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Author: Estate Magazine

Cape Town art fair’s in-show event Solo challenges and teases

A gentle irony underlies the title of a new section at this year’s Investec Cape Town Art Fair at the CTICC. Maybe there is even a touch of humour to the theme curator Nontobeko Ntombela chose for her anticipated group-show-within-a-show. Of course a heading such as Solo suggests all kinds of things, including giving an individual performer a shot at the limelight. And so it shall be for the 10 women selected by this sussed curator. She’s invited them to show new and dynamic art from their studios and workplaces, offering a view of their personal worlds. FEMINIST RING...

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Outdoor living spaces: Al Fresco Experience

Creating a sheltered space conducive to eating and entertaining is a crucial aspect of your outdoor lifestyle. When planning such a space, consider the importance of making it easy to use and pleasant to spend time in. 01 Lush greenery softens the effect of the hard materials used to build a deck. This outdoor dining area by Eckersley Garden Architecture ( is an open social space that feels secluded thanks to its clever integration into the garden and the canopy of trellised vines. 02 Indoor-outdoor living is made easier with this smart deck design by Three Birds Renovations (

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Outdoor living spaces: Take a seat

Comfort and convenience meet whimsy in outdoor living spaces designed to delight. A mix of permanent and impermanent elements – tables, chairs, stools, a fireplace – makes for flexibility in outdoor living spaces.. 01 At Singita Sweni Lodge, a combination of built-in bench seating, armchairs, stools and side tables allows for the group size to grow and for guests to move around freely. Cécile & Boyd ( was involved in the recent revamp of the lodge – note their use of jewel-toned and metallic accents, an effective way to elevate an outdoor space. 02 A structured corner in a...

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Show apartment: Luxury living in JHB

A three-level penthouse apartment in a sought-after Johannesburg suburb offers the ultimate in luxury contemporary living Joburg is known for being one of the most treed and green cities in the world. Many make the most of this by enjoying big verdant gardens on ground level, but that’s not to say you cannot benefit from the beauty of this enormous urban forest from the lofty setting of a penthouse. A three-level penthouse apartment at The Houghton makes a solid case for a lock-up-and-go lifestyle via generous spaces, a luxe interior and a low-maintenance outdoor entertainment area, proving you can...

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Hot Property February 2018

Connecting the blocks Designed by renowned French architect Jean Nouvel, The Louvre Abu Dhabi is set to springboard the region into becoming an arts and culture hub. It opened in November 2017 to much acclaim, not the least of which is its location on Saadiyat Island. The development is a complex of 55 blocks that looks like an archipelago within the turquoise waters surrounding it. Connecting the blocks is the architectural centrepiece, a gigantic mesh stainless steel and aluminium dome. The museum took 10 years to build and is a result of a partnership between the French and United...

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