Irwin Weiner - In a recent trip back to my hometown of Cape Town, South Africa, I stopped in at 109 Hatfield Street near the National Gallery to visit Okha Design & Interiors. Okha exemplifies the fresh, contemporary, bold, handcrafted African design look that naturally goes with beach-scene homes and lots of sunshine. The bold sun - South Africa boasts the largest hole in the ozone layer, so it's a hot place in many ways - brings out the need for strong, elemental art, sculpture, and clean furnishings that are bold and comfortable. Cape Town has a resort feel that Okha's designs pick up on.
As the planet celebrates the World Cup in South Africa, we wanted to celebrate Okha and all South African design. If you want to take a page from this interior design style for your home, here are a few suggestions:
- Add hand-crafted art and sculpture
- Look for furnishings with strong lines and architectural details,
- Make your living spaces clean and uncluttered
Here are some views of Okha's furniture and designed spaces in South Africa. Note the contemporary beach style of many of these homes.