My favourite room
Designer Michael Chandler invites us into his magical bedroom.
Cape Town’s Chandler House gallery and store is a treasure trove of stunning art, whimsical ceramics, fascinating antiques and fabulous homeware. So it makes sense that its founder – art-history graduate, curator and collector Michael Chandler – should surround himself with truly wonderful pieces in his private life, too.
This unique bedroom, at his home in Rondebosch, showcases his love for textures and textiles, starting with the hand-embroidered Suzani throw and wall hanging, bought at the Bukhara to Cape Town store. “Their colours bring the room together beautifully,” he says.
His own work as well as his personal collections reflect his passion for the Mother City, from the decorative blue and white ceramics to pieces by rising stars of the contemporary art world.
“I got the big vase on the bedside table from Noordhoek Manor, and it’s from the 1660s, when the Cape was established. It was broken somewhere in its history and has been repaired with staples – an old-fashioned way of fixing ceramics,” he says. “The painting above the bed is by Jordan Sweke. I saw it at the Michaelis School of Fine Art graduation show – a great place to discover new talent and well-priced art. I knew where I’d hang it straight away.”
And the striking round mirror? “It’s called a Kraak Mirror and is influenced by a Japanese-style ceramic that was exported to Europe via the Cape in the 17th century. Curiously, the vase that I mentioned before is in the same style as the plate, which inspired the mirror. It’s all connected!” Michael explains.
“Surround yourself with things that you love,” is his decor advice. “If that’s the common denominator, then it all comes together.”
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