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Feb 7, 2020 | Beautiful Spaces

Bone Studio designed a chic space in Cape Town to appeal to a broad audience

Bone Interior Studio works on projects as varied as colourful office fit outs and luxury restaurant concepts to contemporary private residences. Being versatile and able to adapt to the unique demands of each job is crucial, and a skill the company has really honed over the years.

This strength proved especially useful for a recent project designing an apartment for a client in Cape Town, where the team yet again had to show its multifaceted skillset. While a residential space at its heart, the proposition required agility on the part of the designers. A luxury apartment in the high-end Cape Royale development in Green Point, it gets rented out for the majority of the time as an Air Bnb, and as such demanded a unique approach when it came to conceptualizing an interior scheme.

Lead designer on the project, Gill Deneys recognized that a revolving clientele, from all over the world and ranging in age and tastes, would dictate a space that didn’t alienate anyone, but that would simultaneously welcome everyone.

“The owners wanted to set it apart from other apartments in the building – they wanted it to stand out, but it also had to be neutral enough to have broad appeal,” says Deneys. The apartment needed an upgrade first and foremost – to bring it up to the level required to cater to a discerning global guest. Deneys also had to consider the infinite types of inhabitant – from short-term business stays, to leisurely families on extended vacation – not only for deciding on an aesthetic, but also for laying out the space.

As a result, the apartment and its design had to tick multiple boxes. “We needed to create something neutral and inoffensive, but also comfortable with some personality – a fine line. And it had to be internationally on point,” says Deneys. Cue a smart, slick and layered take on European style, with a traditional foundation and modern finishing touches. To marry these divergent looks, Deneys kept the palette very simple but strong, and created a sense of balance – mouldings on the walls and ceilings and a new but traditionally inspired herringbone floor offers a timeless base, countered by contemporary clean-lined furniture. The result is a look with a foot in both classic and minimal territory.

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