From sophisticated soiree to lavish luncheon, majestic wedding to intimate celebration South African events designer Otto de Jager and his team at create magic, transforming empty spaces into temporary wonderlands but it’s deJager’s more permanent creations that have caught my eye. I’ve chosen just two of his interior designs (the second is his own home) to share. Both rich with natural finds, aged timbers and a sense of theatre. After all he is in the business of staging extravagant events.
When I first laid eyes on this house by all I wanted to do was pack my bags, hop a plane and move right in. It’s the Hudson, New York home of the firm’s founding partner David Mann. Intimate, simple yet stylish, a window onto how the designer loves to live. Speaking of windows if the front door is locked when I turn up to claim squatter’s rights I might just scamper through one of those multi-paned Federal windows to gain access.
It’s one of my favourite styles these days. Traditional with a twist. Sophisticated but with a touch of whimsy. Elegant with a pop of the unexpected. Historical references and a touch of modern muscle. It’s interior designer ‘s own Manhattan apartment.
Large on style, small in footprint. At only 32 sq m Canning Cottage by Melbourne-based interior design firm contains tone on tone living spaces, bedroom and central bathroom pod within a small heritage workers cottage. Streamlined, modern and with great functionality and storage it is a fresh and fabulous take on small space living.
From the heady heights of a mid century classic to a humble ranch abode, is there anything Los Angeles based interior design firm can’t put its hand to? Apparently not. I’m packing my bags to move in.