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INSPIRATIONS: COCOA BEAN INTERIORS

INSPIRATIONS: COCOA BEAN INTERIORS

Deanne McBride, the founder and lead designer at Cocoa Bean Interiors, holds a strong belief that modern design should possess a timeless quality, reflect the unique tastes of her clients, and enhance their lifestyles.

Deanne, along with her exceptionally talented team, has gained recognition for their ultra-chic monochromatic interiors that radiate sophistication. Cocoa Bean Interiors effortlessly blends international and local products in their creations, resulting in a richly layered and textured aesthetic that captures the eye.

Their portfolio spans residential, corporate, and hospitality projects, and although they are based in Johannesburg, they have successfully brought their signature style to various parts of Southern Africa, leaving behind a trail of enviable interiors.

Deanne is not only a valued client but also a favourite of ours, and we had the pleasure of chatting with her about her unique style and more.

Getting to know Deanne McBride

What would you say you are known for? 

Cocoa Bean is known for simple, clean, understated, warm, welcoming and liveable interiors. 

Where do you find your inspiration?  

We are very often inspired by the architectural elements of each particular project which normally influences our thought process throughout the project. We also always love referencing nature and organic shapes. 

Which of your projects are you most proud of, and why?  

I would say always our very latest project because no matter how long we’ve been in the industry we never stop learning and growing. My team always makes me so proud to see how we’ve overcome new challenges big and small. 

What is your number one design tip? 

Always buy the best quality you can afford. This will go a long way when investing in your home. When designing go with your instinct – the very first feeling you get when you walk into a space or see something is normally right. 

Where have you used Core Furniture products before?  

I’ve used Core Furniture products on several exterior patios. Hoping to specify some more stunning indoor couches… love the sofa Residenza by Eichholtz.

How did you become an interior designer?

Since a little girl I’ve always been obsessed with all things design. I started my studies in Fine Art and Fashion and when moving to Johannesburg started my interior design journey and 24 years later here I am. 

Why would you recommend Core Furniture’s offering to your clients?

Core has an amazing range of the best designer pieces offered worldwide to the South African market. I would recommend them for the client looking for quality and unique and beautiful international designer pieces. 

Which Core Furniture product do you currently have your eye on?  

I am currently crazy about the gorgeous Vondom Milos outdoor furniture range and hope to use it in an upcoming project. 

Stay tuned for more interior and exterior inspiration as we reveal more of our client’s projects in the coming months. For more about Cocoa Bean Interiors click on the link below.

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INSPIRATIONS: BOMAX ARCHITECTS

INSPIRATIONS: BOMAX ARCHITECTS

With a legacy spanning 23 years, Bomax Architects has firmly established itself as one of Cape Town’s, and indeed South Africa’s, top architectural firms. Led by Dion Walters and partner Josh Brodie, this firm boasts a team of dedicated and experienced design and technical architects who share a vision for sustainability within a minimalist architectural style. Whilst their portfolio encompasses both commercial and residential projects, their recent focus has been on luxury residential architecture.

Getting to know architect Dion Walters

What would you say you are known for? 

Bomax Architects is known for its contemporary architecture with a minimalist style. Our distinctiveness lies in our commitment to creating Sustainable Solutions for Contemporary Architecture. Designing buildings that are not only stunning, but also consider the natural environment is a core focus of our design approach. We always aim to integrate sustainable principles wherever possible.

Where do you find your inspiration?  

My inspiration stems from the inherent balance and order found in nature. The modular and systematic patterns observed in well-resolved architecture captivate me. In today’s media-saturated world, distinguishing between reality and illusion can be challenging. While images can sometimes be influential, it is the tangible experience of standing in a masterful structure itself that fuels my creativity. 

What is your number one design tip?  

Understanding the sequence of priorities is crucial. In architecture, this principle is often referred to as “form follows function”. By addressing essential utilities such as circulation and movement in a logical sequence, the building’s design emerges organically. Then, we reduce noise through simplification. Achieving true minimalism is indeed a complex process. 

Which of your projects are you most proud of, and why?  

1. Outer Kom House: A passion project for the Bomax “archisurfers”, the Outer Kom House stands proudly on the untamed Kommetjie point of the Cape Peninsula. This modern-day “surf shack” effortlessly blends with its natural surroundings, serving as an extension of the environment. By implementing passive design principles, repurposing an existing building structure, employing efficient waste management during construction, conserving the precious milkwood coastal forest, and harnessing renewable energy sources, this project has become a model for us in our sustainable architecture journey. Outer Kom House is an ocean lover’s paradise, embodying innovation, and environmental sensitivity.

2. House Llandudno: One of our most notable and challenging undertakings… Constructed with cast off-shutter concrete, this Atlantic Coast residence features striking contemporary forms that embody a passive design approach. The razor-edge detail creates an illusion of weightlessness and elegantly cantilevers over the horizon. The concrete forms create a juxtaposition between themselves and the surrounding nature, adding a unique stateliness to the building and serving a functional purpose: tempering the harsh Cape storms. House Llandudno has been shortlisted for the design et al 2023 International Design & Architecture Awards. You can vote for House Llandudno in the Residential Architectural Property category until Wednesday, 6 September, at 1:00 pm SAST. The results will be announced on Friday, 6 September.

Where have you used Core Furniture products before?  

Most recently, we integrated the Vondom Vela range at Sancape, a residential home in Cape Town, set to be completed later this year. 

GET THE LOOK

Vela Sun Lounger & Vela Daybed by Vondom

Which Core Furniture product do you currently have your eye on?  

Several products have captured our attention, but one that stands out is the new Milos range from Vondom. We are particularly eager to incorporate this range into the outdoor spaces of our upcoming Mediterranean-inspired home, Sunset Villa, in Cape Town. Inspired by my family’s unforgettable sailing expedition to Milos Island last year, this furniture collection seamlessly integrates with our design and beautifully captures the essence of that inspiring experience.

GET THE LOOK

Milos Modular Sofa, Milos Upholstered Lounge Chair & Milos Coffee Table by Vondom

GET THE LOOK

Milos Sun Lounger by Vondom, Sofa Bjorn and Chair Maguire by Eichholtz

Additionally, the Vela range remains a favourite at Bomax Architects. It complements our architectural style beautifully, and we intend to incorporate it into our future designs with the likes of our Villa Vera project.

GET THE LOOK

The Vela Dining Table & Vela Armchair by Vondom

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