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David Muirhead

The Joburg interior designer juggles projects ranging from boutique hotels to chic residences with running a store and a super stylish events venue. We do the number crunching


The number of crystals sourced and handpicked from various suppliers in Paris for this bespoke crystal chandelier, designed in South Africa for a hotel. The frame was manufactured by local artisan Thabo Mthembu, and took 36 days to complete.


The rolls of Vivienne Westwood’s tartan wallpaper used to clad both the walls and ceiling of The Westwood, a styled, soigné wing of David’s function venue. ‘It has the look of a high-end Manhattan apartment,’ he says.


The address at Parkmore Square, Parkmore, where Fine Living by David Muirhead is situated, stocking fabrics and soft furnishings alongside light fittings and accessories. ‘Fine Living is not always about the most expensive items, but rather a creative interpretation of beautiful things that complement a space.’


The people you’ll find rubbing shoulders at a cocktail function at Fine Living’s ballroom, a lavishly appointed venue that works just as well for its monthly dinners for 80 as for an intimate brunch for four. 8

3 Designer Don’ts

‘Don’t be afraid to experiment with colour. It’s all or nothing. The only time I like grey is when it’s on the wall.’

‘Don’t compromise on quality. Less is more!’

‘Don’t only have overhead lighting. Lamps are vital for ambience.’

3 Designer Dos

‘Exaggerate the proportions of skirting and cornices.’

‘Never be afraid to paint doors the same colour as the architraves.’

‘Always consider durability, comfort and practicality.’

Reference: Condé Nast House and Garden | April 2016


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