stephen’s world

The Graaff-reinet home of dec­o­ra­tor Stephen Fal­cke flips the script on con­ven­tional Ka­roo in­te­ri­ors

Condé Nast House & Garden - - DESIGN NOTES - TEXT PIET SM­EDY PHO­TO­GRAPHS ELSA YOUNG

One of the de­sign world’s bright­est lu­mi­nar­ies – and a con­stant in the pages of Condé Nast House & Gar­den since its in­cep­tion – stephen Fal­cke shares an ex­tract from the long-awaited book of his work, A World of De­sign, and gives us a can­did ac­count of what it took to dec­o­rate his home in graaff-reinet.

The Colour

‘In the tra­di­tional Ka­roo homestead they used to use a mix­ture of lime and pig’s blood on the out­side walls to give them their yel­low-ochre colour.

This might be a clas­sic cape ge­or­gian house but I de­cided that I wasn’t go­ing to make it look old, so I took the colour theme from the out­side and brought it in­doors. Thank­fully we don’t use pig’s blood any­more, it’s an ox­ide in the lime that gives it the same colour ef­fect. They ac­tu­ally use the same paint on all the mon­u­ments in the town. We have to patch it up a few times a year as the ox­ide eas­ily weathers. usu­ally these his­toric houses were al­ways white in­side, but I felt that the ochre glowed, it was happy, it was sun­shine.’

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