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“It should be about the pieces – if they are beautiful, they will work – and how we live in that space.”
The couple has made the space their own by customising pieces to suit their taste. For example, the navy armchairs from Antiques on Kloof were reupholstered in velvet by Wunders, and the coffee table from Boardmans had its original top replaced with Marron Emperador marble from Natural Stone Warehouse.
No ordinary ‘above the shop’ space, Malcolm and Christiaan’s is a fully fledged residence – a vibrant continuation of the downstairs KLûK CGDT showroom and work studio, which originally occupied this floor. Spanning 120m2, it’s an apartment that includesa bedroom, living area, shower and kitchen alcove. ‘It’s a place for us to live in temporarily while our Fresnaye home on the Atlantic Seaboard is being renovated,’ says Malcolm. ‘The fact that we already had the space in Bree Street made it an obvious choice – and ithas turned out to be surprisingly comfortable and easy to live in.’
The kitchen is cheerfully uncomplicated, with serveware including bowls by Anthony Shapiro of Art in the Forest and an ink chair artwork, which was a gift from Kurt Pio, displayed on plain wooden shelving.
‘Christiaan and I have very different styles. Mine is sleek, minimal and contemporary; his is warmer, with plants and colour and comfort.Malcolm Kluk
Curtains made with fabric from Joburg’s Oriental Plaza provide a geometric counterpoint to the more muted elements in the bedroom.
Pockets of interest have been created in the living area by combining furniture and objects that range in style and origin: here, a standing lamp from Recreate in Parkhurst contrasts beautifully with an antique Japanese sideboard from Onsite Gallery and a retro chair from Billy Moon Antiques and Collectables.
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