Before and After: Umhlanga Apartment

WORDS Amelia Brown IMAGES Michelle Reynolds (after)

Head interior designer and director of interior architecture design studio Designs By Day (DBD) Nicky Goldstone shares the transformation of a dated three-bedroomed seaside apartment that has been transformed into a glamorous contemporary residence.

What was the brief?

The client wanted a masculine yet modern interior space that showcased amazing joinery, details and natural finishes. He wanted quite a monochromatic space with pops of colour here and there. The brief was to open up the space completely and take advantage of the views, which we did to allow a 180 degree view of the sea.

What was your inspiration?

Our inspiration was POD Boutique Hotel in Camps Bay. We love their wooden bed structures that elevate the beds to maximise the view. Our mood board was modern and sophisticated without fuss.

What is the apartment’s size and how long did the renovation take?

The apartment is 380m2, with three sea-facing bedrooms. It took one year to renovate.

Do you have a favourite area / space / piece?

I absolutely love the living area-lounge with its combination of joinery pieces and upholstery. The monochromatic colour scheme creates a wow factor when you enter the space. The Vibia Wireflow lights from Streamlight are a strong favourite of mine, too, as they are understated yet create such a gorgeous feature in the high-volume space.

Were there any bespoke pieces? 

We customised or custom-made a lot of pieces: Most of the wooden joinery was manufactured and installed by Factory 5, and we custom-made all the upholstered items, barstools and outdoor occasional chairs. The kitchen barstools are part of our DBD furniture collection that’s launching at the end of August. The kitchen, bar and all built-in cupboards are by Poggenpohl. The artworks are by Bron Stofberg.

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