Bring in the beauty of the outdoors.
It’s easy to get caught up in the beauty of Cape Town, South Africa. Its breathtaking scenery, charming harbor neighborhoods, and bustling city streets make for an idyllic combination of culture, nature, and design. A mix of centuries-old architecture, a minimalist aesthetic, and outdoor influence give this city an edgy sensibility—one you can bring into your home with a few smart design decisions.
We caught up with designer Scot Meacham Wood to see exactly how to capture the essence of this beautiful city in your own home.
"Any space inspired by the amazing city of Cape Town, South Africa should clearly be flooded with light and oriented towards the outdoors. This amazing port city seems to focus much of its own energy and design from the views of its spectacular bay,” says Wood. “Many of the city's interiors revolve around using organic elements—but with a more modern point of view.”
His picks: “Think hair-on-hide and hopsack linen upholstery paired with polished chrome or lucite hardware.”
Some more items to consider: Proteas—the national flower, artwork that shows the intersection of beauty and poverty within the city, natural woods, rich earth tones, wooden masks, and raw, ocean-inspired elements.
In addition to its physical design elements, the city’s people and their culture are what make Cape Town truly special. Incorporate Ubuntu, a term in Xhosa (one of the official 11 languages in South Africa) for compassion and humanity, along with colorful accents that represent the tribes and history of the area to bring the true feel and essence of the city into your home.
Need some inspiration? Scroll on for our top picks.