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Jan 9, 2020 | Beautiful Spaces

Cécile & Boyd’s aspirational aesthetic comes to life in store

Experience Cécile & Boyd’s liveability and devotion to comfort at its two signature shops, which are located on fashionable Florida Road, Durban, and Kloof Nek Road, Cape Town, respectively. Both embody the ethos that company founders Cécile Tilley and Boyd Ferguson have instilled in these landmark retail destinations – the ‘high art of living well’.

Tilley and Ferguson established their first retail space in Durban 30 years ago. Although not uncommon today, the concept of styling spaces as if they were real lived-in rooms is something Cécile & Boyd pioneered at a time when no-one else was doing it.

Established in a turn-of-the-century house, the Durban shop is deftly curated and stocked with Cécile & Boyd’s trademark furniture, art and decor pieces. Now with studios and a second outlet in Cape Town, the award-winning company has an international footprint, but is firmly situated in Africa, drawing on a rich local aesthetic as well as global contemporary style.

The Cape Town shop is situated in an historic four-storey Arts and Crafts mansion. As in the Durban space, you’ll have a sense of visiting a home, so intimate and hospitable are the interiors. From an elegant sitting room, filled with art and objets, to a dining room with a fully laid table complete with hurricane lanterns and place settings, to an outdoor atrium brimming with plants, pots and outdoor accessories, the Cape Town shop perfectly demonstrates the breadth and variety of Cécile & Boyd’s inventory.

The curated retail selection carried by both shops is managed by Jonny Rowe, who sources and commissions one-off pieces and limited-edition lines from across the globe. “We go to great pains when designing and sourcing items, focusing on small runs that are distinguished by quality finishes, aesthetics and a distinctive appeal that fits in with our ethos. We enjoy mixing up styles and putting different pieces together in order to show them off to effect – which means there’s something for everyone, whether your personal direction is classic, contemporary, minimalist or eclectic,” he states.

The Cape Town store is open on weekdays from 09h00 to 17h00 and on Saturdays from 09h00 to 13h00. It is situated at 26 Kloof Nek Rd. The Durban shop, located at 253 Florida Rd in Morningside, is open from 08h30 to 17h00 on weekdays, and from 09h00 to 13h00 on Saturdays.

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