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of all aspects of the design. ‘We know each
other so well; I trusted them completely.
There was no need to spell anything
out,’ says Port. The f urniture was largely
sourced from decor store Wunders, owned
by his sister Laura. The objets and artworks
were gathered on expeditions abroad and
into South Africa’s hinterland, and from
close artist friends like Martine Jackson
and Tracy Payne.
Although the envelope of the house
has remained unchanged since its
initial expansion, the interior has been
dramatically refreshed on occasion. The
house has seen its ‘Atlantic beach house’
days – all creams, whites and sea blues,
with walls of glass. Its current incarnation is
a jewel-box of Hollywood Fifties-era glam:
black, taupe, gold, brass, mirrors, glossy
fittings and Murano glass chandeliers.
A leitmotif of wood, in the form of
a giant screen at the property’s front
entrance, is repeated on the exterior
cladding. This includes a huge, elevated
pool-facing deck, while interior timber
accents soften the touches of opulence.
what the Cape Town lifestyle offers is a
sophisticated standard of work and play,
with abundant sunshine and year-round
opportunities to enjoy the outdoors and
the beach. No surprise, then, that Port
chose Bakoven, a patch of properties on the
southern edge of the seaboard’s residential
strip, beyond which lie unspoilt stretches
of vegetation, rocks and coast.
The depth of local creative talent and
the relationships Port has nurtured over a
lifetime are well represented in the house.
Years ago, an architect friend helped
him transform what was a small, aged
bungalow into this sleek, yet sensitive,
rebuild. His great friends Boyd Ferguson
and Paul van den Berg (of interior
specialists Cécile & Boyd’s fame) took care
The TV room, above, features a WOODEN ARTWORK
of an aeroplane. The free-standing bed in the main
BEDROOM, above right, is enclosed by decorative fabric
at each corner, while a WRITINGDESKin the main
bedroom, opposite, serves as a mini home office.
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