Bril­liant lessons from pat­tern and colour mae­stro an­drea graff

Seven lessons in dar­ing dec­o­rat­ing and clever cu­rat­ing from in­te­ri­ors doyenne An­drea Graff

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BUY ART THAT YOU LOVE

‘Last year – a busy one – I pur­chased this an­drzej ur­ban­ski art­work from ev­er­ard read at the In­vestec art Fair for a client. I was clearly chan­nelling my in­ner Peggy guggen­heim. Long story short, it made it as far as my own liv­ing room – and what a mag­nif­i­cent piece. The nachas that it gives me is ab­so­lutely price­less. I’d painted the walls a pale pink about six years ago (way ahead of the mil­len­ni­als) and love it to this day. Be­fore the ur­ban­ski there had been a col­lec­tion of var­i­ous works, but those have since been repo­si­tioned.’

GO FOR BOLD

‘once again, I pur­chased this pair of vin­tage head­boards from Wauhaus for a client and ended up lov­ing them so much more pour moi. Paired with the flo­ral lamp­shade, ze­bra and leop­ard scat­ters and the Mar­tine Jack­son anemone ves­sel it all came to­gether as some­thing spe­cial. My point: a guest bed­room and bath­room are the best rooms in a house to com­pletely re­alise your ec­cen­tric side – so go for it.’

‘A GUEST BED­ROOM AND BATH­ROOM ARE THE BEST ROOMS IN THE HOUSE TO RE­ALISE YOUR EC­CEN­TRIC SIDE’

HAVE PAT­TERN, WILL CLASH

‘I was in Mi­lan last year where I made a bee­line for the dedar show­room, where I’d ar­ranged to view a sam­ple of the wall­pa­per that made it into this apart­ment that I de­signed in Fres­naye, cape Town. The dedar show­room is tiny but in­cred­i­ble. (as a side note: Tanya stur­geon from T&co used to bring dedar into the coun­try – Tanya, please, bring it back!) This liv­ing room epit­o­mizes my en­tire phi­los­o­phy of clash­ing pat­terns (just look at that petrol blue sofa with cerise scat­ter) and nat­u­ral tex­tures, such as jute and ze­bra skin. strangely, so many south africans are com­pletely against this ap­proach. Then there’s the tiny, con­crete ele­phant stool (I nearly dis­lo­cated my hip mov­ing it into situ). It’s a sure con­ver­sa­tion piece – and it only cost r500.

YOUR IN­TE­RIOR TELLS A STORY – MAKE SURE IT’S A GOOD ONE

The mu­ral wall­pa­per from an­thro­polo­gie served as the in­spi­ra­tion for this room where I fol­lowed the cerise/dusty pink theme. The next best thing in wall­pa­per? colony and Mar­tyn Lawrence Bullard for cole & son. colony has taken one of its most fa­mous Ja­cobean fab­rics and pro­duced this fab­u­lous wall­pa­per in dif­fer­ent colour ways. By the way, colony now rep­re­sents ard­more – I couldn’t be more proud.’

COLOUR is YOUR FRIEND

‘I al­ways strive to bal­ance a room with colour, even white. This kitchen is part of a larger space and needed an­chor­ing. It was a last-minute idea to paint the walls above the Ta­ble Moun­tain-in­spired splash­back in a de­sat­u­rated cerise pink. add the cook­bookcrammed shelves and the suc­cu­lents for com­plete lay­er­ing and prac­ti­cal­ity.’

EV­ERY­ONE WILL GET it

‘Five years ago I vis­ited the best store in the world: nil­u­far gallery. owned by pro­lific art dealer and col­lec­tor nina Yashar on the Via della spiga in Mi­lan. In 2015, nina opened the huge nil­u­far de­pot and, when I stepped into it, I could not breathe – this is where I want to be buried. In this study, the ebonized oak shelves are my in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the mid­cen­tury book­cases I viewed at nil­u­far. I had to wait al­most five years for the right client who un­der­stood the de­sign. side note: cane and rat­tan are mak­ing a mas­sive come­back; anatomy de­sign’s new rat­tan arm­chairs are be­yond. I up­hol­stered these chairs in a con­tem­po­rary fab­ric.’

NEED TO KNOW

‘My big­gest ob­ses­sion right now has to be Lon­don’s house of hack­ney. I re­cently vis­ited their shored­itch show­room. This show­room is an ex­plo­sion of plants, flo­ral wall­pa­per, gor­geous lamp­shades, fab­rics and home­ware – a kalei­do­scope of pure fan­tasy.’

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