adorned with art – all infused with a distinctive personality and intention.

Leoni Smit shares her inspiration behind the selection, saying, “I have chosen these men for the haphazard way in which they throw things together and carry on with it. I have chosen them for their spirit, that special voice of fire, the way they all know exactly who they are and what they adore”.

This substantial tome spans an impressive 540 pages and, under Leoni’s meticulous guidance, boasts stunning photography by the talented Yvette Jordaan and impeccable graphic design by Sirette Hare.

But that’s not all—Leoni has ambitious plans to create a similar book, featuring men from around the world and their distinctive personal styles.

From all corners of South Africa, MASCULUS features an eclectic cast of characters, including Bernie Diedericks, Cobus van Niekerk, Dapper (Willem) de Wet, David Bell, Gerhard Swart, Anthony C. Harris, Gert van der Merwe, Jaco Janse van Rensburg, Hein Liebenberg, Jacques Erasmus, Hylton Nel, Jan-Georg Solms, Janharm Vorster, Pieter Vosloo, Jan Sauer Lamprechts, Jood Momberg, Johann Louw, Laurent Bayard, Laurie van Heerden and Kevin Reinders, Louis Janse van Vuuren, Hardy Olivier, Marc Watson, James Moffatt, Nhlanhla Eric Fologwe, Niel Stemmet, Nicolaas Maritz, Phillip van Staden, Scott Hart, Tielman de Villiers, and Wim van Zyl.

For those who appreciate the allure of a captivating coffee table book, MASCULUS is a must-have addition to your collection.

Masculus retails for R3,950.00

Check out Leoni’s Instagram account @cheaparistocrat for more details and to place your order.

Words and production: J-P de la Chaumette
Photography: Yvette Jordaan