An artist’s life’s work is never done. There isn’t usually a point where a designer or painter will step back from a finished project and decide that it has fulfilled them enough to stop creating in the future. It’s the same for these designers in Cape Town, South Africa. Their home is a constantly changing reflection of who they are and where they are as artists.
Diana, object designer and jewelry maker, and Andre James, industrial designer and educator, have made their home into a piece of art. They moved into their Victorian-style home seven years ago and have been recreating it as they go. The home is a mixture of vintage, global and industrial pieces and design that all together feel welcoming and intriguing. “As we see it, decoration is an emergent process where the aesthetic value of the result is inversely proportionate to the effort expended. Our aesthetic is an honest reflection of our history and our lives and the materials used in the building of this house,” Diana says. “The industrial aesthetic underpinning the Victorian era has been reinterpreted in a way that reflects the way that modern South Africans live.”
The couple has curated, redesigned and reworked a house into a collective work of art. Their ability to do so is met with gratitude. “It is difficult to look past the privilege of owning a house. In the words of Ton van Summeren, ‘A house is the ultimate artwork,’ as such we enjoy using this house as a canvas for expression,” Diana says. “The house is an ongoing ‘cowboy’ building project and is constantly changing with our needs. ” The result is a space that is very deliberately styled, arranged and designed for Diana and Andre and by Diana and Andre. —Lauren