Between the cliffs: A 70’s bungalow converted into a cool and elegant seaside cabin
“We relate more to the view of the ocean than to the beach.” The definition, which speaks of an aesthetic attitude, is also explained by the low temperature of the Atlantic Ocean in these parts, which does not allow more than an occasional quick and ultra-refreshing dip.
Cameron Munro and Justin Rhodes run the art gallery What if the World and they run hotel and gastronomic establishments in Cape Town, 45 minutes from their oceanic refuge in Misty Cliffs, a nature reserve distinguished by its cliffs, which seem suspended in the sea mist.
The couple got used to walks along the rugged coastline as summer visitors until they found this three level cabin with access from the upper floor, where is the master bedroom (and of course, the most fabulous views), the social area in the center and, below, two additional rooms. A distribution that accompanies the geography along with terraces and balconies that hang from all the environments creating a connection that surrounds them in an atmosphere of dream and sea.
Cane ceiling, an excellent insulator that does not pollute and gives a natural appearance that is a trend in the world today. The ground floor displays the pendant and table versions of the opaline lamp ‘IC’, by Michael Anastassiades (Flos).
Gallery owners Cameron Munro and Justin Rhodes are renowned on the culinary and cultural scene in vibrant Cape Town. Among other things, they manage several South African foodie markets, whose imprint they transferred to their own kitchen– simple, compact and with design accents.
“Our friend Gregor Jenkin, who is a distinguished furniture designer, suggested this green to us because it would highlight the original beech floors, which have a yellowish tint. And so it was!”
It is said that in 1970, when it was released, the ‘Falcon’ armchair generated such fanaticism that Vatne Møbler’s worldwide sales tripled. The iconic hammock-shaped piece, one of the house’s favorites, is accompanied by a vintage chair with footrest (Knoll).
Gregor Jenkin created this patinated steel guard that goes down like a blind and preserves the living room smoke.
“In winter, we light the fireplace and sit watching the storms; it’s like being in a typical log cabin. In summer, when we open all the doors and windows, it changes instantly to a beach shelter.”
A pencil drawing by artist Paul Edmunds recreated in the Main bedroom the mythical mist of this Cape region. “It’s lifting the curtain and feeling like you’re on a cruise,” says Cameron of the stunning marine environment.
As the light changes, the green changes from pistachio to a drier shade. Painting was the only intervention of the new owners, and they were not wrong
The guest bedroom, on the ground floor, it was set with two collages on paper by the South African artist Morné Visagie (What if the World).
To carry ocean experience at another level, a second deck It almost seems to hang from the mountainside and offers an enviable front row to the Atlantic.
These benches include space to store cushions and mats. Little trick for a direct passage to the sun with deco and comfort.
The exterior view It shows the balcony of the living room and the staircase that goes down from there, next to the natural stone wall, to this sector.