Maps Maponyane’s Joburg home is a carefully curated haven
Maps Maponyane has made a name for himself for his sense of style. An actor, entrepreneur, spokesman and philanthropist, he’s a multilayered man with a busy schedule. So when it came to renovating his Johannesburg apartment, there were a few non-negotiables.
Above all else, he wanted to create a sanctuary in the city and update his home in Craighall Park to better complement his lifestyle and reflect his tastes and interests. Accordingly the footprint was opened up into a much more expansive format – changing it from a number of smaller rooms into an open-plan living space. To create a sense of cohesion, Maponyane and design firm Studio 19, which he tasked with the interior project, also used finishes and fittings consistently throughout to give the rooms an effortless flow. Textures were key to creating a cocoon of calm – and a polished but earthy combination of leather-finish countertops, brass details, terrazzo metro tiles and timber gives the rooms a perfect balance of trendy and timeless.
The succinct colour palette – tones of green, tan and charcoal – are contemporary and masculine, but steer clear of cliché and simultaneously echo the trees outside, which have been brought into the space beautifully courtesy of new stacking doors that open fully onto the balcony.
In dressing the space Maponyane was careful to choose suppliers and brands that would complement the sophisticated and yet understated tone he wanted to create. Aside from his enviable art collection – which was a core consideration of the space – simple silhouettes all go towards the considered look. Softs and accessories from Country Road offer the finishing touches. The brand’s philosophy of sustainability, comfort, style and conscious living perfectly dovetailed with Maponyane’s vision for his home.