For globetrotters Patrick Seddon and Priscilla Daniel, the place they call home is suspended between sky and sea high up on the slopes of Lion’s Head.
Pat Seddon and Pricilla Daniel’s home in Bantry Bay is in complete contrast to many of the properties in this neighbourhood, arguably Africa’s most affluent. Forget about the multilevel concrete mansions that dot the Atlantic Seaboard; theirs is a simple single-bedroom timber-and-bamboo bungalow that’s as real and romantic in its authenticity as they are as a couple.
The open-plan abode has remained untouched for many years and is part of a double-storey dwelling – underneath is a completely separate living quarters with independent access. The dark wood and bamboo fittings provide an interesting contrast to the 180-degree view of the ocean, the latter facilitating immense light flow that seems to set the timber interiors aglow. The pièce de résistance (and both Pat and Priscilla’s favourite feature of the home) is its large bamboo-clad balcony. According to Priscilla, ‘It’s completely wind-free – the home’s best-kept secret. We spend most of our time here.’
When you sit in the living area or on the balcony surrounded by the intoxicatingly overgrown foliage, overlooking the ocean, you’d be forgiven for thinking you’re in a bungalow on Hawaii, Bali, St Barthes or even in Brazil. This sense of the tropical traveller reflects the couple’s lifestyle, too – one that is largely influenced by the fact that Patrick must have one of the most exciting jobs on the planet, particularly for an under-35 whose interests include music, art and youth culture. ‘I’m part of a team that heads up the global culture strategy of Red Bull, where we focus on continuously developing youth culture, specifically in the fields of music, dance and art,’ he explains. ‘Our mantra is “giving wings to ideas”, which means we act as an enabler, supporting people and their dreams.’
Best of Friends
Pat travels every couple of weeks and it was on one of his trips to London, a year after he moved into the ultimate bachelor’s pad, that he touched base with Priscilla, who had been living in London a long while already. They had met years before through a mutual friend and had communicated on Facebook sporadically, as she is also in the marketing field. ‘He offered me tickets to a Red Bull event,’ she remembers. ‘I didn’t go because I was sick, so to make it up, I asked him if he’d like to go for brunch the following weekend. Well, let’s just say brunch turned into walking along the canal in Notting Hill, and the rest is history. We immediately became the best of friends. Pat is my person.’
A few months later, Priscilla packed up her life in London, restructured her work contract with her UK agency – to be able to work remotely for her UK clients while setting up an office in SA – and moved in with Pat. She brought with her a love of fresh flowers, dining-room chairs, kitchen utensils, crockery and, most important, a dishwasher: ‘The key to peaceful living!’ she insists.
South African Energy
The couple is hugely inspired by the energy of South African youth culture, as is evident in their love of local art, clothing, collectables and books. While Cape Town is home and the world his playground, Pat is especially in awe of Johannesburg. ‘When it comes to a real African youth culture, Jozi inspires me most,’ he says. ‘Rather than just adopting them, the city’s youth have adapted global trends.’ Quite the compliment for Jozi, especially from someone who can best be described as a global youth-culture purveyor.
Cities Pat Rates
- Tokyo: Japanese food and their whole way of being is just mind-blowing. Even a big city like Tokyo feels calm and peaceful. It’s one of the most advanced places in terms of technology but, at the same time, so traditional. I love the contrast!
- São Paulo: The reason I’ll always remember São Paulo so well is because I was lucky enough to see its never-ending vista of skyscrapers from a helicopter.
- New York: The many pockets of amazing things – from tiny restaurants to amazing gigs – makes NYC my global culture capital.
- Vienna: The most surprising city in Europe: it’s got the beauty of Paris, the coolness of Barcelona and efficiency of Germany all in an old-world setting.
Cape Town Cool According to Priscilla
- The food at The Pot Luck Club is delicious and it has an awesome view.
- Cabritos and The Power and The Glory are our locals. We’re always bound to bump into an old friend for a catch-up over a craft beer.
- The Table Mountain Nature Reserve and the beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay are favourites for walking Sooki, our Siberian husky.
Words: Genevieve Fisher
Production: Kate Boswell
Photographs: David Ross
- The Pot Luck Club: 6th Floor, The Silo, Old Biscuit Mill, Woodstock, 021 447 0804. Find out more at thepotluckclub.co.za.
- Cabritos: Ground Floor, Exhibition Building, 81 Main Road, Green Point, 021 433 2364.
- The Power and The Glory: corner Kloof Nek and Burnside roads, Tamboerskloof, 021 422 2108.