I’m the product of so many mixes; racial, national, inter-disciplinary. I’m the combination of generations of hope, prayer and hard work; I’m a tribute to the art in my father, and the rock in my mother. I am brimstone and fire, I do earthquake things.
DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONAL STYLE IN 3 WORDS?
Functional, Comfortable, Minimalist.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE OR MOST TREASURED ITEM IN YOUR HOME?
It’s a tie between the solid steel work bench on wheels that I repurposed as a drinks trolley, and the locker units that my mom and I refurbished by hand. Those pieces were rusting in junk yards across Johannesburg until I rescued them with a little sandblasting and powder coating. I’ve seen new locker units sell for upwards of 11k, with none of the history or story; I love that I gave them new life, by hand.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU LIVED IN YOUR HOME? WHERE DOES IT DRAW ITS CHARACTER FROM?
I have lived in my home for about 9 months, a recent purchase after moving back from New York and begrudging moving back in with my folks. The character in my home is drawn primarily from the raw skeleton of the building itself. Industrial buildings tend to have a lot of personality that you can either stifle, or celebrate, with the way you decorate and populate them. I chose to brighten up the space with a fresh lick of paint and remove a lot of the built in cupboards in favour of units that are open, breathable and off the ground hahaha. I hate furniture that is flat on the ground. I like things with legs and feet. Weird right?
DO YOU HAVE A MORNING OR BEDTIME RITUAL?
I’m a creature of habit and an early riser. I like to keep a routine in the mornings to ensure I’m my most productive self. Wake up 6:30 (I wake up at his time everyday because the sun shines directly on my face through the 180 windows in my bedroom), drink a litre of water, take my vitamins, check my phone, go to spinning at 8, shower (skincare routine like clockwork), protein shake, get dressed, get settled at my laptop. If I can get all this done by 10am, I can usually be finished with the days work by 2pm and then I can be fun and play with other kids. Freelance life.
WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT THE AREA OR NEIGHBOURHOOD THAT YOU LIVE IN?
My complex is very inconspicuous. For a relatively industrial area, passers-by would have no idea that there are 28 lofts on the other side of our rather bland façade. I love that! It’s like a true hidden gem. The neighbourhood itself is undergoing a major redevelopment following the success of 44 Stanley next door, and the infrastructure upgrades filtering out from the inner city. I love being able to walk to places and have coffee shops and restaurants right outside my doorstep. That’s cosmopolitan living.
WHERE DO YOU FIND YOUR INSPIRATION?
Everywhere really. In books, in art, in music and in people. If you let them, people can show you 1000 worlds you never knew existed, without ever leaving the comfort of conversation. The right kind of people at least. I love learning, and knowledge and expression; these are all things that contribute to my curiosity and creativity.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE PIECE OF JEWELLERY AND WHY?
I don’t know that it’s my favourite, but it’s the most sentimental. I wear my maternal grandmother’s wedding band on my right hand. I never take it off ever. When I was living abroad and far away from my family for a long time, it was a very gentle reminder of the lineage of women on who’s shoulders I stand. It’s a simple gold band with a filigree design through the centre, but it’s classic enough that it never clashed with anything else I wear. I want to pass pieces like that down to my future daughters.
WHAT IS THE BEST GIFT THAT YOU HAVE EVER RECEIVED?
For my 25th birthday, my partner, who is a photographer, drew me a triptych of minimalist line drawings of african masks. They are so simple, and yet so striking against the black frames. I love them; it was such a thoughtful gift. He’s much better at gifting than I am.
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE PLACES OR TRAVEL EXPERIENCES THAT HAVE SHAPED YOU?
I grew up in London, so all of Europe was merely a train ride away, but I think London and New York are the two places that I have lived that have really defined how I see myself in the world. As a trip, however, Egypt was incredible. As a child I wanted to be an archaeologist and Egypt was the trip that introduced me to Anthropology, which was the catalyst for my academic career and current job spec. I’m a total nerd in disguise.
TELL US SOMETHING ABOUT YOURSELF THAT NOT MANY PEOPLE KNOW?
I think Capers are weird.
IF YOU COULD INVITE ANYONE TO A DINNER PARTY, WHO WOULD THEY BE AND WHY?
Pheobe Philo, Yohji Yamamoto, Mark Rothko, and Massimo Bottura. I think it would be an interesting mix of some of my favourite minimalists.
Choose one of two options:
- Understated or bold? - understated
- Stay home or head out? – head out
- Morning person or night owl? – morning person
- Buy or DIY? - DIY