My favourite room

De­signer Michael Chan­dler in­vites us into his mag­i­cal bed­room.

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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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