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In­te­rior de­sign­ers Boyd and Ge­ordi felt that, by virtue of Sweni Lodge’s in­ti­mate size, it could take on a more dra­matic and dec­o­ra­tive in­te­rior with ease. ‘ We wanted to make the lodge feel fresh, young, fun, bold and joy­ous,’ Boyd says. The end prod­uct is a de­light. ‘ We stud­ied the clas­sic de­signs of the 1960s and 70s to in­spire the South African ar­ti­sans and crafts­peo­ple that we com­mis­sioned,’ says Ge­ordi. ‘There is a def­i­nite mid-cen­tury mod­ern feel through­out Sweni Lodge, which we mar­ried with ex­treme tex­ture, colour and pat­tern on ev­ery­thing from be­spoke ta­pes­tries to rugs, throws and cush­ions. We also chose to in­tro­duce a lot of the lo­cal green­ery to ex­ag­ger­ate the feel­ing of be­ing out­doors.’ This may be an ex­tremely rich and de­tailed aes­thetic, but there is still a sim­plic­ity of in­tent that bal­ances the space with its lo­ca­tion. ‘ We didn’t mix many ma­te­ri­als to­gether,’ ex­plains Boyd. ‘The in­te­rior is meant to de­light with­out ever over­shad­ow­ing the main event: na­ture.’

Study space A desk, ta­ble lamp and chair, all by Cé­cile & Boyd, fit per­fectly into this area be­side the wide, wooden stair­case Bath­room These be­spoke, hand­made tiles are by South­ern Art Ce­ram­ics – The Dou­glas Wat­son Stu­dio in the UK can cre­ate a sim­i­lar ef­fect. The pen­dant light is from Wey­landts Stock­ist de­tails on p167

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