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Vi­brant colours, geo­met­ric pat­terns and stripes – a new, ju­bi­lant ver­sion of max­i­mal­ism has ar­rived to brighten up all of our lives. The idea is to pair shades that con­ven­tional wis­dom says won’t work – ter­ra­cotta with or­ange, blue with green, pink with pil­lar-box red. Mix them all to­gether, and then give them space to breathe against back­drops of pale wood. The colour­ful pal­ette in this home takes its lead from the spir­ited shades of na­ture in the wilds of South Africa. ‘ We were in­spired by the elec­tric colours you see on the birds, but­ter­flies and in­sects, as well as the geo­met­ric pat­terns and forms you find on small African crea­tures, like the chameleon,’ says Boyd Fer­gu­son of Cé­cile & Boyd, the in­no­va­tive Cape Town-based de­sign stu­dio that cre­ated the in­te­rior of Sin­gita Sweni Lodge in South Africa’s Kruger National Park. Ge­ordi de Sousa Costa – also from Cé­cile & Boyd – agrees: ‘The more we re­searched the area, the more we found ev­ery­thing from deep tans to tawny pinks, cochineal yel­lows to teal, and ter­ra­cotta to irides­cent or­anges.’ The mood cre­ated is bril­liantly vi­brant – vis­ual sero­tonin for the soul. ce­cile­and­

Din­ing area The yel­low chairs and blue sofa are by Cé­cile & Boyd – in­spired by the colours of the area’s na­tive king­fish­ers. The art­works are by Sarah Pratt and The Rug Com­pany sells sim­i­lar rugs Stock­ist de­tails on p167 ➤

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