A Cape Town penthouse with killer views gets a moody makeover.
A light kitchen renovation becomes a complete apartment overhaul: the storyline is familiar to those who’ve embarked on a renovation. For the owners of this Atlantic Seaboard apartment, their home boasted the kind of views that most Capetonians would be envious of, surveying the Atlantic Ocean and Greenpoint Stadium; the interior – however – was dated and lacked personality. The latter is something of a matador’s cape for interior designer Hendre Bloem, whose portfolio of residential projects is infused with tell-tale drama, warmth and a discernibly masculine palette.
To celebrate the all-important views, Hendre used smoked charcoal mirror to reflect the outdoors and bring them into the interior, as well as floor-to-ceiling windows in the bedroom and bathroom. The furniture, meanwhile, was sourced from a host of leading local design brands, with some European classics in the mix and channels edgy urban vibes with a moody undercurrent.
“We decided early on to strip the finishes back to expose the raw, edgy and unique elements the architecture has to offer, like the off-shutter concrete soffits and raw timber details,” recalls Hendre. In doing so, he has introduced a sense of authenticity that’s lacking in many modern urban apartments. To these raw elements he added a dose of slick sophistication by way of luxe finishes like walnut, black glass and marble in dark tones. The result is slick and sexy and uses contrast to maximum effect.