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Style with substance – Interior design

David Muirhead started co-ordinating fabrics and furniture when he was a child and now has a Jozi-based decor company with his sister, Mandy Groves, which does high- end residential interiors and exclusive corporate and hospitality projects. Commissions have included the presidential suite at the Sandton Convention Centre and a soft refurbishment of the Beverly Hills Hotel. His Rooms on View stand was the World Cup’s VIP meeting space at the convention centre.

“We create spaces that often combine high glamour with warmth and functionality. Organic textures and neutrals play an important role in our aesthetics, though it can be the contrasts that create the magic – for example, a grass mat within a modern, sexy lounge flanked by velvet sofas and walls clad in natural timber.

“Design has moved into a streamlined, refined space where simplicity is key. It now allows more space for technology to be cleverly incorporated, making the home practical and efficient. However, the overall aesthetic should breathe mood and ambience.
“Find a designer you trust at the beginning of the project. Allow the team creative licence. If you’re doing it yourself, keep it simple. Be realistic with a budget.

Cheapest is often not the best. Have an overall design and direction. Don’t make impulse buys; they often don’t work. Don’t highlight details with colour that should not be highlighted – unattractive ceilings, windows, columns. Rather simplify. And have fun!”

by Hilary Prendini Toffoli
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