Inside a Contemporary 2 Bedroom Apartment by OKHA in Clifton Terraces, South Africa.

Interior Designers
OKHA
Photography
Peter Bruyns, Adam Letch, Niel Vosloo, Melissa de Freitas

This seasonal two bedroom apartment designed by OKHA is located in the sophisticated Clifton Terraces apartment complex designed by SAOTA.

The apartment which belongs to a New York-based businessman offers panoramic views of the Cape Atlantic Ocean and is in equal parts luxurious getaway, relaxed coastal retreat and an entertainer’s dream. OKHA was responsible for the interior decoration, as well as the design of key items of bespoke handmade furniture throughout the apartment.

Project Description

For this apartment, the OKHA team set about customizing the apartment’s interiors to create a cool and restful space in contrast to the bright, sunlit exterior. Granite from the surrounding Table Mountain, fynbos, and dappled woods are evoked throughout the apartment in a rich, raw palette of natural timbers, stones and metals, which are contrasted with plush velvets and linens on the walls, floors and furniture coverings, resulting in what OKHA refers to as a contemporary “quiet opulence”.

“Our first objective was to individualize the space by modulating the internal color palette. We used subtle shades of green with delicate natural tonalities that reference the local landscape. These shades are repeated in the furniture with a strong emphasis on textures and materials. The palette is intentionally and carefully controlled and restrained to embrace the everchanging colors of the sunrise and sunset, which are the real centerpiece and art show.” 

Adam Court, OKHA director

Custom designed furniture pieces include the Dream Emperor Marble and Absolute Black Granite tabletops which are paired with steel bases in the side, coffee, and balcony tables. The dining table, barstools, and server are hewn from carbon-stained wire-brushed Ash timber, also used in the frame of signature OKHA “Port” mirror, which, with its copper framed recessed mirror carries a nautical tone of a ship’s circular windows.

“The designs are pared-back and lean focusing on strong forms and shapes that communicate simply and directly. “All the artwork accessories and objects are from Cape-based artisans and add an essential level of layering and local character,”

Adam Court, OKHA director