WORDS Michaela Stehr PHOTOS Studio Miru
Frederick Sinclair is a furniture concept store and showroom in Cape Town’s city centre that aims to add bespoke flair and colour to classic design pieces.
When three professionals put their heads together to fill a gap in the furniture industry, this bold 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 above 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 an informal yet considered approach to living, and is set out as a modern home with lounges, a dining area, foyers and bedrooms in a beautifully lit space.
It houses the brand’s own designs – including customisable sofas and tables – as well as pieces from local designers such as African Jacquard and Corinne de Haas Ceramics, alongside lighting by The Artisan, Kirsten Lilford’s oil paintings and Chris van Niekerk’s botanical works.
Dramatic splashes of colour complement the old-world charm of rejuvenated and previously loved vintage finds, which are casually set among the new items.
“We’re excited to see Frederick Sinclair evolve into an institution of design in Cape Town,” says Greg. “It’s a place where clients can fall in love with an aesthetic that’s not only contemporary, but that has a sense of history unique to our lifestyle.”
For more information, visit fredericksinclair.co.za.