Architect Review – Designers on Display

Private Property South Africa
Charles Taylor

Umhlali Golf Estate, Dolphin Coast

This month's review reflects the wares of a smart developer, Regency Developments who have completed 12 houses on Umhlali Golf Estate as part of a second phase development and organised 12 interior designers and landscapers to produce their best for an open day to the public held from 12-14 May. Here, we showcase the work of some of the designers.

INTERIORS

The more 'contemporary' approaches by Eye Candy and LDC are rich in texture, strongly rectangular in their lines and uncluttered. Worth mentioning is that LDC design and manufacture all their own furniture, which gives an element of originality to their spaces.
The 'classical' approach was evident in the work of Architech Design (Wendy Wilson), Lee Moon and Delise Atkins collaboration, and Bev Barber's bedroom.
Jennifer Jones' approach was definitely worth a visit with a 'Gatsby' feel. Our team captured a picture with the peacock feathers in the foreground - note the feather colour links on the cushions in the background. If you ever get a chance to meet her, you will find that her character matches her interiors.

LANDSCAPERS


Our top garden was Indigo Earth and Umongo Landscapes who produced a true work of art. Their treatment of level changes, edge-of-garden details in crushed stone and focus points, and the creative use of plants, pots and metal sculpture make for an amazing space to be in. Jacqueline Taylor's (wild Olive Landscapes) totally indigenous garden held good setting-out lines with paving and chip stones going right to the boundary to form strong rectangular lines - note the structural bench used as a backdrop. Tree House Landscapes produced a sculptural terraced garden leading up to the house, which turned out as an ideal seating edge to the road. They also produced some pretty way-out colours on the other side of the house, which was in keeping with the bright scheme created by Bev Barber for the well-known Jacque Rey "eat out" experience of "FOOD MATTERS" (If ever in Ballito do NOT miss that one!). Note the 'off the wall' idea of outdoor fabric tiles fixed to the wall. Future owners of this unit would need to be a 'glam' bunch if they were to decide to leave these 'as-is' after the show.

Overall this was a great idea and well attended. To find all the exhibitors, log on to www.decoratorsondisplay.co.za.

SUPPLIERS

Interior designers:

Eye Candy

LDC

Architech Design (Wendy Wilson)

Lee Moon & Delise Atkins collaboration

Bev Barber

Jennifer Jones

Landscapers:

Indigo Earth & Umongo Landscapes

Tree House Landscapes

Wild Olive Landcapes

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