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Fashion designer Craig Port talks
about his Cape Town abode.
Where did you meet your interior designer,
Boyd Ferguson? We were bo rn at almo st the same
time, in the same town, so we have a lot in common
– most notably a passio n for design . We met at
university, where I was going to be an accountant
an d B oyd a lawyer. We have remained frien ds over
all those years.
Was it love at first sight when you found the
property? I came across it by chan ce an d was
co mpletely seduced. It was time to leave my Cape
Tow n city-cen tre loft, w hich was a vast open- pla n
space with über-chic decor. I was trying to reassess
where I wanted to live an d what I wanted, but I
couldn’t visualise it. I knew that once I found it, I
would feel it. And I did.
What condition was it in originally? It’s been
revamped several times, but when I bought it the
workmanship was shabby and we had to put a lot
of effort into fixing things. The houses I’d been
looking at were these phen omen al mon u ments
in Higgovale, places that had won architectural
awards in the 60s. B ut ultimately I was more
interested in the lifestyle that the position o ffered
tha n the ho use itself.
What do you love most? The hou se makes yo u
want to take off your shoes, slip into something
more glamo ro us and take to the daybed with a
n ovel and a glass of champagn e.
The main living space effortlessly
encompasses a sunny nook with day bed,
a bar, a more formal lounge and the dining
area. It’s a showcase of textured pieces in
bamboo, timber, burnished metallic and
rich natural fabrics. The dining table with
mosaic inlay was handmade by a friend.
Mohair drapes hang at the huge floor-
to-ceiling glass doors. Tiles throughout
cleverly combine glamour with practicality
there is carpeting only in the bedrooms.
There’s a chic, grey-hued study,
‘wallpapered’ in photos of Port hosting
famous visitors (Tyra Banks, Iman, David
Bowie). In the main bedroom, generous
use of mirrors, including on the ceiling,
enhance the sense of spaciousness. Hand-
crafted cabinetry takes care of storage
requirements. The palette of bronze and
sand is continued here; the room is both
dramatic and warm.
A roomy kitchen is equipped to the
specifications of Port’s partner, Bryan
Hellmann, who’s an enthusiastic cook. But
entertaining is more likely to take the form
of poolside lunches or informal dinners at
home – the couple are new parents to one-
year-old twins Luke and Khloe. ‘The house
wasn’t designed with children necessarily
in mind,’ says Port, ‘but it’s so versatile
that even with kids, it works!’
The notorious su mmer south-easterly
bypasses the house. ‘It seems to skim over
the roof,’ he says, allowing the family to
enjoy the indigenous garden and timber-
edged pool even on the windiest days.
At one remove from the madding crowd,
the home is ideally located for daily sorties
with the dogs and the twins to the beach
just beyond the gate. It’s an endless-
summer existence: a board-shorts lifestyle
in a black-tie home.
The main BATHROOM, above left, has a big window ove rlooking
a s ec luded COASTAL SIDE GARDEN. Port ’s bungalow is
s itu ated on the foot of Cape Town’s famous Twelve Apostles .
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