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In­side the mod­ern home of fash­ion an­thro­pol­o­gist, writer and dig­i­tal con­tent pro­ducer Kenny Morifi-Winslow

Hav­ing lived in Lon­don, Cape Town and New York City, fash­ion an­thro­pol­o­gist, writer and dig­i­tal con­tent pro­ducer Kenny Morifi-Winslow has called many cities her home. But now it’s in a re­vamped his­tor­i­cal build­ing in Jo­han­nes­burg that she has found a space to call her own

When Kenny Morifi-Winslow be­gan look­ing for a home in Jo­han­nes­burg with a cen­tral lo­ca­tion that was close to her par­ents’ house in Houghton, she was drawn to Braam­fontein, a bustling sub­urb that has be­come known as the cul­tural hub of the city. ‘I was ini­tially look­ing at Mabo­neng or New­town, be­cause I wanted some­thing that was in the city. I have never en­joyed the sub­urbs – they come with their own is­sues,’ she says. She soon dis­cov­ered a mod­ern-in­dus­trial res­i­den­tial build­ing nes­tled next to the re­cently up­dated 44 Stan­ley Ave and, after mov­ing in at the be­gin­ning of the year, has been work­ing steadily to ren­o­vate the space into some­thing that res­onates with her per­sonal style and pas­sions.

The build­ing – part of which was his­tor­i­cally used as a re­fin­ery – fea­tures a num­ber of dif­fer­ent-sized sub-di­vided units with ex­posed ce­ment coun­ters and floors, steel beams, mez­za­nine lev­els and large win­dows that let in a gen­er­ous amount of light. Her new space did, how­ever, have a few un­de­sir­able el­e­ments, and Mori­fiWinslow was quick to get rid of a row of built-in cab­i­nets in the liv­ing area, dated mus­tard blinds and giant slate tiles in the bath­room. Now the room has been com­pletely retiled and its blue walls re­painted in a crisp white hue. Up­stairs, she ripped off the bed­room’s cheap cup­board doors to re­veal the rails, re­sult­ing in an ex­posed stor­age so­lu­tion that is light, breezy and per­fectly on trend.

De­scrib­ing her aes­thetic as a mix­ture of func­tional, Nordic, farm­house and min­i­mal­ist, Morifi-Winslow’s love of or­ganic ma­te­ri­als is im­me­di­ately ap­par­ent through­out her home, where her in­clu­sion of plants, wood, leather and wo­ven de­tails warms up what

could very eas­ily have been a cold, in­dus­trial apart­ment. A sim­ple black-and-white colour pal­ette cre­ates a clean back­drop against which her per­son­al­ity – and a col­lec­tion of new and re­fur­bished pieces – can shine. As a self-pro­claimed DIY girl, Morifi-Winslow has had a hand in up­scal­ing items found at recla­ma­tion yards, auc­tion houses and sec­ond-hand stores, and her liv­ing area boasts an ar­ray of re­pur­posed finds, such as a spray-painted school locker, a hand-stained din­ing room ta­ble and a re-up­hol­stered retro chair.

When she’s not dis­cov­er­ing gems in out-of-the-way lo­cales, one of Morifi-Winslow’s favourite places to shop for home decor is H&M Home. She of­ten col­lab­o­rates with the brand, and re­cently hosted a chic brunch in her home for like-minded cre­atives. ‘I like to have full con­trol over the prod­ucts that I choose for my home, and H&M Home pro­duces some beau­ti­ful smaller pieces that fit into my aes­thetic,’ she says.

Some of Morifi-Winslow’s most trea­sured items in her apart­ment are the art­works on dis­play, such as a trip­tych of line draw­ings by her part­ner pho­tog­ra­pher An­thony Bila, who also gifted her with a spe­cially-com­mis­sioned large-scale print by Ben Ea­gle for her 25th birth­day. ‘Our re­la­tion­ship is partly built on our shared in­ter­est in art,’ she says. There are framed ex­hi­bi­tion posters too – in­clud­ing one that de­picts Pablo Pi­casso’s African pe­riod – as well as two tex­tile stamps from Mali that re­mind Morifi-Winslow of the an­thro­pol­ogy of fash­ion. ‘I think we are very lucky in Africa that we are con­nected to the roots of style and de­sign,’ she says. ‘This is some­thing I be­lieve is worth cel­e­brat­ing.’ thethird­c­i­t­i­ @ken­nyjmw

“I think we are very lucky in Africa that we are con­nected to the roots of style and de­sign ”

this spread (from left) Mori­fiWinslow re­laxes in her bed­room in a chair she in­her­ited from her mother; the open shelv­ing unit in the kitchen in­cludes ceramics from Gar­denShop, a bas­ket from Zam­bia and glasses from Jamie Oliver’s Kitchen. The bread boards in the back­ground are from H&M Home; an art­work by Morifi-Winslow’s part­ner An­thony Bila is dis­played on an easel from Wether­leys in the bar area. The crys­tal is from Water­ford Crys­tal and the can­dle­stick is from H&M Home.

this page In the liv­ing area, a print by Ben Ea­gle con­trasts with a glazed-brick wall, whose earthy hue and tex­ture com­ple­ment the leather sofa from @home and wooden side-ta­ble from Amat­uli. op­po­site (clock­wise from topleft) Linen and throws from H&M Home adorn a bed from Lot­ter’s Pine in the mas­ter bed­room; Morifi-Winslow’s dress­ing ta­ble from West­gate Wald­ing Auc­tion­eers is home to an­other piece by Bila and re­flects her affin­ity for muted tones; the con­tem­po­rary mas­ter bath­room is given a touch of olde-worlde charm with a Vic­to­rian bath; Morifi-Winslow stores her jew­ellery in a metal­lic case from H&M Home.

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